Summer Transfer Window; Arsenal are Risking Repeating the Same Mistakes as the top target makes a transfer plea.
As the Gunners continue to struggle after missing out on Champions League football, Mikel Arteta could be poised to make his first huge error of the summer transfer window.
Mikel Arteta was left to lament his fate after Arsenal missed out on a top-four finish despite a 5-1 victory over Everton on Sunday afternoon.
In the final stretch of the Premier League season, the Gunners were in pole position to snare the final Champions League spot ahead of their bitter north London rivals, Tottenham.
However, Arsenal allowed Tottenham to sneak their way back to Europe’s top table.
But Arteta’s weekend wasn’t all despair and gloom, as he received a huge summer transfer boost around the same time that Arsenal’s Champions League hopes were officially destroyed.
Summer Transfer Window
Ruben Neves, a midfield maestro who has been linked with both Arsenal and Manchester United in recent months, hinted at a summer switch after Wolves were defeated 3-1 at Liverpool on the final day of the season.
Speaking after the match, Neves said: “Everyone knows about what football is about, what our lives are about. Our careers are really short, we need to take the opportunities we have. Of course, all of us have dreams and we need to live those dreams in a short space of time. Let’s see what happens. I cannot say too much about it.”
Neves is exactly the type of player that would help keep Arteta’s ambitious rebuilding project.
A report from football.london claims that Mohamed Elneny has penned a new deal at the club, and Arteta could be about to make his first major error of the transfer window if he decides to stick with Elneny and pass on a move for Neves.
As impressive as Elneny has been, he cannot be allowed to prevent a deal for Neves from being pursued if Arsenal have realistic aspirations of coming back stronger next year.
The Egyptian has proven his worth as a squad member in recent weeks, but nothing more.
Neves has essentially paved the way for a big move and, although Arsenal would face competition to seal a deal for the intelligent playmaker, the ball is now firmly in their court.
Failing to pursue that avenue of opportunity would already represent Arsenal’s first major mistake of the summer, one they can ill-afford if they want to finish in the top four next season.