The Gunners are looking to cover Calum Chambers’ position for the meantime after getting an unwanted knee injury back from their match against Chelsea ending his 2019 devastated.
Arsenal’s medical staff examined upon the injury of the defender found out that he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament from his left knee as he went into surgery expecting to recover within six to nine months.
Having said in finding a replacement, football transfer rumours and reports being linked with coach Mikel Arteta about getting Manchester City’s defender John Stones to be onboard with the team was straightforwardly denied amidst the speculation by saying “No truth in John Stones. No truth in Frank Kessie.”
Arteta previously worked with Stones at the time he was an assistant head coach Manchester City.
“John is a player I really liked and we followed him before we signed him when I was at City and I worked with him for many years and know him well.
“Obviously when I look at centre-backs he’s got many attributes I like from one, but we are not interested in him.” He added.
Questioned added as well regarding Arsenal’s shortage from their backs and the plans of the club about it, Arteta answered, “Yeah we have a lot of injuries at the back. The fact as well that Calum got the big injury. Obviously that is modifying our plans.”
‘It’s what we have, it’s the situation, this can happen. Between December and January it’s very common. We have to live with it, this is what we have.”
“We have to put 11 players out on the pitch on Saturday and I’m sure we will. They will try their best and I will try to select the ones that are in my opinion the best fit for the game.”
Coach was followed up with another question if it would be up to him in fixing the issues by raiding the transfer market, Arteta answered, “Yeah but it has to be the right player in the right context, that financially we can compete and we can attract, and all these factors to put them together is not easy in this market.”
Lastly, amidst with all the football transfer rumours, if the Gunners’ coach has a wishlist of players to sign, he answered with a smile, “‘I have yes. You need to have one always just in case!”