Arsenal and it’s £350m Summer Budget

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Arsenal is set to spend big this summer to tackle out problems associated with some positions, especially the attack. Mikel Arteta has already revealed that he expects the gunners to be busy this summer. Stan Kroenke is more than happy to back Arteta even though he narrowly missed the champions league qualification. 

Arsenal last summer moved in for a major revamp which led a lot of football pundits to question Arteta’s strategy. Now if we look back, Arteta’s signings were hit. Ramsdale has produced some phenomenal saves and Odegard has reminded everyone of prime Ozil.

Arteta will mostly focus on signing new attacking options. Lacazzate and Nketiah are out of contracts and will leave the club leaving Arteta with no strikers. Smith-Rowe and Saka have produced some phenomenal displays of gameplay and they can carry the team but the problem is they’ll be overused due to a lack of options and may get burnt out.

Arsenal looking at the current scenario and circumstances is monitoring Jesus, Tielemans, and Hickey. Arsenal is relatively far from competing for the league title and instead focuses on building strength over the top 5 sides. The gunners gave a real fight to Tuchel’s Chelsea and Conte’s Spurs but missed champions league qualification by two points.

Can Arteta make Arsenal great again?

Arteta in his last press conference made it completely clear where he wants his team to be in next season. He also expressed his grief for lost chances where his team could’ve performed better. If Stan Kroenke’s plans come alive Arteta is going to benefit hugely. 

If we avoid loan spells then Arsenal under full ownership of Kroenke has signed 18 players. The fact that makes Kroenke’s plan more interesting is that the spending over the years has been positive.

In 2019, spending of £138m took place which didn’t get them European game time but was enough to win 2 trophies. Club record signing of Pepe (£72m), Tierney (£25m), Saliba (£27m), Luiz (£8m), and Martinelli (£6m)

The following season Arsenal signed Gabriel (£27m), Pablo Mari (£6.8m), and Runarsson (£1m). Kroenke played a special role in signing Partey (£45m)from Athletico by personally stepping in to fund the transfer. If we consider this season’s transfer it also racked up £150m to sign new faces. Kroenke from the day he took ownership has spent more than £350m in just three summers. Arsenal will surely be looking to pull out such a transfer to pull big deals over the line.

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