Arteta urges top level Arsenal arrivals

Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal can no longer wait to spend big in the transfer market, the Daily Mirror has reported, with the ex-Everton midfielder lambasting past moves that have seen Arsene Wenger prefer the cut-price option at the expense of the competitiveness of the team.

The Gunners have been linked with moves for the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, the Real Madrid striker, and Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, but as yet neither transfer has been completed. But Wenger insists he is eyeing some substantial additions this summer – something that cannot come soon enough for the Spanish midfielder.

Arteta said: “The club have said they are going to be very ambitious in the market and have got the financial resources to get big players. 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 value of this club is the class and what it means is very difficult to match. There has never been a tradition at Arsenal to pay crazy, crazy money. But now, financially, they are very strong so maybe we will be more aggressive in the transfer market,” Arteta added.

The 31-year-old moved to the Emirates Stadium from Everton two years ago, replacing the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, and knows first-hand what it means to be the club’s big signing of the summer – and is encouraged that more headline purchases are to be made, hailing the effect on both the fans and the squad.

I am excited,” Arteta admitted. “They made it public that they are going to go big. 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.

Arteta went on to say a big-name signing or two would help end the club’s long wait for a trophy, now dating back to the 2005 FA Cup – a fact that Arteta is very much aware of. “ I believe we can be contenders again but it also creates a genuine atmosphere for the fans and they need that because we haven’t won trophies in the last years,” Arteta said.

He continued: “We feel extra pressure. We’re at a massive club where there is a responsibility to win trophies. It makes me more motivated. We’ve got a stronger squad and I think we should be much closer this time.

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