Mikel Arteta says there’s still time for the club to do transfer business, and that he is clear about what he wants to happen in terms of incomings and outgoings.
It was put to him at his press conference today that Arsenal would need to sell players in order to raise funds for further incomings, to which he replied, “We are trying all the time to adjust the squad in the most efficient way.
“It is clear at the moment that it has to go both ways and in order to achieve that we still have some time but we are pretty clear in what we are trying to do.”
Individual player situations are something that has to be taken into account, according to the Gunners boss, but he insisted that the club would decide on who goes and when, without external pressures being applied.
The case of Sead Kolasinac was brought up in the wake of reports he wanted to return to Germany for family reasons.
“I think in every case you have to try to take it individually,” said Arteta. “First of all, try to understand the reason – if that’s the case – when they want to leave and why.
“If there are things that you can help them to change, to give them more, you have to try to maximise those options and when it comes to a point where it’s obviously something that you cannot control and cannot help and it’s evident and clear, then you open the door.
“But then it goes down to the club to decide when and how and that’s a player with a contract that has to get the right value and go to the right club.”
A question about potential arrivals like Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar was batted away, Arteta insisting he won’t discuss players at other clubs, but Arsenal are keen to strengthen the midfield before the end of the window.
A new goalkeeper to replace Emi Martinez is expected, with Icelandic international Runar Alex Runarsson set to sign in a £1.5m deal with Ligue 1 side Dijon.