Arsenal are interested in Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, but the striker would prefer to move to a club that is in the Champions League; Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s ability to attract the world’s best is “one of our biggest powers” and is a “big advantage to us”
Mikel Arteta says the world’s best players still want to sign for Arsenal, regardless of whether they are in Europe.
Arsenal, who have not qualified for the Champions League since 2016, are yet to sign anyone this month, but are interested in a deal to bring Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic to the Premier League.
The striker, who in 2021 equalled Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for Serie A goals scored in a calendar year, is understood to prefer a move to a Champions League side.
But Arteta insists the north London club, who are currently fourth in the Premier League, still have big pulling power among world-class talent.
“Historically, this club has been targeting the best players in the world and the best players in the world were always interested to come here,” said Arteta, ahead of Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Liverpool.
“I consider that situation hasn’t changed. That is one of our biggest powers.
“Every time I have spoken to any player they were so willing to come, I have not faced any other situation.
“Our capacity to get the attention of people to come to our club, is something that is a big advantage for us.”
What else did Arteta say about transfers?
Vlahovic, unsurprisingly, was the main topic of interest at Wednesday’s news conference, but Arteta was giving very little away on that potential deal.
He was more forthcoming on the future of striker Eddie Nketiah, who is attracting interesting from Crystal Palace and Bayer Leverkusen.
“The situation is that Eddie is our player and he is going to stay here with us,” said Arteta.
Asked if that ruled out a move away in January, the Gunners boss answered: “He is our player and he is under contract, so he will stay with us.”