Mikel Arteta feels encouraged by stories linking Arsenal with big-name signings this summer, reports Sky
The Gunners midfielder believes that links with the likes of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, Man United and England forward Wayne Rooney and Liverpool’s Luis Suarez are a signal of intent from the Gunners, and clearly shows their desire to end their eight-year trophy drought this coming season.
France Under-20 striker Yaya Sanogo is the club’s only completed signing so far, arriving on a free transfer from Auxerre, but the media speculation linking players with a move to the Emirates excites the former Everton man.
Speaking from the Gunners’ pre-season tour ahead of their friendly against the Vietnam national side on Wednesday, Arteta said: “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.
“It creates a good atmosphere and we need to do something because the other teams are doing it, and I think we will. I believe we can be contenders again. The fans need that because we haven’t won trophies in the last years. They need something back.
“I believe in what we have but if we can strengthen a bit, then we are going to make the gap with the other teams much closer. That’s what we’re looking for.”
Arteta’s excitement seems to extend to the fact that Arsenal have been able to compete to some degree with the likes of Chelsea, Man United and Man City while only spending a fraction of the money the other sides have.
“When you compare us to the other top English clubs and the money they have paid, we are very far apart,” he admitted.
“The value of this club is the class and what it means is very difficult to match.”
Arteta was himself a relatively expensive signing for Arsenal compared to their standard model, costing £10m when he signed on a four-year contract from Everton in 2011. He has gone on to make 63 competitive appearances for the club since then, netting 12 goals.
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