Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal may not make any signings this month as the club’s recruitment plans continue to stall.
The Gunners were tipped to invest during the winter window following Arteta’s appointment as the club’s new manager last month, though have so far failed to secure any new additions ahead of the transfer deadline in just over a week’s time.
Despite being linked with a whole host of names, progress has seemingly stalled on any incomings at the Emirates and Arteta admits are some way off completing any prospective deals.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of the club’s trip to face Chelsea on Tuesday night, Arteta said: “Things haven’t moved at all since the weekend.”
Paris Saint-Germain full-back Layvin Kurzawa is one player who has been strongly linked with a move to north London in recent weeks, the France international out-of-contract in the summer and seeking an exit after finding minutes limited of late.
Speculation had surfaced that Arsenal were close to striking an agreement for the 27-year-old, either on a pre-contract agreement or for a cut-price fee this month, though Arteta insisted no movement has been made on any transfers.
“There is nothing new to say about any deals or players. When we have more info we’ll let you know.”
The Arsenal manager’s comments raised questions on whether the club could fail to make a signing this month, and the 37-year-old admitted that could prove to be a realistic possibility.
“It’s a possibility, yes. The players we want to bring in have to be players who are going to help us and make a difference in the squad. It’s not for the sake of just bringing in players.”