Mikel Arteta is confident “the best players in the world” still want to join Arsenal as the club look to bolster their squad during the January transfer window.
Arsenal want to bring in a new midfielder and striker this month, with Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic emerging as a top target.
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The Gunners are also long-term admirers of Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, but he may prove difficult to prise away from France in January.
Bruno and Vlahovic are part of an ambitious shortlist of targets, which includes the likes of Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Sweden star Alexander Isak.
Arsenal are without European football this season for the first time in 25 years, but Arteta believes the club’s ability to lure top talent to Emirates Stadium is still strong.
“Historically this club has always been targeting the best players in the world and the best players in the world are always interested in coming here, and I can say that situation hasn’t changed,” he said.“Anytime I have spoken to any player, they were so willing to come. I haven’t faced any other situation and that’s one of our biggest powers, our capacity to get the attention of people to come and join our club. It’s something that is a big advantage for us.”
Arsenal have already been active during the current transfer window by allowing Ainsley Maitland-Niles to join Roma on loan.
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