Mikel Arteta confident in Arsenal ability to attract ‘world-class’ signings amid Dusan Vlahovic links

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Mikel Arteta confident in Arsenal ability to attract ‘world-class’ signings amid Dusan Vlahovic links
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Mikel Arteta is confident “the best players in the world” still want to join Arsenal as the club look to bolster their squad during the January transfer window.

Arsenal want to bring in a new midfielder and striker this month, with Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic emerging as a top target.

The Gunners are also long-term admirers of Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, but he may prove difficult to prise away from France in January.

Bruno and Vlahovic are part of an ambitious shortlist of targets, which includes the likes of Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Sweden star Alexander Isak.

Arsenal are without European football this season for the first time in 25 years, but Arteta believes the club’s ability to lure top talent to Emirates Stadium is still strong.

“Historically this club has always been targeting the best players in the world and the best players in the world are always interested in coming here, and I can say that situation hasn’t changed,” he said.

“Anytime I have spoken to any player, they were so willing to come. I haven’t faced any other situation and that’s one of our biggest powers, our capacity to get the attention of people to come and join our club. It’s something that is a big advantage for us.”

Arsenal have already been active during the current transfer window by allowing Ainsley Maitland-Niles to join Roma on loan.

Defenders Pablo Mari and Sead Kolasinac could follow the midfielder out the door, but Arteta seems intent on keeping hold of Eddie Nketiah.

The striker is into the final six months of his current contract and he is attracting interest from Brighton and Crystal Palace.

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“The situation is that Eddie is our player and Eddie is going to stay here with us,” Arteta said on Wednesday morning. “He’s our player and he’s under contract, so he will stay with us.”

Last year’s January transfer window was relatively quiet, with clubs feeling the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Football’s finances have been boosted this year by the return of fans to grounds and Arteta is expecting there to be more activity.

“I don’t know the financial power and position of other clubs,” he said. “You hear a lot of rumours as you hear about us. Some of them can be possible and some others they are not even considered. I think clubs are always willing to try to improve.

“We know that there are a couple of clubs in England now that have the possibility to buy players in January, some of them have already done.

“I’m expecting more activity than last year because clubs are in a better position, but I don’t know how far we’ve come still through this pandemic.”

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