Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta is confident the club will achieve all of their transfer goals before the October 6 deadline.
The Gunners could only finish as high as eighth in the Premier League last season, their worst finish since coming 12th in 1994-95.
Arsenal always looked likely to be busy in the transfer market following that disappointment, as they look to rebuild under Arteta, who replaced Unai Emery late last year.
Defence appeared to be the area of the squad in most need of refreshment and the club made the loan spells of Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares – both of whom hardly featured after their January arrivals due to injuries – permanent before the season ended.
William Saliba has joined up with them after spending 2019-20 on loan at previous club Saint-Etienne, Willian signed on a free transfer from Chelsea and Gabriel Magalhaes is expected to complete a move from Lille.
Dani Ceballos, Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey remain potential arrivals in midfield, and Arteta is optimistic Arsenal will complete all the deals they had set out to.
“I’m confident we’re going to do everything we can together to achieve the target we had [for] before October 6,” Arteta told reporters ahead of Saturday’s Community Shield clash with Liverpool.
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“If we are not able to do that it’s because we couldn’t reach that level or somebody beat us with our planning.
“It’s very clear what we want to do, we are aiming for that and hopefully we can achieve it or get really close to achieving it.”
Saturday’s match sees Arsenal’s 2020-21 season commence less than a month after 2019-20 concluded with their 2-1 FA Cup final triumph over Chelsea.
But any momentum gained against Liverpool will likely disappear again very quickly as players disperse for international duty next week, with the Premier League set to start on September 12.
Arteta acknowledges the situation is far from ideal, but he accepts there has to be some compromise on the part of clubs given many national teams were denied tournament action in June and July because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I think all managers wanted more time to have with them to prepare. Having that short period of time in pre-season and having to spend them back on international duty,” he said.
“But as well, we have to understand that all the countries had the Euros taken away, which was a massive thing for them, and they’ve been waiting for many months to have their players back in.
“So, we have to adapt, it’s a really difficult context to try and keep everyone happy. We all know it’s not ideal, even for me I didn’t have a pre-season before I joined [as coach], but we’re going to have to adapt and make the most of it.”