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Arteta delivers Arsenal transfer update with summer planning in motion

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ikel Arteta says Arsenal are currently in the process of putting transfer plans for the summer in place, though insists much will depend on how the Gunners finish the current season.

Arsenal endured a truly wretched start to the 2020/21 campaign before a post-Christmas resurgence.

Arteta’s side remain an inconsistent week-to-week proposition as things stand, with the team sitting 10th in the Premier League and eight points adrift of the top four after an impressive 3-1 win at high-flying Leicester last weekend.

Arsenal are out of both domestic cup competitions and face Olympiacos again in the last-16 of the Europa League – a competition that seems likely to provide their only possible route back into the Champions League next season.

Approaching now is a crucial run of fixtures, with Saturday’s trip to Burnley followed by those two ties against Olympiacos that are sandwiched between an away north London derby against Arsenal and followed by meetings with West Ham and Liverpool.

Asked for an update on his summer transfer plans ahead of that weekend visit to Turf Moor, Arteta, who instigated a January exodus to trim numbers in his bloated squad as well as loaning the likes of Martin Odegaard and Mat Ryan, said: “We will see. We are planning what’s going to happen in the summer. It will depend on where we finish, how we finish.

“I think what we had to in December is unprecedented for a club of this stature. To do the amount of transactions that we had to make it tells you as well where we are. I think it was very much needed and you want to improve, you want to do that.

“It’s where you have things in the house and you believe that you can improve on it. Externally acquiring players to go to the next level. Everything is planned and let’s see.”


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