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Arsenal: Pete O’Rourke claims club open to more attacking signings

Arsenal are open to more attacking signings in the January window after missing out on Joao Felix, Pete O’Rourke has claimed.

What’s the word?

The Gunners are currently top of the Premier League and are clearly identifying an attacker to strengthen their squad as they take aim at a first league title since 2004.

Mykhailo Mudryk had been their number-one target, but the latest reports indicate that he is set to head to Chelsea despite Arsenal bidding multiple times.

Speaking prior to the latest Mudryk news, O’Rourke told Football FanCast that should an opportunity for a forward open up, Mikel Arteta could make a move – even if they ended up signing the Ukrainian in the first place.

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Asked if he expected the Gunners to explore other attacking signings, he said: “I’m sure if the right deal is out there, it’s something that Arsenal will be monitoring – to see if the attacking reinforcement is out there.

“They have missed out on Joao Felix. Mikel Arteta has admitted Gabriel Jesus is going to be out for quite a few months as well, so if they suffer any more injuries from their attacking players, it’s definitely something that Arteta will be looking for.”

Depth is needed

With Jesus injured, attacking depth across the frontline is arguably needed if Arsenal want to challenge for the title and compete in the Europa League, and a versatile attacker could be ideal.

Mudryk was the top target, but with his move to Chelsea inching closer to completion, Arsenal may need to explore other options regardless.

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If they do not sign a forward in this window, assuming they do not land Mudryk, they could be taking a big risk in their title challenge, with their attacking depth currently running low on numbers, as perhaps shown by Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli both playing in every single league game to date.

It remains to be seen what kind of deal can be struck in January, but another forward could be the difference-maker in the title race, and Arsenal may not want to waste such an opportunity to win the league.