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'A tricky one' - Arteta delivers verdict on Arsenal's January transfer window

10:43 GMT 03/02/2023
Mikel Arteta Leandro Trossard Edu Arsenal 2022-23
Mikel Arteta has described Arsenal’s transfer window as a ‘tricky one’, but is adamant his squad is in a better place now than when it started.
  • Arsenal spent around £60m on their three January signings
  • Lokonga, Cedric and Marquinhos all went out on loan
  • Jorginho could make his debut at Everton on Saturday

WHAT HAPPENED? The Gunners brought in three new arrivals during January, with Leandro Trossard, Jorginho and Jakub Kiwior all joining to strengthen the squad ahead of the second half of the season.

But the Premier League leaders missed out on their top two targets, with Mykhailo Mudryk eventually joining Chelsea and Moises Caicedo remaining at Brighton.

WHAT THEY SAID: When asked to sum up the window, Arteta said: “Really tricky one, but I think at the end it’s a really positive one. I think we had three main key positions that we wanted to improve and we’ve done it.

“What you plan and actually what you can do in this industry normally it doesn’t happen. So you have to adapt. The most important thing was the profile and the qualities that we bring to the squad makes us better and I have no doubt that we’ve done that.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Speaking about his three new additions, Arteta added: “With Leo we bring in a player that already knows the league, that has been performing at a great level and has the versatility that we needed. Jakub is a young talent with incredible potential that is going to adapt really well to our way of playing and then with Jorginho, a player that speaks for himself. I think we made some really good decisions there.”


WHAT NEXT FOR ARSENAL? Jorginho could make his debut for Arsenal when they take on Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.