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Mikel Arteta hints at more signings and provides injury update ahead of Crystal Palace clash

The Arsenal boss had plenty to say ahead of the Premier League opener.


Mikel Arteta has warned that ‘everything is still open’ and that Arsenal’s transfer business is ‘not going to stop’ ahead of his side’s Premier League opener with Crystal Palace, while he also revealed the latest on the Arsenal injury front.

Arsenal kick off the Premier League season with a Friday evening trip to Selhurst Park, where they take on Patrick Vieira’s exciting young Crystal Palace side. The Gunners fell to a meek 3-0 defeat last season, and will be hoping for much better this time around.

It will be the second consecutive season that Mikel Arteta’s side kick off the new Premier League campaign, having lost 2-0 to Brentford at the Community Stadium in 21/22, albeit in very different circumstances.

Injuries and illness plagued the Gunners in that fixture, but Arteta has revealed that only one player will be out of contention this time around. Fabio Vieira, Kieran Tierney, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Emile Smith-Rowe were all absent from their final pre-season clash against Sevilla, but three of those are expected in training on Thursday.

‘Three out of four are gonna be training this afternoon if everything goes well hopefully they are going to be in the squad’, the Gunners boss told the media.

It is expected that Emile Smith-Rowe will continue to miss out as he nurses an injury.

Arteta expects more transfer movement

Arsenal have made five signings this summer, and while their focus has now switched to departures, Mikel Arteta was quick to suggest that more incomings could be on their way before the deadline on September 1st.

“We are really active as you can see with ins and out. Everything is still open. It is a long window. It is incredible how much business the clubs have done across the PL and shows how competitive it is going to be this season”, the Spaniard explained.

“It’s not gonna stop”. he added.

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