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Arsenal legend Pires warns Arsenal they need to spend big to compete

Arsenal legend Robert Pires has said Arsenal will have to spend ‘a lot of money’ if they are to compete with the Premier League’s big boys this coming season.

The Gunners showed signs of improvement in Unai Emery’s first season, although there was plenty of evidence that the defensive woes of the Arsene Wenger era still remained.

Their disappointing end to the season, as well as their 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final, saw them miss out on Champions League football for a third successive season, reportedly leaving Unai Emery a budget of just £40 million to work within the transfer market this summer.

Having lost influential playmaker Aaron Ramsey to Juventus on a free, and struggling to get rid of the much-maligned Mesut Ozil, Arsenal legend Robert Pires reckons that his former sides meager transfer fund simply ‘isn’t enough’.

“I read that Arsenal have a small envelope for transfers, only £40m,” he told reporters. “My opinion is that it isn’t enough.

“If you want to build a good team, you need to spend a lot of money, especially in the Premier League.

“I respect Arsenal’s position and the owner, but everybody knows that if you want to win the Premier League, you need to spend a lot of money.

“All the top clubs want to sign great players, but if you want a great player it costs a lot of money.”

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