Arsenal news: Julian Brandt to 'explore the market' as Mikel Arteta accepts top four blow

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal could finally be handed the chance to sign Julian Brandt from Borussia Dortmund as the Gunners boss has spoken about Thomas Partey’s injury

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Mikel Arteta on summer transfer plans

Arsenal target Julian Brandt is set to ‘explore the market’ after being linked with a move to the Gunners.

The German playmaker was thought to be on Arsenal’s list of targets in the January transfer window but the move failed to materialise. And with reports suggesting he is set to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer, Arsenal could now have a chance to land the midfielder.

It comes as Mikel Arteta has accepted the impact Thomas Partey‘s injury has had on his team is “unquestionable” as their bid to finish in the Premier League’s top four has faltered in recent weeks. And the Gunners manager has admitted things are very different now than they were a year ago as he spoke about the progress his side has made.

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is thought to be keen on signing Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Brandt


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Arteta’s 12-month review

Mikel Arteta has spoken about the progress his Arsenal side have made during the last 12 months.

The Gunners finished last season in eighth place in the Premier League table on 61 points, a points tally they can pass when they face West Ham on Sunday. Arteta’s side have also battled it out for Champions League qualification this term after a record-breaking summer transfer window that saw them spend around £150million on six signings.

And Arteta says there is a “very different environment” around the squad now, while on the pitch the players’ execution, consistency and “understanding of what we want to do is much better”.

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Top four blow

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has admitted Thomas Partey’s injury has had an “unquestionable” impact on his squad as they fight to secure the final Champions League qualification spot.

The Gunners have regained the advantage in the race to secure a top four place in the Premier League this season, with bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur just two points behind them in the table. But Arsenal have had a turbulent few weeks after falling to defeats to Crystal Palace, Southampton and Brighton in April to hand Spurs a chance of overtaking them.

And Arteta has said it is “not good” for his side when Partey is missing – because the Gunners’ win rate is so much higher when he is in the side.

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Brandt to ‘explore the market’

Arsenal could be handed the opportunity to finally land midfield target Julian Brandt this summer.

Brandt was thought to be on Mikel Arteta’s list of January targets, with reports coming out of Germany now suggesting his club Borussia Dortmund ‘no longer plan’ to have him in their squad next season. The player is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League, which he has reportedly made his ‘primary goal’ this summer.

And that could hand Arteta the chance to finally land his man – who could be available for around £16.5million.

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