Mikel Arteta gives Arsenal transfer update and explains Bernd Leno exit


    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta
    Mikel Arteta addressed the media ahead of Friday’s Premier League opener (Picture: Arsenal)

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says the club are ‘really active’ in the transfer market ‘everything is still open’.

    The Gunners have been busy this summer in a bid to reinforce the squad that narrowly missed out on a top-four finish last season.

    Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos and Matt Turner have all come in, while there have been multiple exits.

    Bernd Leno secured a move across London to Fulham earlier this week to join Matteo Guendouzi, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Alexandre Lacazette as the permanent outgoings.

    The club are still hoping to move a few players on, with the likes of Hector Bellerin and Lucas Torreira reportedly expected to depart.

    In terms of potential incomings, Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans has been heavily linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium to bolster the midfield.

    When asked if any more incomings and outgoings are expected, Arteta told reporters on Thursday: ‘We are really active as you can see with ins and outs.

    Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno
    Bernd Leno has left Arsenal to join Fulham (Picture: Getty Images)

    ‘Everything is still open, it’s a long window.

    ‘A lot has happened, it’s incredible how much business the clubs have done across the Premier League and it shows how competitive it is and this season is not going to stop that.

    ‘Players are going to have the need to leave, some others to move and everything is open still.’

    The Gunners boss also explained that the reason behind Leno’s departure was to allow him to secure first-team football, with Aaron Ramsdale the No.1 choice between the sticks.

    ‘For Bernd at the end, it was just a professional relationship that he wanted to sustain because he’s a player that for the past 11 years has always started games and he’s so used to it,’ Arteta added.

    ‘He’s an international player but then I spoke to him last night.

    ‘It’s a man who will be remembered here and it’s been a privilege to work with him, but in football you have to make decisions and try to get the best out of your players to play the way you want to play, and Bernd has found a move that he and his family are really happy with, and we wish him all the best.’

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