Former Arsenal player Alan Smith believes that it will be an uphill task for the club to secure a Top Four place after a disappointing transfer window. Although he believes that Mikel Arteta is on the right track their failure to land any new signings could hurt them. To make matters worse, six players including former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left the club during the window.
“In an ideal world, I’m sure Arsenal would have preferred to have brought someone in but they have had their fingers burnt far too often in the recent past by bringing in players, not at the required standard,” former Arsenal player Alan Smith said. “It’s so easy to bump up your wage bill with players who aren’t actually improving the team, and I think Arsenal are conscious of that. They recruited really well last summer with Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale, and others, and they want to continue down that path by being cute in the transfer market.”
“Mikel Arteta is proving to be a very decisive manager, especially with his dealings with certain players, none more so than Aubameyang,” he added. “That could have been something that was hanging around his neck for quite a while, but he decided quickly that he was not going to try and bring him back into the fold. He did not want to try and rehabilitate him and reintegrate him into the squad. You do not know what has happened behind the scenes, but Arteta has drawn a line under it and he will want to move on from there pretty quickly.”