Mikel Arteta confident over ‘every’ Arsenal FC transfer target despite fading hopes of European football

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Mikel Arteta does not believe a lack of European football will dent Arsenal’s attempts to sign new players this summer, declaring: “Everybody is very willing to join our club”.

Arsenal, who travel to Chelsea on Wednesday night, are currently sat ninth in the Premier League and are due to miss out on qualifying for Europe next season for the first time in 25 years.

The Gunners crashed out of the Europa League last week, losing to their old boss Unai Emery’s Villarreal side in the semi-finals, and Arteta wants to overhaul his squad this summer.

Arsenal are currently tracking a number of players ahead of the transfer window, including Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma and Norwich right-back Max Aarons.

The club are also long-term admirers of Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, who is ready to leave Scotland this summer for a new challenge.

It was feared, however, that a lack of European football could impact Arsenal being able to land the transfer targets they want.

But Arteta said: “Every player that we have been linked with, or we had some communication with, I haven’t seen one that was refusing to come here.

“[It’s] completely the opposite. Everybody is very willing to join our club.”

Arteta is under pressure from supporters, who are frustrated by the club’s disappointing season - particularly after they won the FA Cup last year.

The Spaniard is determined to turn things around and wants players to join Arsenal because they want to play for the club; not because they want to play in Europe.

“That’s a really good point and as well we have to take the club to where we want,” said Arteta.

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Arsenal FC via Getty Images

“In order to do that, you have to be willing to accept the situation that we have today to achieve what we want in the future.”

Arteta has already spoken about the need for Arsenal to be “ruthless” this summer as he and the club try to get things back on track.

Several players are expected to leave the club, with Hector Bellerin one of the most high-profile names open to seeking a new challenge elsewhere.

Alexandre Lacazette, who has one year on his contract, is another senior player who could depart while goalkeeper Bernd Leno’s future is uncertain too.

It leaves Arsenal with plenty to do, particularly as they want to add to the squad too, and Arteta is eager for transfer business to be done early.

“That’s always the idea because it allows you time to work with the players, to adapt,” he said.

“And, when you have to the amount of changes that you have to, you do it at the last minute, you know what is going to happen.”

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