Speaking recently to the press, Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed he is happy with the squad currently at his disposal. However, he also said that if a good opportunity presented itself for a quality addition in January, the club would be ready to act.
His most pressing concern in that aspect is certainly the back line. Captain Laurent Koscielny may be back, but he had been absent for eight months and it was clear to see in Arsenal’s defeat to Southampton that the 33-year-old Frenchman will need time to be at his best again.
Dinos Mavropanos is close to returning as well, but Rob Holding has been ruled out for the season with an ACL injury. With the jam-packed schedule throughout December in his mind, Emery will likely be forced to seek alternative solutions as Shkodran Mustafi, Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolašinac are all sidelined at the moment.
He has been known to use Nacho Monreal as an additional centre-back in a back three and he’s ready to do so again, but when the market opens at the turn of the year, he may look to find a more sustainable answer.
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