Mikel Arteta has said that Arsenal have no ‘margin for error’ this summer as they attempt to reestablish themselves as one of the Premier League’s top teams.
The Gunners will bring an end to their top flight campaign against Watford on Sunday, knowing the best they can achieve is an eight-placed finish.
It will be their lowest league finish in 25 years and the fourth season in a row in which they have failed to make the top four.
A defeat in the FA Cup final will mean a failure to qualify for Europe, resulting in a further loss of revenue on top of their huge wage bill and the crippling financial effect of the coronavirus pandemic.
And Arteta admits there is no room for mistakes in the transfer market.
‘We know that we don’t have any margin for error and everything has to be so planned,’ said the Spaniard.
‘I have to say that I am very confident with the way that the owners and the board are approaching this crucial time for us. With a great process to put the team into the next level very quickly. Once we know a little bit more and have more information about where we are it will be easier to make those decisions.’
‘I came here and I knew the challenge. I am so convinced that we are going to do it right but we need a little bit of time. The fans when they get nervous it’s normal. For me, it’s not that they get nervous, it’s frustration. This club and its history is there.
‘People are relating this badge with success, with joy, with trophies and emotions. We can’t change that and we must not try to change it. Because it makes us big and we only have to think like that.
‘For me it’s the only way to think about this club and the future of it. If we are all in the same place on that we will make it, but we have to do it and then transmit it to the players, to every member of the staff and then to the fans. If we do that and we are together with that mindset we will do it.’