Mikel Arteta has suggested there could be a bit of a twitch on in North London up until the club starts spending big money.
The club have already started trying to put their cash on the table as the recent bid for Luis Suarez demonstrates but it seems several connected to the club will fidget around like a child in a school chair until it actually happens.
“The club have said they are going to be very ambitious in the market and have got the financial resources to get big players. I think it's about time. When you compare us to the other top English clubs and the money they have paid, we are very far apart,” said Arteta.
Have faith if you’re an Arsenal supporter because Arsene Wenger is not a naïve man when it comes to transfers, regardless of the fact he’s never really spent big in terms of modern transfers for modern players.
Wenger has always made it very clear that he will never go after a signing or pay big money for a player who he doesn’t think is going to improve the squad that he already has at the Emirates Stadium.
He’s also not a manager who likes to be ripped off over transfers which is why Arsenal seem to be taking so long over a second bid for Suarez.
There have been several that have said ‘pay whatever Liverpool want’ because of Suarez’s class and consistency as a player, but Wenger doesn’t seem to have that mental approach to transfer deals.
The point is not to panic and to focus on the positives and as Arteta reveals, there is already a great feeling of expectation ahead of the new season.
“I am excited. They made it public that they are going to go big and the sort of players they have been linked with makes me happy. It creates a good atmosphere and we need to do something because the other teams are doing it, and I think we will,” he added.
The time to get twitchy about Arsenal’s transfer business certainly isn’t now because there is so much time before the start of the new season and a full pre-season schedule to get through.
If Arsenal get into a situation where they get close to their first Premier League game of next season against Aston Villa, that’s when the questions should be asked.
Arsene Wenger already knows all about the pressure he’s under to start making significant and expensive but good value signings, Arteta is just a common voice that plenty of Gunners will elate to.
Do you agree with Arteta that it’s about time the club started spending?
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