“We have a close relationship, it’s really strong. I made a commitment to him when I first came in that we would improve him as a player and he believes in the environment.
The former Liverpool boss was then asked if his team had planned for life if Tielemans departs, to which he replied: “You always have to, that is key. You always have to be looking ahead, that’s important.”
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal seize this opportunity and push for a move for the 24-year-old or if they choose to wait until the summer to try and secure his signature.
However, the longer that Arteta’s side wait to make their approach, they, of course, run the risk of more clubs becoming interested in the former Anderlecht playmaker.