Press conference

Arteta on planning for the summer transfer window

Mikel Arteta says our planning for the summer transfer window starts now.

There may be months to go until we can officially add to our squad, but our head coach says it's important to identify targets as quickly as possible.

"We have to plan and we need to know the direction we want to head in and we need to bear in mind different scenarios," Arteta said.

"I have to tell the club what we need, where we think we can improve and where we want to end. And if we all end with the same thing, we put a plan together to try and execute it and make the process as short as possible."

Arteta was also asked about Bukayo Saka's contract situation, and he is confident the club will address it.

"I am really happy with how the [young players] are developing," he said. "Part of that development is to improve the contract and to tie them to the club.

"But that has to follow a natural process. We have Edu, we have Raul, Vinai and Huss who are in charge of that and I am sure we will do the right thing when players deserve to improve and extend their contracts."

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