Mikel Arteta confirms exit talks with Willian while hinting at more Arsenal signings before transfer deadline day

Mikel Arteta confirms exit talks with Willian while hinting at more Arsenal signings before transfer deadline day

“There are still some things to do in the last few days because there are still some questions marks and deals that can happen, but we will see.” – Mikel Arteta on Arsenal transfer activity ahead of next week’s deadline; Arsenal have already spent over £100m this summer

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reveals talks are ongoing with Willian over a possible exit from the club this summer.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reveals talks are ongoing with Willian over a possible exit from the club this summer.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Willian has held talks over a potential move to Brazilian side Corinthians, while adding that the club could be active in the final days of the transfer window.

Former Chelsea forward Willian, who was signed as a free agent 12 months ago on a three-year deal, is expected to leave for free if a transfer is agreed as Arsenal are keen to get him off the wage bill.

It has been an unsuccessful spell for Willian at the Emirates, but Arteta insists nothing is set in stone with regard to the Brazilian’s future with just under a week before the transfer window closes on August 31.

“We’ve already done a lot of things – ins and outs – I think it is 16 or 17 deals in total, with some renewals, which is a lot of things.

“There are still some things to do in the last few days because there are still some questions marks and deals that can happen, but we will see.”

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Highlights of the Carabao Cup match between West Brom and Arsenal.
Arteta confirmed forward Bukayo Saka picked up a knock in Wednesday’s 6-0 thrashing of West Brom in the Carabao Cup second-round and said that the 19-year-old would be checked over before Saturday’s trip to Manchester City.

Centre-back Gabriel, who picked up an injury with the Brazilian Olympic squad, has been making good progress in his recovery, returning to training with the squad, but Arteta remains unsure if he will be fit to play on Saturday.

“He is getting closer,” added Arteta. “He had a couple of sessions with the team, but we don’t know. Let’s see tomorrow how he is.”

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