Mikel Arteta says he is planning for ‘two or three different scenarios’ but admits Arsenal may do ‘nothing’ in the transfer market this summer.
Football remains in a state of uncertainty amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, with domestic leagues suspended and governing bodies in continued discussions over safe scenarios to finish the current campaign.
Officials remain hopeful of finishing the season throughout the summer months, and FIFA have reacted by announcing plans that would allow clubs to extend player’s contracts and move the summer transfer window.
That decision means that Arsenal‘s loan contingent of Dani Ceballos, Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari could remain at the club until the season can be completed, with the Gunners possessing an option to make the latter’s move permanent.
Plans for next season, however, are more difficult to assess with the pandemic having huge financial implications across the game and Arteta admits he is having to plan for different scenarios – including the possibility of being able to do ‘nothing’ – as he looks to strengthen at the Emirates ahead of next season.
“I’m planning two or three different scenarios that we can face,” Arteta told Sky Sports. Depending on one of those three, we will be able to do more, less or nothing.
“We have to react daily. We don’t know what the financial situation is going to be, we don’t know the rules, the timing, the window. There are so many things we cannot control at the moment.”
Arsenal had shown improved form under Arteta prior to the suspension of the Premier League, registering an eight-game unbeaten run in the division to raise optimism around the club.
Arteta admits the break in football came at a disappointing time for his side, but says the suspension has allowed the Spaniard to reflect on the Gunners’ progress since his mid-season arrival as head coach.
“This is a good time to reflect on what we’re doing. I joined at the busiest moment in the calendar year in December. We had some momentum, and it’s a shame that we had to lose it but we have to make the most out of this time.”