How Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta can turn things around in summer transfer window – Joe Cole
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will have to offload up to seven players in the summer transfer window. That is according to Joe Cole, who claims Arteta will have to wield the axe at the end of the season to start turning the club’s fortunes around.
If anything they need to get rid of about five, six, seven players and bring in new recruits, but they’ve got to get the recruitment right
The north Londoners are currently ninth in the Premier League table and seven points away from the top four.
Arsenal’s hopes of advancing to next season’s Champions League are wearing thin following Thursday’s shock Europa League elimination by Olympiakos.
Cole is adamant that the Emirates outfit are facing a long road ahead of them until they reclaim their former glory.
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The former Chelsea star doesn’t expect any major improvement for at least another three years and advised Arteta to begin the transition period by getting rid of about seven players in the summer.
The ex-Liverpool ace added that the club should replace any departing stars with young talent, like they did in previous years, but insists the recruitment needs to be on point.
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Cole told BT Sport: “I think the process Arsenal have got to go through, they’ve got to go back to the days when they’re bringing players through, which they are, Saka, the left-back, I think is different class. But also they need to find these gems that they were finding 20 years ago.
“Arsenal will always be able to bring players in because of the name, because it’s in London and the stature of the club, players will want to play for Arsenal.
“Traditionally they play good football, but again I think it’s a long road for them.
“I think they’re miles behind Chelsea and Tottenham, Man United, Man City. Man United seem to be coming back, it’s a long road for Arsenal.
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“I think this is a long, long-term project. This isn’t something that’s going to get sorted out in 2-3 years when we’ll see them bounce back into the Champions League places.
“If anything they need to get rid of about five, six, seven players and bring in new recruits, but they’ve got to get the recruitment right.”
Arsenal will look to turn a leaf following their Europa League heartbreak on Monday when they take on Portsmouth at Fratton Park in the fifth round of the FA Cup (7.45pm).
Arteta’s men will then face London rivals West Ham at the Emirates on Saturday (3pm) as they continue their bid for a top-four finish.
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