Buendia one of many who will snub Arsenal over major Arteta issue – pundit

Date published: Saturday 12th June 2021 8:00 - Jonny Whitfield

Arsenal will continue to struggle to attract top transfers like Emiliano Buendia unless manager Mikel Arteta roots out a major ego problem, one pundit claims.

The Gunners face a crucial summer transfer window after last season’s eighth-placed Premier League finish. However, business has already not gone to plan. Former Norwich attacker Emiliano Buendia was a top target, but he has joined Aston Villa. In fact, the Argentine moved in a club-record deal.

Much like countless clubs in Europe, finances are tight at Arsenal amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Frank McAvennie, though, the presence of egotistical players at the Emirates Stadium is a bigger problem.

Furthermore, he added that Arsenal will struggle in the transfer market until the issue is solved.

“Arsenal have never been that much of an attractive option to me,” former Celtic and West Ham man McAvennie told Football Insider.

“They have too many duds. They have a lot of players who think they are better than they actually are.

“Half of their team is like that. They all think they are superstars and they aren’t. Really, they aren’t even close.

“They don’t play together, they aren’t really a team. The gap is getting further between them and those top clubs.

“Why would a decent player want to join that?”

Arsenal’s struggle for signings has come at a bad time for the club; after failing to secure European football for next season, the battle is on to move back up the table.

Midfield loanee Martin Odegaard proved a welcome addition, but Real Madrid look unlikely to sanction his permanent exit – and will only do so for a steep fee.

There is now also the question of whether the midfielder will fit in under new Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti.

As for potential departures, Granit Xhaka is close to joining Jose Mourinho’s new-look Roma.

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Meanwhile, Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka has explained the origins of his ‘little chilli’ moniker.

The teenager could conspire to play a key role in England’s Euro 2020 campaign, which kicks off against Croatia on Sunday.

Speaking before the match, he has revealed how club colleague Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang coined his new nickname.

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