Arsenal have been asked to follow Leicester City’s lead by former Gunners defender Sol Campbell.
Arsenal missed European football for the first time in 25 years after finishing eighth in the Premier League, with manager Mikel Arteta expected to have a clearance this summer.
Despite being seen as a member of the so-called ‘big six’, Arsenal have been cautious in the transfer market under the unpopular ownership of Stan Kroenke – not spending the money of clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester.
However, Campbell believes taking a leaf from the Foxes’ book in the transfer market may pay the Gunners dividends, insisting his former club need to spend smarter, not necessarily bigger.
“I think Arsenal need to buy smart this summer,” Campbell said Ladbrokes.
“It is clear that the purchasing power is not there. It’s a far cry from the levels other clubs are willing to spend, so they have to look at that lower level. But in this next level you can still find decent players.
“They just have to look a little harder. Leicester does. Arsenal need the right people to watch the players. The club don’t have the funds to take a risk on a player for £ 50million, £ 60million for it not to work.
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“But look at what Leicester has been doing in recent years. They don’t really tend to spend over £ 30million on gamers and more often than not they are right.
“A lot of teams take risks by spending smaller amounts on players and giving them a little time to develop.
“Look at Atalanta in Italy, Ajax have been doing it for decades, and now Leicester are doing the same in the Premier League.”