Mikel Arteta says he’s unsure what is going to happen in the transfer market before the close of the window on October 6th, but has pointed to the business Liverpool have done in recent years as a major part of their success.
Obviously, circumstances were very different: it wasn’t done in a world affected so greatly by a pandemic, restricting already tight finances even further, and the current Premier League champions made a couple of key sales which helped finance moves for players who have become vital for them.
Nevertheless, Arteta’s assessment of Jurgen Klopp’s side made reference to how well they’ve strengthened their squad, and how it’s something the Gunners need to try and replicate in the wake of last night’s 3-1 defeat at Anfield.
“We are in a different journey to Liverpool,” he said. “They’ve been together for five years and they weren’t able to do what they’ve done tonight two or three years ago, that’s for sure.
“They have a lot of good work, a lot of belief in the way they play, great recruitment and they’ve improved the players that they have. This is what we have to try to do.
“They set the bar and they’re probably the best standard that the Premier League has seen in many years.
“This is where we have to get and obviously we’re still a long way from getting there.”
As for the business Arsenal will try and do before the close of the window, he said, “We don’t have any news on new players. We are trying to improve the team. There’s a week to go. There’s a lot of things happening in and out.
“We don’t know what will happen.”
Arsenal are expected to make a further bid for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar this week, having had one rejected already by the Ligue 1 outfit, but there remain issues with players who could leave to help finance further incomings.
Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi, Matteo Guendouzi and Alexandre Lacazette are all players the club are willing to move on, but thus far interest in them has been minimal.