Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta explained to the Telegraph, what he feels has changed about the way the club approach transfers.
The Spaniard has suggested that Arsene Wenger now looks at transfers differently, with a process which started up to four years ago and one which will hopefully push the Gunners closer to the Premier League title this coming season.
“This is a process that started three or four years ago. Suddenly the club’s perspective and potential, instead of selling the best players, they decided to keep the players and keep adding the quality every year,” he told the Telegraph.
“Once we do that we start to show more consistency, start to win trophies, confidence, atmosphere, everything gets better. We’ve been winning trophies and now we're aiming for more - and the bigger ones.”
Evidence of a change
Arsene Wenger has dispelled the notion that he’s a manager who doesn’t like spending big sums of money, with expensive deals for Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez over the last couple of years.
Danny Welbeck also arrived late in last summer’s transfer window, while the Frenchman has also maintain his skill in terms of revitalising and transforming players already at the club such as Francis Coquelin.
Wenger also didn’t hesitate to snap up Petr Cech when he became available, addressing a key area for concern in his current squad.
Can Arsenal challenge for the league title?
They certainly can.
Arsenal have a large squad, good experience in the side and a manager who knows the division well.
What’s important is that the team learn lessons from last season, especially in defence where they struggled a little bit at times last year.
However, the outlook is generally positive.