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Arsenal planning two or three transfer window scenarios but may ‘do nothing’, says Arteta

London, April 10: Mikel Arteta says Arsenal are working on “two or three different scenarios” in terms of transfer plans before next season. With football leagues largely suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, FIFA has announced it will allow transfer window dates to be changed in case domestic seasons have to be completed later than planned this year. As leagues and clubs face financial uncertainty amid the COVID-19 crisis, many have predicted the next window will see a departure from the inflated transfer fees that had become the norm in recent years.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already stated his club must be ready to make the most of an opportunity to snap up targets that might suddenly become available. Arteta has likewise been preparing different plans for the next window, admitting it is impossible to be certain how the market will play out. Speaking to Sky Sports, the Gunners head coach said: “I’m planning two or three different scenarios that we can face. Depending on one of those three, we will be able to do more, less or nothing. “We have to react daily. We don’t know what the financial situation is going to be, we don’t know the rules, the timing, the window. There are so many things we cannot control at the moment.” Arsenal suffered a shock Europa League exit to Olympiacos in February but had otherwise been showing encouraging signs of improvement under Arteta before the season was paused.

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