Chris Sutton unsure of top spenders Arsenal owing to lack of 'game-changers'
Arsenal have had a big summer transfer window, spending over £150m on six players.
However, former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton in his Daily Mail column has questioned the business done by the Gunners.
Sutton cites the lack of game-changers in those six signings, stating:
“You’ve ended up as the top spenders in England. I make it just over £150million. For that you’ve got Ben White (£50m), Martin Odegaard (£31.5m), Aaron Ramsdale (£25m), Albert Sambi Lokonga (£15m), Nuno Tavares (£7m) and Takehiro Tomiyasu (£19.8m).
“But that list of names doesn’t give me that oomph — that sense that this is a game-changer. None of them are the finished product. Not even White who, at £50m, is a very big investment.”
It is hard to argue with Sutton.
Football is a results-led business and, despite spending over £150m, Arsenal find themselves propping up the Premier League table having lost their opening three fixtures.
Defensive reinforcements were certainly needed at The Emirates, so it is hardly surprising to see that five of those six signings were a goalkeeper, two full-backs, a centre-back and a defensive midfielder.
Only Martin Odegaard is an attacking option. But the point still stands that there is very little ‘oomph’, as Sutton put it, added to Mikel Arteta’s side.
There is plenty of time for Arteta to find a solution and turn things around for the Gunners this season. But time will run out fast if he continues to lose games.
Should his defensive reinforcements prove to be a hit and start recording clean sheets, we could quickly see Arsenal rise up the Premier League.
However, until that starts to happen, it is impossible to argue with Sutton’s assessment of Arsenal’s expensive summer.