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Arsenal fans Angry over delay transfer decision as Mikel Arteta responds to Aouar and Thomas Partey transfer question and issues update on Arsenal’s plans



Mikel Arteta has admitted that the summer transfer window has been “complicated” amid Arsenal’s search for new players.

The Gunners are looking to build upon their FA Cup and Community Shield success, and have already made several signings ahead of the new campaign.

Willian arrived on a free transfer from Chelsea after his contract at Stamford Bridge expired, whilst defender Gabriel Magalhaes was bought from Lille to strengthen Arsenal’s back line.

Dani Ceballos has also re-joined on another season-long loan deal, after an impressive few months at the end of last season.

But Gunners first team manager Arteta is thought to be eyeing more signings to add depth to his squad ahead of a long campaign, with a central midfielder high up on his list of targets.

Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey is a player that Arsenal have been tracking for months, with several bids reported to have been rejected for the Ghana international.

The La Liga side have told the Gunners that they must meet the player’s £45 million release clause to sign him, something that the north Londoners may struggle to do without raising funds from selling players.

Lyon’s Houssem Aouar is another player linked with a move to the Emirates, with his impressive displays for the French club in the Champions League alerting a host of clubs, including Juventus, Manchester City and Arsenal.

Lyon sporting director Juninho has confirmed he has spoken to his Arsenal counterpart Edu, but the most recent discussions broke down due to the player the Gunners offered in exchange.

Arsenal made a player-plus-cash deal involving unwanted midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, but Lyon turned the offer down.

“I get on very well with the Sporting Director (Edu),” Juninho told RMC Sport. “We spoke on the phone. Houssem Aouar is really well liked by Arteta.

“There were some discussions for Matteo Guendouzi, who is also a good player. He was brought up during the discussion.

“But we don’t need his profile, we were very clear. If it is like that, we are not interested at all, we cut the conversation, that is where things ended.”

And ahead of Arsenal’s first game of the season, Arteta decline to address Aouar specifically but admitted that it has been a struggle to land all of the club’s targets, in what is a “complicated market”.

“I don’t want to talk about players at other clubs,” Arteta told reporters ahead of the Fulham game.

“A very strange mini pre-season with factors that are difficult to control. Today is the first time we had the full squad to train.

“Towards the market, we bought Willian and Gabriel, two very good recruitments but a very complicated market so far.”

He added: “We’re still active in the market. Active in players in and out, the squad balance is not what we want.




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