Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal did everything in their power to make signings on deadline day but remained disciplined to avoid making costly panic signings.
The Gunners acted quickly in the summer transfer window to bring Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos and Matt Turner to the Emirates ahead of the start of the 2022/23 Premier League season, but injuries forced them back on the market as the deadline. loomed.
After seeing a third and final £25million bid rejected by Aston Villa for midfielder Douglas Luiz, Arsenal have completed their summer deals on five signings, with Arteta refusing to bring an unsuitable player to the club for the pleasure.
Speaking outside Arsenal great sunday trip to Manchester United – live on sky sports – Arteta said of their failed attempts on deadline day: “Yesterday we could have done something if it was the right player, the right deal and something we could afford.
“Sometimes you have to react to something that happens, we would have done that, it was a real possibility yesterday. We tried but then we kept the discipline to say it had to be the right player for the game. team and club.”
He continued: “We have done a lot and still have a lot to do in this squad, you see the number of departures compared to the players we have signed. The club has done a phenomenal job and put everything on the table to bring the profile of players that we want.
“We did our business early, but unfortunately in the last 72 hours, Thomas [Partey] injured himself in the same place as last time, then Mo [Mohamed Elneny] has a long-term injury and we had to react in the market.
“We tried, but at the end of the day we have to pick the right player who we think is right for the team and the club. We learned a lot from that. [signing the wrong player]. There are still players we need to take out.
“We just have to bring top talent, people through the door and we have to be very disciplined because in those times you can make huge mistakes which cost the club and the club dearly. team. We want to avoid this as much as possible.
“We pushed to strengthen the team and bring the best possible players into the football club. We succeeded up to a certain level. We had our limits with time, we tried to act, but we didn’t we haven’t found the right player.”
‘I love him’ – Arteta on Barca-linked Bellerin
With Arsenal unable to bring anyone in on deadline day, the conclusion of Hector Bellerin’s 10-year association with the Gunners was confirmed as his contract was terminated to allow the right-back to seal a free transfer to Barcelona.
Arteta highlighted an emotional conversation with the 27-year-old, adding: “He called me very late last night. It was a conversation like we had when we were teammates and very good friends.
“Take the situation out of the coach and the player. I like the kid, I like what he’s done for the club, he’s someone I really have strong feelings for.
“I know it’s one of his dreams to play there. [at Barcelona] and I hope he can achieve his dream and resume his career where he can because he is still young and has a lot to do.”
Odegaard and Ramsdale doubt ahead of Old Trafford trip
Arsenal travel to Manchester United aiming to extend their 100% winning start to the season to six games, but face a rejuvenated home side under Erik ten Hag after winning three consecutive Premier League matches.
Arteta, who ended Arsenal’s 14-year wait for a league win at Old Trafford in November 2020, said United’s revival came as no surprise given the club’s resources, but is confident the Gunners can maintain their winning start.
“It’s not something new, we did it, we have to do it again,” said the Spaniard. “We have to believe that we are capable of going there, playing our way and winning the game.
“When you look at the squad they have, the players they’ve signed, the amount of money they have to spend in the market, it’s no surprise that they’re going to win a lot of football games. .
“Manchester United’s history tells you this is going to happen. They are another great rival and we have to compete with them.”
Arsenal will be permanently without full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny for the trip to Old Trafford and are sweating over the fitness of goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and captain Martin Odegaard, Arteta has revealed.
“Ramsdale and Odegaard have been assessed, we will see more tomorrow, hopefully they will be available to be with the team,” he added. “Unfortunately with Alex [Zinchenko] that’s still not the case, he’s missed two games and hasn’t been able to train with the team yet.”
Mikel Arteta: Disciplined Arsenal avoided repeat signing mistake in panic on deadline day