Arteta ‘to be given transfer war chest’ as Arsenal board back under-fire boss

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will reportedly be given permission to make a number of new signings in January as the board at the club continue to back the under-fire Spaniard.

The Gunners are in a dreadful run of form that has seen them win just one of their last ten games in the Premier League.

Their latest defeat came against Everton on Saturday, and there are genuine fears they could be involved in a fight to avoid the drop.

They sit just four points off 18th placed Burnley having played two games more and things do not get any easier any time soon, with Chelsea their opponents on Boxing Day.

Despite their current plight, the powers that be at the Emirates are still convinced Arteta is the right man for the job, and are determined to give him more time to put things right.

And according to the Daily Mail they will demonstrate their faith in him by providing funds for him to buy at least one or two new players in January.

A creative midfielder is still top of Arteta's wish-list after he missed out on Lyon star Houssem Aouar over the summer.

And he may also choose to strengthen in other areas of the pitch, with the Gunners in desperate need of some extra firepower going forward.

Reacting to the 2-1 loss to Everton Arteta insisted his team had not enjoyed the rub of the green, and is convinced his players are still behind him despite rumours of a rift in the dressing room.

"Without conceding much we lost the game on two key moments," he said.

"We reacted really well and we dominated the game. We created enough chances at least to not lose – we hit the bar so we don't have the luck.

"We are in a big fight. We lost against Burnley without them having a shot on target, and now we lose because of a couple of chances.

"The boys are absolutely still fighting. They're hurt right now."

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