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Arsenal fans anticipate two more signings after Mikel Arteta becomes first-team manager


Arsenal fans are desperate to see two more incoming deals before the transfer window closes.

The Gunners have already signed Gabriel and Willian after their FA Cup final win over Chelsea, having also been heavily linked to Houssem Aouar of Lyon and Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid.

Although the duo have regularly been mentioned on social media, the changing in roles for Mikel Arteta and potential sale of Emiliano Martinez excited supporters on Thursday evening.


The club announced that their Spanish boss is now the first-team manager rather than head coach which will give him a greater say over transfers, while Martinez could join Aston Villa in a £20m boost to their budget.

Mikel Arteta led Arsenal to an eighth-placed Premier League finish last season

One fan demanded: “He’s loves Aouar and Partey so get them.”

A second said: “Since he is the manager now and he loves Partey and Aouar, it means we get both. Good news!”

In relation to Martinez, another added: “I look at in from the positives, the 20 million pounds would be good to get the likes of Aouar and Thomas Partey, so this is good for us.”


With a fourth concluding: “I’m fully brought into the idea we’re getting Aouar and Partey.”

Thomas Partey has mentioned his desire to play in the Premier League in the past
Thomas Partey has mentioned his desire to play in the Premier League in the past

Arsenal Chief Executive Vinai Venkatesham told the club’s official website of the decision to change the title of Arteta: “Mikel’s been here since the end of December and the last nine months have probably been the most challenging nine months in Arsenal’s history – and we’ve been around for 134 years.

“Despite all of those challenges, Mikel has been driving this football club forward.

“He has lifted the spirits and lifted the energy here at London Colney and with Arsenal fans all across the world. He is doing an absolutely phenomenal job.

“The other thing that’s clear is that right from the day he walked through the door, he was doing much more than being our head coach. So we’re going to be changing his job title going forward.

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Houssem Aouar has emerged as a target for Arsenal this summer

“He’ll move from head coach to be the first-team manager. That’s recognition of what he’s been doing from the day he walked in the door, but also where we see his capabilities.

“He is doing a great job of coaching the first team and that’s his primary responsibility, but there is so much more that he can bring and that’s why we’re making this change, in recognition of his capabilities and also the job that he’s doing already.

“So in terms of how that will work, going forward Mikel will join a really strong team with Edu and they’ll be working really, really closely together to manage all the other elements of our football operations that are so important, whether that is analysis, recruitment, high performance or medical, they’ll be looking after those areas together.

“And they’ll also together be responsible for our technical recommendations, whether that’s players that we’re going to buy, whether that’s players that we’re going to sell, whether that’s players that we’re going to loan.”


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