Mikel Arteta insists it takes more than money to become treble winners

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has told GQ magazine that it takes a lot more than money to win trophies.

The Gunners failed to win the Premier League last term despite topping the table for nine months, with a lack of depth proving to be their undoing.

Manchester City eventually retained the title for the third season running and are also one of the favourites heading into 2023-24.

Arsenal have responded by splashing over £200 million on three players, but Arteta believes (financial) wherewithal is not the only thing needed to compete.

“You don’t do that with money, believe me,” he says, referring to Man City’s recent treble.

“There’s a lot of right decisions [and] being so demanding and so clever in certain moments. Money cannot buy everything.”

Arteta provided the above answer when asked whether he was worried about trying to compete with clubs who can keep sweeping up the best players in the world; whose squads are so deep that injuries are less likely to kill their season.

The Gunners boss is right, and while money is not everything, it is something.

Chelsea have struggled since their new owners took over despite splashing the cash, but Newcastle United have proven that success is possible when resources are wisely invested.

Man City have arguably the best squad depth in the country, and Arteta is hoping to replicate something similar at Arsenal.

He wants a new goalkeeper despite the availability of England international Aaron Ramsdale, and the club have tabled a £23m bid for Brentford star David Raya.

Manchester United could soon become the third state-backed in the Premier League, with the Qataris linked with a takeover.

Should it go through, Arsenal could have their work cut out for them going forward, and the club owners and sporting director Edu need to keep evolving to keep up with the fierce and renewed competition brewing at the top half of the Premier League.

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