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Arsenal press conference: Arteta says ‘incredible’ transfer work to keep coming amid mixed injury update

Mikel Arteta, Arsenal manager

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed his side’s transfer business has not finished and has offered an injury update ahead of their Premier League opener.

The Gunners have warmed up to the new season nicely, with five fresh faces gelling with the squad. Former Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has hit the ground running, scoring seven goals in five pre-season games.

Meanwhile, Oleksandr Zinchenko has also impressed for Arteta after his departure from the Etihad Stadium.

Arsenal can now turn their attentions to the new Premier League season with the focus more on outgoings. Although, there is talk of a second midfield signing coming to the Emirates Stadium before the September 1 deadline.

Speaking about his side’s business, Arteta told a press conference: “We are really active as you can see with ins and outs.

“Everything is still open it’s a long window. It’s incredible how much business the club has already done. It’s not going to stop.”

Arsenal open the Premier League season on Friday with a trip to Crystal Palace. There are fitness doubts over Emile Smith Rowe (groin), new midfielder Fabio Vieira, Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Arteta said: “Three out of four are going to be training this afternoon if everything goes well hopefully they are going to be in the squad.”

Tierney has only played 30 minutes of pre-season action for Arsenal, while Tomiyasu and Vieira have not featured at all.

Arteta is looking to get his side over the line and back into the Champions League this season. The Gunners almost secured a top-four Premier League finish last term, but Tottenham pipped them to the post.

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Asked about two consecutive summers of overhaul that have led to this point, Arteta said: “It’s always been my team. We have changed the squad. The players we have are more specific and better to the way we want to play obviously.”

And Martin Odegaard has proved a vital acquisition. The Norway midfielder joined from Real Madrid on an initial loan deal in January 2021, before Arsenal made the move permanent last summer.

And after starring last season, he has earned Arteta’s trust as the new captain.

The Spaniard said of the decision: “We chose a player in Martin who has been with us for 18 months and represents the values of the club in the perfect way.

“He’s respected by all the dressing room and admired by the staff. I’m happy to have someone like him, he’s enjoying the responsibility and he’s going to need some support.”

Arsenal also opened the Premier League season last term, but Arteta feels his side are in a much better place than ahead of the 2-0 defeat to Brentford.

“It is different. Everything that happened before Brentford was pretty strange and unique,” he said. “We are really excited, looking forward to the new season and will try to start in the best way.”

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There is a lot of pressure on the Gunners this season and they need to make a statement with a solid win over Palace.

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Last term, the 2-0 defeat to Brentford was followed by defeats to Chelsea and Manchester City. That run put Arsenal bottom after three games with a minus nine goal difference.

Get a solid win over Palace under their belts, though, and the start-of-season mood will be completely different.

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