Arteta sends Arsenal fans transfer message and says need ‘multiple transfer windows’ to mount credible

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal will need multiple transfer windows “at least” before they can mount a credible challenge for the Premier League title.

Arteta came into the club last season and has already brought the FA Cup and Community Shield to the Emirates, while he has also been given a good amount of money to spend on new players like Gabriel and Thomas Partey.

They have had an inconsistent start to the new season and Arteta says that he is under no illusions that there is an easy fix to the matter at hand and revealed that he believes it could be a matter of years before his side reclaim their former standing.

“That [will] take a few windows at least to do that,” the Spaniard responded to Sky Sports when asked how long it could take his team to complete such a turnaround. “To establish yourself to compete at the level of certain clubs in this league, which is nearly 100 points, it takes time.

“In football, time is very precious and people are very impatient. But if you don’t respect the processes and you ask certain people to do certain things when the foundations are not there, it’s a really dangerous thing to do.

“I know we all want to see Arsenal at the top of the league. My only intention every time is to prepare the football match. Where we get, time will tell. There’s still a lot of things that are going to happen.

“We have to prepare for difficult moments. We knew that right from the start because it’s not something that has happened in the last year – it has happened many years in the past.

“To flick that into a league with 38 games; that’s a big challenge. But we’re all ready.”

This is something that Arsenal fans will not want to hear as it was believed that the club could be good enough to challenge for the title this season

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