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Aug 6, 2013

Mikel Arteta confident of new signings

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta believes the club will introduce a number of new players before the start of the new Premier League season.

Mikel Arteta is expecting a tough test against Wigan
Mikel Arteta is confident the club will sign a number of new players this summer.

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The Gunners have so far failed to make a big name singing this summer, with their reported interest in Gonzalo Higuain ending when the Argentina international moved to Napoli, while the club’s move for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is no closer to bearing fruition.

French youth international striker Yaya Sanogo has been the club’s only business dealing so far, the 20-year-old signing from Auxerre.

But Arteta, a late signing from Everton in 2011, remained confident the club will strengthen before the transfer deadline.  

“I think we are going to start the season with new faces. That is what we are all hoping for. That will give us a big boost and everyone is very positive,” said Arteta.

“It will happen. I have no doubts about it.

“It takes time, but I know the boss is working really hard on it, and the board as well. It will happen for sure.

“I am very convinced but the great players normally come at the end of the transfer window.

“The clubs work hard to keep their best players and I think Arsenal will do well in the transfer window.”

And with introduction of a number of new players, Arteta said the club could make a run at ending its long trophy drought and challenge for the Premier League title.

However, the Spaniard conceded the club had to overcome its common early season stutter.

“We know that we need to start really well from the start,” he said.

“We can't afford to drop points as we have done at the start of the last couple of seasons. We will start by hitting the ground running.

“We need to close the gap with the teams that are trying to win the titles.

“We have been too far in the last few seasons. We will start and see how it goes, but we won't be as far this season.”

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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