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Mikel Arteta’s Dilemma: No money for new players

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is facing a significant challenge as he attempts to lead the Gunners to a Premier League title with what he describes as “one of the thinnest squads” in the league.

Despite a net transfer spend of over £400 million in the last three years, financial constraints have prevented Arsenal from making any signings during the January transfer window, leaving the squad stretched and lacking depth in key areas.

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The Arsenal squad has been hit by injuries, particularly in defence, and Arteta has been eager to bolster his forward line in the transfer market. However, with limited resources at his disposal, the Spanish manager has been unable to make any January deals, leaving Arsenal in a precarious situation as they compete for the Premier League title.

Arteta’s concerns about the squad’s depth have been brought into focus as Arsenal prepare to face league leaders Liverpool. Arteta believes that the lack of depth has put Arsenal at a distinct disadvantage in the title race.

“We have one of the thinnest squads in the League, that’s for sure,” Arteta remarked at his press conference ahead of facing Nottingham Forest in midweek.

“And when you talk about the numbers, especially in certain areas, we are really thin. It wasn’t possible [to do any January deals]. And now we didn’t have the capacity to improve the team in the way that we think we want to improve it, so we decided not to do something yet.”

Despite rumours linking him to the Barcelona job, Arteta has dismissed such reports as “totally fake news” and expressed his commitment to continuing his “beautiful journey” with Arsenal. While his contract has only 18 months left, Arteta is relaxed about his future, emphasising that discussions will take place when the time is right.

 

“I’ve got a strong relationship with the board, with [sporting director] Edu, the team, the ownership,” Arteta said. “Things come in a natural way and we’ve always done it that way — and it’s been done really well. When the time is right, we’ll have those discussions and I’ll think about the best way to do that.”

Arteta’s determination to bring the Premier League title to Arsenal remains unwavering. He is excited about the future prospects of the club, particularly given the youthful nature of the squad. Arsenal boasts one of the youngest squads in the Premier League, and Arteta believes that there is still room for growth and improvement in every department.

“That’s one of the main reasons,” he said. “Then the people that we work with, that’s another one. The way that our fans, our supporters have invested in the team, the way they have dedicated their energy, their passion to transform the environment, that’s a big reason as well.”

However, Arteta acknowledges that the competition is fierce, and Arsenal must be vigilant and seize every opportunity to achieve their goals.

“In general, there’s still a lot to squeeze from every department; in every aspect we can become much bigger and better than we are. I have a strong belief and I think we are on the right path. We have to be on our toes and take every opportunity because the competitors are also ruthless. We have to be on top of everything if we want to achieve that.”

In terms of the squad’s immediate status, Arsenal is hopeful that key players like Declan Rice and Gabriel will be available after suffering injuries. Thomas Partey, who has been out of action since October with a thigh injury, is working hard to return to full fitness and make a positive impact on the team.

 

“Injuries are part of football and are hard to control. Sometimes the harder you try, the worse you make it. Hopefully, he [Thomas Partey] is going to be in a position to make an impact for the team,” Arteta commented.

As Arsenal navigates the challenges of a thin squad and intense competition, the future remains uncertain, but Arteta’s determination to bring success to the club continues to shine through. Arsenal fans will be hoping that their manager’s belief in the squad’s potential will translate into tangible results on the pitch.

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