At his pre-Liverpool press conference this morning, Mikel Arteta would not be drawn on any specific targets Arsenal might have during this transfer window.
He refused point blank to talk about Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic who has been strongly linked with a move to North London in the last week. The Spaniard is consistent in this regard, never willing to discuss individuals or players at other clubs.
However, when it comes to the market itself, he’s more open, and when asked if the fact the Gunners don’t have Europe might be a hindrance when it comes to attracting top talent, he made it clear the club is still a draw to the best players around.
“Historically this club has always been targeting the best players in the world and the best players in the world are always interested to come here and I can say that situation hasn’t changed,” he said.
“Anytime I have spoken to any player, they were so willing to come, I haven’t faced any other situation and that’s one of our biggest powers, our capacity to get the attention of people to come and join our club.
“It’s something that is a big advantage for us.”
“What I really want this month is that we have as many players as possible fit and healthy and that we do the best and maximum with those players,” he said.
“After we have a strategy of how we want to evolve and improve the team, and whenever that is possible we are going to try to do it.
“We all know that this market is extremely difficult.”
Whatever happens in this transfer window, it’s not going to happen before Thursday and, in all likelihood, not before Sunday either, so whatever boost we end up getting, we’re going to have to deal with Liverpool and Sp*rs with the players we have right now.