Mikel Arteta urges Arsenal board to back him in the transfer market this summer

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Mikel Arteta wants more resorces (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has urged the club’s board to provide more ‘resources’ this summer.

The Gunners are on course for their second worst Premier League finish, with the club currently ninth in the table.

While Arsenal have struggled domestically all term, it was the defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals that fully derailed the Gunners’ season as the competition was the club’s last hope of qualifying for the Champions League.

The defeat means Arsenal will be without Champions League football for a fourth straight season and that, coupled with the financial effects of the pandemic, has left the club in a precarious situation.

Martin Odegaard, Dani Ceballos and Mat Ryan are all on loan deals that expire at the end of the season, while David Luiz is out of contract.

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Arteta wants to add to his squad (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

With a need to balance the books, Arteta may have to discard of the likes of Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka to add to his squad.

But Arteta has urged his squad to free up more ‘resources’ so that the Gunners can avoid a repeat of this season.

‘Let’s see what happens,’ said Arteta.

‘It’s difficult to predict that one but in general we wouldn’t like to do that [sacrifice players] because we’re only going to be stronger. I think is clear that if we want to improve the team we need some resources.’

Arteta’s side have lost 13 of their 35 matches so far this term and their goal difference is just +11.

The Spaniard believes his side have a ceiling and that without further additions, there’s only so much that he can do with the players at his disposal.

‘Some of them can get to a certain level and you cannot push any further. If you want to evolve that, it’s not possible,’ said Arteta.

‘The [level is the] one that we’ve shown because in 38 games it doesn’t lie.’

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