Mikel Arteta has admitted that he is unsure as to whether Arsenal will be able to bring any new faces to the club on transfer deadline day.
The north London club have enjoyed a positive start to the season, their three wins from their opening four games seeing them go into the international break inside the top four, with Mikel Arteta having seemingly started to turn the club’s fortunes around since his appointment last year.
This summer, Arsenal have already secured the signings of Brazilian duo, Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes, while also making the loan deals for Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares permanent. They have also been linked with Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar, with the Spanish manager looking to bolster the quality and options in midfield.
Speaking following Sunday’s 2-1 win over Sheffield United, Arteta insisted the club would be busy trying to strengthen during deadline day, the 38-year-old outlining his ‘complete connection and cohesion’ with club technical director, Edu.
“Well I am confident we know exactly what we want to do,” he said at his post-match press conference. “We are all trying our best to finalise the deals that we want, whether that is sending someone on loan or bringing someone in.
“We have a complete connection and cohesion between Edu and myself, the board and the ownership, so let’s see what happens in the next 36 hours.”
However, Arteta was uncertain as to whether any players would arrive at the club: “I don’t know [if we will sign anyone],” he said. “What I can guarantee is that we are doing our maximum for that to happen, whether we are going to achieve it or not, I don’t know.”
A move for midfield target Aouar has now been ruled out by French club Lyon, while Atletico Madrid have so far refused to do a deal over Partey, the La Liga club pointing Arsenal in the direction of his £50 million release clause.
Asked to whether there would be any new faces to help strengthen in midfield, Arteta was once again non-committal: “I cannot discuss the players that we want but we recognise certain positions that we believe we are short in. First of all in numbers and then adding different qualities to complement each other and this is what we are trying to do.”