Mikel Arteta shouldn’t overstep his bounds during the January transfer window in order to upset the Arsenal apple cart. Gary Neville and Gunners legend Lauren are saying as much, despite calls for new additions from supporters like Piers Morgan who want Arsenal to become legitimate title contenders in the Premier League. Arteta received $130 million in support over the summer, and the Gunners manager has performed admirably this year, winning the confidence of both the board and the Emirates faithful.
Arsenal will enter the World Cup break five points clear at the top of the table after his team defeated Wolves 2-0 on Saturday. Supporters understandably want the Gunners hierarchy to seize the chance to win the Premier League for the first time since 2004—when Neville and Lauren were at the peak of their powers. But it’s not as easy as just throwing money at it, as the ex-Manchester United and Arsenal right-backs explain.
We need to maintain this momentum rather than considering which players we need to strengthen, Lauren, speaking exclusively for 888sport, told Mirror Football. Keep motivating the players because this team’s advantage over last year’s is that we can sustain our consistency over two, three, or four consecutive games and for 90 minutes.
We haven’t seen that in a while, so I don’t believe we need to consider who can enter the window because the team is currently playing with that level of confidence. I think we can be taken seriously and compete for the title if we can maintain this level of performance through the end of January.
The three-time Premier League champion and stalwart of Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles team reiterates his position, saying that Arteta should treat his team with care. When asked if new additions might hurt the Gunners’ positive vibe, Lauren responded, “From what we can see on the outside, the confidence is high.” I’m not saying they’d disrupt the momentum.”
Everyone in the squad is aware of what to do, so we just need to keep up the momentum and give the team everything they require to continue playing with such confidence. After Arsenal’s victory at Wolves over the weekend, Neville issued an even stronger warning to the club’s management about the dangers of making hasty signing, implying that Manchester City, Arsenal’s main title rival, won’t be doing the same.
“You ask the question now: would Arsenal strengthen in January?” said the former Manchester United captain on The Gary Neville Podcast. What danger does this pose? Do you strengthen to strengthen the squad or to strengthen the first XI? Do you upset one or two of the players in the first XI if you strengthen to help the team?
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“And that’s the sort of dilemma that the Arsenal board will be thinking about right now.” because I doubt any of the other clubs will. I’m not sure City will do business; to be honest, I’m not sure any of the top clubs will do business. Arsenal may do so in midfield.”
Arteta has been quiet about the Arsenal’s January plans, but Lauren and Neville and others outside the Emirates have been vocal. Maybe it’s better to stick with what you believe than to turn and break.