Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has subtly urged the club’s board to commit to more investment ahead of this summer’s transfer window. Gabriel Jesus is one player believed to be within the crosshairs because the Gunners reportedly plan a bid for the Manchester City star, and more talent could follow if Arteta is given time and money to further his north London project.
Arteta has overseen a broadly positive season at Arsenal, who’re on the business end of a top-four push after losing their first three matches of the campaign. The Gunners have been a joy to observe at times, but patches of troubled form have taken their bid for next season’s Champions League right down to the wire.
The last top-four spot seems destined to land at their feet, or those of local rivals Tottenham. No matter whether his crop of stars succeed or fail in that regard, Arteta recently talked up the club’s youthful squad while calling for more faith from the board going forward.
“I believe the team has made an awesome step forward when it comes to identity, play, style, clarity,” he told DAZN’s Fever Pitch, “[The young players] have shown that they’ve the flexibility to win games and to be decisive, they usually have done so in a really consistent way for a lot of games.
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“You have got to be very careful since the leap could be very big. Now we have to guard them in order that when other moments come, we may be there too. That connection that we’ve made with all the workers from inside, with the players within the sense of belonging, of clarity.
“People have thrown themselves into the team, they’ve felt what the team transmits, they feel identified with the young people, with the model. That’s what will give us plenty of strength; it will give us a bonus to take one other step forward, which we already know where it goes and which goes to require investment and time again.”
Indeed, investment is precisely what Arteta was given last summer when Arsenal went on the most important transfer spending spree in Europe. The likes of Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale and Takehiro Tomiyasu have all made successful starts to their Emirates careers, while Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares are yet to earn the fans’ total trust.
Arteta clearly wants more funds to bolster his squad this summer, with Gabriel Jesus heavily linked to the north London side. Football.london claim that a £35m bid is being prepared which, with one yr remaining on his Man City contract, could possibly be enough to tempt the Sky Blues into doing business.
Luring in attacking recruits equivalent to Jesus shall be a high priority this summer as Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, Arsenal’s only two recognised frontmen, are each out of contract. Tammy Abraham is one other believed to be on Arteta’s radar, as scouts were reportedly sent to observe him in UEFA Conference League motion this week.
A latest central midfielder can be considered on the cards if the board grant Arteta’s investment wish, although long-term goal Ruben Neves could set them back an eye-watering £100m. Champions League qualification could also be crucial to funding the Gunners’ more ambitious deals, they usually sit two points clear of Spurs with five matches to play.