Journalist shares Arsenal transfer information after deadline day, says Arteta should be concerned
Mikel Arteta has had very minimal say over Arsenal transfers this summer, the Transfer Window Podcast have claimed.
Arsenal spent more in transfer fees than any other Premier League side over the past transfer window, with a number of new faces arriving.
Martin Odegaard, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Nuno Tavares, Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale have all been welcomed to the Emirates Stadium.
But it seems that Arteta wasn’t really the driving force behind this transfer policy.
And Ian McGarry says that Arsenal’s recruitment plan may be concerning for the Spaniard, as it could indicate a lack of trust from high up.
“In terms of the way they have gone about their business, it is my information that Mikel Arteta has not had a huge amount of influence with regards to the choosing and decision making on players that have been recruited,” McGarry said.
“Instead that responsibility has come down to sporting director Edu and Richard Garlick. They are taking a policy which is common around Europe, of recruiting players who they see as being part of the long-term future of the club and playing in a certain style.
“Data analysis has a major part of play in the choosing and informing the club of how those players will fit in.
“I’d be slightly concerned if I was Arteta. Not just because Arsenal are bottom, but because he’s not had any major influence with regards to recruitment as well, which kind of suggests he’s not trusted or he’s being trusted simply by being given players.”
Arsenal’s board have always sent out noises suggesting that they trust Arteta.
They have also shown more patience with the rookie manager than many other clubs might have done, but it would be understandable if they were starting to have some doubts.
Arsenal were a disappointment last term, and their failure to even score a goal in their first three Premier League matches has been a huge concern.
Arteta is now really under pressure to spark an immediate improvement at Arsenal after the international break, with a game against Norwich City on the horizon.
And if Arsenal are to lose that contest it could well be disastrous for Arteta’s chances of staying in the job.
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