Arsenal have been in talks with Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, but club remains limited to loan deals and Emery wasn't prepared to give much away when he spoke to the media at his weekly press conference ahead of facing Chelsea on Saturday.
"This transfer window is not easy to take players that can help us with better performances than the players we have now," Emery explained, via Arsenal.com.
"The club is working and I spoke with Sven [Mislintat], with Raul [Sanllehi] about different possibilities with players. They are working but it is not easy to take players that can help us with big performances now," the Spanish coach added.
"I think it is more one transfer for something special you need that can help us. We are looking, the club is working with the possibility to loan players and if we can take for helping us in a different position on the team, then maybe we can."
The latest reports from Spain regarding the pursuit of Suarez claim that Barcelona have asked for a €2m loan fee, as well as a €20m compulsory purchase option to be included in any deal
‼️NOTÍCIA @EsportsRAC1 ️@gerardromero— El Barça juga a RAC1 (@FCBRAC1) January 17, 2019
DENIS SUÁREZ. El Barça demana a l'Arsenal 2 milions d'euros per una cessió fins a final de temporada més una compra obligatòria de 20 milions a l'estiu. pic.twitter.com/umLffMHrRo
On the subject of Suarez, Emery noted that 'conversations have taken place.
"They are conversations between us privately. I don’t want to say to you this private conversation with the club," he said.
And as for the rumours that Mislintat is set to leave the club just a year after arriving as chief scout in a major restructuring, Emery played down the possibility.
"I was working with him the last two weeks. We had two or three meetings together and we are working normally. I don't know another different issue to him," the boss said.
"I don't know [if he is leaving]. When I spoke with him it was all normal. My relationship with him for transfers in the last two or three weeks, we are speaking about that."