Emery admits Arsenal need to (and can) sign players after injury crisis

It was unbelievable to see Hector Bellerin suffer a season ending injury in Arsenal’s win over Chelsea last weekend, especially as we have already lost both Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck in the first half of the season. So, although Emery has made it clear that we won’t be buying anyone outright in this transfer window, he now has announced that it is imperative that we get some cover in for our injured players before the window shuts.

When asked about the transfer situation by Arsenal.com, Emery replied: “The club continues to work on that. It’s difficult, you know, but I am working with our players and I think we need – and we can – sign some players to help after our injuries like Rob Holding, like Welbeck, like Hector Bellerin. But we can play with the players we have now and the same message is to you and every supporter, we only want to sign one or two players who can really help us with good performances. The club is working. They know our intentions, our possibilities for signing players that can help us, but they work and also with communication to us..

And although he refused to discuss individual players, when pushed on the positions we need filled, he said: “The idea is firstly to find the quality and this quality can help us. We need, if he can come here, a winger for the right or left or some players also at centre back. But now, Dinos Mavropanos is coming back after his injuries and I think I can use him in the next matches.”

So perhaps the outlook is not so bad as we thought it was when we were told there is no money for signings, and we can have real hope of seeing some quality arrivals.

Fingers crossed!



  1. Geekaybee says:

    We get sixty thousand spectators coming through the turnstiles every home game and yet we can’t afford forty or fifty million to buy a quality player. Begging for loan players has never been the Arsenal way. Where does the cash go to nowadays?

    1. gotanidea says:

      I bet it goes to the board’s mistresses

  2. gotanidea says:

    Since he mentioned about winger and CB, I am now excited to see which player he would bring in

    Someone mentioned about Chukwueze and he would be a good candidate, along with Sarr, Malcom and Lozano

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Prefer Lozano out of those, his numbers look great for a midfielder. Don’t know anything else about him, but big clubs are taking an interest and his numbers are that of other top forwards that came out of Holland. No point us talking about these yet, Lozano’s and Pavon’s, we can barely get a loan even though our chief operator has connections to the club.

  3. Sue says:

    Come on Arsenal it’s the 24th & the clock is ticking…..

    1. Martin says:

      Knowing Arsenal if we do any buisness it won’t be until the 31st…….

      1. gotanidea says:

        According to @kev, Suarez is done deal

        On today’s news, there are unrealistic rumors about Aissa Mandi, James Rodriguez and Emil Audero

        1. McLovin says:

          I think Suarez will try to force his way out of Barca. And can’t blame him.

          Loan with an OBLIGATION to buy is a horrible deal. Good we aren’t going through with that.

          1. ozziegunner says:

            gotanidea, kev is not looking good on his “done deal”, although I hope Suarez is just trying to avoid re-signing with Barcelona prior to his loan move to Arsenal.

        2. d says:

          Wait, you guys still actually listen to Kev? Lol. How many times did he say something was 100% done yet it turned out to be completely incorrect in the summer? And how many times did he act like he had some super secret insider source when it turned out he was just getting all of his information from Twitter and the paper?

          But, sure, if Kev says it’s a done deal then it’s a done deal.

          1. Break-on-through says:

            I don’t go by that, people claiming to be in the know. I do believe this deal will happen though, it’s not a secret that Emery has pushed for him, allot of haggling still going on. I think we will get him in the end, and if we don’t, it doesn’t look good on the A teams behalf, nor for future dealings.

  4. Mobella says:

    Patient they say it’s a virtue. I’m patient to see how things turn out. If we get some new players fine and if we don’t it is nothing new. What I found most refreshing is the way Emery comes and let fans know what is going on. I hope if TH14 gets sack as Monaco coach or not, he will take his experience and realization that talking football is cheap and easy into his next punditry job.

  5. Dan kit says:

    It’s all well saying we need players and we can sign some ,but ffs the transfer window as been open 24days and now we only realise we need players ,our transfer policy and transfer dealings have been a laughable for years and it still hasn’t changed ??‍♂️

  6. rkw says:

    still the 10th richest club on the planet (though dropping) with less financial power than cardiff!! something wrong somewhere …

    1. Mobella says:

      You maybe right that something is wrong but what I am seeing is we are going for short term fix with players like Suarez,Benatia etc now so that we can get our main targeted players ( Under, Pepe ) in the summer transfer window.

  7. Roy says:

    Half way through the 1st season with a new manager and turmoil within the backroom staff.This has to be expected so gooners please wait for the dust to settle
    before the end of term results analysis.

    1. Jah son says:

      Ignore the dust and start making plans to replace Emery in the summer I for one wouldn’t give Emery not one new signing the man is sinking.

      1. jon fox says:

        Lonely under your stone isn’t it! With other Gooners to share that stone with you.

        1. Jah son says:

          The fact there is other GUNNERS under my stone with me simply says that we under the stone makes much sense

  8. Jah son says:

    @ jon fox
    My good mate Unai Emery got 70m in the summer for transfers. What if we kept Chambers bought Torriera and an explosive winger for say 35m don’t you think we would have been a more balance team today. Sokratis, Gwend,Lit and leno haven’t light up the Emerites so far. I just think Emery’s got it all wrong from the beginning. If you’re transfer kitty is say 30m my personal opinion is buy one good player instead of three good prospect.

    1. Sergio says:

      I’ve read your comments over the last few topics – are you new?

      Either way you do not have a clue. Emery mistreating players? Where did you get that BS from? Emery’s whole strategy is a modern one built around man management, team morale and motivation.

      Regarding last summer’s spending:

      GK had to be bought – it was probably suspected that Cech would be retiring this season anywhere so we needed time for someone new to bed in. Cech also had some pretty dodgy performances last season, and are younger GKs aren’t ready.

      CB – Again, required. Mertesacker retired and we knew Koscielny was already having difficulties with injuries. Mustafi had also had a long run of bad games.

      RB – Fans last season were crying out for someone to be brought in to challenge Bellerin as the guy was becoming complacent and his performances were suffering.

      CM – We lost Cazorla and Wilshere. Elneny didn’t provide us with what we needed. There was already talk of Ramsey’s contract running down. We needed someone to partner Xhaka in the middle and in my opinion Guendouzi for £7m was an excellent purchase. Watch him develop in to one of the best deep-lying playmakers the PL has ever seen, his vision is incredible.

      Maybe the above players are not the quality we would have liked though some have great potential and the others are cheap reliable stop-gaps until we can replace them with longer term (more expensive) solutions.

      I think for £70m and just coming in to a new side Emery did very bloody well.

      1. jon fox says:

        sergio , You make some great points and I agree with all you say. Personally, I can’t be bothered debating with such a hopelessly immature and plain silly person as jah son, who IS only recently on here. I find it a shame as most of the regulars on here are shrewd and have interesting views, irrespective of whether or not I agree with them. Anyone who thinks Emery should be sacked is hardly brain of even their own household. Are they!

        1. ozziegunner says:

          jon fox, I agree completely with your assessment. Jah son’s anti Emery agenda, as I have said before, is becoming tiresome. He offers nothing of any substance to the debate on this site.

    2. jon fox says:

      Jah son, I see no point debating with you as you are plainly daft!

      1. A.ball08 says:

        Good evening Jon
        I am all for free speech and whilst I disagree with Jah son as I see no logic in him suggesting that we replace our boss who may I say has done a grand job so far.
        Who would you replace him with?
        Who is able to work with in the financial constraint the club have set him.
        So jah son speak up or with the reasons or I am afraid you.might have to crawl back under the rock for another day

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    3. Break-on-through says:

      What if Emery agrees with you, and this is why they didn’t hire Mislintat for the director role. Not fully agrees of course, but in part, what if something did not sit right.

      The thing is though, Sokratis has defintely been needed, he’s been our most consistent CB along with Holding ..who is out injured.

      Guendouzi, I believe he will be a better buy than Torriera. I believe he’s very talented and at only 19, it is remarkable how dominant and confident he can be. Under the right trainers, he can go very far.

      Leno, again needed. The fact that Emery’s system needs a sweeper keeper one who uses his feet, means he is needed. You have not thought much through, what can a winger do to help out this situation. Let me guess, a fan of Ospina, as error prone as any we’ve seen. We have the best record for defending set pieces this season, fewer than every other team.

      Our aggression has improved this season, more than improved, we actually are an aggressive side now. These signings have helped bring us this, Emery though, is the one who wants it in his team.

      How about just watching it unfold, see how we go, before prematurely ripping everything up because it doesn’t happen all at once and in the very way that you like it.

  9. Ingleby says:

    Picking up on a couple of comments above. Yes, it is refreshing to have Emery being more straightforward with the fans than AW, who gave shiftiness a whole new definition in that regard.
    Second point – I suspect we are all fed up to the back teeth with the tortuous manner in which Arsenal try (or pretend to try) and negotiate for players nowadays. There is still something very wrong either with the approaches made to a possible selling club, or a deliberate policy to leak misleading information into the media.

  10. Jah son says:

    It’s called a debate because there is a difference in opinion but I guess if you don’t agree with the people who have been on here for a long time they call you names but I for one is above that. Have a afternoon Jon fox cause I won’t be calling you names.

    1. Sergio says:

      I’m not attacking but you make some very strong statements and I can’t see how you justify them.

      I’m genuinely interested to know why you believe Emery is mistreating players (with the exception of Ozil)?

      I understand your opinion about how last summer’s money was spent but do you not think lumping on 2 excellent players would have left us short in other departments?

      1. Jah son says:

        Ok mate
        You say you agree Ozil is being mistreated
        Lacazette as only played ninety minutes of premier league football in the last six weeks mind you the crunch period
        Would you say Henrick have been given a fair chance
        Ramsey was very important to the team until he wasn’t even given a contract
        In Torriera’s interview he said he didn’t come to Arsenal the play with squad players check it
        Take a look at Auba tweets and match day interviews
        Niles what’s he doing with the kid he could surely get a chance beside Torriera let us the fans see
        We could talk all day

        1. Sergio says:

          I don’t agree that Ozil is being mistreated, I just don’t think he’s suited to Emery’s pressing game and is therefore left on the bench. The fact that he’s our highest paid player means the media blows it out of proportion. NOT MISTREATED

          Laca – we’ve had 7 EPL games in the last 6 weeks and he’s played in every one of them. Actually, 437 minutes out of 630. So WTF are you talking about. NOT MISTREATED

          Mkhi – He hasn’t had that much game time but to be honest he has always been very inconsistent. He’s had 329 mins since early Nov and scored 3 goals. Ramsey has proven to be a more reliable play than him and therefore has been getting more game time. NOT MISTREATED.

          Ramsey – His contract negotiation was dealt with by other people at the club. NOT Wenger or Emery. Ramsey is still important to the team. You can see Emery bringing him on in second halves where he energises the midfield and scores goals. Actually, he’s also played in our last 7 EPL matches. NOT MISTREATED.

          Torriera – Point me to which interview you’re referring to as I’ve read a number and not seen anything remotely close to what you’re talking about.

          Auba – What tweets and interview comments are you referring to? Either way, he’s joint-second top scorer in the league, plays every game, and all I can find between the two is mutual praise. NOT MISTREATED (are you joking?).

          AMN – He’s still learning and developing. He had a horrible injury back in August and was out for 8 weeks. He was introduced back slowly. He came back with some sub-standard performances which didn’t help him but now he’s progressing well. It’ll be difficult for him to get run outs in midfield with Xhaka, Torreira, Guendouzi etc all ahead of him, however, Emery might think he has better potential at RB or RW. NOT MISTREATED.

          You’re right, we could talk all day. Carry on.

          1. ozziegunner says:

            Sergio, unfortunately Jah son has an agenda, which won’t be influenced by the excellent “facts” you have provided.

        2. AlexLaca9 says:

          Lol your argument and each of the points you make are so flawed, it’s actually kinda funny. I actually thought you were an undercover spud having a laugh at our expense and trying to compound our misery. Don’t be too eager to prove a point without facts to support your arguments, you’ll get chewed up in here, new or not. Welcome and Jah Bless! Don’t indulge too much in that good herb now lol

  11. Durand says:

    We had to get a CB, we got Sokratis though I would have preferred to haggle a bit and try for Diallo first as was rumored with Sven; it was difference of 5-7 million. Torreira was needed for a long time, and hopefully with Chambers playing quality as DM we should be sorted going forward.
    Guendouzi was premium purchase with an eye for the future; anyone that says he was bought to play like he does now is being false. Lichtsteiner was a stop gap backup for Bellerin, and honestly I’d rather see Jenks get a shot and AMN more time in midfield.

    Unfortunately everyone forgets to mention all the players that were sold in the Summer (didn’t club MAKE 14 million at end of window?) and Giroud moved out to Chelsea to offset the cost and wages.

    Going forward, NO excuse for crying about lack of funds to get a top winger and CB. New kit deal is worth how much? Add all the wages freed up, and Stan’s regular contribution of 50 – 70 million and we should have somewhere between 125 million to 150 million. I doubt that will be our Kitty, but if it’s anything less than 100 million we are being had.

    No more stadium excuse, no more high wage bill excuse, and we will have plenty of roster spots to fill come the Summer. Rather scuffle through this season and make a bang in the Summer window. No Suarez, James, or anyone not top quality. Tired of other teams cast off hand-me-downs; either behave like a big club or stop spouting off big club nonsense.

    1. Dan kit says:

      Well said
      Absolutely agree with everything that you have wrote .
      We always seem to have these sh1tty excuses when it comes to spending money .

      1. ozziegunner says:

        Durand, I am interested in where Stan Kroenke provided £50-£70 million to the transfer budget? Aren’t these funds from Arsenal’s corporate income (gate receipts, season tickets, catering, merchandizing, player sales, advertizing revenue, corporate sponsors, shirt and naming rights etc)?
        Maybe I have misinterpreted your words, but as far as Arsenal is concerned when has Kroenke put in any money of his own?

    2. Sergio says:

      @Durand where did you get the info that Kroneke frequently contributes £50m-£70m to the club?

      I don’t think he’s contributed anything since he’s been here.

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