Arteta asks for supporter patience as Arsenal search for big-name arrivals

Mikel Arteta is sure the Arsenal squad will be bolstered by big-name arrivals this summer, the Daily Mirror has reported, but the midfielder believes patience is required as often the better players do not switch clubs until nearer the end of the transfer window.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has pursued a striker all summer and appears to have settled on Liverpool’s want-away Uruguay international, Luis Suarez. However, the Reds are reluctant to let Suarez leave despite his unhappiness at Anfield, and the two clubs have yet to agree a fee mutually acceptable to both parties, despite Wenger being said to have a significant amount of transfer money with which to work this summer.

The Mirror claims that Arsenal supporters are growing worried at their club’s lack of movement in the transfer window so far – and fear a repeat of the situation a few years ago when Wenger sanctioned a number of late deals, of which Arteta was one, but spent unwisely on players who proved to be substandard.

It will happen. I have no doubts about it,” Arteta said. “It takes time but I know the boss is working really hard on it, and the board as well. It will happen for sure.

I am very convinced but the great players normally come at the end of the transfer window. The clubs work hard to keep their best players and I think Arsenal will do well in the transfer window,” the former Everton playmaker continued.

The newspaper suggests that Arsenal’s business will pick up if they confirm qualification for the Champions League group stages, as Wenger’s side still have to negotiate a play-off before their place in the competition is confirmed. Arteta, meanwhile, believes headline signings will help raise morale at the Emirates Stadium as well as push the club up the table.

think we are going to start the season with new faces. That is what we are all hoping for. That will give us a big boost and everyone is very positive,” the 31-year-old said. “We need to close the gap with the teams that are trying to win the titles. We have been too far in the last few seasons. We will start and see how it goes. We won’t be as far this season,” Arteta added.

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