By Kieran Maguire

23rd Jul, 2021 | 8:30pm

Arsenal have 'no excuses' as Kroenke transfer talks scrapped - Kieran Maguire

Arsenal have “no excuses” if they fail to deliver investment in the transfer market this summer.

That is according to finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Arsenal withdrew from the Florida Cup.

The Gunners were hit by a COVID outbreak in their travelling party and they along with Inter Milan have opted out of the four-team tournament.

The Athletic reported on 21st July that this has deprived Arsenal officials of the chance to meet face-to-face with the Kroenkes.

It is claimed that the club had plotted in-person talks with the owners and hoped to persuade them to back major investment in the transfer market.

But Maguire insists that the financiers cannot use this logistical hiccup to justify failing to back Mike Arteta this summer.

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“Arsenal can’t use this as an excuse in terms of investment,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“Roman Abramovich is an Israeli citizen and he doesn’t come to London anymore.

“However, that hasn’t appeared to affect Chelsea because he has delegated responsibility to a large extent to Marina Granovskaia.

“And one thing we’ve learned with regards to Covid is how to live online via Zoom.

“So these sorts of complexities should not be used as an excuse if Arsenal fail to deliver signings this summer.”

Everton and Colombian outfit Millonarios will still take part in a modified version of the Florida Cup.

Arsenal’s next scheduled pre-season fixtures are against Chelsea and Tottenham as part of the Mind Series in August.

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