Arsenal’s coach Mikel Arteta has recently opened up about Arsenal’s plans for this year’s summer transfer window. The club had previously bought Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares posts club’s bad phase during the first half of the season. Despite none of them making into the playing eleven of the club, the Spanish coach is already in search of some new talents to fill up the empty gaps of his club.
“We have to plan and we need to know the direction we want to head and with that, we need to bear in mind different scenarios,’ he said.
‘With that in mind, I have to tell the club what we need, where we think we can improve and where we want to end. And if we all end with the same thing, we put a plan together to try and execute it and make the process as short as possible.’
The rest of the team looks decent. With players like Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli soaring high this season Arteta said it is very crucial to secure the future from a long term perspective.
” I am really happy with how they (young players) are developing. Part of that development is to improve the contrast and to tie them to the club. But that has to follow a natural process. We have Edu, we have Raul (Sanllehi), Vinai Venkatesham and Huss (Fahmy) who are in charge of that and I am sure we will do the right thing when players deserve to improve and extend their contracts.”
The gunners will be having a face-off against the Newcastle at the Emirates on Sunday post a winter break. The club is at the 10th position on the Premier League points table, the Spanish coach would definitely be looking forward to getting the League on their name.
” We take it game by game. The input, the work ethic and the commitment they have been having through training and games have been really good,’ he said.
‘They know how crucial it is going to be in the next three to four weeks and until the end of the season. They are very aware of that and have a really good mindset towards that, they are highly motivated.’
The gunners would be playing in the absence of Mari, Cedric or Kieran Tierney for the Premier League clash.
“Pablo has not competed since the end of December I think, he had a little issue, but he has been training with us the last week or so, in and out a little bit, but he has been looking good. I think this game will come a little bit too early for him but I expect him to start joining the squad in the next week or so.’
Cedric is battling back from a knee problem, while Tierney is still recovering from a dislocated shoulder.
‘He has been training, his work ethic is incredible, I have been really impressed with him so hopefully, we can get him back soon but we need to be a little bit patient with him.”