Mikel Arteta is ‘enjoying the moment’ as Arsenal open up five-point lead
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Arsenal have been told that they need to make up to four transfers in the January window in order to compete with Manchester City for the Premier League title this season. Mikel Arteta’s side are currently five points clear at the top of the table at the World Cup break, but have been warned that his side needs further investment to keep ahead of Pep Guardiola’s outfit.
Former Gunner Emmanuel Petit believes that Arsenal need to invest in attack, midfield and defence and they could strengthen those areas with four transfers. “They need at least three or four players if they really want to compete for the title,” Petit told Compare Bet.
“I think they need more wingers up front, and another option as a striker. I really like [Gabriel] Jesus, [Bukayo] Saka, [Gabriel] Martinelli, [Martin] Odegaard, but they won’t be able to play every single game, especially after the World Cup so they’ll definitely need one striker, one winger, they need more competition for Saka and Martinelli.
“And of course, if they can add one more midfield player, and one more central defender because I think they are short of central defenders – if [William] Saliba or Gabriel are injured, who’s going to play, [Rob] Holding? Really? I’m not a big fan of Holding.
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“So overall, they need three or four players. If they can avoid injury or suspensions that would be great, but even then most of the players are involved in the World Cup so they’re going to be tired mentally and physically as well. So they definitely need to be active in the next transfer window.”
Petit has warned the Gunners of making Cristiano Ronaldo one of those four signings however, after his exit from Manchester United. The Red Devils agreed to mutually terminate the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s contract on Tuesday, but the French World Cup winner believes that while another striker is necessary, it should not be the Portugal star.
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“Honestly, with all the good work Arteta and Edu have done over the last two or three years in the transfer market, with their transfer policy, especially with [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, do you think Arteta will take the risk of breaking his balance in the dressing room?” Petit added.
“All the players are following Arteta and his staff, they’re all respecting his decisions in the dressing room and on the pitch. Do you think he would take the risk, for one second, to put Cristiano Ronaldo into this dressing room, where the relationship with the players is beautiful? No, there’s no chance of it.”
Arsenal spent over £100million in the summer window, bringing in Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos after being the league’s biggest spenders in 2021, but may need to invest further in their squad.
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