Arsenal have already made two significant signings in the January transfer window (Picture: Arsenal FC)
Mikel Arteta admits his squad are short of options in central midfield and hopes the club address that area of concern in what remains of the January transfer window.
Arsenal have made two significant signings in the last week in the shape of Leandro Trossard and Kiwior and Leandro Trossard and both are in contention to make their full debuts in the FA Cup against Manchester City on Friday night.
Poland international Kiwior is nominally a central defender and although he has the ability to play in central midfield, he has primarily been recruited to provide competition to Gabriel Magalhaes.
Arteta has been heavily reliant upon Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey in central midfield this season and an injury to either could undermine the record-breaking start the Gunners have made to their Premier League campaign.
Sambi Lokonga has struggled to make an impact on the rare occasions he has featured in the Premier League, while the experienced Mohamed Elneny has suffered a knee injury that could, according to reports, rule him out until the end of the season.
‘I don’t think he will be (available for Manchester City,’ said Arteta at his pre-match press conference. ‘Obviously he had some issue in his knee that we are assessing at the moment and I will have to see how he evolved in the next couple of days.
‘There are concerns because Mo is a player that never complains about anything but let’s see.
Mohamed Elneny is facing a significant spell on the sidelines (Picture; Getty)
‘We need more cover in midfield ideally if we can but obviously in this market it is pretty complicated to do that. As I always say the most important thing is that we get the performances and the time on the pitch today with the players that we have that are already very good.’
Arsenal are understood to have identified Declan Rice as their No.1 summer target but have little hope of bringing that deal forward, while the current league leaders have also been credited with an interest in Everton’s Amadou Onana.
The Gunners are also reported to be monitoring the situation of Moises Caicedo at Brighton, but are likely to be priced out of the race to sign the Ecuador international given his £100million price tag.
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