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Arteta on... January transfer window targets

There's less than two weeks left of the January transfer window, so it was no surprise that Mikel Arteta was asked about possible incomings when he faced the media on Thursday.

"We are in that process right now," our manager said. "We've done the first part (trimming the squad) more or less and now we are focusing on the second phase.


"Obviously this market and the context makes it really difficult but we are looking at options and we will see what we can do.

"We are looking at various positions because the movements that we've made in this transfer window with some players leaving the club leaves us a little bit short in certain areas. If we can then we will do it, if we can't then we will just keep going with what we have."


So why was the focus initially on outgoings rather than incomings?


"We could not carry on with 31 players in the squad," Arteta said. "This is unmanageable. When you have to leave some of the foreign players out it makes it even more difficult.


"For a few weeks maybe it’s ok but to do it for months and maintain the health and ambition and the chemistry around the place it’s really complicated. One of the main objectives was to make some decisions of how we’re going to offset that."

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