Arsenal manager Unai Emery admits the club can only afford to sign players on loan during the January transfer window – but insists he will be happy with his squad if the Gunners fail to add any new faces.
With the club keen to recruit a defender and a winger to their ranks, Emery has confirmed there is no money available to land permanent targets.
The Gunners boss 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.”
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.
While the club work on loan targets, Emery also said he would be content to work with the current crop of players at his disposal.
He 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.
“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.”
Arsenal injury news – who is out?
Arsenal boss Emery has six players back in contention for their Premier League clash with West Ham.
The Gunners can call on fit-again Mesut Ozil (knee), Laurent Koscielny (back), Hector Bellerin (calf), Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin), Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal (both hamstring) if required at the London Stadium.
However, it remains to be seen how many will be given the nod by Emery tomorrow.
The Spaniard remains without the services of Rob Holding (knee), Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Danny Welbeck (both ankle).
West Ham vs Arsenal latest odds
West Ham can be backed at 13/5
The draw is available at 29/10
Arsenal are the favourites at 21/10
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