Arteta drops transfer hint over Arsenal signings ahead of Palace game

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is not anticipating any ‘big’ signings at the club this month.

The Arsenal manager is hopeful of securing defensive reinforcements and the club are reportedly in talks to sign Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.

But there is a possibility January will pass without any transfer incomings at the Emirates and Arteta tried to play down expectations about a busy month.

‘I don’t know, I’m not expecting big things,’ Arteta said ahead of Arsenal’s clash against Crystal Palace.

‘I’m expecting big things from the players I have at the moment, the players that are recovering from injuries.

‘That’s the biggest expectations from my side, they’re there. ‘If we can find something to help us go through the season in a more balanced way in certain areas, and is helpful, we’ll look at the options.’

‘We always have to be looking because obviously we have some bad injuries for players who are going to be out for a long time,’ he added.

‘We have to see if we can find options there.’

Xhaka has been convinced by Arteta to snub a move to Hertha Berlin, while Aubameyang is reportedly refusing to sign a new contract at the club with a view to a summer switch.

‘I was very pleased to read those comments,’ Mikel Arteta said about Aubameyang’s recent message to supporters.

‘He knows exactly what I think about him and obviously he’s a massive player for us.

‘But at the moment we’re in the middle of the season and we haven’t discussed anything further on that at the club.


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