Mikel Arteta has fired back at Gary Neville’s suggestion the Arsenal squad needs a complete overhaul, but conceded he was unsure what funds would be available to spend on signings this summer.
Neville urged Arteta to gut his team of players who are too ’emotional’ after successive losses to Manchester City and relegation battlers Brighton all but ended Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.
Arsenal are languishing in tenth place in the Premier League, but Arteta dismissed the idea his current crop of players needed to leave the club.
‘At the moment we cannot do anything,’ Arteta said in response to Neville’s comments.
‘We are playing the players we have, my job is to make them as good as possible.
‘They are players that have kept a lot of clean sheets under me, they were undefeated in 12 games and done really well.
‘I don’t like to judge players just when they lose but I know overall where we can strengthen the team but as well that we have some players that are very valuable, performing under me very well that I trust.’
Arsenal’s transfer plans are expected to be severely affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Arteta was planning a big summer of departures and signings, but the transfer budget has reportedly been slashed.
Asked about his plans for the next window, Arteta admitted he was still in the dark about what business could be done.
‘We have to assess the financial situation we have and the results and where we finish in the season will dictate whether we have a narrow gap or a bigger gap to do any deals,’ he said.
‘I think we are going to have to wait another 4-6 weeks to see what we are able to do.’
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