Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal’s summer transfer plans depend on where the club finish in the Premier League this season following a disappointing domestic campaign.
Arsenal currently sit 10th after the north London side started the campaign with their worst-ever start to a Premier League season, the pressure increasing on Arteta’s position as the club fell adrift of the top four and Champions League places.
Arteta’s side are currently eight points adrift of fourth-placed West Ham, though have an alternative route into the Champions League with the Gunners drawn to face Olympiacos in the last-16 of the Europa League.
Arsenal looked to trim their bloated squad during the winter window with the likes of Sead Kolasinac, Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi amongst those to depart and attentions have now turned towards incomings ahead of the summer.
Arteta admits his transfer plans will depends on how his side finish the season and their eventual position in the table, however, with a failure to secure European football potentially hindering their financial position.
“We will see. Obviously we are planning on what will happen in the summer. It will depend on where we finish and how we finish in some cases,” Arteta told his pre-match press conference ahead of his sides with Burnley on Saturday.
”I think what we had to do in December was unprecedented, a club of this stature to do the amount of transactions that we had to make.
“It tells you as well where we are. It was very much needed and you want to improve and you want to do that.
“It’s whether the things you have in the house and you believe you can improve, not externally, buying players and moving to the next level. Everything is planned. Let’s see as well what the market can bring and the last few months can bring to the club.”