Mikel Arteta’s 25 word transfer statement amid imminent confirmation of Arsenal’s £65m signing

The Gunners boss has all but confirmed the imminent signing of Kai Havertz from Chelsea in an interview with Spanish daily Marca.
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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has all but confirmed the club’s imminent move for Chelsea star Kai Havertz.

The Spaniard was speaking in an interview with Marca where he answered a number of questions on the 2022/23 season and the Gunners’ approach for next campaign.

Havertz is set to become the first of several big money arrivals this summer, with a £65million fee already agreed ahead of the German international undergoing a medical in Spain this weekend.

24-year-old Havertz recently emerged as a direct replacement for Granit Xhaka who is expected to join Bayer Leverkusen this summer.

“Talent comes at a price, and at Arsenal we are always interested in youngsters with experience,” said Arteta.

“I repeat, I’m not talking about players from other clubs, but in the case of Kai he has already shown a lot, including a Champions League. He is a talented player, versatile and only 24 years old.”

Arteta refused to comment on the potential arrival of Declan Rice from West Ham, although it’s LondonWorld’s understanding that Arsenal will submit a imminent third bid for the £100million-rated midfielder.

A deal for Jurrien Timber is at an advanced stage and there is confidence that the Dutch international will arrive at Emirates Stadium for a fee in the region of £35-40million.

When asked about Arsenal’s chances of winning the 2023/24 Premier League, Arteta admitted next season will be even more competitive due to the arrival of new coaches and better players

“If not, I would not be sitting here,” he said.

“That is our ambition. We know the difficulty: it is the best League in the world and next season is going to be the most difficult League in the history of the Premier.

“Because? Last year it already was. I’ve been here for 22 years and I’ve never seen a competitive level like that. So much quality, so much organisation, so many resources, such good coaches... and now Pochettino and Iraola have arrived.

“The level is that and to win the Premier League you must be the best. That is why it has to be strengthened.”