Mikel Arteta believes Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s transfer business is far from full as he told Arsenal fans they should “relax” about the future.
The Gunners have signed playmaker Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea while also investing on Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes a record initial fee of £22million.
Despite their known financial struggles, summed up by the club’s last month’s 55 redundancies, Arsenal remains linked to movements for midfielders like Daniel Partey and Houssem Aouar.
Arsenal is still expected to move on for several players before the deadline, but Arteta wouldn’t be drawn on the future of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who was closely connected to Aston Villa despite a fine end to last season.
One player who seems to go nowhere is Aubameyang.It is known that an announcement about a new contract is imminent and Arteta moved to remind fans that they need not think about the time it took to confirm the offer.
Despite getting eight center-backs in his squad, at Craven Cottage, Arteta would have a different kind of range of headache – with five of those options unavailable due to injury.
The treatment room includes David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos joining Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari and Shkodran Mustafi.
Accordingly, Arteta will look to either Gabriel or William Saliba ‘s hand debuts while Willian will be pressing for further inclusion.
“We are still active in the market, we are looking at different options,” he said on the eve of Arsenal’s Premier League opener away to newly-promoted Fulham.
“We are active in the market with players in and out, at the moment the squad balance is not ideal.
“There is still some work to do, but we have to bear in mind the complications of this market.
“The complexity and as well the timing because you can see that clubs are behaving in many different ways and it is a bit uncertain how this is going to evolve in the next few weeks.
“Numbers-wise, some positions are overbooked. Some others, in terms of the specific qualities we need, are still not there.”
“I think they can be pretty relaxed,” he said.
Arteta also dismissed suggestions fellow striker Alexandre Lacazette could depart this summer, adding: “He is really happy here. He wants to keep improving and contributing to the team.
“I know how good he is and the impact he is having. The way he has been training and conducting himself has been excellent.”