Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admitted that his staff lacks world-class players after his team defeated Southampton 1-0.
The Gunners traveled to St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday in hopes of returning to victory after defeats against Crystal Palace and Brighton. However, it was the trustees of Ralph Hasenhuttle who, thanks to the first-time intervention of the Polish defender Jan Bednark, secured all three points.
As a result, the people of North London placed sixth behind Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in the current Premier League standings – although they both played a match more than for Artet’s side. After whistling full-time, the Spaniard admitted that his team simply did not have world-class players, perhaps it was a push to technical director Edu to focus on elite-level talent during the summer transition.
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“That’s what we have,” said the former assistant coach of Manchester City. “The players we have have failed in this league.”
“If you have world players who have done it in the league for ten years, I would probably say it. I’m the first to defend them, support them, you can see how they try.
“The only way to do that is to insist that what happened today could happen the next day or another month.” Arteta’s comments further highlight how frustrating the January window for Arsenal fans was.
Former Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was allowed to join the Barcelona giant La Liga during the winter, but no compensation was signed, leaving Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah the club’s only recognized strikers. To make matters worse, both Lacazett and Nketiah’s contracts expired at Emirates Stadium in the summer.
Benfica star Darwin Nunez, Lille ace Jonathan David and Real Sociedad frontman Alexander Isak are the three attackers who have been talked about as potential targets.