Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Arsenal have already begun planning for the summer transfer window.
Last month the Gunners sealed loan deals for Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares from Flamengo and Southampton respectively, but there’s been links to a number of players once the season ends.
Since the window closed, the likes of Le Havre midfielder Pape Gueye and Dayot Upamecano have been tipped to make the move to the Emirates Stadium in the summer.
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And despite the window being closed, Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea have been busy preparing for next season with the signing of Hakim Ziyech – another player linked with the Gunners – from Ajax.
But are the north Londoners in a similar position?
Arteta has confirmed that talks are ongoing behind the scenes but did hint that much could depend on where his side finish in the Premier League this season.
“Absolutely, we have to plan,” Arteta said in response to being asked with summer transfer plans have already been discussed during his pre-Newcastle United press conference.
“We need to know the direction we want to head and to do that we need to bare in mind different scenarios. With that in mind I need to tell the club what we need, where we think we can improve and where we want to aim.
“If we all aim for the same things and put a plan together to try to execute it and make the process as short as possible.”
Arteta’s admission comes after his former teammate Santi Cazorla confirmed Arsenal’s interest in Villarreal pair Samuel Chukwueze and Pau Torres.
“Yeah, mainly my Arsenal friends,”Cazorla told Marca when asked if his former club have asked for his opinion on the two aforementioned players.
“They ask me about them and they think that they can make the jump to the Premier League soon.
“It’s good that big clubs are interested in the young players at Villarreal but, for the moment, I’m asking them to let them stay here. They still have to make more steps [in their development].
“Those two have great personalities and their feet are on the ground.
“In Pau’s case, I’m constantly hearing talk about Manchester City or Barcelona, but he knows that he has to keep improving as a player and we’ll see how far he can go in the future.”