Arsenal can only afford to loan players during the January transfer window and cannot make permanent signings, says manager Unai Emery.

The Gunners, who signed five first-team players in the summer window, have been strongly linked with a move for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez.

“I don’t know now his [Suarez’s] situation but we can only sign on a loan,” Emery said.

“We cannot sign permanently. We can only loan players.”

Arsenal spent around £70m on four players last summer – Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Sokratis and Bernd Leno with Stephan Lichtsteiner also arriving on a free transfer – and signed striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangfor a club record £56m in January 2018.

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