Arsenal’s financial backing of Mikel Arteta in the summer means they are unlikely to splash the cash in the next two transfer windows, according to journalist Paul Brown.
What did Arsenal spend their money on in the transfer market?
The Gunners have spent big in recent summer windows, with Nicolas Pepe’s £72million arrival from French side Lille smashing their transfer record two years ago, and the recently-closed window proved to be no different at the Emirates Stadium.
Following a disappointing campaign which means the north Londoners are not competing in Europe for the first time since 1995, Arsenal forked out £50million to capture England international Ben White from Brighton & Hove Albion.
It also cost Arsenal an initial fee of £30million to seal the permanent return of Norwegian attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard, who made 14 Premier League appearances while on loan from Real Madrid last season.
The Gunners could part with a similar amount after persuading Championship side Sheffield United to sell goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, while Arteta’s side brokered a deadline day deal worth £19.8million to acquire Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna.
The transfer window closed at the end of the month with Arsenal spending £156.8million, more than any other Premier League club.
What has Paul Brown said about the situation?
Despite being linked with making a move for former Chelsea and Inter Milan head coach Antonio Conte in recent weeks, Brown believes Arteta’s job is safe for now as Arsenal’s big-spending during the recently-closed transfer window means they will be unable to agree terms with the Italian.
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The journalist also claims Arteta will not be given a huge budget over the course of the next year.
Brown told GMS: “Having spent all that money, Arteta has hinted a few times in press conferences with us that you shouldn’t expect too much spending from Arsenal in the next two windows.
“Because of that, it would be a massive surprise if Arteta were to go and the club then tried to get someone like Conte because I think they’re well aware that his demands are just beyond the club at the moment and I’m pretty sure that Conte knows that too.”
Have Arsenal’s new signings improved the squad?
The Gunners only grabbed their first win of the Premier League season when they overcame newly-promoted Norwich City at the weekend, climbing off the foot of the table in the process.
That came after Arsenal had already endured the worst start to a campaign in their 118-year history.
Defensively, the Gunners have conceded nine goals and, at the other end of the pitch, they have scored just once, so there is clearly room for improvement.