Arsenal director Josh Kroenke believes the club’s recent transfer business proves it still has “the aura” needed to attract top players and says further signings remain a possibility in January.
Arsenal were one of the busiest recruiters in the Premier League this summer, with Gabriel Martinelli, William Saliba, Nicolas Pepe, Kieran Tierney and David Luiz arriving on permanent deals, and Dani Ceballos also joining on loan from Real Madrid.
“We’ve got to evaluate some things in the short term and figure out where we might need to address going forward, so when January does roll around we’re going to be proactive again.”
Kroenke admits the heavy defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku did force Arsenal into altering their transfer targets this summer.
However, he insists the Gunners remain one of the most attractive clubs in the world – despite a lack of Champions League football this season.
“As the second half of the match unfolded, understanding the position we were in and some of the targets as we headed into the summer from a transfer standpoint, we had to rethink some of our strategy based on that last 45 minutes,” he said.
He added: “Without Champions League football, we weren’t exactly sure [what was possible], but I encouraged our football operations department to be aggressive and when Arsenal Football Club knocks on a player’s door, it’s a different knock.
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