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Arteta expecting more transfers – We still have things to do

by Koolkola

Mikel Arteta says he is happy with the three signings he’s made this summer but still expects more comings and goings before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month.

The Gunners have spent around £75 million recruiting Ben White from Brighton, Nuno Tavares from Benfica and Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht and are known to be on the look out for a new goalkeeper and potential additions in midfield and attack.

The club is also desperate to offload a number of fringe players to avoid a repeat of last season when some players couldn’t be registered for competitive games.

Ahead of tomorrow’s season opener with Brentford, the manager reflected on the business done so far in a challenging market.

“In this first period of the transfer window, i think we’ve done a few things that we wanted to do that are going to help us to get the squad in a much better place,” said Arteta.

“There’s still a window to go so I’m sure things will happen either way [in and out].

“I’m willing to work with the players I have at the moment and to get the best out of them. We’ll see what we can do.”

On how Arsenal approached the transfer market, he added:

“We identified what we wanted to do, how we could strengthen our team short, medium and long-term and what we needed to achieve that. Then we defined the profile of players that can suit the model that we have at the moment at the club that can sustain our financial position and we made three movements in relation to that. And we decided some exits as well in relation to that.”

Over the course of the last few weeks and months, players from across Europe have been rumored to make the move to the Emirates. Likewise, a number of our squad players have made headlines in other countries. Granit Xhaka came close to joining AS Roma, Inter have been rumored to be interested in Hector Bellerin and Alex Lacazette. Despite all the talk, there’s not been much action.

“It’s been really busy,” said Arteta when asked if he’s been left underwhelmed by the market.

“You’ve named a few names but it tells you as well, how much we have to do and the position that we started the window. We are talking about the most difficult transfer market in this industry over the last years, for sure.

“We are trying to adapt. The club, the owners and myself, we have the same interest which is to make this team much stronger. We know we still have things to do to get where we want.

He added:

“Things take time. There are all the time, different parties and different interests to get deals done. We are trying to do what we can. What is important as well is to make sure that the squad is healthy and to have the stability in the squad which is something we certainly missed up until December. That’s important as well.”

On the need to sell players to be able to buy because of the financial issues caused by Covid, he said:

“It is [difficult]for every club. We have ownership who are willing to invest in the team, to get the team better and with bigger aims.

“We are trying to find that balance because at the same time we need to be really careful because we need a financial position that is sustainable and healthy for the club.”

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