Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has made the surprising decision to heavily back Mikel Arteta in the transfer market and it shows a ‘definite change of tact’ at the Emirates Stadium, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.
The Gunners have spent big during the early stages of the summer window despite missing out on Champions League qualification after finishing two points adrift of the Premier League’s top four last season.
Who have Arsenal signed so far?
Gabriel Jesus is on his way to Arsenal from Manchester City after a £45million deal was agreed with the reigning Premier League champions.
The frontman has negotiated personal terms on a five-year contract and will offer Arteta an alternative attacking option to academy product Eddie Nketiah.
The Gunners were not afraid to splash the cash on Fabio Vieira either, with the central midfielder joining from Portuguese giants Porto for a fee which could rise to £34.26 million.
Matt Turner will provide first-choice goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale with competition after sealing his switch from Major League Soccer franchise New England Revolution.
Arteta has also been preparing for the future by acquiring 19-year-old forward Marquinhos from Brazilian outfit Sao Paulo.
What has Alex Crook said about Arsenal?
Crook is shocked that Arteta has been given a considerable budget after failing to lead Arsenal back into the Champions League.
The talkSPORT journalist feels the financial backing shows the Kroenkes are becoming more open to splashing the cash in north London.
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Crook told GIVEMESPORT: “They are close to spending £300million in the last two summer transfer windows.
“Considering that the Arsenal fans, not that long ago, were really unhappy with the lack of investment from the Kroenkes, I think there’s been a definite change of tact.
“I didn’t expect Arteta – having missed out on the top four – to be quite as well backed this summer as he was last, but clearly I’ve been proven wrong.”
Who else could Arsenal sign before the window slams shut?
Arsenal were clearly keen on luring Raphinha away from Leeds United, but that ship appears to have sailed after failing to meet the Yorkshire club’s demands.
The Gunners are persisting in their attempts to sign defender Lisandro Martinez from Ajax and have headed to the Dutch capital with a third offer, although the latest proposal still falls short of the Eredivisie giants’ £43million asking price.
CBS reporter Ben Jacobs has told GIVEMESPORT that Arsenal have already agreed personal terms with Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans, while the north Londoners are also keeping tabs on Serge Gnabry’s contract situation at Bayern Munich.