With a deal for Karim Benzema having fallen through, the Gunners’ bid for Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani was “too little, too late”, says the former centre-back
Arsenal still cannot compete with the spending of their Premier League rivals, according to former Gunners star Sol Campbell.
Petr Cech was Arsenal’s only senior signing of the summer transfer window while Manchester City splashed out over £100m on Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Nicolas Otamendi, Manchester United brought in six new faces and Chelsea acquired Pedro from Barcelona.
Having been frustrated in his search for an “exceptional player” in Karim Benzema and baulked at Southampton’s asking price for Morgan Schneiderlin, boss Arsene Wenger opted instead to trust his current squad to compete for a first Premier League title since 2004.
And Campbell believes that his former club have neither the ability nor the financial resources to compete with their wealthiest domestic rivals.
“You can see they’re in the market, trying to do a deal but sometimes it’s almost too little, too late,” Campbell told Omnisport. “That type of deal might need a few more days to get it going.
“You can’t compete with them. Manchester United had to spend money [to return to the top of the Premier League] and it’s not worth talking about Manchester City because they’re in a different type of galaxy.
“It doesn’t always bring you success though. The trouble with Arsenal is they’ve just got to get everyone fit. That’s the trouble already – there’s a few players out and we haven’t got that depth.”