Five new players signed, three first team squad members sold and a host of exits in various guises from the Academy.
It’s been a busy summer for Arsenal in the transfer market so far but with question marks over a host of other players and an underlying desire to keep strengthening, it looks as though Mikel Arteta and Edu will be kept busy way all the way until September.
“I think we are completing what we planned,” Arteta told Sky Sports as he completed media duties at Universal Studios in Orlando ahead of the weekend’s friendly game with Chelsea.
“There is still a few things that we would like to do, in and out, and that will be determined by the possibilities that are on the market.”
Having tried hard to sign Leeds United’s Raphinha, we’re guessing that the club still harbours ambitions to add a winger to the squad but with so many players on the books, everybody is aligned that outgoings need to happen first. We also need to sort out a new contract for Bukayo Saka and potentially William Saliba.
“We all have now in the Premier League bigger squads in pre-season because obviously, all the loans have come back,” explained Arteta.
“You have to re-place everybody in the right position but we know where we’re going to end up at the end of this transfer window and hopefully we can make it work.”
Those who are most likely to depart sooner rather than later include Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira, Alex Runarsson, Pablo Mari and Hector Bellerin. Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson are also keeping their eyes peeled for new opportunities while youngsters like Flo Balogun and Nuno Tavares could be loaned out.
The latter has been linked with a move to Serie A side Atalanta but Arteta wouldn’t be drawn on the speculation.
“No, as I said to you, we have still have some players that are in contention to stay or go and the moment we have news we’ll communicate it.”