Arsenal Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal are still working on concluding deals with the club's summer transfer targets, while refusing to give specific names. The French manager has confirmed the need for reinforcements, but is yet to add to his three signings made this far, of whom, only one player is guaranteed a starting role when everyone is fit.
Granit Xhaka arrived from Borussia Monchengladbach and the Swiss midfielder is the only one who can command a first-team place. The other two signings are Takuma Asano and Rob Holding, who are unlikely to be regulars with the senior squad. The former is likely to join the reserves, while the latter could be a fringe player with the senior squad, despite being the only player to have played the full 90 minutes in both games of Arsenal's pre-season tour of the US.
Per Mertesacker is ruled out until the end of the year with a knee injury, leaving the Frenchman short of experienced central defenders, while the injury to Danny Welbeck has ensured Olivier Giroud is the only recognised centre-forward in the squad, and he is unlikely to be available for the start of the season owing to his participation with France at Euro 2016.
Wenger has indicated that he is looking to sign an attacker and another defender before the end of the summer transfer target, and has been linked with a number of players in the said positions. Shkodran Mustafi is the latest defender to be linked with the club, while Riyad Mahrez and Alexandre Lacazette are the forward players said to be on the manager's radar.
The 65-year-old manager admitted that the Gunners were watching the Leicester City midfielder ahead of the Foxes' pre-season clash against PSG on Saturday (30 July), but refused to name any other player during his post match press conference following Arsenal's 3-1 win over Chivas de Guadalajara on Sunday.
"No. We have not closed any deal with anybody at the moment. That's the answer. You speak about Mustafi. Is it Mustafi or anybody else — we haven't concluded anything at the moment," Wenger said, as quoted on Arsenal's official site.
"I can understand that you are interested in transfers but I'm not ready to come out on any name," the French coach added when pressed on his interest in signing Lacazette.
The Gunners are currently on pre-season, and following the end of their commitments in the US, they will travel to Norway, before heading to Sweden for their final pre-season game against Manchester City. The north London club face Liverpool in the opening game of the Premier League season, and the manager is aware that he is short in more than one area of the pitch.