Mikel Arteta: Disciplined Arsenal avoid repeat of deadline day panic signing blunder

Mikel Arteta: Disciplined Arsenal avoid repeat of deadline day panic signing blunder

Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal did everything in their power to make signings on deadline day but remained disciplined to avoid costly panic signings.

The Gunners moved quickly in the summer transfer window to bring Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos and Matt Turner to the Emirates ahead of the start of the 2022/23 Premier League season, but the injuries forced them back into the market at the deadline. stood up

After seeing Aston Villa reject a third and final bid of £25m for midfielder Douglas Luiz, Arsenal wrapped up their summer business with five signings, with Arteta refusing to take a player unsuitable to the club for this.

Speaking ahead of Arsenal super sunday Manchester United trip – live Sky Sports – Arteta said of his unsuccessful attempts on Deadline Day: “Yesterday we could have done something if it was the right player, the right deal and something we could afford.

“Sometimes you have to react to something that happens, we would have done it, yesterday it was a real possibility. We tried but then we kept the discipline to say he had to be the right player for the team and the club.”

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He continued: “We’ve done a lot and there’s still a lot to do in this squad, you can see the amount of casualties compared to the players we’ve brought in. The club have done a phenomenal job and put everything on the table to bring the profile of players we want.

“We did our business early, but unfortunately in the last 72 hours Thomas [Partey] was injured in the same place as last time and then Mo [Mohamed Elneny] he has a long-term injury and we had to react to the market.

“We tried, but at the end of the day we have to pick the right player who we think is right for the team and the club. We’ve learned a lot from that. [signing the wrong player]. There are still players we have to get out.

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“We just have to bring in top quality talent, people through the door and we have to be very disciplined because at the moment you can make huge mistakes which cost the club and the team a lot. We want to avoid that as much as possible.

“We pushed to strengthen the squad and bring the best possible players to the football club. We achieved that to a certain level. We had our limitations with time, we tried to perform, but we didn’t find the right player.”

“I love you” – Arteta in Bellerin bound for Barça

Although Arsenal failed to bring anyone through the door on deadline day, the end of Hector Bellerin’s 10-year association with the Gunners was confirmed as his contract was terminated to allow the right back seal a free transfer to Barcelona.

Arteta shed light on an emotional conversation with the 27-year-old, adding: “Last night he called me very late. It was a conversation like we had when we were team-mates and very good friends.

“Take away the manager and the player situation. I love the kid, I love what he’s done for the club, he’s a person I have a lot of feelings for.

“I know it’s one of his dreams to play there [at Barcelona] and hopefully he can fulfill his dream and get his career back where he can because he’s still young and has a lot to do.”

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Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag believes facing table-toppers Arsenal will be a big test for them after recording their third straight win at Leicester.

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Arsenal travel to Manchester United looking to extend their 100% winless start to the season to six games, but face a rejuvenated home side with Erik ten Hag on the back of a three-match Premier League win.

Arteta, who ended Arsenal’s 14-year wait to win the league at Old Trafford in November 2020, says United’s revival is no surprise given the club’s resources but is confident the Gunners can maintain their winning start.

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“It’s not something new, we’ve done it, we have to do it again,” said the Spaniard. “We have to believe that we are able to go there, play our way and win the game.

“When you look at the squad they have, the players they’ve signed, the amount of money they have to spend in the market, it’s no surprise they’re going to win a lot of football.

“The history of Manchester United tells you that this will happen. It is another big rival and we have to compete with them.”

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Arsenal will definitely be without full-backs Oleksandr Zinchenko, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny for the trip to Old Trafford and are sweating on the fitness of goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and captain Martin Odegaard, Arteta revealed.

“Ramsdale and Odegaard have been assessed, we will see more tomorrow, we hope they will be available to be with the team,” he added. “Unfortunately with Alex [Zinchenko] not yet, he has missed two games and has not yet been able to train with the team.”


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