Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admits the club is likely to move some players on before the deadline. 

Arteta revealed that he is confident captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will sign a new contract but refused to be drawn on the future of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez who is heavily linked with Aston Villa.

The Spaniard assured the club’s supporters that the announcement is imminent and they should not be worried.

On Aubameyang’s future 

“I think they can be pretty relaxed,” he said.

Arteta also dismissed reports that Alexandre Lacazette could leave the Gunners this summer.

“He is really happy here. He wants to keep improving and contributing to the team. I know how good he is and the impact he is having. The way he has been training and conducting himself has been excellent.”


Arteta also insisted the club’s transfer business is far from complete adding that they’re still active in the market.

“We are still active in the market, we are looking at different options. We are active in the market with players in and out, at the moment the squad balance is not ideal,” he said.

“There is still some work to do, but we have to bear in mind the complications of this market. The complexity and as well the timing because you can see that clubs are behaving in many different ways and it is a bit uncertain how this is going to evolve in the next few weeks. Numbers-wise, some positions are overbooked. Some others, in terms of the specific qualities we need, are still not there.”

The north London side has already completed the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille and Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea.

Arsenal continues to be linked with moves for the likes of midfielders Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar.


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