Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta has stated that they would not sell any of their key players this summer. Arsenal are in pole position to qualify for the Champions League next season as they face Leeds on Sunday.
With only four games remaining, Arsenal leads Tottenham by two points, and the two sides will clash in a key North London derby on May 12. Arteta will have one eye on this summer’s transfer window, despite their immediate focus on the four remaining fixtures.
To cope with the rigors of domestic and European play next season, Arsenal will need to drastically enhance their roster. With Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both out of contract, the attacking line will need serious fixing.
However, while player recruiting is critical to continuing their upward trajectory, protecting their prized assets is also important, whether they finish in the top four or not. When asked if any of his stars could be leaving the Emirates Stadium this summer, Arteta responded: “Our goal is to develop the club and the squad.
“There isn’t a single player who can’t improve. We definitely want to keep our best players while also adding quality and depth.
“We need to be prepared for when and why we’ll do that. We have control over those times. It’s unavoidable at times, but we want to keep our finest players.”
Arsenal have been linked with moves away from North London for players like Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka, but the Gunners will have to refuse big-money bids if they are to continue to improve and develop under Arteta’s guidance.