Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists the Premier League club can still attract ‘the best players in the world’, amid links with in-demand striker Dusan Vlahovic.
When asked about the 21-year-old during his pre-match press conference ahead of the Carabao Cup clash with Liverpool this Thursday, he refused to comment on the rumours linking the Fiorentina forward with the club.
However, he did state that the Gunners are capable of attracting the best players in the world – even without European football.
But Arteta insists his side can compete with those European heavyweights in the transfer market.
“I don’t know,” he said, when asked if it’s realistic to pull off a big-money signing without European football.
“Historically, this club has always been targeting the best players in the world and the best players in the world are always interested to come here and I can say that situation hasn’t changed.
“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.”
On a player that has been rumoured with a move away from the club, Eddie Nketiah, Arteta has confirmed that the striker won’t be leaving this January.
The striker has been heavily linked with a switch to Crystal Palace, but the Gunners boss has categorically confirmed that he will be remaining in north London.
Arteta said: “The situation is that Eddie is our player and Eddie is going to stay here with us.
He added: “He’s our player and he’s under contract, so he will stay with us.”
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