Arsenal eyeing 7 more transfers ahead of deadline

Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, Edu Gaspar (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta throws the ball to a player during the English Premier League football match between Brentford and Arsenal at Brentford Community Stadium. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images) /

2 More Transfer Additions on the Agenda for Edu & Mikel Arteta

If all goes well, Arsenal will hope to have signed a goalkeeper, right-back, centre-back, left-back, central midfielder, attacking midfielder and a forward this summer. That’s pretty busy work.

And, before the window began, seven new additions was the general agreement. The aforementioned positions were high priority. Securing all of them in one COVID-19 hit window would be impressive, even if there are many who don’t especially rate the quality of the additions.

But as everyone knows, there will be no success in either the right-back or striker departments until sales are made. Arteta is said to be ‘keen’ on adding two more to his squad but any hopes of success hinge on Arsenal being able to not only shift players, but do so quickly.

For example, with Lacazette, if Arsenal find a buyer who meets their demands with two days left of the window to go, they may be reluctant to accept if no replacement can be sourced and acquired. They shouldn’t be.

It’s not the same at right-back as if Bellerin is sold or loaned out in some capacity there are still the bodies in reserve to ensure the squad is balanced, so that can be completed later if that’s the way negotiations go.

Will there be movement before Chelsea on Sunday? Before West Brom on the following Wednesday? Or before Manchester City on August 28? Perhaps there will be nothing until all three of those matches have been and gone.

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At least from where the supporters stand, the club are going to push through for more in these very late stages. Arteta may not have many admirers, but he is no fool. He knows this squad isn’t good enough.