Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says two clubs are attacking the summer transfer window, as the Spaniard battles to avoid being a selling club again this summer.
Talk of the Gunners selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette has been rife over the last few months, with the former’s contract entering the final 12 months at The Emirates.
Arteta has nailed his colours to the mast over the club’s top scorer and says he is desperate to keep the Gabon international. However, reports have claimed that Arsenal will have to sell one of the two strikers if they are to land one of Arteta’s top targets Thomas Partey.
Partey is valued in the £40m-plus bracket and the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic mean that Arsenal will have to be shrewd in the summer market.
That said Arteta is eager not to be a selling club under his leadership.
Arteta said, as quoted by the Express: “We cannot be a team that has to sell his best player to try to bring in and improve our squad, that’s for sure.
“We don’t know how the market is going to be. We have seen different things.”
Arteta has highlighted Chelsea’s approach after their London rivals secured deals for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, while he also thinks Bayern Munich have been “aggressive”.
“The way that Chelsea is dealing with the market is different to rest at the moment, but Bayern Munich as well they’ve have been really aggressive.
“Obviously we are putting different plans together to see what we are going to be able to do. At the moment the uncertainty is still big.
“The way we are going to finish the season will dictate a lot of things financially as well. We have to be a bit patient and see what happens,” he added.
‘I feel he wants to continue’
However, speaking about Aubameyang’s future after the win over Norwich, the Gunners boss was hopeful, but now in new quotes via the tabloid, Arteta says he is confident the striker, who has hit 51 Premier League goals will now commit to the club.
Arteta added: “It’s the way I feel, the way I communicate with him, the conversations I have with him, with the people around him and the energy that I sense.
“It’s just my opinion things change in football very quickly, but when you ask me in this moment about Auba’s future, I feel that he wants to continue with us and keep helping us to be a better team.
“He needs to feel like he belongs somewhere that he believes we can achieve the goals that he has individually and collectively.
“He’s very settled in the city, his family are settled here as well and he’s loved, respected and admired by his team-mates, which is a huge thing to have in any football club.
“That’s what gives me positivity and as well I see the enjoyment that he’s having, the workmate he puts in all the time and the decisions he makes every time. So that’s where my feelings are coming from.”