Mikel Arteta says that there are issues within his squad he has to sort out, both in terms of incomings and outgoings and, unsurprisingly, says the club are still active in the transfer market to make those deals happen.
The window is open until October 6th, still plenty of time for players to come and go, and although the Arsenal boss acknowledged the difficulty of doing business in this current market, he insists Arsenal’s business is far from over.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Premier League opener against Fulham at Craven Cottage, he said, “We are still active in the market, we are looking at different options.
“I would say we are active in the market for players in and out, at the moment the squad balance is not the ideal we want to achieve so there is still some work to do.
“Some positions are overbooked, I said some others, in terms of specific qualities that we need, they are still not there.
“We have to bear in mind the complication with this transfer market and the complexity and the timing, because you can see that clubs are behaving in many different ways and it is a little bit uncertain how this will work in the next few weeks.”
However, he did sound a bit of a warning to those who expect everything to be done before the deadline next month.
“It is going to be very difficult to achieve what we want in one window or two windows,” he continued.
“It is a process, it has to evolve and most importantly it has to be a sustainable model that we can consistently feed in using our academy players.”
Having brought in Gabriel, Willian and Dani Ceballos (again) during this window, as well as adding William Saliba to the squad, there have been some reinforcements.
The issue isn’t really about the amount of players we’ve got, but the overall quality – and that’s something we can try and improve as long as the window is open.