Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal remain active in the transfer window

Arsenal have moved to bring in five signings already this summer, but manager Mikel Arteta isn’t quite ready to stop.

The Gunners have bolstered most areas of the team, adding Zinchenko who can play at LB and at CM, Gabriel Jesus up front and with Marquinhos and Fabio Vieira to bring extra in behind the Brazilian. Matt Turner has also joined, and is expected to fill in as our new second-choice shot-stopper, while William Saliba’s return from loan also poses as a new signing also.

Charles Watts claimed that he wasn’t expecting much more movement from us in regards to incomings this summer, but Arteta seems to have other ideas.

I’d still like to see another CM or winger added to the squad, but I do wonder if we have to offload Nicolas Pepe and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

What is interesting is that we appealed to line up with an interchanging 4-3-3 3-5-2 formation today, which could potentially mean that a wing-back should also be in consideration, not that we would like to see Saka replaced in the team.

Which position do you think we should be most actively seeking improvement?

Patrick

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  1. “Charles Watts claimed that he wasn’t expecting much more movement from us in regards to incomings this summer”

    As I pointed out in the article on this – he was quoted as actually saying “before the start of the season” and that’s next Saturday. The transfer window, however, is open for another month.

    And… Charles who?

  2. The Right-wing back needs reinforcement because of Tommiyasu
    Who is injury prone.
    If we are keeping Maitland Niles, it is to upgrade him in the Right-wing Back otherwise he should be afloaded
    Once you bring in Youri Tielemans we can say that we are in for the
    22/23 Campaign

    1. No sir! We need reinforcements upfront. Very soon Saka and Martinelli will be over-used and that will diminish their relevance and we begin to under-perform.
      Liverpool and City are loaded with valid alternatives in all of their compartmnets. They rotate the pl;ayers to keep performance consistent and also to maintain the value of the players. Players lose value when benched for long.

    2. I think other positions take priority over RB. White will be fine to deputise I’m not as worried as I was previously. AMN, Arteta doesn’t rate. Arteta is giving him lots of chances but he still remains too non-chalant overall. I dont think we’ll see too much of him this season. Tielemans i honestly dont think is coming. I think RW and DM to cover Partey are the two additions we are looking for.

  3. That Arsenal was unable to secure 4th place was due to deficiencies in three key areas due to injury to the players concerned at critical moments. Tomiyasu missed at least 16 games. Tierney may be another 17. And Partey another 17. If the Manager will strengthen these are the key areas to focus on .

  4. It would be a total failure of leadership if we didn’t add more depth to the squad, before the end of the window.

    Jesus alone has been the only addition to the starting eleven; all the others, including Zinchenko, are either squad players or projects for the future.

    After the disappointing January transfer window, we were led to believe that wages were slashed to prepare for new signings in the summer. My rating of the transfer window so far: underwhelming.

    1. There’s only so many changes you can make at one time. Growing the squad size was also important. Saliba/Zinchenko/Jesus are three newcomers that will be in our XI. Those a big changes and our starting XI is looking good. CM position, yes I agree we can improve on Xhaka. But the business so far at this stage is looking good and they’ve said they aren’t done. But i wouldn’t underestimate the moves we’ve made already.

    2. oh Francis, this window has been underated? You expect us to undo decade long mediocrity in 2 years? Sometimes i just wonder.

  5. We WILL get injuries. If Jesus gets injured we will find it harder to dominate games, so another striker and another midfield player are needed. Then we are covered.

  6. Saliba doesn’t count as newcomer. Keeping my fingers crossed for at least two new additions: backup striker for Jesus and DM for injury-prone Party.

    1. hes never played for us before i dont see how he isn’t knew. Just because the money was spent a few summers ago and not this summer? There are youth players that we dont even spend money on and they are considered new.

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