Mikel Arteta says it’s about time Arsenal showed more aggression in the transfer market.
With only Yaya Sanogo signed this summer (for free), Arsenal fans have yet to see the spending power promised by Ivan Gazidis at the end of last season.
And Arteta, the club’s on-field captain, reckons the club now need to put their money where their mouth is. Speaking from Vietnam, where the Gunners will face the national side on Wednesday, he said, “The club have said they are going to be very ambitious in the market and have got the financial resources to get big players.
“I think it’s about time.When you compare us to other top English clubs and the money they have paid, we are very far apart.
“The value of this club is the class and what it means is very difficult to match. Now, financially, they are very strong so maybe we will be more aggressive in the transfer market. I am excited. They made it public that they are going to go big. The sort of players they have been linked with makes me happy.
“Big signings create a good atmosphere and we need to do something because other teams are doing it and I think we will.”
You won’t find any Arsenal fans arguing with the Lego-haired Spaniard over those comments – even the players want the squad to be strengthened. It makes the team more competitive and, as Arteta says, creates a good atmosphere.
With the news that Liverpool turned down Arsenal’s bid for Luis Suarez, perhaps there’s more indication of the kind of targets we have, even if the idea of signing the Uruguayan is proving hugely divisive amongst fans.