Mikel Arteta brags that Arsenal can break transfer barrier signaled by Dusan Vlahovic and makes Eddie Nketiah final claim

Mikel Arteta has claimed Arsenal still have significant transfer loan power, amid reported doubts about a deal for Dusan Vlahovic.

The Gunners have made a new forward a priority after revamping other parts of their squad this summer. TBEN understands that freezing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could leave soon. Moreover, Eddie Nketiah is in the last six months of his contract, so his future is also a major doubt.

But although Alexandre Lacazette is in the same position as Nketiah, TBEN has learned that Arsenal want to offer the shaped star a new two-year contract.

Nonetheless, Arsenal’s attacking ranks may soon decline. As such, reports claimed the Gunners wanted to sign Fiorentina striker Vlahovic in January.

Moreover, they were supposedly “not put off” after learning a move will cost a total of £ 150million. The Serbian international has scored 16 goals this season. He also finished 2021 as the second top scorer in Europe’s top five leagues.

But reports have claimed that doubts remain as to whether Vlahovic and his representatives will agree to move to Arsenal. According to Arteta, however, Arsenal still have a power of attraction.

“Historically this club has always targeted the best players in the world and they’ve always been interested in coming here,” the Gunners boss said at a press conference.

“I can say it hasn’t changed. Every time I spoke to a player he was so willing to come.

Arteta opens up about Arsenal transfers amid Vlahovic link

“It’s one of our greatest powers and our ability to grab people’s attention and join our club is a big plus for us.”

Meanwhile, Arteta has already admitted doubts about Nketiah’s future. However, he said on Wednesday that “he is our player and he will stay with us”.

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The England Under-21 international has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace.

Arteta’s press briefing also covered Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Liverpool.

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The first leg will now take place at Anfield instead of the Emirates Stadium as had been planned until cases of coronavirus in the Reds’ camp saw the game postponed last Thursday.

A week later, Arteta insisted that his team’s news situation remains “extremely volatile and uncertain”. He had nine players absent for various reasons – including coronavirus – in Sunday’s FA Cup loss to Nottingham Forest.

Granit Xhaka is recovering from Covid-19 and Arteta is hoping to have an update on the midfielder on Wednesday.

“After having COVID, they go through this disease in a different way,” the official said.

“Some are struggling and others are doing well. Whenever we get the chance to train Granit with the team, we’ll see where he stands. I don’t know where he will be physically, but I do know where he will be. mentally.

Arsenal reached the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup after beating West Brom, Wimbledon and Leeds United.


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