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Any press conference during the January transfer window is bound to involve a lot of talk about potential entries and exits.

Wednesday was no different as Mikel Arteta was asked about his squad and what our approach will be this month.

Here’s what the boss said:

if he hopes to be able to add to his team this month …
What I really want this month is for us to have as many fit and healthy players as possible and to do our best and to the maximum with those players. After we have a strategy on how we want to evolve and improve the team, and whenever possible, we will try to do it. We all know this market is extremely difficult.

on the links with Dusan Vlahovic during the January window …
I’m so sorry to disappoint you, but I’m not going to discuss the transfer rumors. I’ve never done it, and obviously we can’t.

if he expects to lose players this month …
Again, this part of the strategy for each individual situation is different, there are a lot of factors that go into making this decision, but at the moment everyone here is fully involved.

on whether clubs will spend more freely in January now that the fans are back in the stadiums ….
I don’t know the financial strength and the position of other clubs. You hear a lot of rumors like you hear about us. Some of them may be possible and others are not even taken into account. I think the clubs are always ready to try to improve. We know that there are now a few clubs in England that have the option to buy players in January, some have already done so. I expect more activity than last year as the clubs are in a better position, but I don’t know how far we’ve come through this pandemic yet.

on whether it is realistic to withdraw a large sum of money without European football…
I do not know. Historically this club has always targeted the best players in the world and the best players in the world are always interested in coming here and I can say that the situation has not changed. Every time I spoke to any player they were so willing to come, I didn’t come across any other situation and this is one of our greatest powers, our ability to get the attention of the people. people coming to join our club is something that is a big advantage for us.

to find out if he was considering delaying Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ loan move …
We talked about all the possibilities. When you finalize a deal, there are some things that you cannot miss if you want to make that deal. Again I said the player’s interest was so clear after what happened this summer that we thought it was the right thing to do and it took us more than a day or two to try to do it, but you have to get the player in the right frame of mind to compete, knowing that they are going to leave the next day. I don’t think we can make a decision that will have an impact in the next six, 18 months, just for a day or two, I don’t think that makes a lot of sense.

on the future of Eddie Nketiah …
The situation is Eddie is our player and Eddie is going to stay here with us.

on if Eddie could leave this month …
He’s our player and he’s under contract, so he’ll stay with us.

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