Mikel Arteta says the Arsenal hierarchy know what he wants from the summer transfer window and that collectively they’ll do their best to reshape the squad using the means at their disposal.
After winning the FA Cup and securing a place in next season’s Europa League group stages, the Gunners are now in a stronger position to recruit new faces and sort contract extensions for existing squad members.
While Saturday’s win over Chelsea eases some of our financial worries, the fact that matchday, commercial and TV income will take a hit from the ongoing Covid-19 situation means money will still be very tight.
Having war-gamed various scenarios with the football executive committee, at least they can all pursue one course of action.
After the victory at Wembley, Arteta touched on what happens next.
“I need to enjoy this moment first,” he said. “It is a big relief and I am really happy. We had some very demanding months so I need to switch off a little bit.
“I have presented my vision and my plans to them and all together we will try our best to get the club in the best possible position.”
Having qualified for Europe, we’re going to need a squad that can cope with the rigours of playing four competitions in a condensed season. The key thing for the boss is that our 25-year-old run of playing on the continent continues.
“I didn’t want to add too much pressure to the players to be fair as I know how important it was as we needed to be in Europe.
“It is a must for our club and financially because it is a bigger step forward in order to allow us to do more things in the future and have a better structure financially.
“I am very pleased for both things – winning the trophy and having the option to play in Europe.”