Arsenal’s Legend, Ray Parlour has come out to say that the Gunners would find it hard to lure big names during the Transfer window due to the club’s position on the log which would not give them a taste of an European football come next season.
The Gunners would strive to attract quality players who are household names in football without European football, let alone not even spending money.
Arsenal have to strengthen their team ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, and Arteta made it known to the media after the match last night.
Mikel Arteta’s men pulled up a surprise against the newly crowned EPL champions, Liverpool, in a Premier League matchday 36 at the Emirates Stadium. Despite having Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Dani Ceballos on the bench, Arsenal still came out victorious.
Getting the much needed three points doesn’t mean they’re level with Liverpool as they’re still a long way off competing with the Merseyside giants for the title next season.
The Spaniard is however set to be given a limited budget, he was asked if the board at going to back him with funds to strengthen Arsenal for next term, Arteta said to Sky Sports: “I don’t know. It’s a big concern.
Mikel Arteta has initiated a new tactic at the Emirates and it’s yielding fruits that one would love to look forward to.
“You need it to build a squad. It’s not magic. You need to improve with quality, quality players in the squad and you need bigger squads to compete in this competition. There’s the challenge.”
Ray Parlour opined in his saying to Premier League Productions: “They need to spend money.
“This summer is going to be really important that they do spend money.
It will be some time before Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are competing with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the Premier League table
“But the problem that they do have is if you’re not playing European football, what player is going to want to go to Arsenal?
“That’s the big dilemma facing Mikel Arteta in the transfer window.”
Arsenal spent over £135m last summer, setting a new transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe for £72m from Lille in the ligue 1, splashing £25m for Scottish left-back Kieran Tierney from Celtic, £8m for veteran defender David Luiz from rivals, £5m Brazilian teenage sensation Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano in Brazil and £27m defender French Man William Saliba, who rejoined Saint-Etienne back on loan for the 2019/2020 campaign.
The deals however did not give the desired results, neither did it slove the long time issues in the squad as Arsenal dropped the more despite Unai Emery’s mid-season sacking.
There’s a positive to pick out though, Arsenal’s 3-4-3 set up against Liverpool worked out, with Arteta seemingly favoring that formation of late.
The Gunners didn’t just start playing like that against Liverpool as they’ve used it away at Europa League-chasing Wolverhampton Wanderers which resulted in a 2-0 win and then again in Sunday’s 2-1 north London derby loss away to Tottenham.
The former Man City assistant coach never changed his tactics as he went on to use it against the Premier League champions and it worked as the Londoners showed they might have gotten themselves a system that works them moving forward.
“I was a little bit shocked when they played Wolves that they went man-to-man really,” Parlour added.
“They played three at the back as well so I was a little bit surprised when he did change it but certainly Kieran Tierney – who is going to be a top player on that left-hand side – he has that energy to get up and down to defend as well. He’ll be important.
“Hector Bellerin it suits him on the right-hand side. I think he might look at it [the system]. William Saliba will be coming into the club [too].”