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Mikel Arteta hints on more transfer business before deadline

Mikel Arteta says the club will remain active in the transfer window despite the arrival of major targets.

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Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has hinted the club will be active in the transfer window until the end of the season.

Arsenal have secured their top targets for the summer with the arrival of Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber and Declan Rice in the first two weeks of the transfer window, with the deadline set to close at 11pm on Friday September 1.

With the arrival of these three high-profile players, Arsenal has already spent more than £200 million in their quest to challenge for the Premier League title, having finished as runners-up to Manchester City last season.

Speaking from the United States, where the team is currently undertaking pre-season training, Arteta revealed there could be further movement before the September 1 deadline.

“Let’s see there is a lot of time still in the market and a lot of expectation in some of our players,” Arteta said.

“So we will have to see how things develop in the next couple of weeks. We will be alert, there is still time to do things, there is still time for exits as well obviously. I’m sure things will move.”

While the signings of Havertz, Thuram, and Rice have already been finalized, Arteta commended the club’s swift action in the transfer market, providing the newcomers ample time to adapt to their new environment.

“Every signing that we have made brings special things to the team,” Arteta said.

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“We are very pleased as you can imagine that we signed the players that we wanted. We’ve signed them early and they’ve started to adapt to the team really fast.

“We have some time now to prepare and for them to get the best chance to express themselves in the right way and to adapt they need to experience a few days how it looks like Arsenal.”

The majority of Arsenal’s summer transfer spending has gone towards securing Rice’s club-record £105m switch across the capital from West Ham.

The majority of Arsenal’s significant investment this summer went towards securing the services of Declan Rice, who joined from West Ham United for a club-record fee of £105 million. Arteta shared his thoughts on Rice’s integration into the Arsenal setup and the impact he could have on the team.

“I think you all know,” Arteta added. “You all know his leadership, personality, and the experience he already has at 24. He’s already close with some of the boys, he knew a few of the boys from the England camp as well.”

Mikel Arteta continued: “Declan is very much known within the league and has done tremendously well both for West Ham and England.

“He’s a player that is going to bring a lot of qualities, a lot of leadership, a lot of experience in the league, very specific in the position with the qualities that he has. We are delighted to have him.”

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