Arsenal have only acquired Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer, but it is believed that manager Arsene Wenger has in the region of £70m to spend on new players.
Arteta, however, believes the club are working hard behind the scenes to help strengthen the squad ahead of their crucial Champions League play-off later this month.
According to Espn, he said :
I think we are going to start the season with new faces. That is what we are all hoping for. That will give us a big boost and everyone is very positive.
It will happen. I have no doubts about it.
It takes time, but I know the boss is working really hard on it, and the board as well. It will happen for sure.
I am very convinced but the great players normally come at the end of the transfer window.
The clubs work hard to keep their best players and I think Arsenal will do well in the transfer window.
Arteta believes the camaraderie and quality within the squad will help them make a fast start to the 2013/14 campaign. He added :
We know that we need to start really well from the start.
We can’t afford to drop points as we have done at the start of the last couple of seasons. We will start by hitting the ground running.
We need to close the gap with the teams that are trying to win the titles.
We have been too far in the last few seasons. We will start and see how it goes, but we won’t be as far this season.
So far this pre-season, the Gunners have been linked with a number of big-money moves, including a botched attempt at bringing ex-Real Madrid man Gonzalo Higuain to the Emirates Stadium, along with speculation linking them with the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Wayne Rooney and notably Luis Suarez.
Arsenal’s north London rivals have Tottenham have spent over £50m on Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Nacer Chadli, while Manchester City and Chelsea have both invested equally astutely. Arteta also said that he has ‘no doubts’ that signings will happen and said that he knows the board are working really hard. One thing is for sure that it is an interesting statement and one that would only be said with evidence.
I really believe that if we make two or three quality signings in the required positions we can really challenge for the top honors. But that’s a big IF, considering Wenger’s recent statements about winning the title without any signings.
What do you all think Gunners?