Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has firmly reiterated that the Gunners do not plan to sign a striker in the January transfer window. The Gunners have slipped away in the Premier League title race, largely down to a lack of a clinical edge.
Strikers Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah have scored just eight top-flight goals between them this season. Title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool both have three players who have scored more than that figure alone, reinforcing the necessity for Arsenal to find some firepower.
However, Arteta insists that a new centre-forward will not be signed this month, despite links to Ivan Toney and Victor Osimhen. Brentford star Toney is available again after completing an eight-month football ban.
Asked about the likelihood of adding a No 9 to his ranks, the Spaniard – whose side host Crystal Palace on Saturday – responded: “No. But the first thing that’s because I love the players that we have.”
Meanwhile, Arteta provided a positive update on Jurrien Timber’s fitness, backing the stricken summer signing to make an impact before the end of the season. The Dutchman tore his ACL 50 minutes into his Premier League debut on the opening day of the campaign.
Timber has subsequently not been seen since, but Arteta believes he can make a ‘realistic impact’ before the season comes to a close.
“There is a possibility but at the moment he’s still very far from competing,” Arteta said. “Are we hopeful that he could have a realistic impact before the end of the season? At the moment it looks like that.”
The Gunners head coach did not rule out a departure for midfielder Emile Smith Rowe. The 23-year-old has struggled for game time over the past two seasons, featuring for only 116 Premier League minutes this term.