Mikel Arteta offers fresh Arsenal transfer update after Chelsea rout with more new arrivals wanted

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Mikel Arteta offers fresh Arsenal transfer update after Chelsea rout with more new arrivals wanted
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Mikel Arteta insists that Arsenal will continue to raise the quality of their squad as they target further summer signings to improve depth for the busy season ahead.

The Gunners have been very proactive in the transfer market so far, raiding Manchester City for Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko while also bringing in Portuguese midfielder Fabio Vieira, USA goalkeeper Matt Turner and teenage winger Marquinhos.

Such an approach has certainly paid off during an impressive pre-season campaign to date, with Arsenal still boasting a 100 per cent record in friendlies ahead of their Emirates Cup clash with Sevilla next weekend, which is followed by the opening match of the new Premier League season against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on August 5.

Arteta’s side impressed hugely during their tour of the United States, following up their high-scoring win over Nurnberg in Germany with victories against Everton and Orlando City before a 4-0 drubbing of London rivals Chelsea in Orlando to lift the Florida Cup on Saturday night.

However, technical director Edu has insisted that there is still a lot to do at Arsenal before the transfer window closes on September 1, with Arteta’s pre-season options affected by injuries to the likes of Vieira, Emile Smith Rowe, Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu, while the in-form Jesus also suffered a knock against Chelsea and Ben White has similarly spent time on the sidelines.

Quizzed about Arsenal’s squad depth after that rout of Chelsea at Camping World Stadium, Arteta said: “We are where we are. Obviously, at the moment we have injuries, you can see that we are still a little bit short in some positions for the way that we want to play but it is something that we are trying to address.

“We have increased the quality of the team for sure and the level of the squad is obviously something that we want to keep raising.”

Arteta was also insistent that the manner of such a statement victory against Chelsea in the US would not alter Arsenal’s existing transfer strategy moving forward.

“Nothing.” he said. “Again, don’t get carried away. There were a lot of positives, there are a lot of things we can do much, much better than we have done today as well and we have to continue to improve as a team.”

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