The transfer window is closing in a week, and Unai Emery was questioned in his latest press conference regarding any possible moves Arsenal are set to make.
Despite confirming the club’s comments regarding the non-existent transfer budget for this winter window, Emery once again spoke candidly about what Arsenal are looking to do to bolster the squad.
Emery commented on his intention to hopefully see one or two new faces in the squad, and one of those he was asked about directly: Denis Suarez of Barcelona.
Suarez seems surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou, and Emery mentioned of his admiration for the Spanish midfielder, but wouldn’t confirm if Arsenal had made a move for the midfielder.
The latest reports state that negotiations have broken down between the player and the club, which would leave precious little time to open up new talks and get a deal over the line. The loan deal would have had an option to buy, but it seems as if this move of which Emery was reluctant to talk of, is hanging in the balance.
Emery is known to be looking for a winger who can play on the right or left, and perhaps a centre back, although Emery was quick to champion young Konstandinos Mavropanos, who is now fit to play and will surely play some role until the end of the season with Rob Holding out for the foreseeable future.
Emery was also moved to talk of the departure of Sven Mislintat, and mentioned how they had worked well together in the short time they were at the club in unison. The questions from journalists seamlessly moved to his possible replacement, Monchi, who is currently at Roma.
Emery said that he had enjoyed a great relationship with the Spanish Technical Director in the three and a half years they had been at Sevilla together, and said that Monchi was a good person and a good professional.
A glowing testimony, but no confirmation again.
What is clear is that Emery is keen to add to his squad, but is playing his cards close to his chest, which is unsurprising.
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