Of course Arsenal fans are expecting a bumper summer transfer window under the new regime as the club is trying to claw it’s way back into the Top Four of the Premier League. We all know that our defence is in desperate need of an upgrade and the addition of Sokratis is a good start in that direction, but one thing is sure is that our new boss Unai Emery will not be involved in any of our transfer dealings.
The Sky reporter Guillem Balague explained the situation and how we can really stick to a new budget when he said: “Up until now, as everybody knows, everything had to go through Arsene Wenger but Unai Emery is happy to repeat the same position he has had at Sevilla, Valencia and PSG in which he was a head coach,”
“This means – if it’s the same infrastructure – he can advise on what kind of players he needs and the club goes and gets them, for instance, and he won’t have much of a say in the amount of budget that’s needed. That will be down to the club.
“He will do what he is the best at – maximise the potential of the side and take the players out of their comfort zone. He will try and put a different kind of training, an intense training, in place with the idea that it gets transmitted into the games.
“He is a safe pair of hands in a way for a club that wants to start a new era, as they have announced – an era that includes a director of football, a technical secretary and a head coach. Because he has had the experience of it, he is somebody that knows how to respond.
“A £50m net spend could be a good figure if Arsenal are brave enough to get rid of some of the players they have, raise money that way, and bring new blood if that is what they feel they have to do. So we’ll see, they will have to be intelligent in the transfer market.
“They will have to put people there and Raul Sanllehi is still Mr Barcelona, he knows the market, knows people in the market and knows how to do good business. Emery won’t have to get involved in any of that but if you look at the squad, if they decide not to change it a lot, there is a lot of potential there.
“Players are better than they looked in the last two or three years, they just need to sharpen up and maybe a new voice and a new way of doing things which Emery is certainly going to add. He will be very meticulous and through in the way he does things.”
One thing that all Arsenal fans know is that our players lacked motivation under Wenger and had grown complacent. It will be interesting to see which players are going to stand up and be counted under the new boss. I for one am feeling very confident after seeing what Emery has achieved in the past without massive investment.
The players may be shocked to find that they actually have to work for their money for a change, but the motto should be; Shape up! – Or Ship out!