Mikel Arteta and Arsenal must be patient after being told to go for Bundesliga stars


For the first time in a very long time, Arsenal fans are beginning to feel excited about the future. They have a young and resilient manager in Mikel Arteta, a young and dynamic team with a free-flowing and entertaining playing style, and above all else, they are currently on course for Champions League football for the first time since 2017.

But great positivity and promise must be counterbalanced by grounded, pragmatic realism. When Arsenal lost their first three Premier League matches of the season, club director Edu stepped in front of the Sky Sports cameras to stress that this side were barely three weeks into a project which will take many years.

The pendulum of momentum has swung spectacularly, as Arsenal sit three points clear of Tottenham Hotspur having won six of their last seven Premier League matches. Victory in their game in hand will see them extend the gap over their north London rivals to six points.

But with spirits as high as the Highbury clock, various sources linking the Gunners with spectacular moves for Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland have began to emerge. Arsenal cannot afford to abandon a project which appears to be working so well.

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The Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund stars have been nothing short of exceptional, but this is a move that would all but derail everything Arteta and Edu has built.

Jadon Sancho, Kai Havertz, and Timo Werner have all struggled to adapt to the Premier League after breathtaking seasons in the Bundesliga. Who is to say Lewandowski and Haaland would not suffer the same fate?

Such a purchase would likely require an entire season’s budget, and the Gunners will be in need of two strikers at the start of the season if Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette do not extend their new deals. They also tried to sign a new central midfielder in January and Cedric Soares’ inconsistency could prompt the Gunners to find a new right-back to challenge Takehiro Tomiyasu for the right-back spot.

Arteta and Edu’s blueprint is working perfectly and the arrival of a monumental signing with even more significant wages would bring unwarranted and unnecessary pressure to what is still a very young side. If any temptations are permeating through the Emirates Stadium, Arteta and Edu must ensure they do not stray from the plan.


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