Mikel Arteta has teased Arsenal’s interest in bringing in one more player before the summer transfer window closes next Monday. The Gunners have seen a rejected bid for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and also have a long-standing interest in Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.
Arteta was thrilled with his side’s effort – but admits he is keen to continue building his squad with Aouar being the subject of a rejected offer in the £ 35million region.
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Another target is Partey, who has a £ 45million release clause in his Atletico contract, but Arsenal will likely only sign one of the duos given their financial constraints.
Arsenal manager Arteta told Sky Sports after the loss to Liverpool: “Well, we are trying to improve the team. There is a week left, there is a lot going on inside and out. ”
He added in his post-match press conference: “We have no news on new players and not on players who may leave the football club.
“There is a week left, I think it will be very busy for the other clubs because not much work has been done. Let’s see what’s going on. ”
Londoners are expected to submit an improved bid for Aouar, who could be appreciated from Lyon’s Ligue 1 for around £ 45million.
And he would inject the kind of creativity and third-third ability that Arsenal lacked at Anfield, although they had a great opportunity to equalize at 2-1 when Lacazette shot straight at Alisson when one-on-one.
And asked more about his team’s performance, Arteta said: “It’s a really tough place for anyone to come in the world. They set incredible standards and they dominate every aspect of the game.
“Taking the lead in a really good pattern put us in a very good position to believe more that we could get something out of the game. We conceded too early in a mistake.
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“In the second half, we corrected a few points, we were much better. We still had problems with the ball and we had the best chance of the game.
“When you come to Anfield, you won’t get 10 chances. When you succeed one on one against the keeper, you have to score if you want to get anything out of the game.
“Sometimes they let us play from behind and tried to put pressure on us with the high press. We have had our moments, they have different weapons.
“They’ve been together for five years. We are at a different time in our trip. They couldn’t do it three or four years ago, or two years ago.
“But you can see the standards are as follows, that’s what we have to achieve. We have a long way to go but I’m really happy with the way the team competed.
“We were in the game for 85 or 90 minutes and it’s not easy to do at Anfield. ”
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The Spanish coach added: “We couldn’t come out much better under certain circumstances, but sometimes we have to read the game better when we are struggling to do something different.
“When you go to the opposite side and do the probably perfect high press, they have [Virgil] Van Dijk and he plays a 60 yard pass in [Mohamed] Salah’s chest and they went out. It is quality.
“I think we gave up the lead too soon. We needed more time after the goal to settle.
“The last 10 or 15 minutes of the first half we looked a lot better, we were much calmer on the ball, more relaxed, we took better positions.
“But then you go on, they can handle, they can get you to be a little higher up the pitch and use the spaces behind you and they did it well. ”
Arsenal and Liverpool return to action when they fight again at Anfield in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Thursday night (kick off at 7.45 p.m.).
The two big six teams also met at the same stadium in the same competition last season, drawing a 5-5 draw after extra time before Liverpool won in penalties.
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