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Arteta sheds light on Arsenal’s new transfer strategy

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The London side are having a quite busy summer, with five fresh faces already brought in so far.

Arsenal want players “who could develop into potential starters and increase the level of the team”, says Mikel Arteta as he sheds light on his side’s transfer strategy.

Arsenal announced two new signings on Friday – goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United and midfielder Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid.

Center-back Ben White, left-back Nuno Tavares, and midfielder Albert Lokonga are the other players they have recruited in this transfer market.

The Gunners, in spite of having already spent around £130 million, might not be done just yet as they reportedly have plans for more business before the August 31 deadline.

It has been suggested Arsenal’s next target is to bring in a right-back, with Kieran Trippier’s name understood to be on the London club’s wish list.

“We have to be sustainable. We have to perform now and we also need a plan for the medium and the long term,” Arteta told in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports.

“A lot of the decisions we have made over the last 18 months are because we had a big imbalance in certain areas that was putting the club in a difficult position.

“Then, we wanted to recruit talent, specificity, and players with a big capacity to interact with the players who already exist here and who could develop into potential starters and increase the level of the team and the squad.”

“I’ve been in constant contact with the hierarchy of the club, with Eddy [Edu], with Richard [Garlick] and with our coaching team, trying to find the players we want to recruit and trying to be on top of every deal to make it happen in conditions we can afford.

“I think we have created a really strong team who really enjoy working together. Hopefully you will see the fruits of this.”