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Arsenal chief Vinai Venkatesham outlines January transfer plans

The Gunners are likely to be more reactive in the January window (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham has played down the likelihood of the Gunners being as active in the January transfer window as they were over the summer.

The north London club broke their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe in a £72million deal, while they also brought in William Saliba, Kieran Tierney, David Luiz and Dani Ceballos on loan.

Despite the reinforcements, Arsenal will be in a battle to finish in the top four again, though Venkatesham says the side are unlikely to strengthen further unless injury strikes.

Arsenal chief reveals if Gunners will be active in January transfer window
Arsenal smashed their transfer record to sign Pepe from Lille (Picture: Getty)

Asked if Arsenal have any plans to bring in big-name players in January, Venkatesham told Bloomberg: Well listen, weve just been through the transfer period in the summer, thats what we always call the main transfer window.

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We were very aggressive in that transfer window, signing a number of new players that were very excited about, predominately targeting young players that we believe can grow and develop with us over future years.

When we look forward to January, well see when January comes. Id say that we always treat the summer window as being the more strategic window.

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The January window is the one where you need to be a bit more tactical, maybe responding to an injury or another demand. But really our work is done in the summer and were really pleased with what we did in the summer.

Pressed on whether the defence would be strengthened again, he continued: Listen, as Ive said, weve been really focused over the summer, we made some defensive reinforcements signing David Luiz from Chelsea and Kieran Tierney from Celtic.

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