KEY POINTS

  • Arsenal has been advised to gamble on spending big during by next transfer window
  • Arteta is facing limited options in Arsenal rebuild
  • Their Champions League dream may be attainable if Arteta gets the right talent

Things are not looking good for Arsenal FC, and their finish this season could very well dictate how much budget Mikel Arteta will have in the next transfer window. The Gunners find themselves at the ninth spot of the Premier League Table and their chances of making it to the top four are slowly slipping away. With their Champions League aspirations slipping away, Arteta may have to settle for free transfers and player loans to continue his rebuild.

Arsenal is facing huge losses, reportedly in the vicinity of $33.31 million as of this writing. The COVID-19 pandemic has made life difficult for the Gunners, something that other clubs are also dealing with.

Their case is no different from what Manchester United is experiencing. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is facing the same predicament, being forced to look at cheaper targets with the Red Devils budget unlikely to be that huge.

That in mind, Arteta may find himself having to skim deeper to find the right talent to help out his current crew. If the budget hinders his plans, he may have to pass off on original targets for now. But according to former Arsenal midfielder, Ray Parlour believes that management should consider taking a gamble as early as now so they can narrow the gap with Liverpool and Manchester City.

“Maybe they have to take a few more risks which probably they don’t want to do but sometimes in football you’ve got to take a risk,” Parlour said to Goal.

“Because if you can get the right players in, suddenly you can turn things around and turn the club around because you can compete again with the best," he added.

At their current spot, things are not looking good. Arteta is doing his best trying to make do with the talent he has. But there remain loopholes in the system he has in place one of which is a central midfielder. Arsenal has already completed signings with Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares but he needs more talent moving forward.

Mikel Arteta could not inspire an instant turnaround for Arsenal in his first match in charge
Mikel Arteta could not inspire an instant turnaround for Arsenal in his first match in charge AFP / Glyn KIRK

Among the transfer targets of Arsenal, Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid has been mentioned as a plausible option. But that still depends on the budget the 38-year-old can use. Los Indios is willing to lower the asking fee for Partey though there is no word how low they can go.

Danilo Pereira looms as an alternative to Partey, someone who would cost roughly only $22 million. This was after Porto is reportedly open to offering the Portugal midfielder for one-third of the original fee ($66 million).

“It’s down to the club now recruitment wise. Arsenal have to get that right," Parlour said.

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