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Arteta: Arsenal could sign a new midfielder


LONDON: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said his side could sign a new midfielder this month during the transfer window in January, as the club North London struggles with the lack of options in the location. Arsenal lacks the efforts of Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey and Egypt’s Mohamed Elneny to join their national teams in the Africa Cup of Nations, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles will join Roma in loan until the end of the season. “We are very short of this position in this moment, “Arteta told reporters ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup third round clash with Nottingham Forest.” Of course, we will act and study the options available because we are very low. “Arsenal may also suffer from a problem in the position of the absolute striker, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was excluded from the accounts of Arteta for violating the rules of the discipline, while Vollaren’s reports linked Balogun to a possible departure from club. The contracts of the two great players, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Niketiah, are only 6 months away. “We are facing a very special situation because there are 3 players with different conditions,” added Arteta. We have to face this. The players are now committed to the team. As for Balogun, we will see next week to know the final decision on the matter ”. Arsenal are fourth in Premier League with 35 points in 20 games. (Reuters)

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