Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says he has lots of ideas regards transfer targets but he must wait until the end of the coronavirus crisis before he can see his ideas come to fruition.
Arteta has midfielder Dani Ceballos, and defenders Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares on loan and time will tell if these loans become permanent moves.
Then there is leading striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the subject of a new deal at the Emirates Stadium. The Gabon marksman’s contract runs out next year and the issue if he doesn’t sign a new deal becomes one of finance — do the north London giants lose him on a free transfer deal or do they sell to recoup some money win the summer?
And Areta said:
“I’m planning two or three different scenarios that we can face. Depending on one of those three, we will be able to do more, less or nothing. We have to react daily. We don’t know what the financial situation is going to be, we don’t know the rules, the timing, the window. There are so many things we can’t control at the moment.”
Arteta adds that taking over from Unai Emery at the end of last year proved to be a big challenge, adding:
“I went through a lot when I got here I had eight or ten players injured, and there were a lot of issues to deal with. The connection between fans, players and club was in a difficult state at that moment.”
Meanwhile, Gunners defender Rob Holding has lifted the lid on life during lockdown. The versatile ace, aged 24, joined Arsenal back in 2016 for a fee of £2million from Bolton Wanderers, says he has managed to stay fit thanks to a home-made gym.
The former England Under 21 ace, who played the full 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 2–1 victory over Chelsea in the 2017 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, said:
“My daily routine has been getting a lie in every day, which has been nice. But I get a bit of breakfast and then chill out for a bit and then in the early afternoon, I start my workout stuff. Then it’s dinner and bed and then repeat. It’s basically been the same for the past three weeks now, but yeah, this is the homemade gym that I’ve put together. I’ve got my sessions written on the board.
“I’ve got an ab roller, a Swiss ball, some dumbbells, a gym rack – obviously key, a football — an exercise bike, some hurdles and yoga gear and obviously a speaker! There’s some motivational stuff on the wall. — a bit of Muhammad Ali. But yeah, I basically come in here after an outside run and then do a bit of a workout in here and get a nice sweat on. I open the patio doors out to the outside to do the things I have to do out there.”