After the Gunners’ game against Aston Villa in week 5 of the Premier League, the team’s manager had some things to say.
Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, has confirmed the team’s plans for Transfer Deadline Day. The Gunners have problems in the middle of the field and on the sides.
So far, the Gunners have spent about £120 million on new players for the present and the future. Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko have already proven themselves in the first few games of 2022/23. Marquinhos, Fabio Vieira, and Matt Turner have also joined the team.
Before the injury situation got much worse in the last few days, a winger to replace Nicolas Pepe seemed to be the most important thing to do before the transfer deadline. However, Mohamed Elneny’s recent injury and Thomas Partey’s unreliability have forced quick action in the midfield. Now, Arteta has confirmed that both have bad news.
When asked how bad Elneny’s injury was, Arteta told football.london, “That’s not good news.” This was after the Gunners beat Aston Villa 2-1. “We still need to see another specialist, but I think Mo is going to be out of commission for a while.”
He said this about Partey: “He will be out of commission for a while. I’m not sure how long that time will last. It’s not the first time he’s hurt himself in that area, so the doctors will have to set a timeline and see how he gets better.”
These two players will be out for a while, and Oleksandr Zinchenko, who hurt his knee last week, is still not healthy enough to play for Aston Villa. Arteta went on to say that the last-minute problems had changed how Arsenal handled transfers in the last few days.
“Well, in that place we were pretty safe, but now we are more vulnerable,” he said. “We need to be ready for the unexpected, for injuries, and for suspensions. Things like that can happen, and this season, with the World Cup, will be especially strange. We try to keep that from happening, but it’s hard.”
When asked if the Gunners would do any business before the transfer window closes on Thursday at 23:00, Arteta said that Arsenal would be willing to bring someone in if the chance came up.
“The club has been very helpful in making sure we keep getting better as a squad and as a team,” he said. “We will try if we have the right player and we can do it.”
Danilo of Palmeiras and Youri Tielemans of Leicester have been mentioned as players who could join before the deadline on August 1. There have been rumors that Arsenal are on UEFA’s Financial Fair Play watchlist, so the main question about any late deals has been how much Arsenal would have to spend. Even so, Arteta said he couldn’t do anything about it.
The Spaniard said, “I’m not good with money.” “That’s something you should ask someone else.”