LONDON: Facing their first season in 25 years without European football, Arsenal are expecting the economic impact of a coronavirus pandemic but have so far spent more money buying players than any other Premier League club.
The presence of Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid and the signing of Aaron Ramsdale as the number one goalkeeper rival, has seen the Gunners to date spend about £ 130 million.
In Arteta’s first two seasons, Arsenal finished eighth in the Premier League, their worst performance since 1995.
The club, which between 1998 and 2016 celebrated 19 consecutive campaigns in the Champions League under Arsene Wenger, has now lost prestige and income from rival European elite clubs for five years.
Their fresh start to the season offers no hope that it will end in May when they lose 2-0 to newly upgraded side, Brentford.
Arteta lamented that the match was not postponed after four COVID-19 positive cases caused him to lose strikers, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
However, the Spanish operator must respond immediately ahead of the action against European champions, Chelsea tomorrow and the visit to Manchester City next weekend to avoid a break in the September international match without any points.
“I love challenges and we will face challenges,” Arteta said. “Let’s go through it and do our best every day to liven up the good atmosphere around this club.”