Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal may struggle to cope if they fail to recruit an attacker in the January transfer window

Arteta has refused to get involved in a debate on specific names, but admits that he needs to work hard to improve the ones at his disposal while also making required additions where possible.

Asked if Chelsea won the race to sign Felix from Atletico, Arteta told ITV on Monday night: “My job is to make those players the best I can be.”

‘I’ll try to do that and if we have reinforcements, great.’

The Arsenal boss went on to talk about efforts to bring in attacking additions, especially as Eddie Nketiah is the only senior striker available during the injury-enforced absence of Brazil international Gabriel Jesus:

“The problem is that we only have one and spending so many months until Gabby returns is not easy. But we have to get the most out of the players we have now and if we can get some reinforcements, great”.

Arsenal beat Oxford 3-0 in the FA Cup third round thanks to an Eddie Nketiah brace and now have five goals in their last five appearances, but it’s clear more depth is required.

For Arteta, it is vital that attacking reinforcements are brought in as they look to win the Premier League for the first time since 2004.