Arsenal Transfer News: Mikel Arteta's Remarks Highlight Need for Summer Spending

Justin OnslowContributor IIJuly 22, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 16: Mikel Arteta of Arsenal applauds the fans at the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on April 16, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Arsene Wenger has the money to spend. It’s time to start putting it to use.

Arsenal promised Wenger a £70 million purse for the summer transfer period. While the Gunners have had a hand in several high-profile transfer rumours, nothing has materialized to this point.

With a massive sum to use on transfers and a big opportunity for improvement ahead of next Premier League term, Arsenal can’t afford to sit back as the market dries up. Even their players are excited for the possibility of adding some top talent.

As quoted by David Hytner of the Guardian, Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta is one of those players, and he’s hoping his club can put the money to good use:

I am excited. They made it public that they are going to go big and the sort of players they have been linked with makes me happy. It creates a good atmosphere and we need to do something because the other teams are doing it, and I think we will.

Arteta also stressed the atmosphere new talent would bring to the club, potentially resulting in a greater sense of urgency in pursuit of titles:

I believe we can be contenders again but it also creates a genuine atmosphere for the fans and they need that because we haven't won trophies in the last years. They need something back. I believe in what we have but if we can strengthen a bit, then we are going to make the gap with the other teams much closer. That's what we're looking for.

Nothing the midfielder suggests is off the mark. Arteta understands how much a couple big signings could add to a club that notched a Champions League berth last term and a fourth-place Premier League finish.

And as he also hinted at in those comments, spending on a premier player would also excite Arsenal’s fanbase and create an opportunity for greater returns in the future.

The Gunners aren’t far behind in the Premier League, but they have some distance to make up in pursuit of front-running Manchester United—a club known for its free-spending approach to the transfer market.

Arsenal have already been linked to some big names who have the talent to take the club over the top. As reported by John Cross of the Daily Mirror, the Gunners are preparing to make a sizeable offer for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez:

Arsene Wenger will go back with a make-or-break £40million bid for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez.

Wenger has identified Suarez as his No.1 target and Arsenal are determined to show they mean business by testing Liverpool’s resolve and their transfer clause.

The pursuit for Suarez has been a drawn-out affair to this point, but it’s a tremendous sign that Arsenal are loading up for an increased effort to acquire him. With Gonzalo Higuain looking less and less likely to make a move to the Emirates, per Cross, there’s no reason for Arsenal to hold back.

Higuain may still be in play, but at potentially as much as £30 million, Wenger would be wise to put the extra money toward acquiring Suarez and filling in needs at other positions following that deal.

But regardless of the outcome, it’s apparent Arsenal must make good on their promise to spend and make a big splash in the summer transfer period. Wenger has done well to make the most of the money he has had to spend, but he shouldn’t be afraid to do the same with a significantly larger purse.