Mikel Arteta says he’s happy with the squad he has available to him as we head towards the start of the new season, but that he’s hopeful further additions can be made before the window closes at the end of next month.
The Arsenal boss was speaking after he saw his side demolish Sevilla 6-0 in the Emirates Cup, thanks to a hat-trick from Gabriel Jesus, two from Bukayo Saka, and a late strike from Eddie Nketiah.
Asked about the strength of his squad, he said, “We’re still hoping to do something else if the market allows us to do that.
“You’ve seen some movement in the other direction in the last few days so we want to get the perfect balance and the plan we wanted right at the beginning.
“Whether we can accomplish that or not is another story, but I’m happy with where we are now.”
It seems likely that further departures will be necessary before more incomings. Nuno Tavares has joined Marseille on loan, while Bernd Leno’s move to Fulham is expected to be completed shortly also.
On outgoings, Arteta continued, “We don’t know, we’re going case by case,” but the likes of Pablo Mari, Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and Reiss Nelson could all depart before the end the window.