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Thursday 21 March 2019

Emery: 'Only loan deals for Gunners'

Unai Emery
Unai Emery

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.

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.-

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.

Ahead of tomorrow's clash at West Ham, 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 about that."

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