Arsenal will struggle next season unless they go out and spend £150million on new players, because they currently don’t have the strength in depth to challenge for the Premier League title. That’s the belief of ESPN pundit Craig Burley.
Arsenal have had a solid transfer window so far, having brought in multiple new faces.
Willian joined on a free after leaving Chelsea, while Gabriel Magalhaes signed from Lille in a £23m deal.
Dani Ceballos, who shone under Mikel Arteta last season, signed another loan deal to stay another year at the Emirates.
Arteta still wants another central midfielder, however, and is keen to sign either Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey or Lyon’s Houssem Aouar.
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But Burley believes that they need to continue spending to improve their options from the bench, as they won’t be able to deal with the volume of games next season and still grind out results.
Speaking to ESPN FC, he discussed the challenges facing Arsenal next season, as they’ll be competing in the Europa League as well as the Premier League.
The former Chelsea player admitted that Arteta’s style of management has already had a strong impact on the club, and he has dealt with the uncertainty over Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi well.
He also discussed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract extension, and said it would benefit Arteta if that was sorted out soon.
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Burley said: “I think they’ll be better, for sure, and I’ve got them finishing fifth.
“I just don’t see it at the moment over 38 games, with their strength in depth.
“There’s a clear plan over what way he wants to go.
“So far, what we’ve seen is strong management with Ozil and Guendouzi and others.
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“He’s got a way he wants to play. The Aubameyang story is big for him, and that could still unravel.
“I see them being better and more consistent, but not consistent enough over 38 games with the squad they currently have.
“Unless they go out and splurge £100m or £150m before the October shut-off, I just don’t think they’ve got enough.
“In terms of the cup, they were great. But with the league, going away from home and churning results out, playing Tuesday and Saturday, two or three games a week, I don’t think they’re ready for that yet.”
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