After the summer transfer window closed, Mikel Arteta believes the club have done “a phenomenal job” of bringing in quality players and improving the squad.
Deals were reached early in the window for Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos and Matt Turner, and as deadline day came and went without a sixth new arrival following a reshuffle due to injuries to the midfielder, Arteta is overall happy with the summer’s work. – summarize all the ins and outs
Assessing the company, he said: “The club did a phenomenal job and put everything on the table to try and bring in the players and the profile we wanted.
“We did business quite early, but unfortunately in the last 72 hours, Thomas [Partey] injured himself in the same place as last time, then Mo [Elneny] has a long-term injury. Then we had to react in the market and we tried, but in the end we have to bring in the player who we think is right for the team and the club.
Deadline day can see a lot of quick moves in the transfer market as teams around the world try to build their squad, which sees quick decisions lead to inflated transfer fees and panic buying.
With this in mind, the boss was happy that we were sticking to our guns and only looking for a certain player profile that would improve the quality of the team and be the right candidate for the team, and think the strategy will pay off in the long run.
“We just have to bring top talent, top quality people through that door and be very disciplined,” he said. “At times like these you can make a huge mistake which can cost the club and the team dearly – not just in the near future but a bit further on, and we want to avoid that as much as possible.
“We pushed to strengthen the team and bring the best people and players possible to this football club, and we succeeded in that on a certain level. Then we have our limits; time was a big limitation in what happened in the last 72 hours with our midfielder. We tried to act but we couldn’t find the right player.
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