Arteta failed to bolster central midfield, which was one of the positions he was set to strengthen last summer. The Gunners were being offered quality central midfielders all summer, but Arteta did not sign any of them. If the transfer window isn't going to help you, work with what you've got; a phrase that Arteta seemed to embrace until injury struck his midfield, removing two of his most reliable players, Mohammed Elneny and Thomas Partey.Arteta has had to rely on an inexperienced Sambi Lokonga with the duo out injured, playing the Belgian alongside Xhaka.
The Gunners' midfield hasn't been as effective as Arteta would have liked, but what can he do? According to HITC, former Lille midfielder Xeka, who is now a free agent, has offered himself to Arsenal through his entourage. The 27-year-old free agent wants to move to the Emirates on a free transfer, where he will be eligible to play in upcoming games once he signs and receives a work permit.
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