YAYA TOURE has predicted Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta will be a world-class manager but ONLY if the club backs him in the transfer market.
In a video interview with Goal, the 36-year-old former Man City and Barcelona star had nothing but praise for the Spaniard.
Toure said: “I think Arteta will be a very, very good manager.
“I worked with him for a couple of years at Man City and I saw him in action.
“I want Arsenal to spend more and back him because he can one of the best in the world if the board allow him to do what he wants.”
So now the question is: Will Arsenal allow him that freedom when it comes to spending?
In the one window he’s been in charge of, Arsenal signed Pablo Mari from Flamengo and Cedric Soares from Southampton.
The pair of defenders were signed in answer to Arteta’s plea for defensive reinforcements.
It remains to be seen how active Arsenal will be in the transfer market this summer and whether they will continue to follow Arteta’s lead as Toure suggests.
Qualification for European competition is likely to have a major impact on the club’s plans.
The Gunners currently sit ninth in the Premier League while football is postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
However, they are just eight points from fourth, with a game in hand.