Spain midfield player urges Gunners manager to finally sign some word-class players.
Arsenal vice-captain Mikel Arteta says it is about time that the north London club splashed the cash in the transfer window, reports the Daily Mirror.
The experienced Spaniard was speaking in Hanoi on the Gunners’ pre-season tour of the Far East, which they set off on last week.
And the midfield player has called on Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger to start spending the reported £70 million war chest that the Frenchman has at his disposal this summer if the club are to have any chance of competing on level terms with big-spending Premier League rivals such as Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Wenger has so far been heavily linked with a whole host of big-name players in the close season, including Real Madrid and Liverpool front men Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez respectively, as well as Everton midfield player Marouane Fellaini and Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic.
However as yet, Arsenal have not brought any star players to the Emirates and with the clock slowly ticking down to the time that the summer transfer window slams shut once again on Aug 31, Arteta has urged his manager to start splashing the cash.
“The club have said they are going to be very ambitious in the market and have got the financial resources to get big players. I think it’s about time,” said Arteta.
“When you compare us to the other top English clubs and the money they have paid, we are very far apart.
“The value of this club is the class and what it means is very difficult to match. There has never been a tradition at Arsenal to pay crazy, crazy money.
“But now, financially, they are very strong so maybe we will be more aggressive in the transfer market.
“I am excited. They made it public that they are going to go big. The sort of players they have been linked with makes me happy.
“It creates a good atmosphere and we need to do something because the other teams are doing it and I think we will.”
So far, the only player that Wenger has signed this summer is striker Yaya Sanogo, who arrived in the capital from Auxerre after scoring ten goals in 21 matches for the Ligue 1 outfit.