As the Gunners prepare to take on newly promoted side, Bournemouth on Saturday, Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta sat down to speak to the press on Thursday at London Colney.
Speaking during the press conference, the gaffer was asked some questions relating to the club’s activities in the transfer market. His answers might leave fans frustrated.
Check out excerpts below:
On if Arsenal’s good start has changed the club’s transfer plans:
Arteta; “No, we are still in the same position. Obviously, the market gives you a lot of information and something that maybe you expect that you could get, you are not getting and the same when it’s ins and outs. But we are focused on the players that we have right now and getting the best out of them.”
On making sure it’s only the right players that are brought in:
Arteta; “It has to be the right person, and it has to be the right player. We want to only bring top quality through that door, otherwi,se it’s not worth it.”
On if the right player doesn’t come in, and whether he’d be happy with the current squad he has:
Arteta; “I will be totally happy and focused on getting the best out of those players.”
On interest in Nicolas Pepe from Nice:
Arteta; “What we can communicate, we always do when it’s the right moment. We discussed that we have a big squad, we have made some decisions and we allowed some players [to leave]. Until the window is closed, everything is possible with any player.”
on whether Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be loaned out:
Arteta; “Again we are addressing those things personally, and internally.”
on whether there’s any update on Hector Bellerin:
Arteta; “Not at the moment. No update and it’s like the other situations”
With fans hoping that the club will bring in more reinforcements before deadline day, Arteta’s response might not be the right answers they were wanting to hear.
This is the first time the manager would say Arsenal must find the right players if the club must strengthen the squad ahead of a long season.
Recall that back in January 2022, the Gunners were left short in the striking and midfield departments after the club failed to recruit after letting starman, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang leave for Barcelona without lining up a replacement. In defending the decision, Arteta had stated clearly that Arsenal will not be pushed into panic-buying.