Arteta is uncertain whether the club’s hierarchy would back him this transfer window. Arteta said he had “big concerns” whether he would receive the necessary backing after overseeing his side come from behind to beat champions Liverpool at the Emirates. The win took Arsenal into 7th position within 3 points of Wolves who are in 6th.
When asked about transfer funds, Arteta seemed uncertain whether he would get the required backing to breach the difference between the big teams next season. Arteta said, “It’s a big concern. You can see how [Liverpool] build their squad and there is no magic, you need to improve the squad with quality, quality players. And we need a bigger squad to compete in this competition. That is the challenge. Before it wasn’t like this. I’m very proud of that. The rest will take some time but at least we’ve got that now and my message to the players is with that we can create something.”
Arteta could have not been more clear. He was extremely pleased by the spirit and attitude shown to come back against the Champions. In his post-match interview, he said that the gap between Arsenal and the top clubs were “Enormous”. The Arsenal owners have been reluctant to invest money in the club and this was before the coronavirus situation. They are facing the 4th season in a row without Champions League Football and failure to qualify for the Europa League next year will have further financial consequences.
Arteta is well aware of this and knows that success next year will rely on business done in the summer. Hsi comments were a clear message to KSE, Arsenal’s American owners. If you want to take the club to the top, you need to pay for it.