Arsenal are yet to make any major moves in the transfer market with Mikel Arteta frustrated with their approach which requires their US owners to approve signings
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Mikel Arteta is growing frustrated with Arsenal’s hierarchy as he fears their approach will cost them dearly in the transfer market.
The Gunners are looking to recruit without the lure of Champions League football after losing to Tottenham in the hunt for fourth place at the end of the season. Arteta has seen Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette leave in the past six months, leaving him short of attack.
New attackers are therefore a priority this summer and Gabriel Jesus has been highlighted as their first target. However, the club insist that all major additions must be approved by their US owners, which Arteta says could cost them dearly in the market, the Daily Mail report.
Jesus is set to leave Manchester City following the arrival of Erling Haaland. The Brazilian’s minutes are expected to be limited with Julian Alvarez also heading to the Etihad. The Premier League champions are ready to sanction his sale for £50million, but Arsenal are yet to make a real approach.
Their hesitation has meant that neighbors Tottenham as well as Chelsea and Real Madrid have entered the race and can all offer Champions League football. This could mean Arsenal are missing their No.1 target, whom Arteta knows well having worked with him at the Etihad.
Alternatives may now have to be found with the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin previously linked with a move to the Emirates. The Everton man has proven himself in the English top flight and could be tempted if Arsenal call. Italian Gianluca Scamacca has also been considered as a potential arrival.
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Arteta has previously said of Arsenal’s summer plans: “We are going to have certain resources, not unlimited resources, resources and with our resources we have to play and do what we need to do in the best way possible.
“We don’t know what the others are going to have in terms of resources, which I guess is going to be difficult because now it’s not a top three or top four league. Now it’s the top eight or 10 best teams that’s why we have to find a way to repeat what we did last summer.
He added on their budget: “It’s not just about that amount. If you see the salary (the bill) that we have and have had, it’s night and day. So it’s not it’s not just about spending it’s about what you sold we had 28 players and we ended up with 19 in the squad so it’s about the total spend because otherwise that number is irrelevant. Because what is the total annual cost of the team you are building?”