Mikel Arteta identified “seven areas of weakness” before undergoing Arsenal rebuild
Mikel Arteta identified seven areas of weakness in the Arsenal squad when he prepared to take over as manager.
It comes as he continues his revolution at the Emirates after wholesale changes to the squad since his arrival.
The Spaniard made it his mission to chop up the team and bring in all the players he wanted and he has wasted no time in doing so.
He scrapped the contracts of big earners such as Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
And the Gunners boss has moved to rid himself of the likes of Matteo Guendouzi, Joe Willock and David Luiz and is trying to offload others including Lucas Torreira, Willian and Hector Bellerin.
Some have criticised Arsenal’s transfer window this year but Arteta has his sights set on the future with his arrivals.
Ben White, Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale have all been brought in with the next 10 years in mind.
It comes after identifying seven areas of weakness in the squad upon his arrival, report Sky Sports.
Reporter Kaveh Solhekol said: “There were extenuating circumstances with the Brentford game, now we know a lot of people had suspected there was a problem with Covid cases on the day of the match.
“I would say they’ve been realistic; they’re not in Europe, they can’t go out there and sign some of the best players out there.
“They want to be playing in the Champions League or the Europa League at the very least.
“They’ve gone out and spent almost £130m on five players, who have all got potential.
“Make no mistake, this is a rebuilding job for Mikel Arteta. Arsenal are a club in transition, he needs time.
“He identified six or seven areas of weakness, wanted to address that, and has gone out and bought players who at the right age.
“Most are under-23, they’ve got potential, but they need time.”