Emery rekindles hopes of transfer activity before deadline day
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is hopeful that the Gunners will be busy before the transfer deadline day, with Denis Suarez and Ivan Perisic both linked with moves to the Emirates.
The Arsenal boss didn’t take any particular names but he confirmed that the club are working very hard to bolster the squad with some fresh faces.
Talks have been held with Barcelona over Suarez while Perisic was axed from Inter’s 1-0 defeat to Torino earlier in the week but none of the deals is close to being completed.
“It’s one thing the club is working on, the possibility with different players,” he told a news conference.
“I don’t know exactly which players, but it’s players with the possibility to help us, who can play on the wing, right or left. I think any player who can come here and help us is good news.
“[Suarez] is the same [as Perisic]. This transfer is not easy and the message is that the club are working on different players. The possibility, if it can be [done], is good for us.
“I don’t know [what will happen] because this transfer window is not easy. I know the club are doing all they can to achieve one player to help us.”‘
“Between nil and two [signings]. Two because we are looking at two different players who have the possibility to come here.”
Arsenal have had a lot of problems at the heart of the defence, with Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis all suffering recurrent injuries while Rob Holding has already been ruled out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament tear.
However, Emery wasn’t keen on bringing in more players at the back, claiming that Arsenal are already well-stocked in their defensive options.
“We can only bring players that we are very convinced will be able to help us with a good performance,” he said. “We have enough players who can play centre-back in the squad.
“The problem is we’re having a lot of injuries in this position. We have enough players. If we brought in another player, and all the other players we have are well to play, then we could maybe have a problem in the future.”