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Arsenal receive £2.2bn confirmation as Mikel Arteta and Edu eye marquee transfers

Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal, acknowledges the fans following the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Everton FC at Emirates Stadium on May 19, 2024 in London, England.
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Arsenal have learnt where they rank among Europe's elite in Forbes' most valuable football teams' list. The Gunners are fresh off another extremely successful season but one that will again be considered disappointing after being pipped to the Premier League title by Manchester City.

On the final day of the season, despite Arsenal beating Everton, the title headed to Etihad Stadium for the fourth consecutive season after the 3-1 win over West Ham. Despite the title heartbreak, Arteta delivered a passionate speech on the Emirates Stadium pitch which saw him make a huge claim for the future.

Speaking directly to the fans, he said: "All of this is happening because you started to believe, you started to be patient and understand what we were trying to do. All the credit has to go to you, the players and the staff, it is unbelievable.

"I think now it it time to have a break and please keep pushing and inspiring this team. Don't be satisfied because we want so much more than that. Thank you so much." With it very clear Arsenal and Arteta will aim to be back next season, sealing marquee transfers will be required and with that in mind, the Gunners have been reminded of their financial power.

According to Forbes, Arsenal are currently valued at $2.6bn (£2.047bn) following a 15 per cent change over the past year under owner Stan Kroenke. That figure places them tenth in the list behind fellow Premier League clubs Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham.

To comply with profit and sustainability rules following their £200million spend last summer, Arsenal endured a quiet January transfer window but that could change for the upcoming trading period. football.london understands Arsenal are in the market for a dynamic centre-forward with RB Leipzig's Benjamin Sesko as one player linked.

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Alexander Isak is another striker Arsenal have a keen interest in with his Newcastle team-mate Bruno Guimaraes a midfielder being targeted by the Gunners. Jorrel Hato is another long-term target still with admirers in north London despite his recent contract extension at Ajax.

In terms of exits, the likes of Albert Sambi Lokonga, Aaron Ramsdale, Kieran Tierney and others could help raise funds to complete transfers with Arteta clearly full of belief he can guide Arsenal to the league title.