Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal need another midfielder this month after Mohamed Elneny suffered a season-ending knee injury… with Everton’s Amadou Onana or Brighton’s Moises Caicedo possible options along with Declan Rice their No 1 target this summer
- Mohamed Elneny suffered a serious knee injury ahead of the north London derby
- West Ham’s Declan Rice is Arsenal’s top summer target but an immediate fix is needed
- Arteta admits the Gunners could be left out in midfield if they don’t buy
Mikel Arteta has admitted Arsenal need another midfielder – and could be forced into the January transfer market – following a serious injury to Mohamed Elneny.
The manager said there were fears the knee problem, suffered in training ahead of this month’s north London derby, could keep him out for the rest of the season.
Declan Rice has emerged as Arsenal’s top target this summer, with Arteta ready to break the club’s transfer record to sign the England international.
Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal will be light on bodies in midfield if they don’t buy
Mohamed Elneny has suffered a serious knee injury that could end his season
But the club could now try for a January signing, with Everton’s Amadou Onana and Brighton’s Moises Caicedo among those linked with Arsenal ahead of Tuesday night’s deadline.
Both are costly but the manager said on Wednesday: ‘If there’s something else available that can improve us, we’ll look at it… we need more cover in midfield if we can.
‘In this market it is quite complicated to do that. The most important thing is that we get the performances and the time on the pitch that we need with the players we have now who are really good.’
Without Elneny, Albert Sambi Lokonga is the only regular back up to Thomas Partey in holding the midfield.
West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice has emerged as Arsenal’s top summer target
Everton midfielder Amadou Onana could offer Arsenal a solution before the window closes
Brighton’s Moises Caicedo is another potential option ahead of next week’s deadline
And when Arteta was pressed on whether the 30-year-old would miss the rest of the campaign, he said: ‘There are concerns, especially (because) Mo is a player who doesn’t complain about anything. But let’s see.’
Arsenal have already signed Leandro Trossard (£21million) and center back Jakub Kiwior (17.5m), who played in defensive midfield.
Trossard could make his first start when they face Manchester City in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night.
New £21million signing Leandro Trossard could make his first start against Manchester City
“It’s a big match and a big test for us against in my opinion the best team in the world,” Arteta said. ‘It will tell us a lot about where we are.’
Arteta’s side are five points clear of City at the top of the Premier League, with a game in hand. The manager said he ‘always hoped’ to fight for the title with his former boss Pep Guardiola.
‘That will not change any friendship, the moments we had, how important he was in my life, how important he was in my profession. We are both ready to win and defend our clubs at any cost and that has always been the case since day one,’ added Arteta.