Despite the impressive form of several youngsters, the Gunners boss maintains his focus on the transfer market
Mikel Arteta’s business in January will not change due to Arsenal’s last two results, although Bukayo Saka continues to provide the creative spark the Gunners need.
The last 1-0 victory at Brighton came thanks to a strike from Alexandre Lacazette 29 seconds after leaving the bench on Tuesday.
Arteta’s men are now nine points ahead of the bottom three, surely stifling any mischievous relegation talk, but they’re not looking to let go.
When asked if back-to-back wins for just the second time this season in the league would affect the urgency of making moves in the upcoming transfer window, Arteta replied: “No, the latest results won’t change. not our approach to the window. “
The Arsenal manager was specifically asked about the prospect of stepping down in disgrace real Madrid Playmaker Isco added: “Obviously, we can’t talk about individual players.”
With Mesut Ozil excluded from Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads, Isco could potentially bring a new dimension to the center of the field.
In his seven and a half years in Madrid, only Karim Benzema (60), Cristiano Ronaldo (47) and Toni Kroos (46) provided more the league Assists for Los Blancos as Isco (42), who created 306 chances in 217 games (1.4 per game).
However, on the wing, Arsenal already have some creative force in the form of the 19-year-old England Saka international.
A superb assist for Lacazette was his 15th in all club competitions since the start of last season, more than any other Arsenal player.
Saka played the most important assists (three) of any visiting player at Amex Stadium, having scored his second league goal of the season in the Chelsea game.
Arteta is however keen to keep the player grounded, telling reporters: “I would like everyone to be careful, leave him alone and let him evolve.
“I think he has the right progression, I think he has the right people around him, in his house, in his entourage.
“Then he also has the right teammates to support him all the time, give him confidence, keep his feet on the ground but also give him support and confidence.
“I hope we can be the right coaches around him and the right club to see what he can be in the future.
“Today he had a tough game in the first half because we weren’t using certain moments to generate advantages for him and the other forwards in the right way.
“The game gets really tough with your back to goal against a full five in a low block.
“In the second half, we started playing different balls and attacking differently. They found more freedom, more space and more capacity to unlock situations and blockages.
“We created four or five big chances and he was involved in most of them.”
Saka was substituted nine minutes after failing to get rid of a blow, Arteta asked if the apparent injury was serious.
“I hope not,” said the manager. “He was limping – I think he took on a tall order – but I hope he will be okay.”