The central attacking-midfielder has emerged as a potential target for the Gunners ahead of the January transfer window opening for business later this week
Throughout the summer, Arteta, who watched his Arsenal side record a second successive Premier League win with a 1-0 triumph over Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday night, was desperate to add a new central attacking-midfielder to his squad, with Lyon ace Houssem Aouar heavily linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium.
However, despite the Gunners’ best efforts, they were unable to get a deal over the line, meaning they opted to conclude a move for Thomas Partey.
But the Gunners, who have now won their last two league outings, have struggled for goals this season, netting just 16 in their 16 Premier League outings, highlighting their need to add more quality to the squad, certainly in an attacking sense.
And according to reports in the national media, the Gunners are keen on landing Spain international Isco on loan from Real Madrid for the remainder of the season, though they face competition from Sevilla for his signature.
However, with Sevilla a direct La Liga rival of Madrid’s, the Spanish giants may prefer to send Isco out on loan to Arsenal, opposed to directly bolstering a La Liga rival.
Following the Gunners’ win over Brighton last night, Arteta was quizzed on the links regarding Isco and a move to the Emirates Stadium. Although the Gunners chief would not be drawn on specific names, he did not deny Arsenal holding an interest in the former Valencia man.
“Obviously we cannot talk about individual players,” said Arteta.
Though Arteta’s answer was short and offered no confirmation on the Gunners’ reported interest in Isco, he did not deny it, suggesting the club could make an attempt to sign him on loan next month.
The Gunners’ recent triumphs over both Chelsea and Brighton have dragged the club away from immediate danger at the bottom of the Premier League table.
Despite that, Arteta insists the Gunners’ last two results will not change their January approach.
The Spaniard added: “The last few results won’t change our approach to the window.”