Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Arsenal are still hoping to complete more transfers before the end of the window, but there are no guarantees.

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta reacts during a club-friendly football match between Arsenal and Sevilla at the Emirates Stadium in London on July 30, 2022. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta reacts during a club-friendly football match between Arsenal and Sevilla at the Emirates Stadium in London on July 30, 2022. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal have already signed five players in the current transfer window, bringing in Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos, and Matt Turner. But there’s a sense that their business might not be done yet.

Speaking after Arsenal’s 6-0 Emirates Cup thrashing of Sevilla, in which new signing Gabriel Jesus scored a hat-trick, Mikel Arteta certainly wasn’t ruling out further transfers.

“We’re still hoping to do something else if the market allows us to do that,” Arteta said.

“You’ve seen some movement in the other direction in the last few days so we want to get the perfect balance and the plan we wanted right at the beginning.

“Whether we can accomplish that or not is another story, but I’m happy with where we are now.”

Arteta is presumably referencing the couple of loans to go through this week, with young goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo joining Crewe Alexandra and Nuno Tavares joining Marseille.

There’s also a sense that Bernd Leno’s transfer to Fulham is on the verge of going through, so it’s been a fairly productive week on the outgoings side.

Arsenal's German goalkeeper Bernd Leno stands on the pitch during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England, on March 19, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s German goalkeeper Bernd Leno stands on the pitch during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England, on March 19, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

But there’s still work to be done, with Lucas Torreira, Hector Bellerin, and Pablo Mari all seemingly determined to leave the club this summer and no agreements yet close.

After that, perhaps Arsenal will look to make one or two further additions to the squad ahead of a busy season.

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