“Is the money going to be available?” Keown asks a simple question about Arsenal

Martin Keown has urged Arsenal to open the cheque book and back Mikel Arteta in the summer.

The Spaniard has been at the helm at the Emirates for around two years now.

He won the FA Cup and Community Shield last year which gave him some credit among the club’s fans.

He has been backed to improve his team in the last two transfer windows, but the Gunners are still struggling for form.

The former midfielder was brought in to rebuild the team by the Gunners and that will take some time.

Keown says the Spaniard’s time reminds him of when Arsene Wenger was made the club’s manager.

The Frenchman was backed to sign some good players and he landed the likes of Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Vieira who helped them to start challenging for titles again.

He praised the youngsters at the club now and says they have been in fine form before admitting that the pieces are falling into place gradually.

“Is the money going to be available?” said Keown on Mirror Football

“Because the team is crying out for investment and in the summer there are some big decisions that have to be made because a lot of the guys have already gone and the places are there now for the replacements.

“I feel there are parallels now from where the club was when Arsene Wenger first took over. That big summer he had when he brought in Overmars, Vieira, Petit, those guys came into the team and made a massive difference and boost for the squad.

“The young players are the strength of the team. Smith-Rowe, Saka, they’ve been outstanding and Tierney looks nailed on. One by one, the pieces are coming together very slowly. I like Gabriel, I like Thomas Partey and I like the style of signing and they are more physical.”

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  1. Only one noticeable omission from his list of positive transfer business, Willian…just imagine if we had earmarked those wasted funds for a player that addressed an actual need and not a short-sighted luxury purchase…just another example of our longstanding failure when it comes to “free” transfers

  2. Keown is right. This season has been a strange one but I think all that has been observed & learned will set up Arsenal well for next season if Arteta is backed properly in the transfer window. (EG. Somebody better to replace Xhaka as 1st choice partner to Partey, buy Odegaard or similar as back-up/alternative to ESR, sort out 1st choice RB and back-up LB, a new striker if Laca or Auba leave, etc)

  3. Where would the money come from? Kroenke?????

    On merrit we won’t have much money. The business without Europa League football next year and with out box office receipts this season will not allow for very much new money to be invested.

    FFP also makes it harder for the owners to just right a fat check which Kroenke would not do anyway.

    Selling players are a source of funding but that is a game you can not play for long. You sell 3 average players and buy 1 good player but lose a little depth in your squad. And what if the player you fork 70 million for gives you a low yield like Pepe?

    IMO it is all going to come down to our youngsters and maybe one good new player to come in. But we are running our of players who will bring in real money if we sell them. If you sell Laca will you get 25-30? And if you do get that kind of money, can you get a replacement who miles better for that type of money? I doubt it.

    1. U hit the right points.

      Some said MA need to have 200m to but this and that.
      If MA has this funds Arsenal will not be at mid table. Which fan do not know Arsenal do not have much funds to challenge.
      We can only rely on promoting young talents, sourcing for the right players ar a reasonable prices. Not outrageous inflated prices. In the end u can spend alot of funds one 1 player what happened if that key player got injured?
      Depth n rotational players are important too.
      Anyone above 35-40m can forget about it.

      1. Agreed Shine. I would be surprised if we buy an other player costing more than 40 million.

  4. Arteta has not been the Arsenal manager ‘for around two years now’. Barely 15 months isn’t close to 24

  5. Of course not. No European football + a year without gate receipts = very little. That said, wage bill will look much better and we have a fair few high-value assets so if the summer transfer market is in a healthier condition, we could raise a good £40-60m from sales. Sell well, buy well, improve.

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