Wright makes Arteta and Edu transfer claim after Arsenal surrender title to Man City
Ian Wright insists Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu will already be “trying to bring the kind of player who can sustain a challenge” after Manchester City won the Premier League title on Saturday.
The Gunners’ 1-0 loss against Nottingham Forest meant Man City were crowned champions with Pep Guardiola’s side now taking an unassailable lead in the title race.
Arsenal had led the way for most of the season but Arteta’s side have picked up just nine points from their last eight matches to hand City the title.
And Arsenal legend Wright thinks it will be tough to compete with City going forward but he’s backing Arteta and Edu to bring in a certain type of player in the summer.
Wright told Premier League productions: “I don’t think you can question the quality of the manager [Pep Guardiola], the players, the intensity, their determination to win, to have a standard of football that we are talking about as some of the greatest we’ve ever seen.
“We can’t ignore that they have got the capability of buying the players where they can continue to replenish a squad that we’ve seen just demolish teams.
“Look at Liverpool trying to chase them down, you saw what happened to Arsenal, Arsenal drew three games and we know that Manchester City are able to go on that run where you can’t afford to do that because they do not slip up at this stage of the season.
“This is why five out of six Premier Leagues they’ve won, because they’ve got the best coach, they’ve got the best team, they’ve got great resources, it’s very difficult for other teams to live up to the pressure, Liverpool lost one game.
“You know the levels they’re setting, that’s why it’s a tough job for Arsenal, it’s going to be so hard. But I think Edu and Mikel are all over it in trying to bring the kind of player who can sustain a challenge.”
Speaking after losing to Forest, Arteta said: “This is my job, this is our job, and this is what this club deserves.
“It wasn’t enough. I know we’re not at that level, but we have to find a way. This is not enough. It’s not going to change in three months time. We need to be at that level but we need to find other ways to do it.
“For example at Forest we needed to play much better. This is my responsibility.
“That’s why we have to push for that to happen. That’s not going to happen if we don’t make a lot of right decisions and think smart and have the mentality every day to get to that level.”
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