With our crucial ten days ahead of us with games against Bournemouth, Tottenham and Man United, and then another 6 League games to be crammed in before the January transfer window opens, it will be very interesting to see where we stand in the Premier League after the New Years matches and if we are still close to challenging for the Top Four.
The new CEO Vinai Venktatesham has made it clear that Arsenal’s target is to get back into the Champions League. We are currently the outsiders of the Top Five in the esports betting to make it into the Top Four, but our results over the next six weeks could change all that, and according to the ex-Arsenal star John Hartson, our position at the beginning of January could also have a big influence on the management investing heavily in the coming transfer window.
Hartson said in the Express: “A lot depends on injuries and how well they’re doing. Most clubs want two players for every position, that’s what teams will tell you now,”
“[Lucas] Torreira has come on strong recently too. They’re defending strongly now as well.
“If he wants one or two players, I think the funds will be made available for him but the January window is a very precarious market.
“If Arsenal are in a position where they feel they can have a right push at the top four, Emery may feel he needs cover, if he can earn the right and keep Arsenal in and around that top four, then the board might think they have half a sniff and back the manager and give him what he wants.
“It’ll be down to Emery and where he sees his squad.
“But like most managers, they always want more players and more money. Even Pep Guardiola would tell you now he could do with a couple more players, they always want more.”
It won’t just be Emery that will be clamouring for Arsenal to buy at least a top quality defender in January and maybe a striker to replace Welbeck if Nketiah doesn’t hit the ground running, as the fans will also be desperate to make sure we finish above the Spuds at least and leapfrog them into the Champions League positions.
It will be very interesting to see if Kroenke is willing to invest if he thinks we are close to getting back into the big money-spinning elite competition again….