Arteta launches staunch defence of Arsenal's transfer policy
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Piers Morgan has blasted Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta for “boasting about meaningless successes” instead of delivering them on the pitch. The Gunners have made a slow start to the 2021/22 season, despite splashing cash in the summer transfer window, and Morgan is angry with the way the club’s manager is conducting himself.
Arsenal lost their opening three Premier League games to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City without scoring before beating Norwich 1-0 last weekend.
It has been a rocky start to the campaign for Arteta, who was placed under greater pressure due to the club’s activity in the transfer window.
Arsenal spent over £130million to bring in Ben White, Nuno Tavares, Martin Odegaard, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Takehiro Tomiyasu in the transfer window.
Those arrivals have not made much of a difference on the pitch yet, with injuries and coronavirus limiting player availability and Areteta’s side struggling for consistency.
Despite the bumpy start, Arteta raised eyebrows by claiming after the Norwich win that he had enjoyed the best period of his managerial career.
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And Morgan has now taken issue with another set of quotes from the Gunners boss.
“We have a brilliant company called StatSports that in the last 10 years has monitored intensity and load of our club,” Arteta said on Friday.
“We have registered in the last two years the highest intensity training sessions we’ve ever done.”
Responding to the quotes on Twitter, Arsenal fan Morgan wrote: “So what? We’ve also registered the worst results in three decades during the past 2yrs.
“Arteta should stop boasting about meaningless ‘successes’ & start delivering real ones.”
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Arsenal will be hoping to build on their win over Norwich this weekend when they take on Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday.
Like Norwich, the Clarets are without a win in their four Premier League matches so far this season, giving Arsenal a good chance of making it back-to-back victories.
Granit Xhaka is the only unavailable player for Arteta due to suspension, with Thomas Partey back from injury and pushing for involvement.
Despite Burnley’s poor form, Arteta thinks Arsenal will be in for a difficult game at Turf Moor tomorrow.
“Yeah they had some difficulties to get results,” Arteta said earlier this week.
“During games that I’ve watched they’ve been pretty unlucky in certain moments because they’ve had real moments of dominance and they end up losing football matches.
“We know how tough it is to go to Burnley, we know the game we can expect from them and we’ll be prepared for that.”
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