Alan Shearer issues transfer warning to Arsenal amid Mikel Arteta struggles

Alan Shearer has warned Arsenal after their poor recent form under Mikel Arteta
Alan Shearer has warned Arsenal after their poor recent form under Mikel Arteta (Pictures: Getty)

Alan Shearer has told Arsenal that Mikel Arteta needs ‘substantial backing’ in the transfer market to turn things around at the Emirates.

The Gunners have struggled since the Premier League season resumed last week, losing to both Manchester City and Brighton to slip to tenth in the table, 11 points below fourth-placed Chelsea.

Arsenal now look destined to miss out on Champions League qualification for another season and Shearer says Arteta needs to be backed with transfer signings.

Arteta left his job as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City assistant to replace Unai Emery as Arsenal boss earlier in the season and has endured a mixed spell in north London.

‘Unless Arsenal seriously back boss Mikel Arteta in the transfer market then they will have to get used to being mediocre,’ Shearer wrote in a column for The Sun.

‘I’m sure he knew what he was walking into when he joined the club last December. How could he not, given none of these problems we are seeing are anything new?

‘But what a job he now has on his hands to turn the tide. It’s still far too early to be talking about his future and it’s going to take a fair while to sort the club out.

Arsenal suffered a shock defeat to Brighton on Saturday
Arsenal suffered a shock defeat to Brighton on Saturday (Picture: Getty)

‘There’s no chance of them making the Champions League spots now and even the Europa League looks a struggle.

‘I heard Arteta say if they don’t spend then they will not move forward.

‘I’m sure he knows what he needs but he is going to need substantial backing just to ensure they don’t stand still and move even further away from the top teams.

‘If he’s not given the money to spend, I find it very hard to see Arsenal closing that gap any time soon.’

Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe put Arteta’s side in front at Brighton on Saturday but two late goals from Lewis Dunk and Neal Maupay condemned the Gunners to back-to-back defeats.

‘It was another case of Groundhog Day. I’ve lost count of how many times we say the same things about them,’ Shearer added.

Arteta replaced Unai Emery as Arsenal manager in December
Arteta replaced Unai Emery as Arsenal manager in December (Picture: Getty)

‘It was a wonderful goal from Nicolas Pepe and with 20 minutes to go they had to just sit tight, do the hard bits and grind out a 1-0 win.

‘But as ever with Arsenal, that is the exact opposite of what they did. Brighton’s equaliser was an absolute embarrassment and must have Arteta raging.’

Arsenal will look to get back to winning ways on Thursday evening when they travel to Southampton.

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