Arsenal director hints at more signings in January

Arsenal director Josh Kroenke says the Gunners could be active in the January transfer window

Unai Emery
Unai Emery (Photo: Screengrab)

Arsenal could continue their spending spree in the January transfer window, according to Gunners director Josh Kroenke.

The north London side were the busiest of the Premier League’s top-six clubs in the summer transfer window as Arsenal signed six new players.

Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli was the first arrival to be announced. Arsenal then signed William Saliba in a £36m deal before the 18-year-old was loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the season as part of the agreement.

Unai Emery managed to sign his compatriot Dani Ceballos on loan for the 2019-20 campaign from Real Madrid after the playmaker impressed at the Under-21 European championship in the summer.

Arsenal further bolstered their squad with the club-record £72m signing of Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe from Lille after the winger had been linked with a move to a number of top clubs.

The Gunners completed the signing of Celtic defender Kieran Tierney and Chelsea FC centre-half David Luiz on deadline day to bolster their defence.

Arsenal have won their opening two Premier League games following victories over Newcastle United and Burnley.

Speaking to BBC Sport about Arsenal’s transfer business, the club’s director Josh Kroenke, who is also the son of Stan Kroenke, said:

“I would say that if you’re reacting and doing club-record signings based on public opinion, you’re not going to go very far as a club.

“We weren’t reactive this summer, we were actually proactive.”

Kroenke continued: “As for January, I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves.

“We’ve got to evaluate some things in the short term and figure out where we might need to address going forward, so when January does roll around we’re going to be proactive again.”

Arsenal will take on Liverpool FC in their next Premier League fixture at Anfield on Saturday.

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