By Kieran Maguire

2nd May, 2021 | 9:00pm

Kieran Maguire blasts inept Arsenal amid 'very serious' takeover development

The scouting department at Arsenal must up their game if the club is to be successful in the transfer market under a new regime.

That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively amid talk of an Arsenal takeover.

Music streaming tycoon Daniel Ek announced he is “very serious” about buying the club, sparking hopes of a transfer bonanza among the fans.

Maguire previously told this site that Arsenal will need to pay over the odds in the transfer market to compensate for a lack of Champions League football.  

But the spreadsheet expert insists that the scouting department at the Emirates first need to raise their standards.

“Arsenal have been spending a lot of money on players,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“In terms of wages, we’ve seen Aubameyang be given a new contract this season, but that’s not turned into gold.

“They are still paying a significant chunk of Mesut Ozil’s wages too even though he’s gone to Turkey.” 

“In 2017, they spent £114million on transfers. They spent £106m in 2018. In £2019, £99m. Then in 2020, £182m.

“People talk about net spend but they have a pretty high net spend too.

“It’s not the amount of money that’s being spent that’s the problem, it’s the number of successful signings they’ve made.

“They have had a few duds. You’ve got to look at quality rather than quantity.”

Arsenal fans have been vocal in their opposition to current majority shareholder Stan Kroenke following the shelved European Super League plot.

But the 73-year-old recently released a statement reaffirming his commitment to the club.

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