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Mikel Arteta drops massive summer transfer hint as brutal Arsenal reality made clear

Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal, gives the team instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Everton FC at Emirates Stadium on May 19, 2024 in London, England.
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has issued a brutal update on the club's plans for the upcoming summer window. The Gunners spent big 12 months ago with £200million spent to acquire Declan Rice, Jurrien Timber and Kai Havertz and David Raya later joining on loan with the £27m buy-option being exercised.

A quiet January transfer window followed but the expectation is that will not be repeated over the coming months. RB Leipzig's Benjamin Sesko, AS Monaco star Youssouf Fofana, Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi, along with Newcastle duo Bruno Guimaraes and Alexander Isak, are just a few names being linked.

Given their significant asking prices, either Guimaraes or Isak joining appears unlikely with the Gunners aiming to raise the floor of the side rather than the ceiling and thus no marquee signing being welcomed, as football.london understands.

With that in mind, Arteta has appeared to further back up the likelihood of no major transfer being sanctioned with a brutally honest admission about what may happen this summer.

“[We] look again,” Arteta told CNN when asked about transfers. “All the margins, squad-wise, the process that we have at the football club, our methodology, especially on how we can make our players better, more competitive, more consistent and cause them to raise the level and be better than the previous season

“I think our focus has to be with what we have already in house. How can we be better? There are margins and there are players that can still develop and be better and that’s the objective that we have.

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“Every decision we’re going to make is to be better, without losing who we are and everything that is taking us in the position that we are now as a football club, as a team. The ambition is there. The players, the staff. You can sense it. They want much more. They want to start lifting trophies and that’s the next step.”

Arteta's rather firm admission suggests that no significant deals, if any at all, will be completed with the priority perhaps on helping the likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Fabio Vieira and Eddie Nketiah kick on. Complying with Profit and Sustainability rules is clearly still a concern for the Gunners with Arteta's focus on helping those already under contract.