Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s winning start to the season doesn’t alter his ambitions in the transfer market but he insists the club won’t do business for the sake of it.
If the Gunners loan Nicolas Pepe to French side Nice in the next few days, it’s believed they will look to sign another winger before the window shuts on 1st September.
While there are no concrete links at this point, Villarreal’s Yeremy Pino appears to be a player of interest. Leicester’s Youri Tielemans is another name that constantly crops up.
After watching his side cruise past Bournemouth, Arteta was quizzed on whether he’ll add to his five new signings.
He said: “We don’t like reacting, we like to get the players we want and we believe will make a big impact on the team and if we can do that, we will try to do that.
“If we cannot, we will stay with the players and the squad that we have.
He added: “It hasn’t changed but we know where we are short and where we have to add more firepower. If we can do it, we will do it.”
In addition to letting Pepe return to France, the club are open to offers for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson and Hector Bellerin.
Arteta wouldn’t be drawn on their specific situations when asked if their absence from today’s squad meant anything.
“There are a few players that we have to leave out of the squad, unfortunately.
“It’s painful but we’ll try to bring the team and the squad that is in the best condition to give us the chance to win the game.”
At this point, the Spaniard is no stranger to moving players in and out of the club. The team he fielded against Bournemouth this evening was, Bukayo Saka and Granit Xhaka aside, a world away from the team he took to the Vitality Stadium for his first game in charge on Boxing Day 2019.
“From the players that we have today to the players that we had at the time, it’s been a massive massive change, and I’m happy,” he noted.
“Everyone feels more attached to the team, the club and the way we’re playing, and we’re winning football matches.”