Arsenal transfer news: Edu phone ‘ringing off the hook’ says Ian Wright after Mikel Arteta meeting

Arsenal transfer news: Edu phone ‘ringing off the hook’ says Ian Wright after Mikel Arteta meeting

Arsenal sporting director Edu has told close confidants that his phone is “ringing off the hook” as the club put together their plans for the summer transfer window.

Gunners legend Ian Wright has opened up on the recent meeting he held with Edu and Mikel Arteta, with the club looking to build on a hugely positive 2022/23 campaign with a big summer.

It now looks like Arteta’s side may miss out on a shock Premier League title win – Manchester City are in unstoppable form following their 4-1 drubbing of Arsenal last week – but transfer plans are continuing apace at the Emirates Stadium.

And former striker Wright told The Athletic about the mood around the club after a recent visit to their London Colney training complex.

He said: “I went to the training ground the other day and I was with Edu and Mikel, and what’s happening now at the club is we’re not having to go out and cajole other people to come and join Arsenal.

“They can see what we’re doing. Edu is saying his phone is ringing off the hook and they’re very confident about the calibre of player they’re going to sign.”

Arsenal take on Chelsea tonight (Tuesday) looking to get back on track after dropping points in their past four successive matches. They can go back to the league summit with a win – albeit City will have two games in hand.

But title or not this term, Wright thinks Arteta’s side will have a great chance of competing for top spot in seasons to come.

He added: “If you’re going to challenge this City team, you’re going to have to come correct. Ideally, we want to finish as high as we can — we want to win it — but I’m excited about the next phase.

“When you speak to Edu and Mikel, everything is about winning, man. They just want to win.

“And even with some of those games we drew it’s only because we were trying to win. It’s a new mentality. We’re trying to win games, we’re not trying to sit off and say, ‘Let’s hold onto this’.”