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Arteta wants a midfield signing, but it won’t be easy

With Man City in the FA Cup tomorrow, Mikel Arteta met the press yesterday. We’ll deal with the team news and the match preview tomorrow, but most interesting part of the press conference came towards the end when he was asked about the absence of Mohamed Elneny among rumours that the midfielder could be out for the rest of the season.

Arteta said:

There are some concerns, especially as Mo never complains about anything but let’s see.

He had some issues with his knee that we are assessing at the moment and I’ll have to see how he evolves in the next couple of days.

The Egypt international reportedly picked up a knock in training ahead of the North London derby, so was absent for that, and wasn’t in the squad for the win over Man Utd on Sunday. He’s been present, I mentioned him congratulating Eddie in yesterday’s blog, so it’s not as if he’s on crutches or anything, but it does sound as if something is going on.

Mikel Arteta rarely gives much away when it comes to injuries, so for him to even say there are some concerns in relation to a question regarding Elneny’s involvement for the rest of the season might be telling. If there is a significant problem, you can understand why – with less than a week of the transfer window remaining – Arsenal want to keep that under wraps. It’s difficult enough to get deals done in January, so if every potential selling club out there knows there’s a measure of desperation, it won’t make it any easier.

He was then asked about further recruitment in January following the arrivals of Leandro Trossard and Jakub Kiwior. The Polish international is a centre-half who has played in midfield, but my suspicion is that Arsenal don’t really have any plans to do that. Which isn’t to say it couldn’t happen in a pinch, just that I think they see him very much as another option to provide depth, cover, and competition for Gabriel as a defender.

On new signings, Arteta said:

We need some more cover in midfield…

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