Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has discussed the complicated nature of transfers and how there are no guarantees when spending large amounts of money. It comes after the Gunners invested over £200million in the summer to bolster their ranks, following on from an impressive season last time out.
The north Londoners made a surge towards the Premier League title, leading it for the majority of the campaign before falling away. Manchester City were the eventual champions, but with a young squad at his disposal, there was a feeling that Arteta's side was only going to grow stronger.
That was put into overdrive in the summer as signings were made to try and add both quality and depth to the squad for the season. Declan Rice was the most expensive, coming in for £105million from West Ham, and has already shown exactly why the price tag was so high.
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Kai Havertz was next in the pecking order as he made the switch from Chelsea in a deal worth up to £65million, though questions still remain over his impact and position. Jurrien Timber followed after a £34million agreement with Ajax, though his season was seemingly brought to a quick end after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his first league game.
David Raya was the final one through the door as the Spaniard joined on loan from Brentford, though football.london understands there is a buy option worth £27million included that both teams are confident will be triggered. While all four can be seen as quality additions, there are simply no guarantees.
That is something Arteta was keen to discuss when talking to journalists in his pre-Everton press conference, saying: «We are all humanRead on football.london