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Arsenal handed title boost as Guardiola confirms Man City transfer plan

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While the Gunners are set to seek out reinforcements in the January transfer window, the same cannot be said about their title rivals.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted he is unlikely to sign new players when the transfer window reopens on Sunday.

Despite trailing Arsenal in the Premier League table, City have no names shortlisted for transfers. Guardiola confirmed this stance after meetings with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and director of football Txiki Begiristain in Abu Dhabi in December.

“I think we’re not going to sign any player in January, so we’re going to finish this way,” the 51-year-old Catalan said.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but since I arrived from Abu Dhabi, with Txiki Begiristain and everyone, there wasn’t any name on the table.”

How much did City spend in the summer?

City spent around €159.9 million in the summer by signing Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Manuel Akanji, and Sergio Gomez. However, the club recouped €139.5 million in player sales. Among these sales was Raheem Sterling, who joined Chelsea, and new Arsenal duo Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Arsenal, on the other hand, could end up being one of the busiest Premier League clubs in January. The Gunners hope to reinforce their squad, with signing a new wide forward a priority. According to various reports, they have made an offer for  Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk.

City plan to restore their five-point gap to Arsenal in the Premier League on Wednesday at Leeds. For the latest stats, odds, and betting tips, check out the match preview on Ace Football here.