Mikel Arteta says that the club’s rebuilding process will continue this summer, and hinted strongly that he expects KSE to provide the kind of support that will enable him to make changes to the squad.
Without European football next season, resources are going to be tight, and clearly some of what we can spend will depend on departures, with question marks over the futures of many players, including: Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Granit Xhaka, and others like Calum Chambers, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah who are heading into the final year of their current contracts.
It means that, one way or another, Stan and Josh Kroenke will have to help fund incoming business, and it’s something the Arsenal manager appears to be expecting.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said, “I think the owners are going to be really involved. I think they will be really supportive.”
He also made it clear that despite the poor performances this season, there is an ongoing project at Arsenal that needs to be completed.
“We are in the middle,” he said. “We are not at the start or at the end, it is a process that we are in.
“It started a few months ago when we had changes of structure at the club, these changes were unprecedented and had not happened in the club’s long history.
“We have an incredible opportunity, I am so excited because I know what we can do with the size and resources we are going to have and the quality of people we have at the club.
“It’s something we had to do, it’s happened already and it has to continue. It’s a difficult task because it does not provide the stability that is necessary.”
Earlier, Arteta had made it clear he feels there is a ceiling with some members of the current squad which limits the collective improvement, although he admitted it was his responsibility to that.
“Some of them can get to a certain level and you cannot push them any further,” he said.
“You want to evolve them but it’s not possible. That is my responsibility. That is my job. My job is to get 120 per cent out of every single player in our squad.
“With some of them I have not managed to do that.”