Arsenal begin process to complete Mikel Arteta’s ideal squad amid talks for next summer transfer

Arsenal begin process to complete Mikel Arteta’s ideal squad amid talks for next summer transfer

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Mikel Arteta has already revealed his ideal Arsenal first-team squad size for the 2022/23 season and the signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko pushes the Gunners boss closer to his target

The signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko has moved Mikel Arteta even closer to assembling his ideal Arsenal first-team squad size ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Despite overseeing as many as five arrivals in the summer transfer window so far, it’s safe to say the Gunners’ business is far from over especially when taking into consideration what the Spaniard said about his plans towards the end of last season as it’s an indicator of how many incomings and outgoings supporters can expect before the beginning of September.

“If you can financially afford it and we don’t have to do the turnaround in the squad that we’ve had to do, if you ask me what I want it’s 22 outfield players and three goalkeepers,” he said. “You have to come a long way in the aspects that you see on the pitch, it’s a lot of things that have to be put in place, and that takes time.”

So, 22 outfield players and three goalkeepers would be the perfect Arsenal squad size for Arteta. As it would appear that summer signing Matt Turner will compete with Aaron Ramsdale for the number one spot, it means one from Alex Runarsson, Arthur Okonkwo and Bernd Leno will be kept on as the third-choice goalkeeper next season.

Considering that the German has been linked with a move to Fulham in a £15m deal as he eyes a place in Hansi Flick’s World Cup squad later this year and Runarsson has no future at the club, they appear to be the two keepers that will move on before deadline day.

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