MIKEL ARTETA has urged Arsenal chiefs to back him with stone-cold cash in the summer transfer market.
The Gunners boss believes his squad is in dire need of reinvestment after falling miles behind in the title race.
Arsenal are 40 points behind new Premier League champions Liverpool.
And they are still some way off the Champions League spots too, with Leicester, Sheffield United and Wolves also ahead of them.
Arsenal’s reported lack of funds has seen Arteta scramble to keep his current squad together.
Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares have made their loan moves permanent on four-year contracts, with David Luiz getting a year-long extension.
Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli are the latest to pen new deals.
And Arsenal are now frantically working to secure Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future on a new three-year deal worth £250,000-a-week.
However, Arteta insists there is still a huge need to spend on reinforcements.
And he wants the top brass to dig deep in their pockets as Arsenal’s margin for improvement is “still very, very big.”
He said: “It looks like (Liverpool and Man City) at the moment and what happened in the table for the last two or three years suggests that.
“But things change very quickly. Look how Liverpool have evolved in the last four or five years.
“Man United as well is looking really strong at the moment.
“They are making a lot of good decisions. Leicester the same, Wolves with the season they are having.
“Its going to be a challenge but that gap has to be closed.
“For us, the margin that we have for improvement is still very, very big.
“We don’t know how the market is going to be. We are pulling different plans together to see what we are going to be able to do.
“At the moment the uncertainty is still big. The way we are going to finish the season will dictate a lot of things financially as well.
“We have to be a bit patient and see what happens. We’re seeing different things.
“The way Chelsea is dealing with the market is different to the rest at the moment, but Bayern Munich are also being really aggressive.
“If you ask me, we cannot be a team that has to sell its best player to try to bring in and improve our squad, that’s for sure.”