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Arteta already weighing up his summer transfer options

Arsenal boss planning 'two or three different scenarios' as he rebuilds a squad that was in a 'difficult state' when he arrived

09 April, 2020 — By Steve Barnett

MIKEL Arteta has admitted that the relationship between Arsenal, its players and the supporters was in a “difficult state” when he arrived at the club.

The Spaniard was faced with a depleted dressing room and scores of disgruntled fans when he took over as manager in December.

But the 38-year-old soon unearthed a “positive mindset” within the squad, and there were signs of some much-needed momentum before the coronavirus pandemic brought a halt to the season.

“I went through a lot when I got here,” Arteta told Sky Sports. “I had eight or 10 players injured, and there were a lot of issues to deal with.

“The connection between fans, players and the club was in a difficult state at that moment. We had to change that energy, the belief and the commitment from the players.

“I was very pleased because everyone was on board with what we were doing. We started to win three or four games in a row and there was a much more positive mindset around the place.”

Arteta also revealed he is planning “two or three different scenarios” when it comes to Arsenal’s transfer activities this summer, warning fans one option could be to spend “nothing”.

With leagues across Europe still hoping to finish their domestic competitions, FIFA announced this week that the summer transfer window will be moved to allow for campaigns to be extended. It was also recommended that player contracts ending on June 30 be extended for a short period.

The Gunners will have their own issues to sort out. They currently have Dani Ceballos, Cedric Soares and defender Pablo Mari all on loan – deals they will be looking to make permanent as Arteta continues to rebuild his squad.

Arteta added: “I’m planning two or three different scenarios that we can face. Depending on one of those three, we will be able to do more, less or nothing.

“We have to react daily. We don’t know what the financial situation is going to be, we don’t know the rules, the timing, the window. There are so many things we cannot control at the moment.”

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