Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal’s transfer business not over despite breakdown in talks for Aaron Ramsdale, as moves for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Leicester playmaker James Maddison mooted

Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal’s transfer business is not finished this summer, despite the club missing out on the signing of Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

The Gunners were in talks to sign the England goalkeeper but negotiations broke down on Wednesday with the two clubs unable to agree a fee.

Ramsdale is off the menu for Arsenal

Arsenal have so far signed Nuno Tavares, Ben White and Albert Lokonga for approximately £80million combined, but have been linked with a host of other names.

A deal for Chelsea outcast Tammy Abraham has been mooted, while the club are also monitoring the situation of Leicester playmaker James Maddison.

Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard, who flourished on loan at the Emirates from January last term, is also being considered.

Arteta is adamant more arrivals will need to come as he looks to get Arsenal into the top four for the first time since the 2016/17 season, but was coy about any upcoming deals as he spoke to the media on Thursday ahead of Friday night’s Premier League opener against Brentford.

“In this first period of the transfer window I think we’ve done a few things we wanted to do and it’s going to help us to get the squad in a much better place,” Arteta said when asked how he judged Arsenal’s transfer window to date.

Maddison is said to be keen on a move to north London

“There is still a bit of the window to go, so I’m sure things will happen either way. We identified what we wanted to do and how we can strengthen our team short, medium and long term, and what we needed to achieve that.

“We defined the profile of player that suits the model that we have at the moment at the club that can sustain our financial position, and we made three movements in relation to that.”

Despite being sure of further action, Arteta did say he was ‘willing to work’ with the players currently at his disposal.

He also conceded Arsenal need to excite their fans by proving they can compete with their traditional rivals, suggesting any transfer business could happen all the way to the close of the window.

Arteta could only manage an eighth-placed finish in 2020/21

“Fans need to be excited and they need to see a team that is capable of competing with those teams because our history is related to that,” he said.

“Nobody can deny that. That’s the aim and that should be the objective.

“It is something at this time that is not possible to do on August 12 but is possible to do on the last day.

“Whether you are happy bringing the player in or not is more important. I think everything is related to who we bring in, who is out, our capacity to hold foreign players in the squad. There are a lot of question marks still to be resolved. It’s still pretty open.”

Joe Willock has started pre-season with Arsenal but is now set to sign for Newcastle

In terms of outgoings, Arteta said Joe Willock is in a position to determine his own future as a potential transfer to Newcastle rumbles on.

“The situation is that he’s our player and we’ve held some conversations because it’s not only about what we want to do,” the Gunners boss added.

“It’s the player’s interest and the role that a player can field in a squad and in a club.

“What he’s done is put himself in a really strong position where he can choose a little bit with more options of what his future could look like, and this is what we’re trying to define right now.”


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