Arsenal to confirm transfer plans as Mikel Arteta targets ‘quality over quantity’

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Arsenal will target 'quality not quantity' in the transfer market this summer, with the club ready to significantly back Mikel Arteta again despite likely missing out on Champions League football.

Defeats to Tottenham and Newcastle have left Arsenal relying on doomed Norwich beating Spurs on the final day of the season to have a chance of leapfrogging their rivals into the top four.

Missing out on the Champions League will severely impact Arteta's spending power but the club is still ready for another push to back the Spaniard, after shelling out £150million last summer.

Arsenal have planned accordingly for playing in the Champions League, Europa League or having no European football again, so the team's collapse is not thought to have disrupted their summer plans.

With a return to at least the Europa League guaranteed, Arteta will have to boost a squad which became stretched by injuries during the run-in, although he has indicated that he prefers working with a small, talented group.

The head coach has told director of football Edu and chief executive Vinai Venkatesham that he wants two top players in every position.

The club will therefore aim to raise funds by offloading unwanted players, including returning loanees Matteo Guendouzi, Hector Bellerin, Pablo Mari and Lucas Torreira, and aim to bolster the squad with a small number of top players.

At least one centre-forward is a priority, particularly with Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette out of contract at the end of the season, while Arteta also wants a midfielder. Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus and Leicester's Youri Tielemans are among their targets.

Arsenal's first signing of the summer is set to be Sau Paulo forward Marquinhos in a £3m deal, although the Brazilian will go into the club's Under-23 squad and is considered a player for the future.

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