Resilient Arsenal need deadline day depth to survive this season’s war of attrition

“What I can guarantee is that we are doing our maximum for that to happen, whether we will achieve it I don’t know,” Arteta said, when asked about potential incomings. “I cannot discuss the players that we want but we recognise certain positions that we believe we are short. First of all in numbers and then adding different qualities to compliment each other and this is what we are trying to do.

“I always think I try to be, even when I’m here, really honest and clear. Believe me, believe me, the ownership, the board, Edu and myself are doing everything we can to maximise the resources we have to improve the team and sustain and keep the players that are in this club and make this club successful.”

It would be crude to suggest that these final few hysterical hours of the transfer window will define Arsenal’s season. But strongly underpinning the squad, in case of injury or sheer exhaustion, will provide the greatest defence against the toil to come. Arsenal and Arteta have already fought so hard to separate themselves from the pandemonium. Today could go a long way to ensuring they don’t get dragged back in.

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