Mikel Arteta explains Arsenal's transfer hiatus

Mikel Arteta has moved quickly to assure fans that there will be fresh faces at the club before the end of the transfer window.

So far the Gunners have kept their cards very close to their chest other than with their bids for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and that’s not surprising because it’s the way Arsene Wenger has always approached the transfer market.

Wenger has always maintained that he will never sign a player if he doesn’t think that player can improve what he already has, which is one possible reason the Gunners have been relatively quiet this summer.

They are in the market for an attacking player which has been demonstrated by interest in Gonzalo Higuain, who went to Napoli, and Luis Suarez, who remains not for sale in the eyes of Liverpool.

You couldn’t blame Arsenal fans for fidgeting a little bit because they’ve heard it all before; boasts of financial strength, which are not backed up by big name signings, pushing the club back to title winning level.

However, there is a very simple reason for it all in the eyes of Mikel Arteta who has stressed that the best players are only available at the end of the transfer window, with clubs trying to protect their main stars.

“I think we are going to start the season with new faces. That is what we are all hoping for. That will give us a big boost and everyone is very positive. I am very convinced but the great players normally come at the end of the transfer window – the clubs work hard to keep their best players,” said the Arsenal midfielder.

He’s got a point in one respect with Suarez being the perfect example. Rejected bids and fresh bids suck up time, lengthening out a transfer process making it inevitable in some cases that deals will go through late.

The obvious counter to that argument is that Arsenal could easily sign a player if they really wanted him, hurrying the procedure and simply paying whatever that player’s parent club wanted.

Liverpool are a good example this summer that a club can do business quickly by identifying targets early, giving a squad more time to settle before the pressure of competitive football kicks in.

However, in Arsenal’s case they have not been lucky in terms of availability and the negotiation process.

Arsenal seem very keen at the moment to target a certain sort of player as the bids for Suarez show and when a side is going for that calibre of player, things don’t always happen quickly.

Patience is the key and not panicking if Arsenal haven’t signed anyone before the first Premier League game of the season. Wenger has never given in to that transfer pressure and for Arsenal to re-find the power and status they held in the early 2000s is going to take time.

Do you think Arteta has a point? Could Arsenal have gone about their business this summer differently?

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