Mikel Arteta has admitted the start to the season from Arsenal has seen him alter his January transfer plans ahead of the transfer window opening.
The Gunners have been in flying form this campaign, leading the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham at the top of the table by two points after 12 matches. Their most recent victory was a crushing 5-0 demolition of Nottingham Forest, who are at the opposite end of the Premier League.
A forward three of Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli has proved deadly while Granit Xhaka has looked reborn anchoring midfield under Arteta this season. The defence has also improved vastly, where William Saliba has slotted straight in and looked imperious.
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But with the January transfer window set to open in two months and a World Cup wedged in between, Arsenal's form has changed how the club were set to go ahead. Instead, the Gunners will now look to sign a world class player to keep their title ambitions alive.
"With the position we are in right now… it demands another level of player," Arteta said on Wednesday. "The planning of that period is extremely difficult.
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"First of all because we know the January window, how special it is, the opportunities that you have, the short window that you have. Once you get the player they are straight away competing, so there is not an adaption process.
"And obviously with the position that we are in right now as well, it demands as well another level of player – and that player has to be available. We will look at everything and let’s see what we can do."
As well as signing new players, Arteta has been keen to tie down his current crop with Gabriel Magalhaes already putting pen to paper over a new contract. There are also plans in the pipeline to offer Saliba, Martinelli and Saka new deals.
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