Arsenal’s boss Mikel Arteta has revealed that the club’s business in the summer transfer window is far from finished.
The Gunners have been busy this summer with them bringing in Brazilian playmaker Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea, while also spending £22million initial fee on Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes and Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid.
Arsenal despite their financial constraints, have continued to be linked with moves for midfielders Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar.
Arsenal hierarchy promoted from Mikel Arteta from head coach to first-team manager on Thursday, and he has done little to deny the rumours about future signings as he confirmed they are hopeful of quality players arriving Arsenal before the window closes on October 5.
“We are still active in the market, we are looking at different options,” he said on the eve of Arsenal’s Premier League opener away to newly-promoted Fulham.
“We are active in the market with players in and out, at the moment the squad balance is not ideal.
“There is still some work to do, but we have to bear in mind the complications of this market.
“The complexity and as well the timing because you can see that clubs are behaving in many different ways and it is a bit uncertain how this is going to evolve in the next few weeks.
“Numbers-wise, some positions are overbooked. Some others, in terms of the specific qualities we need, are still not there.”
Departures have been something really hard for Arsenal at the moment as most of them who should be on their way out are sidelined.
But goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has been heavily linked with Aston Villa after he came out to demand for first team football due to his heroics last term.
Arsenal are believed to have sorted out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contact issues, with reports saying he has agreed to a 3 year deal. Arteta himself has assured the fans not to worry about Auba, claiming he’s not leaving.
“I think they can be pretty relaxed,” he said.
Arteta also debunked the rumours that Alexandre Lacazette could leave the Emirates this summer: “He is really happy here. He wants to keep improving and contributing to the team.
“I know how good he is and the impact he is having. The way he has been training and conducting himself has been excellent.”