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Mikel Arteta reveals Arsenal are already planning for summer transfer spending spree

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‘I have to tell the club what we need’: Mikel Arteta reveals Arsenal are already planning for summer transfer spree as Emirates rebuilding project begins to take shape

  • Mikel Arteta remains committed to overhauling the whole Arsenal squad 
  • The Spaniard is looking to create a new era after coming in toreplace Unai Emery
  • Plans are already being drawn up regarding transfer targets in the summer 
  • Arteta wants to tie down Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli to deals

Mikel Arteta has revealed that Arsenal have already begun planning for the summer transfer window as he looks to continue his overhaul at the Emirates.

Arsenal added defenders Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares to their ranks last month following a difficult first half of the campaign.

Neither has yet featured for the Gunners but already Arteta is looking ahead to the end of the season – and how he can improve his squad for a first full year in charge.

Mikel Arteta has revealed Arsenal are already drawing plans for the summer transfer window

Mikel Arteta has revealed Arsenal are already drawing plans for the summer transfer window

‘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.’

Arsenal have young defender William Saliba arriving from Saint-Etienne this summer. He will join an already swelling band of starlets looking to cement their place in the Arsenal XI.

The likes of Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli have all shone so far this season and Arteta said securing their long-term futures will be a crucial part of the youngster’s improvement.

Arteta remains committed to overhauling the whole Arsenal squad since taking over

Arteta remains committed to overhauling the whole Arsenal squad since taking over

Arteta remains committed to overhauling the whole Arsenal squad since taking over

‘I am really happy with how they (young players) are developing. Part of that developing is to improve the contract 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.’

Arsenal face Newcastle at the Emirates on Sunday following a winter break which Arteta described as a ‘mini pre-season’.

With his side sitting 10th in the Premier League table, the manager needs an upturn in results if they are to have any hope of securing European football next season.

‘We take it game by game. The input, the work ethic and the commitment they have been having through training and games has 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 club are likely to be without any of Mari, Cedric or Kieran Tierney for the Premier League clash.

Highly rated youngster William Saliba is set to join the club from Saint-Etienne in summer

Highly rated youngster William Saliba is set to join the club from Saint-Etienne in summer

Highly rated youngster William Saliba is set to join the club from Saint-Etienne in summer

‘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.



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Here is the confirmed team news ahead of this evening’s Champions League last-16 first leg between Chelsea and Bayern Munich at Stamford…

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Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea transfer boost, Man Utd target £81m Spain pair, Lionel Messi

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Zinedine Zidane is not sure if Eden Hazard will play for Real Madrid again this season.

The former Chelsea playmaker is facing another lay-off after fracturing an ankle in Real’s surprise defeat to Levante in LaLiga last weekend.

It was only the Belgian’s second appearance since November after recovering from another injury to the same ankle.

The loss of the 29-year-old, who is yet to make his mark since his £89million move from Stamford Bridge last summer, is a big blow to Zidane at the start of a crucial week.

Real host Manchester City on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie before facing arch-rivals Barcelona, who leapfrogged them to top spot in LaLiga last weekend, on Sunday.

“He loves playing football and while I can’t tell you what is in his eyes, I can see he is not happy,” Zidane said. “It’s important he stays positive but, of course, it’s difficult. It’s a bad moment, it won’t be easy and he will feel like that for a while.

“I do not know if he will have to go through an operation. It is not my area and I don’t know if his season is over, but I hope not.”

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Barcelona make Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer decision amid Arsenal exit rumours

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“He’s already one of Arsenal’s highest earners, I think he’s the second highest after Mesut Ozil.

“But the issue is this is a team that’s rebuilding and they’re rebuilding to be competitive in a couple of years’ time.

“If keeping Aubameyang is going to mean a long-term contract that takes him up to 34 or 35 years old and ties you up with a ton of money, that might not be the right thing for Arsenal.

“So I think it’s going to depend on what sort of suitors are out there, who’s looking for a centre-forward?”

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