Arsenal board set Mikel Arteta strict transfer guidelines with ‘major signings’ planned
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Arsenal’s hierarchy have reportedly put in place a clearly-defined strategy for the upcoming transfer windows. The Gunners splashed the cash in the summer, spending around £140million to bolster Mikel Arteta’s squad with six new arrivals, but they won’t stop there, with more transfers on the cards in January.
Arsenal signed Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Martin Odegaard, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Nuno Tavares in the summer as the squad underwent a major overhaul.
Willian, Alex Runarsson, Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock all left the club, either permanently or on loan, to make room for the new arrivals and Arsenal are now seeing the benefits of their strategy.
Arsenal are currently on a 10-game unbeaten run under Arteta and have moved up to fifth place in the Premier League ahead of their trip to Anfield to face unbeaten Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.
Club director Josh Kroenke and sporting director Edu feel vindicated by their backing of Arteta when results were poor at the start of the season.
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But they are not going to stick with the current squad make-up and could sanction further spending in January, according to The Athletic.
The report says the Gunners’ long-term strategy is to target ‘one or two major signings’ per transfer window in order to hone the group around the existing core.
Arsenal reportedly believe they can ‘take advantage of a distressed market’ by using their financial muscle to secure high quality players who have release clauses in their contracts.
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The north London club could well be in the market for an attacking player in the mid-season window, given the uncertainty currently around Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah.
As it stands, both the Arsenal strikers are set to be out of contract on July 1 and will therefore be free to discuss a free transfer with other clubs in January.
Arsenal are unwilling to offer Lacazette the long-term contract he wants to stay with the club because they are weary of the ‘domino effect’ it could have.
The 30-year-old striker has impressed Arteta with his attitude and could stay on a short-term deal, while the Gunners boss has also made it clear publicly that he wants Nketiah to stay too.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are also considering extending the contract of William Saliba, despite the defender never having played for the first team.
Saliba joined Arsenal in a £27m transfer from Saint-Etienne in 2019 and has been on loan in France ever since.
His performances for Marseille this season have attracted plenty of attention and, although he still has two and a half years on his deal, Arsenal would like to extend it in order to protect the 20-year-old’s transfer value.
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