The Gunners did not intend to sign any players during the winter window, but their desperate need for creativity might just have changed things

When Arsenal signed Thomas Partey on the final day of the summer transfer window, the plan was that the cheque book would remain shut until the end of the 2020-21 season.

The addition of the central midfielder, combined with the earlier captures of centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes and wide attacker Willian, were viewed as enough to ensure that Mikel Arteta’s side would be able to compete for that precious top-four spot in the Premier League.

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