The scene is now set, both Josh Kroenke and Unai Emery have basically said there will be some big exciting signings before the transfer window shuts.
Let’s be brutally honest now, if there are not any big new exciting signings then the damage in the relationship between the fans and the club bosses will be damaged, probably beyond repair.
Kroenke said to be excited and Emery has said big players, anything less now will be seen as a betrayal.
Now, if they think Kieran Tierney and William Saliba are considered big players then they are sorely mistaken. They are not.
In fact, Dani Ceballos and Wilfried Zaha would also stretch the definition of big players as well.
Mesut Ozil was a big player when he was signed, Pierre-Emerick-Aubameyang was a big player when he signed. A teenager we cannot play for a year, A Scottish international left-back, a Real Madrid reject and a Crystal Palace player are not what I would consider big players.
Maybe they will surprise us and bring in Gareth Bale, Neymar, Paul Pogba, Christian Eriksen, who knows.
OK, that was said in jest but I think you will get what I am saying when we are talking about big players.
Here is the transcript of what Unai Emery said in regards to transfers, just so there is no confusion over what was actually said and in my opinion, promised.
on not having new players here yet and if that’s tough…
We are working, the club is working with the possibility to sign some new players to help us. We are doing a lot of meetings with the club, with Edu, with Raul and also with Josh and Stan Kroenke on Monday in Denver. We have a clear idea to sign players to help us with quality and in the positions we need.
on the transfer market…
We are taking with the patience and with the calm because we really want to sign players who can help us with a big performance, and also because we think in the team we have very good players and young players and we also need to take the best player in some positions. Really, I can say to our supporters that we are going to have a very good team with the players that are there now and also with three or four players who can help us in a few days.
on Josh Kroenke telling fans to ‘be excited’…
Yes. Really we are speaking about the big players and because we are starting thinking about our team and our squad now, and we have very good players and very good young players that can progress to take and get big performances with us. Other players can come here to help us. We need, really, that they will come with a big performance and also our target is to achieve three or four players who really improve our team and our squad now. We are being very, very demanding and we are first speaking about the possibility to sign very big, very expensive players and the first player in our list is our first target. And after, if we cannot achieve that, then the second. But we are thinking every time that they are going to improve our squad.
on Dani Ceballos…
I don’t want to speak about the names. But Ceballos is a very good player.