Arsenal Summer Signing is a Huge Step in an Unknown Direction
The North London’s are the big spenders in Europe this summer but results must start to improve on the pitch for Mikel Arteta and Edu.
‘Judge our work at the end of the transfer window.’
That was the message from Arsenal manager Arteta and technical director Edu this summer as the Gunners attempted to complete a number of incomings and outgoings at Emirates Stadium.
However, the jury is out on whether those signings will add the required firepower to bring Arsenal back to the top again.
Arsenal’s internal club lawyers alongside newly-appointed head of football operations Richard Garlick managed to get an unprecedented number of deals done across the board, which included; three first-team player contract extensions, six new first-team signings at a total of £156m combined, ten first-team departures (7 of which were loans, 2 permanent) and ten academy players left the club (4 released, 6, permanent, 10 loans)
Arsenal spent more money than West Ham and Tottenham combined this summer, leading the way in the Premier League and Europe for money spent on players.
United on the other side spent just £133million and managed to get the likes of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford.
Chelsea brought in Romelu Lukaku for £97million and he immediately got off to the perfect start against Arsenal as the Gunners were comprehensively beaten at Emirates Stadium.
But what about Arteta’s side? Are the signings good enough to take Arsenal to the next level?
“Our approach for this window was framed by fully recognizing that we are not where we want to be on the pitch — finishing eighth last season, with no European football for the first time in many years,” said chief executive Vinai Venkatesham.
“This is well below the standards each of us all have, and of course that our fans rightly demand of us, which is to be competing for the biggest trophies in the game.
“Whilst we would love to jump from where we are to where we want to be in an instant, we need to be realistic that the gap is too large to do that. As such, our activity this window has been focused on youth.”
“Our strategy is to fill our squad with some of Europe’s most exciting young talent, with players from both our academy and further afield, that can grow and develop together under Mikel (Arteta) to take us where we want to get to,” Venkatesham. said.
“Whilst this will not be overnight, we can make positive progress, and it gives us the best route to future success in a sustainable way.”