Mikel Arteta has described Arsenal’s season as unacceptable and he has urged Arsene Wenger to spend like there’s no tomorrow this summer, especially if the club doesn’t finish in fourth place.
He does have a point because Arsenal do need to make a few key signings in important positions which have the ability to help the side move forward and ultimately, closer to the Premier League title and other silverware.
However, what may not please Arsene Wenger is the way that Arteta has so openly made his comments. As innocent as they may be, he’s putting pressure on the boss which is not something that Wenger will appreciate or need.
“We can't be in that position because we have the best basic structure I've ever seen at a football club. Great philosophy, good players we've got financial backing to do whatever we want, unbelievable crowds for the stadium. Let's go for it!” he told the Daily Mail.
Wenger is the man who decides which players Arsenal need and if his transfer history is anything to go by, he’s not going to be spending tens of millions to get Arsenal back to a level he already feels they’re quite close to.
He’s unlikely to take this extra pressure created by Arteta personally but there have been plenty of players in the recent past, most notably Andrey Arshavin, who have said similar things that haven’t really got the club anywhere.
Wenger is a manager who likes complete control and complete belief from his players and staff in his ability to create exciting and productive Arsenal teams.
This could just be another case of a player blowing hot air which is ultimately ignored by the manager when it does contain the view, which will be held by the majority of Arsenal fans at the moment.
How Arsenal progress next season, if they don’t finish fourth, is down to Wenger and him alone. No amount of players calling for extra spending and urging changes will change the way Wenger has acted in his years since he first became boss just under two decades ago.
The problem is Arsenal may be in a position where they are forced to spend big if they don’t get Champions League football next season. If the team isn’t improved to get back to that level, they could continue on a slippery slope.
Arteta has a point but it just seems very unlikely that Wenger will pay too much attention.
Do you agree with Arteta? Will Arsenal spend big?
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