Edu can raise £139m at Arsenal to fund Mikel Arteta’s next two January transfer missions

Arsenal will have to get creative in order to bolster their squad before the January transfer window closes.

The north London outfit can consider their summer business successful after signing Thomas Partey on deadline day from Atletico Madrid to go alongside deals for Gabriel Magalhaes, Willian, Dani Ceballos, and Alex Runarsson.

However, an inconsistent start to the Premier League season has highlighted where manager Mikel Arteta must strengthen if he’s to lead the club back into the Champions League.

In terms of what Arsenal’s transfer missions are regarding new arrivals this month, Arteta and technical director Edu have already identified what is their priorities.

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“It’s quite clear what we need,” Edu said at an Arsenal fans’ forum last month. “We need a player with creativity in the middle, we don’t have that in the squad right now.”

Meanwhile, Arteta revealed that his plan is to sign a back-up goalkeeper to provide competition and cover for Bernd Leno.

“The discussion we had in the summer within the club are a little bit different to what actually happened because of the transfer window and the situation that developed with Emi,” Arteta told reporters.

“We didn’t have much time to do what we really wanted to do and we decided to assess the situation in this window which is what we are trying to do and we will make a decision on how we want to move forward in those three positions.”

Amid links to the likes of Emi Buendia, Julian Brandt, and Odsonne Edouard, it’s clear that Arsenal are in need of a welcome windfall if they’re to sign at least one of the aforementioned trio plus a new keeper.

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