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ARSENAL boss Unai Emery could keep his powder dry in January and wait until next summer to get new players on board.
Emery is understood to be keen on drafting in more players as his Emirates Stadium evolution continues.
But it’s claimed the Arsenal chief would be prepared to wait until the summer to get his shopping done.
Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth discussed the saga on the latest episode of the Transfer Talk podcast.
He said: “You’ve got a situation where Unai Emery is putting it out there that Arsenal are looking for players in January.
“You can tell that it’s a notoriously difficult to get deals done. I have a feeling that he will be patient and he might wait until the summer.
“He got a lot of his business done early in the summer. I think Arsenal’s main focus will be to look towards the summer.
“If something comes up in January then perhaps they’ll go in and do some business.”
Emery has been left without a host of senior defenders following a nightmare run of injuries.
But Sheth says Arsenal are unlikely to draft someone in just to plug the gap temporarily.
“The obvious area that they’d be looking at is the defence,” he said. “They’ve got so many injuries that players will recover so do they bring in someone just for the short term?
“It depends what the realistic aim for Arsenal is this season. They are in the mix for the top four. Would bringing in an extra defender help them get that top four position and would a player who would walk straight into the Arsenal team be available?
“Unai Emery, from what he’s said, he’s doubtful he’d be able to get a player of that calibre to come in at this time of year.”