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Mikel Arteta reveals Arsenal far from done in transfer market with two more positions in need of upgrade

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists the club are not yet finished in the transfer market ahead of Saturday’s friendly clash with Chelsea in Orlando.

The Gunners announced the capture of Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City on Friday, with the Ukraine star signing on the dotted line for £30million.

The left-back, who can also play in midfield, joins fellow new boys Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos and Matt Turner at The Emirates.

And speaking ahead of the game against their London rivals, Arteta admitted there are still a ‘few things’ Arsenal would like to do in the market.

“I think we are completing what we planned,” he said.

“There is still a few things that we would like to do, in and out. That will be determined by the possibilities that are on the market.

“We all have now in the Premier League bigger squads in pre-season because obviously, all the loans have come back.

“You have to re-place everybody in the right position. But we know where we’re going to end up at the end of this transfer window. And hopefully we can make it work.”

Arsenal still have a number of players they would like to sell or loan out again.

They include the likes of Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Nicolas Pepe, Pablo Mari, Alex Runarsson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and Reiss Nelson.

Arteta still keen on midfield, winger options

While in terms of incomings, Arteta is known to want another winger. However, another midfielder also remains on his radar in terms of Juventus star Arthur Melo.

Lyon’s Lucas Paqueta also attracted attention from the Gunners. But that talk has gone quiet, largely down to the Arthur links resurfacing.

Transfer chief Edu tried to sign him the player in January but has maintained that interest.

Arthur reportedly wants the move to north London, leading to the Gunners preparing their first bid.

And, according to Tuttomercatoweb, the first offer will be a players-plus-cash offer involving unwanted midfielder Lucas Torreira.

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