Mikel Arteta prepares four-man transfer list to continue Arsenal’s brutal overhaul

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta anticipates another busy summer transfer window as the Gunners look to continue their return to the top of the Premier League

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Mikel Arteta plans to make at least four more signings this summer as his ambitious overhaul at Arsenal continues at a rapid pace.

The Gunners were the Premier League’s biggest players last summer, bringing in six players for almost £150 million. And while some of their affairs were criticized at the time, the influx of young and talented players has seen Arsenal re-emerge as a real contender for the top four.

Wednesday night’s victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge means Arteta’s side still have their Champions League destiny in their own hands, in what promises to be a blood-curdling battle with North London rivals Tottenham.

But regardless of whether they return to the top European league, Arteta plans to continue revamping the squad and, according to reports, wants another quartet of players when the season ends.

The Telegraph reports that Arteta is looking to sign four players, including two strikers, and that Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah will both become free agents at the end of the season. The Arsenal boss has said he will talk to both players in the summer, but it is now a race against time to tie both players to new deals.

Their departure will leave a gaping hole in the forward division, as Pierre-Emerick Aubaemyang was allowed to leave the Emirates in the course of January. Elsewhere, an extra creative midfielder is on the agenda, while a left-sided defensive player is also a priority.

Mikel Arteta plans another busy summer at Arsenal


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It is suggested that – like the signings of Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale last summer – homegrown players will once again top their list, with Arteta hoping to build a strong core of youthful players who can improve at the club for the coming year. years.

When asked earlier this month if he expected to be active again in the transfer window, Arteta said: “I expect so, yes. I think both games [the Champions League and Europa League] require a much bigger squad as the number of games you play in both is much greater so I don’t think [which you qualify for] makes a lot of difference or changes a lot.

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“If you can afford it financially and we don’t have to do the squad turnaround that we had to do, if you ask me what I want it’s 22 outfield players and three goalkeepers. You have a long way to go coming into the aspects that you see on the pitch, a lot has to be done and that takes time.”

When asked if he will continue his promotion policy from the academy, he added: “It’s part of the project and it’s part of our DNA. Our youth players should be given opportunities at this club and we want to give them opportunities.

But we must give them when they are ready. We’ll decide, depending on the game, if they’re ready to take that next step. If I see them closer, I’ll tell you if they’re ready!”

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