Arteta reckons ‘the level has raised’ for Premier League clubs in the transfer market

Mikel Arteta believes the ‘the level has raised’ in the Premier League as clubs continue to spend big in the transfer market.

Premier League clubs have again invested huge sums in new arrivals with summer transfer window spending having hit a record £1.5bn across the division. Big names continue to arrive from Europe’s top leagues, with a huge 14 players having moved for reported fees in excess of £30m.


Arsenal have again been among the highest spenders and have brought in Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City for a combined £77m, alongside the £34m capture of Fabio Vieira from Porto.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s clash with Fulham, Arteta believes the financial resources in England mean the Premier League has reached unprecedented levels.

“If you look at the players who are coming, the amount of money spent, the level that the squads already have and what they are adding it’s something that I haven’t experienced in this league,” Arteta told his pre-match press conference.

“You saw that yesterday with the transfers and I think it’s going to be very powerful.

“Yes (it is tougher to make signings) but the record in terms of performances that the leagues have produced last year it’s the highest ever. When you look at the points you need to achieve certain things it’s never happened before.

“The level has raised so much for every team in this league and you can already see that in these first few games with surprises and results.”

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