Mikel Arteta says Arsenal cannot be a team that has to sell their best players to improve the squad as he prepares for his first transfer summer window as the club’s head coach.
Arsenal, like many clubs in Europe, have been hit hard financially by the coronavirus outbreak and it is expected to impact their budget this summer.
The club are also having to contend with missing out on Champions League qualification in recent seasons and they are struggling to finish in the top four this term too.
As a result, star players such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been linked with a move away from Arsenal as Arteta looks to rebuild the club.
The Spaniard, however, believes Arsenal cannot be a selling club as they look to try and return to England’s elite.
“We don’t know how the market is going to be,” Arteta said.
“Obviously we are putting different plans together to see what we are going to be able to do. At the moment the uncertainty is still big.
“As well the way we are going to finish the season will dictate a lot of things financially as well. We have to be a bit patient and see what happens.
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“We have seen different things. The way that Chelsea is dealing with the market is different to rest at the moment, but Bayern Munich as well they’ve have been really aggressive. So I don’t know.
“But if you ask me, we cannot be a team that has to sell his best player to try to bring in and improve our squad. That’s for sure.”
If Arsenal are to return to past glories, keeping Aubameyang is viewed by many as key to their chances of doing so.
The forward, who is out of contract in a year’s time, is yet to agree fresh terms but Arteta is positive he may stay.
Asked why he is positive, Arteta said: “It’s the way I feel, the way I communicate with him, the conversations I have with him, with the people around him and the energy that I sense.
“It’s just my opinion, things change in football very quickly.
“But when you ask me in this moment about Auba’s future, I feel that he wants to continue with us and keep helping us to be a better team.
“He needs to feel like he belongs somewhere that he believes we can achieve the goals that he has individually and collectively.
“He’s very settled in the city, his family are settled here as well and he’s loved, respected and admired by his team-mates, which is a huge thing to have in any football club.
“So that’s what gives me positivity and as well I see the enjoyment that he’s having, the work he puts in all the time and the decisions he makes every time.
“So that’s where my feelings are coming from.”