Unai Emery: Arsenal can only make loan signings in January

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has admitted the Gunners checkbook is closed this month, and that anyone incoming at the Emirates will do so only on loan.

Barcelona had originally wanted to sell Suarez, but now Goal.com report that Arsenal are on the verge of agreeing a loan deal with an obligation to make the move permanent in the summer.

Suarez has struggled for regular playing time at Barcelona this season and is expected to move in the ongoing transfer window. We can only sign players later on.

"We can't sign with payment, we can only loan players in this window", Emery told a press conference ahead of the game against West Ham United.

" I don't know his situation now".

"We can not sign anyone permanently", Emery said, quoted by Sky Sports News.

"I know the club is working to find players who can help us, with this condition".

The north London club, who have missed out on top-four finishes and Champions League qualification in the previous two seasons, are fifth in the table with 41 points, but Emery said fans could not expect permanent recruits in January.

The Gunners signed Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi in the summer at a cost of over £70million - but Emery conceded the winter window will be much more frugal from Arsenal.

While the club work on loan targets, Emery also said he would be content to work with the current crop of players at his disposal. "His future I respect a lot because he has a very private decision but he is with us every day, and I repeat that I am very happy with him". "In the last match [against Blackpool in the FA Cup] I was very happy with him".

"I want his behaviour and his focus to be on West Ham on Saturday".

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