Unai Emery says Arsenal are happy to remain patient in their quest for new signings even though the transfer window closes in just 19 days.
After the departure of several high profile players and with club captain Lauren Koscielny trying to force an exit, it’s no secret that the Spaniard needs to strengthen his squad in several areas.
There have been links with a string of big names and a raft of promotions from the Academy, however, to date, the only completed business has seen 18-year-old Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli arrive from Ituana.
Deals for Saint-Etienne’s William Saliba and Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos appear to be close but with the former set to be loaned back to his current club and the latter only arriving on loan, it still feels like there’s a lot of work to do, particularly in defence.
“Some players are very expensive and we are waiting for this possibility because we don’t want now to go to the second line of players. We are waiting and really we have very good young players.
“We are aware we also need to improve some areas in this squad. But I only want to sign three or four players only if we can be sure they are coming to improve our squad.
“There are a lot of names and the club is working. Edu is very close to me every day and also with the Kroenke family.
“I want to send a message to all our supporters that we want to [build] the best squad possible.”
For what it’s worth, the Spaniard feels as though his making progress with the players he does have at his disposal. With a few players yet to return from their summer holidays and a couple of new signings he feels the club are well-placed to close the gap on their Champions League rivals.
“We are preparing every player and some players need to come after their work with the national team. The players here, the young players, maybe it’s the moment to show how we can use them to help us now and in the season.
“With other players we can prepare tactically with our structure, being competitive. We know last year we had positive experience to continue in our way. We reduced the points to teams, we were one point only from the top four.
“We need to do more. One more step with that young players. We’re working on the possibility; I’m positive about signing good players to help us. We’re working very well.
“I am very happy with every player. We are working behind the scenes to improve with some players from the transfer market.”