Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Arsenal will not be looking to sign any new players before the transfer window closes at 11pm UK time.
The Gunners recruited Kai Havertz, Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber for £200 million during an early summer spree that delighted supporters who were impressed by the ambition shown by the club hierarchy.
Whem Timber suffered a season-ending knee injury there on his Premier League debut there were suggestions that Edu and Mikel Arteta might look for a replacement but the Spaniard has nixed that talk.
“For me, I’m serene,” said Arteta when he was asked if he was expecting a hectic afternoon in his pre-Manchester United press conference.
“I don’t have to do much more work. It’s more the recruitment [team], everyone, the boys [in the backroom], trying to finalise a few things.
“I don’t expect anybody to come in. I’m not going to reply to anything [on outgoings], you know that. There is nobody else coming in, we don’t expect. That’s what I can say.”
Pressed on why Arsenal opted not to reinforce the full-back positions after Timber’s injury, he added:
|It’s not sometimes that you want to do everything that is needed, sometimes it’s not possible and we have to adapt. We cannot go and buy another three players and if somebody gets injured, a long time do something else. It was just not possible.”
So far this summer, the Gunners have sold first team members Granit Xhaka, Matt Turner, Pablo Mari, Auston Trusty, Folarin Balogun and Nuno Tavares for a figure close to £85 million. Backup goalkeeper Alex Runarsson and Kieran Tierney have also been loaned to Cardiff City and Real Sociedad respectively.
More could follow in the coming hours. Sambi Lokonga is being linked with a loan move to Luton Town and Crystal Palace are interested in Rob Holding. It remains to be seen what happens to Nicolas Pepe and Cedric Soares but with the transfer window remaining open in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, it’s possible they could still move in the coming weeks.
“We’re working together to find the best possible solutions and we found them and I think the players are happy and the club in general. I think we did some good business as well,” reflected the boss.