Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta spoke to the media about potential transfers after his side suffered a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in our final pre-season game.
The Gunners weren’t too bad today. We started slow, but quickly took control of the game. We dominated most of the first half and were decent for most parts after the break as well. However, the same mistakes from last season cost us.
Despite spending most of our time in Tottenham’s half before the break, we created very few chances. Apart from three shots from Alexandre Lacazette, we didn’t get a sniff of their goal, and that is a massive concern ahead of the new season.
Arteta: There’s no point in worrying about Arsenal transfers
Arteta was quizzed about our problems in the final third and was asked if he’s looking to strengthen that area before the window shuts. The Arsenal boss’ response was worrying, to say the least.
He said, as per Arsenal.com: “What we have is what we have to maximise.
“Worrying about things that we don’t have at the moment, there is no point. My energy is only on the players we have, make them better, and make them a better threat and win matches.”
We have to worry, Mikel
Arteta’s response is a serious concern. Trying to make the best of what we’ve got is all well and good, but this pre-season has shown that we’re nowhere near ready to perform consistently in the league next season.
Of course, we don’t expect the Spaniard to come out and admit he’s working on signing X player. However, saying ‘there’s no point’ in worrying is as big a worry as Arsenal fans can have ahead of the start of the new Premier League season.
Arsenal have about three weeks left before the transfer window shuts. A new attacking midfielder is an absolute necessity, and we really could do with a new striker as well. The latter is not looking promising at the moment but, hopefully, Edu can surprise us in the coming weeks.