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Arteta keen for new arrivals

6 August 2013 06:43

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta remains confident the club can secure several big-name players before the transfer window closes on August 31.

The Gunners have failed to make a significant signing in the off-season, with their pursuit of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez no closer to being resolved.


French youth striker Yaya Sanogo is the only signature the London club has secured ahead of their Premier League season opener against Aston Villa on August 17.


But Arteta is still hopeful of seeing some new arrivals at the Emirates.


"I think we are going to start the season with new faces," he said.


"That is what we are all hoping for. That will give us a big boost and everyone is very positive.


"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 but it will happen for sure.


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


Arteta is feeling bullish about his side's Premier League prospects this season but conceded they cannot afford to give the top sides a head start this campaign after crawling out of the blocks in recent seasons.


"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 (away) in the last few seasons. We will start and see how it goes, but we won't be as far this season."

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