Mikel Arteta finally responds to Arsene Wenger’s transfer request to Arsenal with smart deals – Mlayu mlayu sports

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Arsenal are making waves in the transfer window this summer with a number of players being signed and more on the way, including Gabriel Jesus, Lisandro Martinez, Raphinha and Fabio Vieira.

Arsene Wenger once urged Arsenal fans to be patient in the transfer window as they struggled to make squad signings.

This, however, has been completely reversed in the last two years with Mikel Arteta and Edu at the helm. The two have worked together to bring in a number of transfers over the past two years.

Arsenal are on the verge of their fourth signing of the year after already bringing in Marquinhos, Matt Turner and Fabio Vieira. Gabriel Jesus, one of Arteta’s top priorities, is expected to arrive from Manchester City in a £45m deal.

For many Gunners fans, this is the change of order in the Emirates, where they are used to being ripped off in the transfer window. Wenger even admitted this in 2013 when he revealed that the club was working around the club to sign players.

“We are there to spend money,” he said after Arsenal lost 3-1 to Aston Villa on the first day of the season. “People say, ‘Buy players, buy players, buy players… ‘ But who? We analyze all the players in the world and work 24 hours a day for it. We take it seriously. Until we buy players, we have to win football games .”

That summer Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil in a landmark arrival – as did Mathieu Flamini and Yaya Sanogo. While the German might have been seen as an impressive blow, he hardly lived up to his potential, while the arrivals were largely forgettable.


Fast forward to today and Arteta has completely changed the mindset after two summers of spending money. It was only last year that the Spaniard was praised for his actions in the market.

After laying off several high-paying, elderly statesmen, he brought in younger, hungry players such as Ben White, Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale. And this year, he kept up the exact same effort.

At one point, moves for Jesus and Raphinha – who can total over £100m in both arrives – may have been seen as audacious at one point. But not this summer, a situation that might not have been imaginable with Wenger at the helm.

The Frenchman was desperate to bolster his squad and sign some stars as well as bring in the club’s academy graduates. That vision is now being fulfilled by Arteta.

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