Mikel Arteta ‘in love’ with Arsenal transfer target who has £43m release clause

Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has taken aim at his former club, labelling their recent transfer activity as ‘ridiculous’, with suggestions it is being run like a retreat.

“For me, the biggest mistake they have made in the last few years is their ridiculous transfer activity,” Petit told Ladbrokes.

“They still have the power to get big players in. But the way they’ve spent money in the last six or seven years… who is directing that?

“I’m just asking that question: who is in charge of these decisions? Does the manager have a say, is it his responsibility? Or is it someone on the board?

“When I look at the older players in the team, it’s like they think it’s a retreat football club, somewhere you just go for a vacation,” he added. “They have ambition, but I don’t really expect them to win big games anymore.”

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