• Manager wants players in and settled with key games coming up
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Mikel Arteta has urged Arsenal to make January signings as quickly as possible, with the Premier League leaders preparing to face Newcastle, Tottenham and Manchester United during a key month in the title race.

Arteta’s team lead Manchester City by five points going into Monday’s match at home to West Ham. The manager has said Arsenal are “going to be active” in the window and believes the speed with which they get deals done could shape their season. A game at home to Newcastle on 3 January is followed by an FA Cup third-round tie at Oxford, and then come fixtures at Spurs on 15 January and a visit from Manchester United a week later.

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