Just In: Mikel Arteta delivered transfer updates on Houssem Aouar & Thomas Partey ahead of deadline days

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is ‘confident’ in Gunners chief’s approach to try and bring in who he wants with Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey his top target.

The north London club have got plenty of their business done early in the transfer window with both Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes joining before the start of the campaign.

But their attention now has turned to bolster their midfield park with Partey and Aouar are their primary target.

The have already had a bid worth a reported £32million rejected by Lyon with the French club holding out for something in the region of £45m while negotiations about bring Partey to Emirates yet to successful due to reluctant to pay his £45m release clause.

But Mikel Arteta’s side have starting a productive talks with both Lyon and Atletico Madrid since earlier of this week as they eager to snap up both of talented midfielder before the transfer window closes next week.

And when asked directly about Arsenal’s interest in Aouar, Arteta suggested a deal could happen.

‘Well, I am very confident in what we are trying to do internally,’ he said.

‘[I am getting] clarity and support from everybody at the club to try and improve the team if we can.

‘But most importantly as well, to get the right balance in the squad, for now and the way we want to evolve the squad in the future.

‘We are all very much aligned but I’m afraid that I cannot give you any updates or news.’

As Mikel Arteta’s side strongly linked with a move for Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey, they are also expected to offload a few players with Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi among the players Gunners want to offload.

Meanwhile, Lucas Torreira and Sead Kolasinac are closing in on moves away from Arsenal.

And Mikel Arteta is keen to find a solution for both incomings and outgoings before the transfer window closes.

‘I think it is a crucial moment because in the end it defines the people, the players, the balance and the quality that you’re going to have for the rest of the season,’he added.

‘We need to make some decisions in the next three days, I think everything has been delayed so much, not just us but probably every team because of the context that we’re in at the moment.

‘We will try to make the best possible decisions and at the end, whatever we have, we go for it fully convinced and prepared to have a good season.’

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