Mikel Arteta explains Arsenal's transfer strategy for squad balance
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Mikel Arteta explains Arsenal's transfer strategy for squad balance

Arsenal's manager Mikel Arteta has revealed the core directives the club follows in choosing which players to sign for squad balance.

The club recently excited its fans with two promising deals. Portuguese left-back Nuno Tavares was signed from Benfica for around £6.8m, as well as the Belgian midfielder Sambi from Anderlecht for around £18m.

While the Gunners continue to work towards getting a couple more deals over the line, particularly in the attacking midfield area to replace Mesut Ozil, Dani Ceballos, and Martin Odegaard, what is informing the club's analysis besides prices and availability?

“It is one of the profiles, but we need a good mixture as well,” Arteta told the club's media.

“We need some senior players, players with different types of leadership in the team, with different qualities, people that complement each other.

“At the end of the day it is about the cohesion of the team so we need a squad that is cohesive that can develop and adapt, that offers different qualities to change games, protect games when we need to and this is what we are trying to build," the Spaniard concluded.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are expected to find new preseason friendly opponents after the tour to the United States was cancelled due to Covid-19.

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