Getting rid of Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi and signing Martin Odegaard was the summary of Arsenal’s business in January. Hence, Mikel Arteta admits the currently 10th-positioned Arsenal are working on potential summer targets.
Arteta has told Sky Sports on the work being done heading towards another recruitment window: “We are planning everything for the summer, the same with the board, with [chief executive] Vinai [Venkatesham], with [non-executive director] Tim [Lewis], and with the owners.
“We are very clear on how we want to do it.
“When you have to change 10 or 12 things in one window [as in January] it's a lot, and that has some consequences with what has happened in previous months and what is going to happen in the following months.
“We still have quite a lot of things to do, but we will get to the point, hopefully, where it's just ticking off a few things and the stability is there, because you need that as well to be consistent and be competitive.”
On how the possible summer transfers might affect Arsenal’s young talents such as Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, Arteta said: “It's about doing things in the right moments, when they can shine, when they need protected and when they have the right players around them as well.
“It's not about playing all the young players in every game, but we are putting a plan together, so they have space around the squad, space in the team, and we have the right flow between the players so they can become really important at the club. That path is being created.”