Arteta hopeful of new Arsenal arrivals

The Spanish playmaker says the Gunners need to target players who can improve the team and help the club challenge for silverware, though does not expect any imminent signings

Arsenal vice-captain Mikel Arteta is optimistic about the north London club’s chances of securing new signings, though conceded the Gunners may have to play their Champions League qualifier as they are.

Arsene Wenger has been linked with a move for Liverpool’s wantaway striker Luis Suarez throughout the summer, but the club’s improved £42 million offer for the Uruguayan was rejected.

So far, Arsenal have only signed one player in the transfer window, France Under-20 starlet Yaya Sanogo, but Arteta is convinced the club will manage to pull off a major signing before the deadline passes.

“The club is working on that [a big-name signing],” Arteta told the Evening Standard. “It is in their hands and I am sure they are going to do it.

“If we can add something, we will do. But it’s very difficult to predict if something will be sorted out before we play in the Champions League qualifier.”

Arteta is adamant the club need to bring in new faces and welcome reinforcements, believing new signings can improve the squad and help them end an eight-year wait for silverware.

“If the club can target players who will improve the team they are going to be very welcome because that is what we want — a better team, better players to compete and win trophies,” added Arteta.

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