Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been told he can only sign players on loan in the January transfer window.
The Gunners are chasing a return to Champions League football this season and currently sit fifth in the Premier League as well as being active in the Europa League.
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- When Emery took charge of Arsenal last summer, he was joined by Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, Sokratis, Mattéo Guendouzi and Stephan Lichtsteiner.
- Arsenal have had an overall good season so far under Emery, going on a 22-match unbeaten streak across all competitions and are currently fifth in the Premier League.
- But the Gunners have won just three of their last seven matches in all competitions.
- As a result, Arsenal have been backed to add to their squad in the January transfer window, with Denis Suarez heavily linked with the club.
- However, Emery has confirmed the Gunners will not be buying anyone this month, with only loans possible.
Emery, who succeeded legendary Gunners boss Arsene Wenger last summer, has to date made five permanent signings: Lucas Torreira (£26.4m), Bernd Leno (£19.3m), Sokratis (£17.7m), Mattéo Guendouzi (£7m) and Stephan Lichtsteiner (free).
However, if they are to bolster their squad to pursue their goals then it will have to be short-term fixes instead of lavish spending – unlike this time last year when Arsenal broke their club transfer record to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.
“We cannot sign permanently,” Emery told reporters. “We can only loan players. Only loan players.
“I can say to you that the club is working, the club is telling me the different situations in each moment. At the moment, we haven’t had any news today about that.”
What did Emery say about Arsenal’s trio of transfer targets?
Despite this revelation, the Gunners have been heavily linked with a number of players. So far they’ve been associated with Sevilla midfielder Éver Banega, Barcelona’s Denis Suárez and Yannick Carrasco of Dalian Yifang.
Emery, preparing Arsenal for this weekend’s trip to West Ham, was coy when Suarez’s name was brought up.
“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,” he said.
According to reports, Barcelona are demanding £20m for Suárez’s signature though Arsenal are pushing for a loan move. One player that could be available on a free in the summer is Banega who has worked under Emery before.
“I know this player and he’s a very good player. I cannot tell you more,” he added.