Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Emery admits Arsenal can only afford loan signings in January

Emery admits Arsenal can only afford loan signings in January

The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez as they look to add more depth to their squad. We can only sign players later on.

The Welshman played in Arsenal's 3-0 FA Cup win at League One side Blackpool and had his name sung by the away fans.

Suarez, left out of the Barcelona squad for the meeting with Getafe on Sunday night, wants to reunite with Unai Emery, under whom he won the Europa League with Sevilla in 2014-15.

Last January the north London club spent £56 million to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund and the striker has proved his worth, scoring 26 goals in 40 games. "Everyone is still trying to get used to it but it is going well at the moment".

"I don't know his situation now", Emery said.

He said: "We can not sign permanently".

Arsenal's transfer strategy in recent seasons has seen players run down their contract and leave for free, the latest being midfielder Aaron Ramsey who is set to join Juventus in the close season after failing to agree a new deal. We can only sign players later on.

Emery was non-committal when asked about his former player in his press conference on Thursday.

"I say to him every day that we need his performance for us", Emery said.

"But I am happy with every player today, it is really some injuries that didn't help us in the last matches because we struggled with different injuries with the players". I know the club is working to find players who can help us, with this condition.

"I want his behaviour and his focus to be on West Ham on Saturday".

Arsenal confirmed that Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Mesut Ozil were all back in full training ahead of facing West Ham.

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