Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta: 'At the moment the squad balance is not ideal.'

Arteta expects Aubameyang to sign a new deal very soon.


Mikel Arteta has confirmed Arsenal still have business to do before the transfer window closes on October 5.


The Gunners manager is expecting new signings to come through the doors at the Emirates stadium and has told the club fans to “relax” over the future of Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.


The north London club have secured the services of Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea and Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes so far and Arteta insists his 'squad balance is not ideal'.


“We are still active in the market, we are looking at different options,” he said ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash away at Fulham as BBC Sport quoted.


“We are active in the market with players in and out, at the moment the squad balance is not ideal.


“There is still some work to do, but we have to bear in mind the complications of this market.


“The complexity and as well the timing because you can see that clubs are behaving in many different ways and it is a bit uncertain how this is going to evolve in the next few weeks.


“Numbers-wise, some positions are overbooked. Some others, in terms of the specific qualities we need, are still not there.”


It is believed an announcement over a new contract for Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is imminent, leaving Arteta pretty calm about the situation.

“I think they can be pretty relaxed,” he said.


Arteta also quashed rumours suggesting Alexandre Lacazette might leave this summer, saying: “He is really happy here. He wants to keep improving and contributing to the team. I know how good he is and the impact he is having. The way he has been training and conducting himself has been excellent.”



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