Unai Emery hints at two signings for Gunners as transfer deadline looms

Arsenal could bring in two fresh faces before the transfer window closes on Thursday, Unai Emery has revealed.

The Gunners have been closely linked with loan moves for Barcelona’s Denis Suarez and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic but it was not known whether the club was looking to bring both players in or just one.

Addressing the situation regarding both players, and discussing whether the club could yet move for a defender before the January window closes, Emery said:

on Ivan Perisic and whether we’ve made an approach…
It’s one thing the club is working on, the possibility with different players. I don’t know exactly which players, but it’s players with the possibility to help us who can play on the wing, right or left.

on whether Perisic wants to join the club…
I think all the players who can come here and help us is good news.

Arsenal Training Session
Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka in training. Picture: ARSENAL

on Denis Suarez…
It’s the same. This transfer is not easy and the message is that the club is working on different players. The possibility, if it can be [done], is good for us.

on his confidence of making new signings…
I don’t know because this transfer window is not easy. I know the club is doing all they can to achieve one player to help us.

on whether he’d be disappointed if there were no signings…
No, because we were speaking about these possibilities two months ago but we know it’s not easy.

on the defensive situation and new signings…
It’s the same. I can’t say to you and example, it’s for all the situations. It’s not easy because I don’t want to come here, sign and player and it’s not very clear if he can help us be better than the players we already have in the squad. It’s a difficulties and [there are] other things, but this is one example where we can only bring players that we are very convinced will be able to help us with a good performance.

on whether we have enough defensive cover…
We have enough players who can play centre back in the squad. The problem is we’re having a lot of injuries in this position. We have enough players. If we can bring another player, and all the other players we have are well to play, then we could maybe have a problem in the future.

on how many players he hopes to sign before the end of the week…
Nil or possibly two. Between nil and two. If they aren’t coming to help us like we want, then we would prefer them to not come. Two because we are looking at two different players who have the possibility to come here.

on players leaving…
I think there is a very small possibility of letting players leave. It’s difficult to name a player who could leave.

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