Mikel Arteta doubles down on promise to bring more transfers to Arsenal after debutants shine in win over Crystal Palace


MIKEL ARTETA is still targeting new signings despite Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.

The Gunners’ boss praised “superb” debutant defender William Saliba, while star summer recruits Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko also impressed in the Premier League’s curtain-raiser on Friday night.

Arsenal chief Mikel Arteta still wants more quality despite victory in a tricky Prem opener at Selhurst Park


Arsenal chief Mikel Arteta still wants more quality despite victory in a tricky Prem opener at Selhurst ParkCredit: Rex

But Arteta admitted he wants to add to his haul of five newcomers before the transfer window shuts on September 1.

The Spaniard told Sky Sports: “We are going to try.

“If we can do them great but now it’s work with the players we have, the focus should be with the players we have.

“You need the right balance because if you come short in terms of physicality in this game, you’re going to be exposed. 

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“The most important thing is to win the first match, to build confidence and momentum.

“Then you can talk about things we need to improve – there were quite a few today, to be honest.”

Arsenal’s victory was more about graft than craft.

Gabriel Martinelli nodded a 20th-minute opener from Zinchenko’s headed assist.

And although the Eagles pushed well for a late equaliser, Marc Guehi doubled the Gunners’ margin of success by heading Bukayo Saka’s cross into his own net.

Arteta said: “That’s the resilience we need to win football matches

“Aaron Ramsdale did incredibly well from the one-on-one and won the game for us.

“Saliba was superb tonight. The way we started the game and played in the first half hour was superb – we should have scored more. 

We had to play the game in ways we didn’t want to as it went on because Palace are able to do that to you. 

“To win here, you need to suffer – we’ve done it and that’s part of the mentality we want to build, to come to places like this and win.”


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