Mikel Arteta says that Arsenal are doing everything possible to bring in players to strengthen the squad before the end of the transfer window, but says not everything is within the club’s control.
The Gunners have been linked strongly with a move for Houssem Aouar, but have yet to seal what remains a complicated deal, and the Arsenal manager insists that they are doing as much as they can to manage what is a difficult transfer market.
Ahead of Sunday’s Premier League showdown with Sheffield United, Arteta was asked if he would be happy with his squad if no further additions were made following the arrivals of Gabriel Magalhaes and Willian.
He answered in a roundabout way, saying, “I am very happy because the way we are acting, the way we are approaching, and the way we are doing the processes around the market, around the squad, the communication link we have between myself, Edu, the board, and the ownership it’s really good, and I’m really satisfied.
“I know that we are all trying our best to improve the team, and to try to take the direction to achieve the goals that we want.
“Afterwards, to achieve it or not, sometimes in a deal a lot of things can happen. You can have three or four parties who have to be involved in it, but we are trying our best and I’m really happy with how the link and communication is flowing at the moment.”
The Spaniard insisted that if no signings were made, it wouldn’t be for a lack of trying.
“It would be because we can’t do more,” he said. “We are trying our maximum, maximising our resources, full support from the ownership as well in terms of what we are trying to achieve.
“It’s whether we can do it or not. And with what we have [in the squad right now], believe me, we will try our best, giving them the best possible environment, the best possible coaching, and have them believing we can achieve what we want to do.
“If that’s with one more player, two more players, or two players less, we will keep doing the same.”
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