Arsenal midfielder and vice-captain Mikel Arteta has ensured fans that big-name players will be arriving at the Emirates Stadium this summer, but has warned them that they may not be completed until the last minute.
The Spanish midfielder signed for Arsenal from Everton two seasons ago on transfer deadline day in the summer and he believes more late deals will be taking place this year as he believes big signings take longer to complete.
Arsene Wenger has been on the end of a lot of stick recently after the club have failed in their pursuit of signing a big-name player, despite them admitting that they can compete financially.
The Gunners have missed out on Stevan Jovetic and Gonzalo Higuain, who have both joined new clubs this summer and they are also struggling in their long-pursuit of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
Despite only signing French youth Yaya Sanogo, Wenger has ensured fans that they can still be competitive next season, but his vice-captain still believes deals will be done eventually.
Arteta said after the Emirates Cup defeat to Galatasaray: “It will happen. I have no doubts about it. It takes time but I know the boss is working really hard on it, and the board as well. It will happen for sure.
“I am very convinced but the great players normally come at the end of the transfer window. The clubs work hard to keep their best players and I think Arsenal will do well in the transfer window.
“I think we are going to start the season with new faces. That is what we are all hoping for. That will give us a big boost and everyone is very positive.
“We need to close the gap with the teams that are trying to win the titles. We have been too far in the last few seasons. We will start and see how it goes. We won’t be as far this season.”
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