Arteta defends Aubameyang exit and lack of Arsenal signings

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has defended the club’s lack of major signings during the January transfer window.

Technical director Edu was tipped to bring new players in last month but it turned out to be a quiet window.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday morning, Arteta said: “We did what we believed was the right thing to do.

“The squad composition and contracts were catching up – be fair with players who haven’t had a lot of minutes.

“We had a clear plan of what we can do but then it has to be doable.

“Edu and his team have done a great job. We are very clear we only want the best people and the best players at this club.

“When we are in a rush and the reasons to get a player on board are not the right ones we didn’t do it.”

Areta also defended his own handling of the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang situation.

The striker signed for Barcelona after recently leaving Arsenal, where he was stripped of the captaincy and dropped by Areta for a disciplinary breach.

“I can look in the eye of anybody,” Arteta said.

“The intention all the time is the best and not for me, it’s for the club and the team.”

“It ended up the best possible way for everyone, I think. The best thing to do was let him move on and now he plays for Barcelona.”

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