Transfer prices have risen vastly in the past few years and many have criticised Arsenal for not following the trend, although the Gunners set a club transfer record this summer with the capture of Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal would have broken that record for the second-time in the same summer though if Arsene Wenger had his way though, as the North London side were determined to land Thomas Lemar from Monaco- seeing a £92m deal fall through on Deadline Day.
Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac stand as Arsenal’s only two recruits this summer, the latter arriving on a free transfer, and that’s led to plenty of criticisms- but one member of the squad has defended the club’s approach to the transfer window.
‘Football is not just about spending money. There are some clubs paying £100m and £200m on players but I do not think that’s the philosophy. The important thing is to build a good team, a good block and get results from there. Sometimes it takes time while other clubs use money.’
‘Each club have its own resources and its way of working. What matters is that on the pitch we give the maximum to prove that money is not everything.’
Bellerin himself was embroiled in transfer speculation this summer as Barcelona attempted to lure him to Catalonia but Arsenal rebuffed the Spanish side’s advances.