Mikel Arteta is coming off his biggest win against an opponent yet as the manager of Arsenal Football Club, beating the current champions, Liverpool. Following his win over Jurgen Klopp’s men, Sky Sports interviewed the Spaniard in the post match festivities and Arteta admitted he has big concern regarding whether Arsenal will have the money to spend and improve the squad to take the necessary steps to compete with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.
Arteta is clearly sending a message to Stan, Josh, Raul, Vinai, and Edu that high quality reinforcements are a must for him to push this squad forward. We know William Saliba is on his way, but he is also an unproven 19 year old from Ligue 1, expecting a Van Dijk like influence from the jump would be silly and the manager knows this. Clearly, Arteta has targets in mind that he will be expressing to the board. Has he shown enough in 18 league matches to be backed in this uncertain market?
With wins against top sides Manchester United and Liverpool, in addition to the comeback against Chelsea down a man, Arteta has show the ability with our lackluster squad to compete with the heavy weights. The dropped points from winning positions is a concern, but Arsenal’s red cards have undoubtedly played their part in those matches. Arteta’s reign has seen his squad finish 22% of their league matches under him with only 10 men on the field (Auba v Palace, Luiz v Chelsea & City, Nketiah v Leicester).
Josh and KSE need to back our new manager, we spent last summer, yes. But not necessarily in the positions or type of players we were desperate for. Kieran Tierney is clearly the standout from the group and Pepe has shown flashes, Saliba is TBD, Ceballos has been up and down while battling injuries, and David Luiz has been well...David Luiz. Our spine needs strengthen and we need creative players in the final third.
The board has attractive options to generate funds in Guendouzi, Maitland Niles, Lacazette (stock rising anyone?), in addition to the probable outgoing departures of Sokratis and Kolasinac. Selling is not enough, Mikel Arteta is at the wheel and needs to be backed!