Arsenal receive £60m transfer warning amid Edu's Aston Villa, Chelsea and Newcastle lesson

Edu Gaspar has worked to keep Arsenal compliant with Profit and Sustainability Rules
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The Profit and Sustainability Regulation deadline has now passed with Arsenal never under any pressure to scramble in the final hours unlike some of their Premier League peers. on Sunday, Newcastle were successfully able to raise more than £60million with Yankuba Minteh joining Brighton and Elliot Anderson leaving for Nottingham Forest.

Other clubs like Chelsea have allowed the talented Ian Maatsen to join Aston Villa, while Unai Emery’s side and Everton also saw youngsters leave to join other sides. There has been plenty of scrutiny of these rules with suggestions circulating that there could be changes coming down the line.

However, these moves should stand as a warning to supporters hoping for some mad dash transfer expenditure for the sake of it. Arsenal sporting director Edu Gaspar appears to be under perpetual criticism for the club’s work in the market, despite of course the Brazilian leading the construction of Mikel Arteta’s squad which has since risen to become an established title challenger.

Arsenal have complied comfortably with the rules so far and did good work last summer to bring in an upgrade for the goalkeeper position in David Raya in a very smart move. The Spaniard arrived on an initial loan which is expected to be made permanent this summer in a different three-year PSR cycle.

The club’s strategy has still seen it spend record amounts both on individual players like Declan Rice while also breaking the club’s summer spending record in multiple years. Arsenal’s ambition and aims are clear and they do wish to continue strengthening the squad in the knowledge it is absolutely necessary in order to have the best chance to win the biggest trophies.

That said watching on as other sides are forced to sell their best young players while the likes of Bukayo Saka and William Saliba have since signed on to new deals which stretch years into the future is certainly a rewarding one. Arsenal have some exciting youngsters in the academy such as Ethan Nwaneri who was courted by plenty of top clubs before he was offered a record-breaking professional contract for a player in his age group.

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Newcastle and others may continue to spend to try and make themselves that much more competitive in the league but so far the Magpies have since regressed from their top-four finish last year and will not get any financial benefits from European action having failed to qualify for any of UEFA’s tournaments. Chelsea meanwhile will be in the Europa Conference League which has astronomically poorer financial rewards compared to the Champions League which Arsenal take part in for the second successive campaign.

They will also again be expected to go further in the tournament after their quarter-final elimination to Bayern Munich last season. The revamped tournament brings more games and therefore more revenue for clubs too.

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Arsenal will continue to be shrewd and savvy when it comes to their business. They have built a young squad and while something of an overhaul is both wanted and needed this summer, it is hoped this will be one of the final times it is seen – at least in the short term.