Arteta to Arsenal bosses: Give me two central defenders, one midfielder

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Mikel Arteta has reportedly identified three positions he wants to strengthen in the January transfer window.

The Spaniard, who was confirmed as Unai Emery’s replacement at Arsenal last week, is looking to hit the ground running in his first managerial spell.

And according to France Football vie Metro , Arteta, who takes charge of his first game as Arsenal boss when Arsenal visit Bournemouth on Boxing Day, has delivered three transfer demands to Emirates chiefs.

It is claimed that the manager wants to sign two central defenders and a defensive midfielder when the transfer window reopens in less than a week.

Defence is a priority for Arteta, who is seemingly concerned by the fact that Arsenal have kept just three clean sheets in the Premier League this season.

Midfield is another area he is looking to bolster, with Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira both facing uncertain futures at the Emirates.

Xhaka reacted angrily to home supporters booing him as he walked off the pitch in a match against Crystal Palace in October and was subsequently stripped of captaincy by former manager Unai Emery.

David Luiz was signed in the summer but has been unable to improve Arsenal’s defence.

The 27-year-old, who was also dropped, has since found his way back into the squad and former Manchester City assistant Arteta said he would offer his full support to Xhaka, having taken charge of 11th-placed Arsenal last week.

“When I was going from Arsenal to City to start coaching and we were looking at that position, he was one of the players on my list,” Arteta told the media before his first match in charge at Bournemouth.

“I was happy when Arsenal signed him because I thought he awas going to be a terrific player. He has done some really good things and now has got stuck in a difficult situation that was growing and growing and one day it exploded.

“But I have been amazed by how this relationship is starting to come back a little bit and the fans have been positive about him. It’s difficult to change completely the scenario from where he was to a magnificent one. But we’re in the right direction.”