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Emery admits Arsenal can only afford loan signings in January

Emery admits Arsenal can only afford loan signings in January
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The Gunners do not have money available for permanent targets.

Unai Emery admits Arsenal can only afford to make loan signings in the January transfer window – but insists he will be happy with his squad if the Gunners fail to add any new recruits.

With the club keen to add a defender and a winger to their ranks, head coach Emery has confirmed there is no money available to land permanent targets.

The Spaniard also said he would be happy if no signings were made throughout the month.

Bernd Leno
Bernd Leno joined Arsenal last summer (Adam Davy/PA)

Arsenal sit fifth in the Premier League and have an upcoming FA Cup fourth round tie at home to Manchester United.

Emery's side are also in the last 32 of the Europa League where they will face BATE Borisov over two legs next month.

Five players were signed last summer – Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi – but all came in for a total outlay of less than £75million.

Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil's new contract put a dent in the money available for Arsenal signings (Gareth Fuller/PA)

A new contract for Mesut Ozil, making him the highest-paid player in the club's history, and signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 12 months ago for a club-record fee have played a part in the lack of funds as Emery conceded the winter window will be more frugal for Arsenal.

He said: "We cannot sign permanently. We can only loan players. Only loan players. I can say to you that the club is working, the club is telling me the different situations in each moment. At the moment, we haven't had any news today about that."

While the club work on loan targets, Emery said he would be content to work with the players he has over the remainder of the season.

Emery added: "We are working with the players who are with us now. Also, we are giving chances to the young players and finding with them the regularity to be consistent when we need them to be.

Denis Suarez
Barcelona's Denis Suarez has been linked with a move to Arsenal (Mike Egerton/PA)

"I am very happy, I know it is not easy for us now in this transfer market and if we can find one player who can help us like we need, with the quality and a different player for getting in our squad, we are going to do it.

"But I am happy with every player today, it is really some injuries that didn't help us in the last matches because we struggled with different injuries with the players.

"I am happy because another player can have chances when one player is injured and they are doing well, that is the reason for us being calm and my confidence with the club is big, they are working and if one or two players can come and help us that is perfect."

Arsenal have been linked with Barcelona winger Denis Suarez, Yannick Carrasco of Dalian Yifang and Ever Banega from Emery's former club Sevilla.

Asked specifically about a move for Suarez, Emery said: "I don't know his situation now. We can only sign players later on. I know the club is working on possibilities of which players can help us with big performances like we need now."

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