Arsenal transfer talks all on hold as Mikel Arteta looks to put pressure on Stan Kroenke

That would in turn put the pressure on owner Stan Kroenke to increase the amount of finances available to the Spanish coach, with the current pool of cash thought to be limited.

Arteta is said to be in contact with the owner’s Josh, on the board of directors, via WhatsApp and the occasional FaceTime call but more regularly goes through head of football Raul Sanllehi to discuss signings.

But his public address to the cameras after beating Liverpool made it obvious to the club’s board that he expects to be backed so that they can begin to bridge the gap to the likes of the Reds and Manchester City.

Goal say Arsenal are in talks with out-of-contract Nice defender Malang Sarr as they seek to strengthen their back-line.

Arteta has already signed Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares permanently after recruiting the defensive duo on loan in January, at a cost of around £14million.


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