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ARSENAL: Mikel Arteta will be given no money to spend in January


MIKEL ARTETA will be given no money to spend in the January transfer window, according to Sky Sports.

New Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is unlikely to be given big money to spend in the January transfer window

Mikel Arteta has hinted he would like to sign new players this month, but reports claim the Arsenal boss is unlikely to have free rein to splash the cash in the January window.

After Unai Emery spent £137million on five players in the summer, The Gunners are not planning on splurging on new players for a second window running.

When asked about new signings, Arteta recently came out and said: “We need players back from injuries, first of all, to be more solid, more compact.

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“And then we might need to do one or two things if the right players become available, to help us. But at the moment I am more concerned with getting the maximum out of the players available to us.”

We wait to see whether or not the Spaniard will receive the ‘one or two’ players he wants to improve the squad, but if reports are to be believed then he may have to deal with what he’s got until the summer.

Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery splashed the cash in the summer window, parting with a staggering £137million on five new players, with William Saliba going back out on loan.

Arsenal weren’t expected to go anywhere near this amount, with the club signing £72million Nicolas Pepe in installments, due to the financial restraints on them.

Arsenal drew with Bournemouth in Arteta’s first game in charge before losing 2-1 to Chelsea.

Last time out the Gunners put in a much-improved performance and ran out 2-0 winners over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United.

The Gunners have been riddled with injuries so far in the 2019/20 campaign and many fans will not welcome the news that they are not prepared to add to their squad.

The most recent injury blow for new boss Mikel Arteta was to Calum Chambers during their mid-week win over Manchester United.

As a result, if the club does not sign anyone it will mean their first choice centre-back pairing will be Sokratis and David Luiz for the rest of the season, one that has proven shaky so far.

Arsenal Reject €10m Offer From Roma for Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Arsenal have rejected a €10m bid from Italian side A.S. Roma for Henrikh Mkhitaryan – but both clubs are still in talks over the midfielder’s long-term future.

Mkhitaryan moved to the Italian capital on loan at the start of the season, going on to make 10 appearances across all competitions where he’s scored three goals and picked up one assist for the Giallorossi.

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The Italian side are now looking to make the move permanent, but ForzaRoma reports that an initial €10m bid has been rejected by Arsenal.

The Gunners have stayed in contact with Roma as they look to shift Mkhitaryan off their wage bill at the end of the season but so far an agreement hasn’t been reached.

The former Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund midfielder has apparently already made up his mind to join Roma on a permanent basis as the end of the season.

Both clubs have already had dealings in the past, where Poland international Wojciech Szczęsny underwent a similar loan spell at the Stadio Olimpico before joining Roma on a permanent basis soon after.

Although Roma now want to make Mkhitaryan’s loan move permanent, the Armenia international actually struggled to make an impact at the club due to an abductor injury which ruled him out for seven league games this season.

But since returning from injury, the 30-year-old has convinced manager Paulo Fonseca to try and make the move permanent.

ARSENAL can reportedly sign Jerome Boateng for free – if they pick up his £196,000-a-week wages.

Bayern Munich were initially thought to want around £12.75million for the defender, 31.

But according to Bild, now they would be willing to let him go for no transfer fee.

That is despite his contract at the Allianz Arena running until 2021.

It is thought Bayern offered a similar deal to Juventus last year with a proposed loan move but Maurizio Sarri decided against it.

Boateng featured in 15 appearances for the German giants before their winter break, rotating with the likes of Javi Martinez and David Alaba at centre-back.

However, he would no doubt be a mainstay in the Arsenal defence should he make the switch to North London.

Although his massive wages could put off the Gunners as they desperately look to bring in a centre-half this month.

Calum Chambers was ruled out for up to nine months after undergoing knee surgery for his ruptured ACL.

The Gunners may have been priced out of a deal to sign Dayot Upamecano because RB Leipzig are demanding £70m for their 21-year-old.

Leicester City appear to have jumped ahead of Arsenal in the queues for Juventus pair Daniele Rugani and Merih Demiral.

Meanwhile, reports suggest the Gunners want to rival Chelsea in an attempt to sign Bournemouth star Nathan Ake.

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