The deadline for English teams to do business with clubs outside the EFL stands as October 6 and despite a slow start to proceedings, Mikel Arteta believes all Arsenal’s activity will be complete by then.
So far, Willian is the only first team signing made by the Gunners this summer, although the arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes is imminent with the head coach admitting the club “are pretty positive that we can do it”.
Aside from signing the Brazilian duo, central midfield has also been a key area for Arteta and technical director, Edu Gaspar to address. Thomas Partey has been their prime target, interest has remained in Dani Ceballos and Houssem Aouar has emerged as another possibility to fill the void alongside Granit Xhaka.
The Gunners will have played four Premier League games by the time the deadline passes which could prove crucial as their schedule gets noticeably tougher in October, but Arteta ensured his transfer plans will be executed by then.
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“I’m confident we’re going to do everything we can together to achieve the target we had [for] before October 6,” he said ahead of the Community Shield.
“If we are not able to do that it’s because we couldn’t reach that level or somebody beat us with our planning. It’s very clear what we want to do, we are aiming for that and hopefully we can achieve it or get really close to achieving it.”
Although Arsenal’s season officially starts on Saturday [August 29] with the Community Shield, matchday one and two of the UEFA Nations League come before the start of the Premier League on September 12.
With games being played on September 3, 4 and 5, player’s will be on international duty before the league campaign begins – an issue Arteta feels some frustration toward but an understanding of the problems national teams have had in 2020.