Arsenal don’t look like they will be bringing in any new players in this month. I’m not being negative, it’s just the way it seems to be heading after Unai Emery announced last week that he has no funds to spend and is only able to seal loan moves.
Firstly, I cannot for the life of me understand how a club like Arsenal are unable to splash the cash and how it’s come down to making only loan deals this month. What is the board playing at? they appointed Emery last summer to take over the reins from Arsene Wenger and the Spaniard has ambitions to finish in the top four. Obviously, the board want him to succeed in getting the club back into the Champions League for financial reasons more than anything but are unwilling to fund him in order to reinforce and improve the squad.
Yes, Emery did make several signings over the summer and spent around £75million. However, more investment is needed, and while injuries have costed Arsenal dearly at times this season, the squad needs to be reinforced and improved in particular areas (defence mainly) if they are to stand a chance of finishing in the top four this season.
Ultimately, Emery’s hands are tied. He has no money to spend this month to bring in the players he wants and has been reduced to loan deals – these themselves require a fee and can be tricky to get over the line, just ask Barcelona over Denis Suarez.
As a result, Emery has two options – he either deals with what he has and hopes injured players recover quickly or of course offloads some deadwood to raise some funds to spend. There are a few that he could sell this month if he wanted to do, but the squad lacks depth as it is and even if he does manage to get rid of some players, there is no guarantee that he will be successful in signing who he wants this month with what he receives from their potential sales.
At the end of the day Emery will be judged on results and what Arsenal accomplish this season, and If the board are unwilling to help him achieve his goals by not handing him over what he needs, then they can’t complain about it. Of course, Emery must do his part as well in terms of tactics and systems, but the board and fans must also understand that this takes time.
Splashing the cash doesn’t of course guarantee success and results, but it certainly does help the cause.
I hope Arsenal do clinch a top four spot for Emery’s sake more than anything else as I don’t want to see or hear of a backlash from the fans due to the board’s incompetence to help the guy do his job.