Arsenal will reportedly prioritise signing a defender in the January transfer window following Takehiro Tomiyasu's latest injury blow. The Japan international was forced off in the second half of last weekend’s 2-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers after feeling something in his calf.
football.london understands that the 25-year-old is unlikely to return for the Gunners in 2023, although there is some hope that he could be back before then if his rehab progresses positively. It is a major blow for Mikel Arteta’s side, who are now very short at the back considering Jurrien Timber is also sidelined with an ACL injury.
Now, the Daily Mail have reported that the north Londoners will turn to the transfer market in January to bolster their defensive options, with a midfielder also potentially on the agenda. It is claimed that Arsenal would prefer to bring in a player for the centre of the park on loan as Thomas Partey awaits his return from injury.
The Ghana international has suffered a plethora of fitness problems since signing from Atletico Madrid back in 2020, with his latest thigh issue set to keep him sidelined for the remainder of 2023, football.london understands. Both Partey and the aforementioned Tomiyasu will be heading off on international duty next month, taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations and Asian Cup respectively.
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Experienced holding midfielder Mohammed Elneny will also be heading to AFCON with Egypt. Arteta’s side currently sit top of the Premier League with 15 games played, sitting two points clear of Liverpool inRead on football.london