Arteta: ‘We are working on deals’

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is hopeful that the club will be active in the upcoming January transfer window. The Gunners have been linked with a number of strikers and midfielders in recent weeks and Arteta explained that the clubs is ‘working’ on moves.

The Gunners have lifted themselves to fourth in the Premier League table and are hoping to continue their recent run of form when they face Norwich on Boxing Day.

Speaking ahead of the game, Arteta was asked if Arsenal are likely to make any signings to bolster the team:

“If you can tweak what you need to in that period, which is not easy, it would be really helpful,” he said. “We are working on that to see the necessities we can have, and whether we can find the right solutions to that.

“I was living at La Masia – it was a bedroom of eight, I had Pepe Reina, Víctor Valdés, Andrés Iniesta, Carles Puyol … What I learned was that internally there was competition: we were all at the same age and wanted to be first-team players but could not all get there. But what I learned as well was within that competition you understand that you have to look after each other. That was a big, big lesson in that period for me.

“Some of them are still my best friends because it is tough and you go through important, key moments in your career and it stays for life. Those relationships are unbreakable.”

Saka? What I see is a young boy with incredible enthusiasm and passion for this club, I see it in others too. They are really willing to bring success and they are dealing with a lot of difficult situations in a great way.

“That shows the education they had, the background, environment and families they have, and how supportive the club have been throughout their careers. But it is not normal at that age to do what they’ve been doing. We have to be prepared [so] that, if they can’t cope with something, we are there to identify that and act straight away.”