Arteta makes Arsenal transfer claim amid £22m defender talk

Date published: Friday 24th January 2020 1:12

Mikel Arteta refused to confirm or deny whether Arsenal have made an offer for Shakhtar Donetsk centre-back Mykola Matviyenko, claiming he is “50/50” as to whether to make signings in January.

Arteta previously admitted the Gunners were on the lookout for defensive reinforcements after Callum Chambers’ season-ending injury.

And Zbirna claim Arsenal have offered £4.5m to sign Matviyenko on loan for the remainder of the season with the deal to be made permanent in the summer for £22m.

But Arteta insists his main focus is on his side’s FA Cup fourth round tie against Bournemouth on Monday night instead of transfer rumours.

“I’m not going to be discussing any transfer links publicly,” Arteta said in his pre-match press conference.

“It’s something we are trying to do internally and when we have news we will communicate with you guys.”

“We are looking at different positions, obviously since I joined we lost Calum [Chambers] and we had other circumstances and injuries in that position so it’s true that at the back we have been short.

“There are other positions as well, depending on what happens in the market that we might need to assess.”

 

Then when asked if he’s confident of getting business done before deadline day, Arteta insisted he will only dip into the market for quality players.

“At the moment I am 50/50 because this transfer [window] is very complicated and I only want to bring somebody in if I’m convinced he can really improve the level that we have.”

 

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