Mikel Arteta says that the club are already planning their summer transfer business in order to reshape the squad in the most efficient way possible.
Although the January transfer window just closed, and Arsenal brought in two players on loan, long-term targets are being identified now with a view to making the transfers as easy as possible come the summer.
The Gunners will have to recruit, but there are also issues with players like Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi heading into the final year of their contracts.
Decisions will have to be made there, as well as bringing in players to boost a team which has struggled this season.
Speaking to the press ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Newcastle, Arteta was asked if he was thinking about summer transfers.
“Absolutely, we have to plan,” he said. “We need to know the direction we want to head and to do that we need bear in mind different scenarios.
“With that in mind I have to tell the club what we need, where we think we can improve and where we need to aim.
“If we all aim for the same things, we put a plan in place to execute it, and make the process as short as possible.”
Obviously our focus as fans in the short-term is what the team does on the pitch between now and May, but this summer feels like a pivotal one in the transfer market too, so putting plans in place now seems like good strategy.
The proof of that planning will be seen when next season’s squad start playing. In the meantime, let’s start winning some football matches again.