Arsenal’s dismal defeat to Chelsea in Wednesday’s Europa League Final means that, not only will we have a reduced transfer fund, but we will also be less attractive to great players that are desperate for Champions League football.
When asked if he thought that our lack of Champions League participation would impact on our transfer plans, Emery said: “Maybe, but I think we are a big team.
“I think Arsenal is a big name in the world of football. A lot of players want to play here.
“We are in one process and we need, in this process, to be strong in our idea, to be strong in our way. ‘It’s the reason we started this season. The idea was to get more competitive like a team, be closer to other teams, and we did that.
“At the moment, it’s not enough for our target, but the next week and next year that idea will continue in our minds.
“I don’t know our targets for next year, but the club is working to improve and do everything in our way.
“We have a lot of players who have the possibility to improve and grow up with us. For example, we have given a lot of youngsters their first experience of a final.
“I am positive for our future, creating our way with young players who are getting better in our way.”
That last statement would seem to suggest that we will have lots of youngsters to promote, so maybe we won’t have many big transfer dealings anyway, but if we were competing for targets with, say, Tottenham, who would the player choose to join first?