Mikel Arteta has revealed that he is expecting Arsenal to do more business before transfer deadline day on August 31.
The Gunners have already brought in five players in Ben White, Nuno Tavares, Aaron Ramsdale, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Martin Odegaard, making them the biggest spenders in the Premier League.
Meanwhile they have also seen Joe Willock, Matteo Guendouzi, Dinos Mavropanos, Lucas Torreira all depart the club on permanent deals or loan moves with a view to a permanent transfer.
But Arteta has admitted that, despite the large amount of work this summer, he and Edu are still expecting to be busy in the final few days of the market.
“We don’t know. We already done a lot of things,” the Spaniard said in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Manchester City. “Ins and outs it’s a lot.
“I think it’s 16, 17 deals in total, with some renewals, and there are still some things to do in the last few days because there are still some question marks and deals that can happen. We’ll see.”
The Gunners are looking at trying to get some players out at the moment although football.london understands if they’re able to do this then they could go back into the market for a sixth signing.
One of those players is expected to be Willian, who is closing in on a move to Corinthians. Arteta admitted that conversations were taking place between the Brazilian’s agent Kia Joorabchian and the club, but that nothing had been finalised yet.
“We are having some conversations with him and the agent and we are evaluation the position that we are in at the moment,” he said.
Sead Kolasinac could also leave with Fenerbahce understood to be interested, but was a surprise inclusion for the starting line up for Arsenal’s 6-0 victory over West Brom in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
However, Arteta revealed that the two things were not necessarily linked.
“No, it’s an indication of every player that is with us that is training and behaving the way Sead is, when we have the possibility to give them minutes,” he said when asked about whether the Bosnian’s involvement at the Hawthorns meant he’d stay beyond the end of the window.
“We want to be fair because that’s what we demand from all the players. He’s our players and we treat him exactly the same way and then we’ll see what happens.”
One player who it seems won’t be leaving though is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who ended his goal scoring drought with a hat trick against the Baggies.
“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is our player and he’ll remain here,” said Arteta when asked about potential interest from Manchester City after the collapse of the Harry Kane deal.
Source by Football London