Mikel Arteta has made it clear that with the age profiles of the summer signings, the club are attempting to build something with a group of players who can grow and develop at the club.
22 year old Martin Odegaard signed this morning on a permanent deal from Real Madrid; both Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga are 21; Ben White is 23; and later today, another 23 year old, Aaron Ramsdale, will officially become an Arsenal player when his move from Sheffield United is completed.
The £129m outlay makes the Gunners the biggest spenders so far in the Premier League, and with that comes increased pressure to improve on last season’s 8th place.
It’s something Arteta acknowledges, as Arsenal build for the future. Speaking at his pre-Chelsea press conference today, he said, “We will see where we finish with the money that we have spent and what we have done in the last few year.
“We’re going to have seven players that have left the club* and five that are coming in, so we are not bringing in more players than we already have.
“It’s already a big turnaround again and we’re going to try and do it in the right way, so this club is stable. It is a clear indicator, the business that we are doing.
“The ages are between 21 and 23-years-old and it tells you the project that we are building”
With a big game on Sunday, and the first home fixture of the season, the manager was asked if he had a message for the supporters, keen to see better from the boys than we saw on the opening day against Brentford.
“In moments when there are people and there is certain negativity around the place, you need your fans and your supporters more than ever,” said Arteta.
“They’ve always been with the team and I have no doubt that on Sunday they’re going to be right behind the team.
“If there is one thing that the team needs, it’s exactly that. If they really want to help the team, there’s not going to be a better medicine for them than to feel the fans very close with the right energy and supporting them and being behind them and the team is going to try their best.”
Let’s hope we can put that defeat behind us, and take three points against a very strong Chelsea side.
* David Luiz, Joe Willock, Mat Ryan, Dani Ceballos, Matteo Guendouzi, William Saliba, Dinos Mavropanos (we think)