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'Still looking': Journalist says there's a signing Arsenal's board have promised Arteta they'll make

The Arsenal hierarchy has “promised” Mikel Arteta a new midfielder in the January transfer window, according to Dean Jones.

Arsenal are currently on the lookout for reinforcements in the middle of the park.

The Gunners are without Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny, who are competing at the Africa Cup of Nations.

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles is on loan at Roma, while Granit Xhaka is serving a suspension.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with Juventus and Brazil midfielder Arthur Melo in recent days.

However, Jones has claimed that the Gunners now look unlikely to seal the 25-year-old’s signature.

He claimed Juve are now in two minds about letting Arthur go, particularly on loan.

“From an Arsenal point of view, it’s a shame that it’s not looking good,” Jones told The Football Terrace.

“I wouldn’t say all hope is lost, but they will be looking at other options.

“I can’t really give you any names, but they are still looking to fill that position and I do think they will.

“It’s that important to Arteta and he’s been promised that he will be given what he wants there.”

Arsenal need to sort out problem of their own making – TBR View

Arsenal’s midfield dilemma is a problem of their own making.

The Gunners hierarchy knew Partey and Elneny would’ve been going to the Africa Cup of Nations.

Letting Maitland-Niles go at the start of the window never looked like a good decision right from the off.

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It’s good to hear that Arsenal are seemingly pushing to land a new midfielder.

However, in the January transfer window, it’s always difficult to do business for truly top players.

That said, there is one outstanding midfielder currently out of favour at his club and potentially looking to leave on loan.

If Arsenal could land PSG’s Georginio Wijnaldum until the end of the season, fans would no doubt be buzzing.

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