Arsenal’s Spanish head coach Mikel Arteta gestures during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park AFP

Arsenal are trying to adapt to the demands of the “most difficult transfer market” as the north London club aim to strengthen the squad ahead of the new Premier League season, manager Mikel Arteta said on Thursday.

The gunners kicks off their 2021-22 campaign with an away to Brentford Community Stadium tonight (10pm). Thomas Frank’s men are playing their tade in the English  top flight for the first time since 1947. 

Arsenal, who finished eighth last season and failed to qualify for European football, have signed centre back Ben White from Brighton & Hove Albion, left back Nuno Tavares from Benfica and midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht in the summer transfer window.

British media have also linked the club with a host of other players, including Leicester City attacking midfielder James Maddison and Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

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“We are talking about the most difficult transfer market over the last years for sure and we are trying to adapt,” Arteta said ahead of Friday’s Premier League season-opener at newly-promoted Brentford.

“The club, the owners and myself all have the same interest which is to make this team much stronger and we know we still have things to do to get what we want.

“Things take time. There are all the time different parties involved to get deals done but we are trying.”

Arteta said the Arsenal are keen to build a “healthy” squad and will strive for stability, which the Spaniard said they lacked last season.

“We have ownership willing to invest in the team and get the team better with big names,” Arteta added. “We are trying to be careful and find the balance because we need to be in a good financial situation.”

 

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