With the exception bringing in a left-back as cover for Kieran Tierney, Mikel Arteta, Edu and the recruitment department can walk away from the January window with a sense of accomplishment.
In a desperately difficult window to work in, due to the financial impact of Covid-19, Arteta was able to reinforce in areas of weakness with the arrivals of Mat Ryan, Martin Odegaard and Omar Rekik, while also, probably more importantly, dramatically trimming his squad.
Against the backdrop of an seven-match unbeaten Premier League run, there is a firm sense of forward momentum at Emirates Stadium that the Gunners can finish the 2020/21 campaign with real purpose.
Next up for Arteta’s side is a trip to Molineux to take on a Wolves side who are experiencing the sort of slump that Arsenal suffered with Nuno Espirito Santos’ team winning 2-1 at Emirates Stadium in November; the game in which Raul Jiminez suffered his head injury.
Given the strength of form behind them, Arteta’s changes to his starting XI are expected to be minimal, for a numbers of reasons, but he does have players returning from injury who could be in contention and a certain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabonese striker has missed Arsenal’s last two Premier League games after travelling abroad to support his ill mother but had to quarantine on his return to the UK last week.