Mikel Arteta reiterated his desperation for Arsenal to land big signings this summer in the wake of his side’s surprise 2-1 win against newly-crowned Premier League champions Liverpool.
Ahead of Gunners encounter with Liverpool, Mikel Arteta told Arsenal hierarchy they need to be ready to take a financial risk in order to regain their Champions League status or they face being left behind.
He said: ‘Harder and harder because that’s obviously something that has to feed each other. If you are not in the Champions League and you say “OK, I don’t invest because I don’t have the financial ability to do it”, but the other clubs invest, then the gap becomes bigger.
‘If I do want to invest and risk, and then I don’t reach it, what happens? So at some stage you have to make a decision, whether I want to aim to make that gap closer and go for it, or I stay where I am.
‘You see many good examples of teams that have done it [risked] and they have come back to their habit [of being in the Champions League].
‘While I am sitting in this chair I’m not [stopping seeing Arsenal as a Champions League club], because that’s the only thing that I think of this football club.’
And following 2-1 win over Liverpool, thanks goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson were enough for the Gunners to sink Jurgen Klopp’s men, earning a vital three points in their chase of Europa League qualification with their fifth win in seven matches.
However, with the Gunners 40 points Liverpool in ninth place, Arteta has been urges Arsenal board to spend big on improving his squad during post-match interview after the match.
He said: ‘It is a big concern, you need quality, quality players and a big squad to compete in these competitions. It is a challenge.’
Meanwhile, before the match Mikel Arteta added that Arsenal will continue to remain an attractive club without Champions League football ‘because we’ve an incredible history, an incredible structure, in a beautiful city and a style of play that attracts players.
‘And I’m telling you now, because when I am closer to the market now when I speak to people, a lot of players want to play for Arsenal.’
After another underwhelmed season Mikel Arteta is looking to rebuild his squad with at least one centre-back, a midfielder and a replacements striker if Alexandre Lacazette or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were to leave the Emirates this summer.
The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates after coming close to joining the Gunners under previous manager Unai Emery last summer.
Arsenal also strongly linked with a move for Orkun Kokcu, Dayot Upamecano while Philippe Coutinho is another big players admire Mikel Arteta.
Earlier of this week Goal claim Barcelona have offered both Arsenal and Newcastle United the chance to sign Coutinho, either permanently or on loan with view to a permanent move.
The 28-year-old propose switch to Emirates this summer can be successful due to his agent Kia Joorabchian has had a long-standing working relationship with Arsenal technical director Edu and is also close to the club’s Head of Football Raul Sanllehi.