Arsenal vice-captain Mikel Arteta has urged the club to begin spending large sums in order to sign “big players” this summer.

The Gunners are currently away on their pre-season tour of Asia and have been linked with stellar names such as Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Gonzalo Higuain this summer.

While manager Arsene Wenger acknowledged the fans wanted him to make a “spectacular signing”, he would not reveal any further progress in their pursuit of summer targets.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis insisted the club now had the means to spend big earlier this year and Arteta thought it was “about time” they put their money where their mouth is.

The Spaniard believes the Emirates Stadium outfit cannot expect to get back in the running for the game’s biggest prizes unless they match their more successful rivals’ spending in some regard.

“The club have said they are going to be very ambitious in the market and have got the financial resources to get big players," Arteta said.

"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.”

The 31-year-old accepted Wenger has never been one to spend huge sums of money, but was hoping that would change if it meant some of the players they have been linked with were to arrive.

“Now, financially, they are very strong so maybe we will be more aggressive in the transfer market,” he added.

“There has never been a tradition at Arsenal to pay crazy, crazy money

"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.”

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