Mikel Arteta expecting ‘some new faces’ at Arsenal as Gunners close in on Ben White and Albert Sambi Lokonga deals

Mikel Arteta has hinted Arsenal are close to announcing more signings this summer.

Nuno Tavares, an £8million arrival from Benfica, is the Gunners’ only summer addition to date.

Arteta is looking forward to welcoming new arrivals to Arsenal

But Arteta is expecting ‘some new faces’ ahead of their pre-season trip to America, with deals for Brighton’s Ben White and Anderlecht’s Albert Sambi Lokonga expected to be confirmed imminently.

Speaking after a 2-2 pre-season draw with Rangers, the Arsenal boss said: “Now a little bit of recovery.

“We trained really hard, played two games, and now we’re going to be travelling to America in the next week.

“We didn’t have any injuries which is really positive in the first week. We’re going to have some new faces arriving probably, so it’s very positive.”

Tavares caught the eye for the Gunners at Ibrox with Eddie Nketiah also getting on the scoresheet

Former Gers midfielder Arteta, given a good reception by the 2,000 home fans allowed inside the stadium, said of Tavares on Arsenal’s official website: “Great debut, (scoring) with his right foot as well.

“He has only been with us a few days but you can already see his qualities, his physicality and the quality he has on the ball as well.

“He is integrating with the lads really well, so it is a good start.”