Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has spent a considerable amount of money on transfers since his appointment, but a closer look highlights a big mistake in the Gunners’ recruitment strategy.
The common perception among Arsenal fans is that the Kroenkes don’t spend enough on transfers. When you compare our expenditure to the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, that point certainly stands, but it’s not like we’ve spent nothing.
Since Arteta was appointed in December 2019, Arsenal have spent a staggering £150 million on transfers. That doesn’t seem like a lot when you consider Jack Grealish and Romelu Lukaku’s transfer fees, but it’s still a lot more than what Arsene Wenger was allowed to spend when he was here.
So what has Arteta achieved having spent £150 million? There are a few positives, but there’s one area we’ve completely ignored.
Arteta has spent £150m on transfers but not a penny on Arsenal’s attack
Arteta has so far signed Cedric Soares, Pablo Mari, Runar Alex Runarsson, Willian, Gabriel Magalhaes, Thomas Partey, Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga and most recently, Ben White.
Willian is the only attacking player Arteta has signed on a permanent deal during his time at Arsenal, but the Brazilian cost us nothing in terms of transfer fees. That just shows you we’re yet to spend a penny on our attack.
As much as pundits like to say the opposite, Arteta has improved Arsenal at the back. Despite having an abysmal campaign last season, only the Premier League and European champions conceded fewer goals than us.
However, the big problem for the Gunners has been our attack. We scored just 55 goals in the league last season, only Everton maintained a worse record in the top half of the table. Ignoring our attack is proving to be a big mistake now. That’s the reason why we finished eighth and dropped out of Europe.
Sign an attacker, Mikel
Arsenal have enough firepower in defence and in central midfield at the moment. However, we are terribly short in attack, even though the number of options Arteta currently has at his disposal says otherwise.
Willian is not offering us much, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doesn’t look anything like his previous self. That is seriously hurting our attacking output, and that has to change immediately if we are to have a good season.
Arteta has used £150 million to sort out half of our side. It’s time to address our attack, and if he can do that before the end of this window, our chances of success this season will increase considerably.