Mikel Arteta has made Arsenal's next transfer priority clear after two rejections
It's two down for Arsenal in the January transfer window - and potentially one to go.
The Gunners may have spent much of the winter pursuing Mykhaylo Mudryk before Chelsea came and gazumped them to the Ukrainian wonderkid's signature, but manager Mikel Arteta will still boast a pair of new players for what's set to be an enthralling second half of the season in North London.
A rapid 27million deal was struck with Brighton to bring in Belgian winger Leandro Trossard as an alternative to Mudryk, before Arsenal won the hotly-contested race to sign Poland international defender Jakub Kiwior from Spezia. Arteta and his recruitment team - led by technical director Edu - have still suffered rejection elsewhere, though, shedding light on their next transfer priority.
Lauded for their commanding display in Sunday's last-gasp 3-2 victory over Manchester United, the Gunners' engine room in midfield has driven them to the top of the Premier League table - but it could malfunction. While captain Martin Odegaard and the resurgent Granit Xhaka are rarely fitness worries, midfield general Thomas Partey's patchy injury record means that Arteta has long been on the lookout for an able deputy.
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