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Mikel Arteta on the latest January transfer links

With a week to go of the January transfer window, how close are we to adding to our squad?

Mikel Arteta was asked all about the latest links in his press conference on Friday - and this is what he said:

on reports linking us with Mykola Matvienko...

I don't know. I'm not going to be discussing any transfer links publicly. It's something that we are trying to do internally and when we have news we will communicate with you guys.

on whether we are still looking to sign a defender this month...

We've been looking at different positions. Obviously, since I joined we lost Calum and we had other circumstances and injuries in those positions so it's true that at the back we've been short. But there are other positions as well, depending on what happens in the market, that we might need to assess.

on if he's hopeful that we will do some business before the deadline...

At the moment, I am 50:50  because this transfer window is very, very complicated. I only want to bring somebody in if I'm really convinced that he can really improve the level that we have.

on Aubameyang reportedly agreeing a deal with Barcelona…

As far as I know, a week ago after a game at home we were discussing that he said he was so happy and he didn’t agree with the things that were written in the media and he has his future here. That’s what I understand at the moment.

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