Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal need another midfielder after Mohamed Elneny’s knee injury that could end his season… with Everton’s Amadou Onana or Brighton’s Moises Caicedo possible options with Declan Rice their No 1 summer target
- Mohamed Elneny suffered the serious knee injury before north London derby
- West Ham’s Declan Rice is Arsenal’s top summer target but urgent fix is needed
- Arteta conceded that Gunners may be left short in midfield if they don’t buy
Mikel Arteta has conceded Arsenal need another midfielder – and could be forced into the January transfer market – following an injury to Mohamed Elneny.
The manager said there are ‘concerns’ over Elneny’s knee problem, suffered in training before this month’s north London derby.
Mikel Arteta has conceded that Arsenal will be light on bodies in midfield if they don’t buy
Mohamed Elneny has suffered a serious knee injury that could spell the end of his season
But the club could now try for a January signing, too, with Everton’s Amadou Onana and Brighton’s Moises Caicedo among those linked with Arsenal ahead of Tuesday night’s deadline.
Both would be expensive but the manager said on Wednesday: ‘If there’s anything else available that can make us better we’ll look at it… we need some more cover in midfield ideally if we can.
‘In this market it’s pretty 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 available today that are already really good.’
Without Elneny, Albert Sambi Lokonga is the only regular back up to Thomas Partey in holding 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 shuts
Brighton’s Moises Caicedo is another potential option before next week’s deadline
And when Arteta was pressed on whether the 30-year-old could miss the rest of the campaign, he simply said: ‘There are concerns, especially (because) Mo is a player…