Arsenal plot ‘active’ summer transfer strategy after signing Willian

Mikel Arteta the Arsenal Head Coach speaks to the media after the FA Cup Semi Final match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on July 18, 2020 in London, England.
Arteta has some big summer plans (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)

Willian will not be the only summer arrival at Arsenal, if Mikel Arteta has his way.

The Brazilian moved to the Emirates on a free transfer on Friday and is set to be the first of several players to arrive in north London.

Arteta is expecting it to be a busy summer transfer window – and has his sights on strengthening three key positions, according to The Guardian.

A defender, a central midfielder and another forward are all at the top of his shopping list.

The wage bill will have to be trimmed, with several peripheral players set to be shown the exit door in order to help fund new arrivals.

Arsenal are also confident that there will be another big contract extension to announce soon, with club chiefs expecting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to commit to a new deal in time for next season.

Arsenal unveil new signing Willian on August 14, 2020 in London, England.
Willian has joined Arsenal (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)

Gunners technical director Edu admitted the plans for the squad would be a ‘big process’.

‘He [Willian] has a lot of fantastic attributes as a person, as a football player of course, his character,’ Edu told Arsenal Digital.

‘I’m 100% sure that everybody in the dressing room, the fans, myself and Mikel will enjoy having Willian in our side.

‘We tried to create a better balance in the squad but we know that takes time to balance the squad the way me and Mikel want to. To balance properly, we need to sell players, to buy players and that takes time, not just day and night. 

‘It will take time but with Willian, we’ve started a big process. We’ve identified the needs in the squad and he’s the one to start to rebalance the squad as we want to. 

‘I am really excited and really happy to have a player like Willian because I’m convinced he’ll be the one to impact the team straight away.

‘That, for me, is the most important one because I think the squad needed a player like Willian to help them, to be with the guys, helping in all senses. That’s why I’m so excited.’

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