Arsenal’s unsung hero takes on new role to help explain Mikel Arteta transfer stance

Arsenal’s unsung hero takes on new role to help explain Mikel Arteta transfer stance

After spending more than £100million in the first part of the summer transfer window, Arsenal now look set to focus on shifting some players unlikely to feature out of the door

When it comes to summer transfer windows, Arsenal have been the team to follow over the last two years.

After being backed to the tune of around £150million last summer, Mikel Arteta is getting the support from Emirates chiefs once again. Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabio Vieira have all arrived in big-money moves, with their spending now topping £100m.

And there could yet be more to come, with the Gunners boss still believed to be in the market for another attacking player having missed out on Raphinha.

But for now, the Arsenal hierarchy, including technical director Edu, will focus on chopping some deadwood from their squad, something which Arteta has proven he is more than willing to do.

“It’s not easy, but it’s part of our job.,” Edu recently admitted in an interview with Sky Sports. “We try to create an opportunity for the player. For me, the most important thing is to make the player understand why he is here or why he needs to go.

“And then we have to create some possibility with the player’s agent and find the best possible solution.”

Departures will be consigned to squad players unlikely to have a massive impact, with the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Pablo Mari and Ainsley Maitland-Niles prime candidates. Cedric Soares is another that has found himself out of the team from time to time, but the Portuguese is almost certain to stay.

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