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Unai Emery reveals Arsenal will make no permanent signings in January

Unai Emery reveals Arsenal will make no permanent signings in January

With an official announcement expected to be made imminently on Aaron Ramsey’s move to Juventus this summer, many around the Emirates have been speculating as to who could be a replacement for the Welshman.

However, speaking at his press conference on Thursday afternoon, Unai Emery revealed that the Gunners will not be adding any permanent additions in January.

Arsenal currently sit three points adrift of the top-four and face a trip to the London Stadium this weekend.

A January filled with loan signings?

With Emery ruling out any possibility of making any signings this month, it leaves the futures of both Denis Suarez and Ever Banega up in the air.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for both the La Liga stars, but both Barcelona and Sevilla remain adamant they want any deal to be on a permanent basis.

Both were managed by Emery during his tenure at Sevilla and when asked about Suarez on Thursday, the Spanish boss said:

“I don’t know his situation now. We can only sign players later on. I know the club is working on possibilities of which players can help us with big performances like we need now.”

The Gunners’ finances have been squeezed by their enormous wage bill and by the series of signings they have made in the last 12 months.

Arsenal spent around £70m on four players last summer – Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Sokratis and Bernd Leno with Stephan Lichtsteiner also arriving on a free transfer – and signed striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a club record £56m in January 2018.

Polarizing midfielder Mesut Ozil also signed a bumper new deal worth £350,000 a week only one-year ago.

Emery respects Ramsey’s decision

Another hot topic of conversation during Thursday’s press conference was the soon to be announced departure of Aaron Ramsey.

According to multiple sources, the 28-year-old is expected to sign a pre-contract agreement with Seria A champions Juventus after undergoing a medical on Sunday.

The deal is expected to be finalised after Juve’s Italian Super Cup game against AC Milan next Wednesday.

Speaking to the media, Emery revealed that he respects Ramsey’s decision to sign what is expected to be a five-year deal with the European giants.

“His future is individually for him, for his family, his agent. Every training day with us he is working very well and I want his behaviour and focus the same for West Ham on Saturday.”

I respect his decision a lot. I cannot say more than this situation.

“For me the most important (thing) is Aaron Ramsey is with us. His future I respect a lot because it is a very private decision.

“But between him and us, I am very happy with him now.”

In a 10-year stay in North London that has seen him lift three FA Cup titles, are Emery and Arsenal making the decision move in letting Ramsey leave the Emirates?

Tom Dunstan

25-year-old freelance football writer & editor from Essex, England.
Formerly of The Independent.
Falmouth University graduate.
Long-suffering West Ham fan.

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