With the summer transfer window set to take place following the conclusion of the Premier League season, Mikel Arteta has offered insight into how the club could be preparing to conduct its business.
The Gunners currently sit ninth in the league table ahead of their clash versus Brighton tomorrow. With nine remaining games, qualifying for European football could play a big role in securing signings and convincing players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka to stay at the club.
Despite their league position, the Gunners are just three points off qualifying for the Europa League. Also, depending on the outcome of Manchester City’s appeal against their European football ban, the London club are five points away from a potential Champions League spot.
With all still to play for, Arteta is clearly aware of just how important these remaining fixtures are for the club’s upcoming transfer business.
“What we do today or in the next five weeks will have a big impact on what we have to do in the summer,” the Arsenal head coach said. “We have to put a plan [in place] to improve our squad, that’s first, fulfil the ambitions that we have, have the right players to support the talented young players that we have. They are still in the very early stages of their development and we have to know that, but we don’t have time.”
“The demands of this football club are huge and we cannot stay still. We have to change things, we have to improve them.”
Considering the significant impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on the entire football industry along with Arsenal’s finances themselves, it’s unclear how things will change over the coming weeks and months.
“There is a lot of uncertainty in how the transfer market is going to look. You hear very different things and people are going to go all in, clubs are already spending a lot of money and others may be much more conservative and wait to assess the situation before they move,” Arteta said.
“Our position at the moment is that we have to see and be cautious. Our ambition is still intact and I know from the owners that their ambition is still intact as well. We will try and do our best to improve the squad, maintain the players we want to maintain and move forward.”