Arsenal plot ‘active’ summer transfer strategy after signing Willian

first_img 1/1 Read More Metro Sport ReporterFriday 14 Aug 2020 3:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.4kShares Skip Read More Top articles by Metro Comment Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Video Settings Arsenal plot ‘active’ summer transfer strategy after signing Willian PLAY Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Advertisement Arteta has some big summer plans (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)Willian will not be the only summer arrival at Arsenal, if Mikel Arteta has his way. The Brazilian moved to the Emirates on a free transfer on Friday and is set to be the first of several players to arrive in north London. Arteta is expecting it to be a busy summer transfer window – and has his sights on strengthening three key positions, according to The Guardian. A defender, a central midfielder and another forward are all at the top of his shopping list. ADVERTISEMENT Full Screen The wage bill will have to be trimmed, with several peripheral players set to be shown the exit door in order to help fund new arrivals. AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal are also confident that there will be another big contract extension to announce soon, with club chiefs expecting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to commit to a new deal in time for next season. Read More Coming Next Skip Ad SPONSORED Read More Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling 1 min. story Willian has joined Arsenal (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)Gunners technical director Edu admitted the plans for the squad would be a ‘big process’.‘He [Willian] has a lot of fantastic attributes as a person, as a football player of course, his character,’ Edu told Arsenal Digital. ‘I’m 100% sure that everybody in the dressing room, the fans, myself and Mikel will enjoy having Willian in our side.‘We tried to create a better balance in the squad but we know that takes time to balance the squad the way me and Mikel want to. To balance properly, we need to sell players, to buy players and that takes time, not just day and night. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It will take time but with Willian, we’ve started a big process. We’ve identified the needs in the squad and he’s the one to start to rebalance the squad as we want to. ‘I am really excited and really happy to have a player like Willian because I’m convinced he’ll be the one to impact the team straight away. ‘That, for me, is the most important one because I think the squad needed a player like Willian to help them, to be with the guys, helping in all senses. That’s why I’m so excited.’Where will Arsenal finish next season?Premier League winners0%Runners-up0%Top-four0%Top-six0%Top half0%Bottom half0%Relagtion zone0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. About Connatix V67539 / Advertisementlast_img

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