Arsenal are planning two or three transfer window situations but ‘can’t do anything’, Arteta said

  • Michael Areta has been making various plans for the transfer window, admitting that Arsenal will fight to sign anyone.


Modified April 10, 2020, 00:14 IST

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Arsenal boss Michael Arteta

Arsenal have been working on “two or three different situations” in the transfer plans before next season, Michael Arretta said.

With the football leagues largely suspended due to the coronary virus epidemic, FIFA has announced that it will allow the transfer window dates to be changed later this year if plans are to end domestic asons.

In the COVID-19 crisis, when leagues and clubs are facing financial uncertainty, many have predicted that inflated transfer fees have become the norm in recent years.

Manchester United director Ole Gunnar Salskazar has already informed that his club needs to be ready for the maximum opportunity to set aside goals that may suddenly become available.

Arteta has likewise been making various plans for the next window, admitting that it is impossible to know how the market will play out.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Gunners head coach said: “I want to plan two to three different situations that we may face, depending on one of those three, we will be able to do more, less or nothing.

“We have to respond every day. We don’t know what the financial situation is going to be, we don’t know the rules, time and window. There are many things we cannot control at the moment.”

Arsenal were in mourning for the Europa League departure at the Olympiacos in February, but showed encouraging signs of improvement under Arteta before the season stopped.

The Gunners won one of eight matches in December, with Arteta taking over from Unai Emery, but winning four matches and drawing four in all of the 2020 contests.

Arteta was pleased with her team’s progress after the need for interaction between players and fans.

“By the time I got here I had gone through a lot … I had eight or ten players injured, and had a lot of problems to deal with,” he said. “The connection between the fans, the players and the club was in a difficult situation at that moment. The players, we had to change that strength, belief and commitment.

“I was happy because everyone was up to what we were doing. We started winning three or four games in a row and there was a lot more positive mentality around the place.”

Arteta was among the first high-profile English sportsmen to test positive for Cornwallis, which prompted the match against Manchester City to be canceled, but he is now feeling perfectly healthy.

“Either I didn’t have a very strong virus or my immune system was pretty good,” Arteta said. “The day we were told we were at risk because we contacted the Olympiacos owner [Evangelos Marinakis] There were days when I started to show some signs.

“As I was playing Manchester City the next day, I knew I felt a huge responsibility. I had a feeling inside myself that something was wrong. We have to point out and clear it up. We talked about talking to the Premier League case. As a forward we knew we could expose ourselves to people.

“I dragged the doctor and the CEO into my home that we had a situation because of my symptoms. We had players who contacted us, so we said it was too big for us to make a decision. We had to communicate. To protect it all. With the Premier League and Manchester City. We made the right call. “

Published April 10, 2020, 00:14 IST

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