Arsenal Will Have To Spend Wisely
By Dan Tracey
If you were to give a verdict on Unai Emery’s first season in charge of Arsenal, it would have to be one where the Spaniard could have done better and with the club missing out on a top four finish, it will ask serious questions as to what happens this summer.
That’s not to say that the former PSG manager is in any immediate danger of facing the sack, as the questions are more towards just which players he will look to purchase and more importantly with the shoestring budget that he supposedly has.
That’s because if the rumours are to be believed, Emery has been promised just £40m to spend in this current transfer window and with the market being as it is, that will not get you too much in the way of talent.
While with such small spending power being afforded to the 47-year-old, it looks as if Arsenal may well be in the midst of a sell to buy era and one that could see some of their biggest names leave North London in order to balance the books.
However, the Gunners do seem to be in a state of diminishing returns over the past few years and when looking at potential players that they could not only sell but also command a decent amount of revenue for, the list is not all that long.
At the same time, that’s not to say there are no assets that could discover new pastures and one of the players that could be considered for sale is that of Mesut Ozil, with the 30-year-old German international’s future currently in doubt.
Much has been made of Ozil’s undoubted talents and on his day, he can torment even the tightest of defences. Unfortunately, those days have been all too few and far between under Unai Emery, with bad form and injuries blighting the former Real Madrid midfielder.
This means his first team place is no longer a guarantee and with Ozil not getting any younger, now might be the time to cash in and rejuvenate a squad that still needs three or four new signings in order to truly compete.
One of those signings could be Basel defender Eray Comert, with recent reports stating that the club are due to start talks with 21-year-old’s agent, with a view to completing a deal which would cost as little as £7million.
An Arsenal delegation is set to make the journey to Switzerland, while they are encouraged by the fact that Comert is very keen on a move to London and also that his capture would still leave some money left in their small transfer purse.
Money that also looks to be spent on Celtic defender Kieran Tierney and with these moves in the air, it certainly seems as if manager Unai Emery is looking to bolster his defence for next season, a strategy that he and fans of the club will hope ends up paying out huge top four dividends.