Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says the club are “trying their best” to get signings in the door before tomorrow’s 11pm transfer deadline and he is confident his targets will join.
Arsenal have been negotiating with Lyon for the past few weeks for creative midfielder Houssem Aouar.
The French side pulled the plug on talks last night but Arteta has hinted a deal could still be on.
The 22-year-old was the Gunners’ priority target after deciding to pursue him over Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.
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Arsenal beat Sheffield United 2-1 in the Premier League today and Arteta then provided an update on his transfer stance.
“I am confident we know exactly what we want to do,” Arteta said. “We are trying our best to finalise the deals. Let’s see what happens.
“I cannot comment [on players]. At the moment there is nothing definite.”
The Gunners have also been linked with Chelsea star Jorginho but Arteta would not be drawn on which type of player he is after.
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“I cannot discuss the players we want,” he added. “We recognise certain positions we are short in numbers and quality.
“What I can guarantee is we are doing our maximum.”
The Arsenal board came under fire when news broke that a deal for Aouar may be off as Lyon’s £45m valuation was never met.
But Arteta has defended his superiors and insists he will be backed to get his men in the door.
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“I think that I always try to be honest and clear,” he said. “I have 100% backing from them [the board]. I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t.”
Meanwhile, Arteta hailed new signing Gabriel Magalhaes after his solid performance against Sheffield United.
“I am very impressed because this league, one of the most difficult positions to play is centre-back,” he said. “I saw on the first day he has a lot of personality. He has the physical and technical attributes to adapt. Credit to him.
“I think for him to be stable, he needs the right structure around him.
“What I liked is we adapted to a very different scenario. We had the right patience. We need to improve to score the third one.
“The team is evolving in the right way in possession. We increased our ball speed, attacked with more purpose.”
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