Mikel Arteta ‘angry’ at Arsenal and fears club blew up key transfer | Soccer

Mikel Arteta is increasingly frustrated with Arsenal's indecisiveness

Mikel Arteta is increasingly frustrated by Arsenal’s indecisiveness (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta is ‘angry’ at Arsenal’s indecisiveness in the transfer market and the club’s fears have dashed their chances of signing Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus.

Arteta spent nearly £150million on Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard last summer and wants to oversee another spending spree ahead of the 2022-23 season to put Arsenal back on top.

The Gunners endured a mixed 2021-22 season with a young and inexperienced squad unable to secure a Champions League return after a late slump.

Arteta is looking to sign a new striker, midfielder and defender this summer and has identified Man City forward Jesus as one of his top targets.

The Spaniard worked with Jesus when he was Pep Guardiola’s assistant at the Etihad and believes he is the man to fill the void left by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

But Arteta fears Arsenal will miss out on Jesus – whom City value at £50million – and is increasingly frustrated with the club’s transfer strategy, according to the Daily Mail.

All major deals at Arsenal are said to have to go through their American owners this summer, with tremors over deals potentially costing Arteta its key targets.

The Gunners boss wants to reunite with Gabriel Jesus

The Gunners boss wants to reunite with Gabriel Jesus (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal emerged favorites to sign Brazil international Jesus, now the Gunners competition from Premier League rivals Chelsea and Tottenham and European champions Real Madrid.

Despite Arteta’s desire to bring Jesus to north London, Arsenal are still reluctant to meet City’s £50m valuation and have yet to start talks with the player.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have been urged by Gunners legend Paul Merson to make a “cheeky offer” for wanton Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgium star has endured a miserable season at Stamford Bridge and is keen to return to Italian club Inter Milan this summer.

Merson told the Daily Star: “Arsenal should make a cheeky £60m bid for Romelu Lukaku this summer. If Chelsea are so desperate to let him go that they are talking about loaning him to Inter Milan, they would certainly take the money.

“Arsenal haven’t had anyone this big, strong and dynamic since Kevin Campbell. I know he hasn’t scored many goals this season, but Lukaku is an elite goalscorer.

“Arsenal play great football up to the edge of the box, but then it often fizzles out. Arsenal go through the lines. They want their striker on the edge of the box. It would suit him.”

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