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How many January signings are Arsenal planning to make?

Mikel Arteta at Arsenal
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The Gunners are looking to bolster their squad for a tough title race in the second half of the season.

Mikel Arteta has set his sights on bolstering Arsenal’s squad with four new signings in the upcoming January transfer window. The Gunners, currently leading the table, are eager to avoid a repeat of last season’s downturn, where injuries impacted their title challenge.

Ivan Toney is a possible addition, but obstacles, including Brentford’s valuation at £60 million, pose challenges. Arteta also has reservations about Toney’s readiness after a seven-month absence from the game due to a suspension for breaking gambling regulations.

In addition to the striker search, Arsenal faces defensive challenges. Takehiro Tomiyasu’s potential absence due to injury and participation in the Asia Cup leaves a void in the full-back positions. Cedric Soares and Jakub Kiwior provide limited cover, raising concerns about depth.

The central midfield area is equally pressing for Arteta, especially with Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey set to feature in the Africa Cup of Nations. Declan Rice shoulders a significant burden, and Arteta is left with limited options, emphasizing the need for reinforcements to sustain their title bid.

The Gunners face Liverpool in a crucial match at Anfield this weekend before hosting West Ham five days later.