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Arteta explains why Arsenal will be active in the transfer window

Gabriel Jesus joined the Gunners from Man City in the summer and was key to Arsenal’s title charge before the World Cup in Qatar.

Arteta explains why Arsenal will be active in the transfer window
Arteta explains why Arsenal will be active in the transfer window

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that the Gunners will be “active” in the winter transfer market after Brazil international Gabriel Jesus suffered an injury in the World Cup.

The Arsenal summer signing Jesus found the net five times and registered six assists before the 2022-23 Premier League campaign came to a halt due to football’s big tournament in Qatar.

But with the 25-year-old out for a few months after undergoing surgery to his knee, the English top-flight table toppers are looking to take advantage of the January transfer window to get the “right player”.

"It's going to take some time for sure," Arteta replied when asked about Jesus as BBC Sport reported.

"He's gone through surgery and that tells you the extent of the injury, so we will be in the market, always active and we will assess the biggest opportunities we have.

"We are going to be active and active means we are looking to strengthen the team.

"This squad still doesn't have the luxury of not maximising every single window. We have to do that because it's really important, but then we have to get the right profile.

"It has to be the right player to take us to the next level."

Arteta also believes the injury sustained by striker Gabriel Jesus is "a challenge we have to overcome".

"It's obviously a huge blow with Gabriel Jesus and his injury," added Arteta.

"We'll miss him for a period of time. The season has challenges, this is a challenge we have to overcome, but if you're going to be at the top there's going to be those challenges.

"With Gabi it's difficult to put a timeframe because it was a significant injury. Knowing him, I prefer not to give any dates."

Arsenal, who are five points clear of champions Manchester City in the league, return to action against West Ham on the 26th (Boxing Day).

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