Every word Mikel Arteta said on Ozil’s legacy, Smith Rowe’s potential, and Holding transfer

You’ve started the window pretty quickly with Saliba and Kolasinac. In the summer it was quite late with Partey, but are you confident that you can get your business done early and you be last minute?

I don’t know. To be fair at the moment the market is really complicated. The situation around every club is not easy. And to get the negotiations going as well because you cannot be face to face you cannot travel to another country to make a deal happen like that. Everything has to be through the phone or Zoom. It can go either way to be fair. I don’t want to tell you. I can tell you what I would like, which is day one to have the squad like I want and the players out and in sorted. I think it’s really complicated for now.

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Do you think the virus complicates things for players who might not want to move abroad? Is that affecting the market?

It’s affecting everything. I think it’s affecting the transfers, it’s affecting financially, and it’s affecting as well some players that probably they are here. They have been stuck here for a year. They realise ‘I need to go back home, I need my family to be happy, I need my family to be next to me.’ It’s a bit of a mixture. But players are experiencing feelings that are new to them. That’s why I keep insisting that this virus as well is about the mental health, not just physically how you’re feeling or the damage in there, mental health is a big big thing and we have to pay more attention to that.

Mesut is going to leave the club without having played for a year. How much has this damaged his legacy at the club if he leaves in this way?

I don’t know what’s going to happen so I don’t want to talk about that. What Mesut has done at the football club is unquestionable, and that will stay. It doesn’t matter if he plays two more games, ten more games or none. I think what he’s done is there for the…