Mikel Arteta outlines Arsenal’s transfer plans but avoids Houssem Aouar question

The Spanish coach is remaining tight-lipped regarding potential targets (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal are still active in the transfer market and will look to strengthen their squad further, though refused to discuss specific targets such as Lyon’s Houssem Aouar.

The Gunners have already made a number of smart signings this summer, bringing in Willian on a free transfer, signing Brazilian centre-back Gabriel from Lille and securing another loan for Dani Ceballos.

But Arteta wants several more new recruits as he targets a top-four finish this coming season, with a new central midfielder still his top priority.

Lyon are believed to want around £40m for Arsenal target Aouar (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal were linked with Atletico Madrid enforcer Thomas Partey for a long time, though that speculation has died down and been replaced with rumours of a move for playmaker Aouar.

Arteta, as is his custom, did not want to talk about other clubs’ players but did confirm that he is not happy with the current makeup of his squad and will be both buying and selling before the window closes next month.

‘We are still active in the market, we are looking at…