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Emery: Arsenal can ‘only loan players’ in January

Unai Emery has ruled out the prospect of any new signings arriving at Arsenal on a permanent basis this month, although loan signings are still possible.

Arsenal have splashed the cash in recent transfer windows, with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both being brought into the club in the last 18 months in club record transfer deals.

The Gunners also backed Emery in the summer, bringing five players into the club, as the former PSG coach looked to rebuild the club following the long reign of Arsene Wenger.

They have once again been linked with a number of players in this current January transfer window, but speaking ahead of this weekends London derby against West Ham, Emery warned that there will be no permanent additions to his squad this month.

“We cannot sign permanently. We can only loan players,” Emery told his pre-match press conference.

Arsenal have been linked with Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, a player Emery worked with during his time in charge of Sevilla and speaking of the potential of his arrival, he added: “I don’t know his situation now. We can only sign players later on. I know the club is working on possibilities of which players can help us with big performances like we need now.”

Another player to be linked with a move to the Emirates is Sevilla’s Ever Banega, although Emery was once again unable to shed any light on transfer rumours: “I know this player and he’s a very good player. I cannot tell you more.”

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