As you might expect, Mikel Arteta was asked about transfers in his press conference today ahead of Liverpool on Monday night.
By now, people must have realised that he’s even more tight-lipped than Arsene Wenger was, so the fact he gave nothing away should be of no surprise – although he did concede we are still open to strengthening the squad.
He was asked if there was any news about Lucas Torreira, linked strongly with a move to Atletico Madrid – something which might have an impact on our pursuit of Thomas Partey.
Arteta said: “No, we don’t have any updates on Lucas or any other player at the moment.”
He was asked about reported interest in Chelsea’s Jorginho, and if he was the type of player he was looking at to boost the squad.
Arteta said: “We are still open to improve our team, we are looking for different options depending on what happens with some of our players here so we are getting prepared just in case we need to do something.”
He was asked what qualities he sees in Jorginho that might make him useful for Arsenal, despite not admitting any interest in him after the previous question.
Arteta said: “Sorry, but I cannot talk about players that play for a different team. Talking about their qualities is not appropriate from my side.”
He was asked if we’d tried to sign Thiago from Bayern Munich before he ended going to Liverpool.
Arteta said: “We don’t discuss the things that we try to do in the market.”
So, in summation: We are looking to bring in more players, but it’ll be cold day in hell before Mikel Arteta ever gives anybody even a crumb of information about potential transfer business – unless it’s really close to being done already – in a press conference.