Arsenal’s vice-captain Mikel Arteta has promised fans new faces will arrive…
Arsenal’s Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta has promised fans that his club are working hard to bring in big-money players before the transfer window closes, reports The Independent.
The club has been frustrated so far this summer, and has failed to bring in any of the world-class striking talent they so badly desire. Liverpool are playing hardball over any potential deal for 26-year-old forward Luis Suarez, and have insisted the striker is not for sale.
The Gunners also missed out on Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli, as Real Madrid upped their asking price from the £25m Arsenal were previously prepared to pay.
Arteta, the ex-Everton 31-year-old deep-lying playmaker, is adamant that his side will start the new season with some fresh faces.
“I think we are going to start the season with new faces. That is what we are all hoping for. That will give us a big boost and everyone is very positive,” said the Gunners vice-captain.
“It will happen. I have no doubts about it. It takes time, but I know the boss is working really hard on it, and the board as well. It will happen for sure.
“I am very convinced but the great players normally come at the end of the transfer window. The clubs work hard to keep their best players and I think Arsenal will do well in the transfer window,” he added.
So far, Arsenal have only added young French forward Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer, while their fellow top four rivals have all strengthened considerably. Tottenham have spent over £50m on Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Nacer Chadli, while Manchester City and Chelsea have both invested equally astutely.
Fans will hope Arteta’s prediction comes true and the Gunners will have invested some of their large transfer budget before the Premier League starts in a fortnight.