Mikel Arteta Provides Latest Arsenal Transfer Update

Shakhtar's Mykhailo Mudryk Playing Against Real Madrid in Warsaw, Poland and Has Been Mentioned in Arsenal Rumours

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal currently sits five points clear at the top of the Premier League after seventeen games, and many of their fans are hoping to see reinforcements in the January transfer window.

However, despite the Gunners being linked to a wide array of players, most strongly with Shaktar Donetsk winger, Mykhailo Mudryk, Arteta has revealed that so far, there are “no updates”. 

‘No Updates’ Regarding Arsenal January Transfer Business

Mykhailo Mudryk

As mentioned, one player that Arsenal have been heavily linked with is Mykhailo Mudryk. The 22-year-old is an exciting winger, whose dynamism, especially in the wake of Gabriel Jesus’ long-term injury, would be a welcomed addition to the Gunners’ attack.

As reported by Simon Collings, Arteta also stated that “players decide where they want to play”, and if that is true, then the Ukrainian is almost guaranteed to make the switch to North London before the transfer window closes. Mudryk has made public his desire to join the club, regularly posting videos of himself cheering on the league leaders from afar on his social media accounts.

Despite reports suggesting Chelsea has entered the race for the winger, Arsenal still appear to be his favoured destination and it certainly would not be a surprise to see this deal get completed during the course of the month.

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Areas of Concern

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Mudryk would be a great addition, but there are also other key areas in which the Gunners may look to strengthen – the first being upfront. So far, Eddie Nketiah has stepped up and provided Arsenal with a focal point in attack since Jesus’ injury. Despite that though, they do lack options from the bench. Whereas ordinarily, Arteta would have Nketiah to call upon, the Spaniard currently has no plan b when Arsenal needs a goal. Most recently, this was demonstrated in their 0-0 draw with Newcastle, in which Takehiro Tomiyasu was their only substitution. A short-term loan in this area could be an option for them for that reason.

The midfield is also a potential area of concern. Thomas Partey has been exceptional this season, and the side suffers greatly when the 29-year-old is out injured. The Gunners do have depth in this area – both Mohamed Elneny and Albert Sambi Lokonga can play this position, but the drop-off in terms of quality is huge. Therefore, another midfielder could also be on Mikel Arteta’s wishlist.

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A Vital Window

Regardless of who Arsenal does sign, this is unquestionably a vital window for the Gunners. To the surprise of many, Arsenal have got themselves into a position from which they could very well win the 2022/23 Premier League trophy, and their business during January could either greatly improve, or worsen, their chances of success.