Mikel Arteta has now been Arsenal boss for 20 months and it is safe to say that the Spaniard has struggled to adjust to life as a Premier League manager.
Last season’s disappointing league position combined with the fact they could not defend their FA Cup crown meant that the north London club had failed to qualify for any European competition for the first time in 25 years.
And former Arsenal invincible Ray Parlour has claimed that his old club’s lack of European football could be a huge factor for their inability to sign proven top-class players in the summer transfer window, with technical director Edu instead opting to sign young talent with sky-high potential.
“The problem is how do you attract the calibre of player you need? I know Arsenal is a big club and they got great history but they’re not playing European football,” Parlour told talkSPORT.
“Some players would say ‘why would I want to play for Arsenal, I can play Europa League at West Ham, Champions League football if I got a chance.
“That’s the problem they’re gonna have, they might have to overpay certain players to get them at Arsenal to try and give them the opportunity to get back in the top six or top four.”
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Parlour’s assessment may seem slightly harsh, but Arteta will know that he needs to fire the Gunners back into the top-six this season if he is to be given any more time at the Emirates Stadium.
The former Manchester City coach has added English centre-half Ben White, Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and Portuguese fullback Nuno Tavares for a combined £76million, whilst football.london understands that former loanee Martin Odegaard is also closing in on a permanent move to the north London club.