David Ornstein confirms Edu and Arteta transfer plan submitted

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Mikel Arteta, Manger of Arsenal FC is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Everton FC and Arsenal FC at Goodison Park on December 21, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Mikel Arteta, Manger of Arsenal FC is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Everton FC and Arsenal FC at Goodison Park on December 21, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

David Ornstein says Mikel Arteta and Edu have already submitted their recruitment plans to the Arsenal board ahead of a key summer.

LONDON, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 06, 2020. (Photo by Glyn Kirk - Pool/Getty Images)
Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 06, 2020. (Photo by Glyn Kirk – Pool/Getty Images)

With one game to go in the Premier League season, Arsenal are preparing their transfer strategy for the summer.

Speaking to Sky Sports on Friday morning, David Ornstein explained that manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu have already submitted their plans to the higher-ups at the club.

“Both Tottenham and Arsenal will have their recruitment plans, I know with Arsenal they’ve already been submitted by the technical director Edu and the manager Mikel Arteta to the board of directors and they’re very clear in what they want to do,” Ornstein said.

“Whether they’re going to be able to do it will be determined by the finance that’s made available by the ownership, the Kroenkes, and also the ability to attract players.

“I know of a number of players who Arsenal have made proposals to, very attractive, and they do have a plan to get back into the big time.”

Ornstein went on to add that many of those players have aspirations to play in the Champions League, or at least the Europa League, so it may not be so easy for Edu and Arteta to convince the players they want.

As we know, Arsenal’s best-case scenario this weekend is finishing in the UEFA Europa Conference League. The Champions League and Europa League spots are gone, so that’s a handicap the club are just going to have to deal with this summer.

The result is that Arsenal may have to wait until later in the transfer window to do some of their business. There will be players who initially snub their proposals in hope of a Champions League offer, before considering the Gunners if that doesn’t pan out.

The fans won’t like to hear that, but it’s the reality. Arsenal are going to have to be patient and accept that some players will be happy to join them immediately, European football or not, and others will be more hesitant.

Recent reports suggest Emi Buendia is one of Arsenal’s key targets for the playmaker position this summer, so we’ll see which category he falls into.