It’s no secret that Arsenal’s transfer business this summer will be dictated by a number of issues that are currently unresolved.
The uncertainty over captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract is one, whether we qualify for Europe is another. The club is also waiting, like everybody else, to find out when fans might be allowed into stadia in numbers that might generate half-decent matchday revenue.
While we wait for clarity, we’re having to map out recruitment strategies based on various scenarios, affecting every area of the pitch except between the sticks.
From the outside, it looks like the type of pressure that could keep a man up all night but Mikel Arteta is pleased with the work being done behind the scenes by the football executive committee.
“I am encouraged that we are on the same page, and that we are going to try to do our best to evolve the team,” Arteta told Sky Sports ahead of Sunday’s final Premier League game of the season with Watford.
“First of all the players we already have here, if there is anything extra to help them more and give them a better environment, and then, if we go into the market and we have to do things, to decide which ones to do and how quickly we can do them.
“We are completely ready for that, and I also have a really good understanding with [technical director] Edu. We have been working together very closely to put together a plan that we are convinced can be successful.”
Well aware that his side have been lacking a midfield spark since he took over, the Spaniard admits he needs more creativity in his team. However, he’s also looking for recruits with grit and longevity.
“For me, it’s the number one question when we bring someone to the club,” he said.
“What is he like? How is he going to react in difficult moments? Is he a leader? Is he someone who is going to push his team-mates? Is he hungry for himself, or does he have collective ambitions? Is he someone who can be stable and consistent in the long-term?
“For me, those are always the first questions when we try to sign a player.”
We can’t argue with that, it certainly sound like a better line of questioning than, “Is Kia your agent?”