Mikel Arteta: Arsenal boss says they did ‘phenomenal job’ on transfers despite failed late bid

Mikel Arteta
Arsenal have been unable to insert to their 5 summer time signings as the transfer deadline approached

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says the club did a “phenomenal job” striving to make another signing before the transfer deadline.

The Gunners introduced in Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko in July, just before midfield pair Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey got injured.

But Arsenal were not able to protected a new midfielder, with Aston Villa turning down two bids for Douglas Luiz.

“We attempted to act but we didn’t obtain the right player,” explained Arteta.

“You see the amount of departures in comparison to the recruitment and once more the club has done a phenomenal task and set all the things on the table to attempt to deliver in the players and profile that we needed,” added the Gunners boss.

“We did the business very early, but unfortunately in the previous 72 hrs Thomas got injured in the very same spot as very last time and then Mo has a very long-term injury and we had to react in the market.

“We attempted and at the close of the day we have to carry in the players we sense are right for the group and the club, but we did not regulate to do that.

“We pushed to improve the workforce. We could have accomplished one thing if there was the right participant, the right deal and a thing we could find the money for.

“It was a serious risk and we tried, but we retained our discipline to say it has to be the [right] player for the group and the club.

“We have our constraints and time was a big limitation with what happened in the very last 72 hours in our midfield.”

Five new gamers joined Arsenal this summer season – the other people remaining Marquinhos, Fabio Vieira and Matt Turner – but the Gunners could not make Brazil midfielder Luiz the sixth.

“I have bought confidence he’ll realize the circumstance and the club’s selection,” stated Villa manager Steven Gerrard.

“We didn’t want to lose a incredibly significant participant and a top participant so late in the window. From a personal level of see, I quite much back again the club’s choice and stance on that.

“I spoke to Dougie deal with to facial area [on Thursday] and he comprehended where it was at and the position the club was in.

“He really considerably respects the selection. Hopefully it will serene down in the hrs and days to come and he’ll be fine transferring ahead.”

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