Emery open to ‘big opportunity’ addition but expects outgoings first

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Unai Emery says he’s not shut the door on recruiting further players this summer but admits after five incoming transfers his main focus in the short-term is trimming the squad.

Our new signings, coupled with those returning from loan moves, have swelled the first team squad to 31 and that doesn’t even count promising youngsters Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock or Takuma Asano who has already joined Hannover for the year.

While the new boss has been keen to cast an eye on all his options, it’s fair to assume that Chuba Akpom, Lucas Perez, Joel Campbell, The Jeff, Carl Jenkinson and one of our four keepers will be moved on before the transfer window closes (twice) in August.

Asked about his transfer policy for the rest of the summer, Emery said he’s very pleased with the players sent his way by Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi.

“Normally, in my career the big clubs don’t close the [door] or the moment to sign a new player,” he told media ahead of Saturday’s pre-season friendly with Boreham Wood.

“Today, we are OK. Maybe we can bring in one if there’s a very good possibility for them to help us, but the club has done a great job of signing new players and I am happy.

He added: “We signed the players who we needed and only if one player is a big opportunity for us will we sign them.

“Normally, we are thinking about the young players, the possibility of them staying with us or going to play on loan at another team.

“We are also thinking about the players who were with us last year and whether we need them to stay with us.

“At the moment, I think the squad is complete. We will only sign another player if there is an opportunity to bring in that one player, or two players. We will only sign a player in the next month if he’s a big opportunity.”

He was also specifically asked about links with Steven N’Zonzi, a player with whom he worked at Sevilla and one that’s been tipped to move to the Emirates.

“I know him but we haven’t made a move for him,” replied Emery.

Given we’ve committed £72 million to four transfers this summer (and snapped up Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free), it’s fair to expect an attempt at balancing the books in the coming weeks.

The budget was initially leaked as £50 million. Can we get £20 million for our fringe players? It shouldn’t be impossible. It’s also worth bearing in mind that we’ve got to keep some powder dry for a substantial increase in Aaron Ramsey’s pay, assuming contract talks go well.

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wouldn’t have minded seeing a winger come in, but we already are going to have a lot of trouble fitting in all of our big name players (great problem to have) so not surprised. pretty good summer IMO as we added some defensive depth via players who know how to defend, a promising keeper, a DM who looked pretty solid at the world cup and a good prospect.

clins
clins

like u mentioned i would have loved to see a winger come in , someone to change the course at the end of the game at the end of the game like ox used to do it at his last season. i also would have loved if a centre back(soyuncu looked like a beast) and a midfielder come in. in both positions we have numbers but i’m not sure we have enough quality . but as it stands mightly impressed by the transfers , and the way we kept it under budget particularly when both ozil, auba and mkhi put a hole in our wage budget last year. besides a lot of players like chambers , holding , iwobi, kolasinac , holding , xhaka , and many more are gonna be like new signings after they recieved proper coaching not to mention the youngsters we have. so we might have done just enough . excited for new season

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Having big name players is not a reason to abandon the entire role.
Number of wingers at Arsenal = 0 .
Does this make any sense?

sambo
sambo

nelson 🙂

Rich
Rich

We’re certainly not desperate for numbers, but adding a significant upgrade in any position would be welcome.
Hopefully we can clear the decks quickly

Shonky
Shonky

He’s got his head screwed on….I’m really liking our new boss.
Chelsea and Spudz can be overtaken this season.

Blim Blam
Blim Blam

Liverpool too, they’ll be very lucky to replicate last year with their energy levels and I expect their attack to have been worked out a bit by some managers.

Damo Dinkum
Damo Dinkum

If de Gea’s form dips, Utd will be vulnerable too.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

I understand the positivity, but I’d rather not expect much this season and just enjoy it.

Took both Klopp and Poch at least a season to embed their new pressing style. I fear guys are letting their positivity run away with itself now.

You mention “if De Gea’s form dips” as if the same can’t happen to Ozil, or that United and the others won’t strengthen.

   kaius
   kaius

Agree that Emery needs a full season! The optimism around the club is amazing right now. But some of it is allowing people to indulge narratives that don’t make sense.

All our rivals are further along with their respective projects except Chelsea. Even Chelsea, who people keep saying are in “disarray”, have the bulk of a title-winning squad and are about to bring in Sarri, the most stylish offensive coach in European football.

Even the idea that our pre-season will give us a huge advantage in the first couple of games is a bit far-fetched. Fatigue won’t really be a factor until 60-70 mins, and we could be 3 goals down by then.

Let’s just enjoy watching the team develop and look forward to beating teams because we’re flat-out better than them, not because they’re “tired”.

goongot
goongot

Reminds me of arsene’s exceptional talent comments. 😂

AndrewTheEmerati
AndrewTheEmerati

Top top quality

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Triple. Top Top Top quality!

Nasaie
Nasaie

Lucas Perez will stay. Great player. Dybala Ozil Micki will be frightening

Finlay307
Finlay307

But, we aren’t going to sign Dybala are we?

Perez is a decent option for Carling cup and off the bench. But ideally, we would let him go and sign a younger player with a higher potential

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

We already have Nketiah.

dnws
dnws

Carling Cup, haven’t heard that in a while.

Cyprus The Immortal Gooner
Cyprus The Immortal Gooner

I don’t think we spent actually 72m. We’ve made arrangements to pay in installments like Torreira (clause was 25 but paid 30 to facilitate the 3 yearly installments of 10m)

   kaius
   kaius

Well, on the first point Arseblog is pretty careful – the article doesn’t say we’ve paid out 72m. It says we’ve “committed” that amount to the transfers we’ve made so far.

On the second point, the club hasn’t told us the Torreira payments have been split into 3 payments. I might be wrong but neither has Ornstein or the more reliable people at the Guardian or Telegraph. Don’t mean to have a go at anyone but there’s isn’t enough evidence to state that as a fact.

David Hillier's luggage
David Hillier's luggage

Everything is undisclosed, we’ll probably only find out when the selling clubs publish their accounts

Robert Pires : Director of football @ Arsenal
Robert Pires : Director of football @ Arsenal

Dybala incoming…

Big Sheezy
Big Sheezy

Wanna bet the house on it?

Blim Blam
Blim Blam

Where do you get this nonsense?

Greg
Greg

I was hoping the 50 million figure bandied about was simply a negotiating tactic for us to cry poor to ensure that clubs wouldn’t have us over a barrel when purchasing players.

mpls
mpls

It may still be, as might this statement. It could be the old ‘We’re not really looking, but I suppose we might be open to the right opportunity’ bit. Who knows?

But I’m keeping in mind this IS still the Arsenal.

We’ve brought in a lot of needed renovation, but not ‘stars’ (yet in a couple cases perhaps). If they’re up to the level and we don’t lose any big players,

Mpls
Mpls

…then the next widow or two could be really interesting from the ‘star’ standpoint.

Finlay307
Finlay307

Would be nice to see a great marque talent arrive. That would certainly give everyone a boost and increase our chances of top 4.

I think we have improved our team so far but we are one star away from being a genuine threat in the league. That player should be a wide forward who can score and create.

If we sell, Perez, Campbell, Welbeck then that might clear enough wages and space in the team for that kind of player.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

I fear for Welbeck. The fact he didn’t play in meaningful games at WC even after three substitutions wouldn’t help him at all. Instead of being at the training ground from day one and trying to impress the new boss, he will come back after Emery has played a team for three games. Same for Iwobi. Nigeria wasn’t even starting him or giving him decent game time.

Men With Ven
Men With Ven

He didn’t get games for England because he’s not very good…

Finlay307
Finlay307

Welbeck is a decent squad option, I like him and he works hard. He has certianly been unlucky with injuries over the years but I think he simply does not have the talent to be the player we need in that position.

420Goonerblayzeit
420Goonerblayzeit

Disappointed the Jeff hasn’t kicked on. I know he had some mystery disciplinary issue, but when he was featuring in the Carabao Cup I thought he looked the most promising of the midfielders. AMN has clearly earned his rotation spot with hard work and presumably no off field issues, but the Jeff looks like a classy and composed player. Here’s hoping if he does go out on loan he can impress and maybe break in next year.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Not quite sure why Blogs keep listing him as one of the players likely off. Outside of his contract being a year left (general Arsenal theme), there’s almost this “out of sight, out of mind” situation with him.

The kid had a successful loan last season (one of few, and arguably the best loan) for a Ligue 1 side, which is PL comparable.

Also, in a squad that’s lost Jack, Sanchez, Santi, Ox and Gnabry, he’s one of 3 players in our squad that actually dribble (some weekends on his loan, he actually had the highest success rate for dribbling in all European game), with Iwobi and Nelson the others (Mikhi can too, but he’s a hybrid).

We need dribblers.

420Goonerblayzeit
420Goonerblayzeit

I agree, he offers something different. He can beat a man on occasion and has that calm demeanor which you can’t really teach. I know we saw very little of him, but he clearly had a certain “je ne sais quoi” about him. And like you said his loan at Angers was by all accounts a great success. Hopefully he stays around this season and can make an impact.

Bosscielny
Bosscielny

I think we are accepting this 50 million budget thing a little too easily for my liking. The budget for a club of Arsenal’s size should be much higher, considering the huge TV deals, match day, revenue, various sponsorship deals.

I am definitely pleased with the business we’ve done so far. Fans often talk about the business done in the January window as the reason for restricted spending this summer which I simply don’t understand. Given the fact that we let go of players like Sanchez, Coquelin, Giroud, Walcott, Ox and Mertesacker, Cazorla, and Wilshere this summer. We should be financially better off considering most of the above players were first team players at Arsenal and would’ve been on hefty wages. So we should be having considerably higher than 50 mil to spend on players this summer.

A lot of our transfer strategy is being justified by we don’t have a lot of money and have to make do with whatever we get within 50 mil. Teams like Spurs, Liverpool, West Ham, Everton are outspending us. Whether they’re getting value for that is another question but they are spending more.

dnws
dnws

Seems that it’s because Arsenal is run like a business, not at all the same way a lot of these other clubs are run where spending is endless because of sugar-daddy owners.

Atom
Atom

I think it’s also likely due to us no longer being a top destination for players. If you notice we aren’t really being linked with players that the top clubs are going for. We definitely are a second tier destination for now. If we get back into the CL then that will help attract players. As we currently sit, Arsenal simply is not as attractive of destination for a player as Liverpool, City, etc.

One of them is lying!
One of them is lying!

Like Jean Michael Seri? Who chose to go to Fulham…apparently Chelsea and Barcelona were also interested. Or Ronaldo going to Juventus.
It’s not like we are like Leicester who won the league once and will remain outside the top 4 forever. Top 4 isnt outside our reach next year. Arsenal have enough stature to interest players. But doesnt seem like we will be operating at + 50 mil bracket this window. Nabi Keita or Nabil Fekir or Thauvin or Forsberg….any of them will cost over 50.

Tim
Tim

nonsense

Stevec
Stevec

Auba to name but one of our recent signings, is a top player

Atom
Atom

Aubameyang is terrific but for whatever reason he appeared to have little to no interest in him. He spent the whole summer angling for a move , yet no top club went after him

Goonerink

Don’t forget with Jack gone we have another 100k a week for wages

Vino
Vino

this whole will go to Ramsey.

Dave
Dave

& Santi was on about 90k allegedly

Hantal
Hantal

As much as I loved Wenger, when he said “we’re open to quality” I heard “we’re done”

Now I get the impression we genuinely are ‘open to quality’

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Probably done tbh

   kaius
   kaius

How can we be done? We have four goalkeepers (he wants to keep three), Ramsey’s contract issue hasn’t been finalised, and Emery hasn’t finished evaluating young or fringe players like Jenkinson, Campbell, Smith-Rowe and Reine-Adelaide?

Emery’s no fool. He’s not going into his first Premier League season with weaknesses in his squad.

yen
yen

Done in terms of transfers in.

   kaius
   kaius

Emery didn’t say what he said for no reason. One more if not two. Bet on it my friend.

LittleMozart
LittleMozart

Can we get £20m for Welbeck?

   kaius
   kaius

It would be so daft to keep him. He had a pretty good end to the season with his contributions in Europe, been part of a World Cup squad and his fitness is much more reliable. His value will never be higher.

Even if we get 12m for him that should be enough for Sven to find a gem as a replacement.

Futsboller
Futsboller

Emery might fancy Welbeck for his pressing-doggedness, not to mention his strength and speed and ability to put the ball in with an unintended limb.

MrT
MrT

Caglar soyuncu…?

yen
yen

For years I wanted a proper, skillful winger who can take on players for fun, but right now I’m struggling for names as much as how he would potentially slot into the team.

As stated numerous times elsewhere, we already have a problem fitting all our star names onto the same pitch. If we brought in this “big opportunity” LW, it would probably mean benching Lacazette, which seems like a huge luxury for any top side in the world. I understand the season is long and there are several competitions to play in, yet the mutual understanding between Laca and Auba seemed so promising towards the end of last season that I would really like to see more of them alongside each other without having to shift Auba on the wing.

All in all, big LW signing could of course be benefitial and could give us another of those problems you want to have, yet it could disbalance the team as well. So, when it comes to winger, I would probably prefer a “big promise” signing to the “finished product” one.

Also, as I said earlier, I’m struggling a bit for names here, so throw some ideas at me who we have in mind.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Here’s an idea; lets not play Laca and Auba together, that would just mess the equilibrium of the formation. Since it’s almost surely will be 4-3-3.
Neither of both is suitable to play as a winger. So, for now, Auba starts.

santori
santori

The shortfall is a genuine wide player.

I would be looking at Flaurien Thauvin. If not keeping track of Hirving Lozano.

Outside choice maybe Yannick Carrasco.

Otherwise we are looking at either a young solution from squad (say Nketiah or Reiss to step up) or maybe rejuvenating someone like the still very much at large but older (and less quick) Lucas Perez who may prosper under Emery.

I think this will have to await what 6 or 7 wealthier teams in the CL decide upon and movement in and out of those teams.

Cronaldo has moved to Juve so Real may reinforce with downstream effect. Mahrez has (unfortunately) moved to City.

Again many people simply don’t undertsnad the market.

Thus far (aside from Torreiro) most of the players we have signed are very much obtainable for most teams. The higher tier targets will take timing to finesse a signing.

Much of it depends on those other teams committing first or getting distracted by false targets (something Wenger was adept at exploiting)

It may come down to the wire depending on who is left on the shelf for us.

santori
santori

In terms of squad composition I see the squad revolving around 5 players up the spine.

If we consider a 4-2-2-2, we have 4 groups of 2 from Cback to CM to AM and CF, plus the 2 fullbacks.

At Cback we may have – Papasdoupoulous + Mustafi + Chambers + Holding +youngplayer Mavropanos (Koscielny returning from injury is bonus and may move one of the younger Cback to a loan second half of season)

At CM we may have – Torreiro + Granit + Elneny + AMN +young player (the Jeff or Gouedouzi)

At AM we may have – Ozil + Mhki+ Ramsey + Iwobi + (?)

At CF we may have – Auba + Laca + Welbz + porentially Lucas Perez and/or (one of Nelson or Nketiah, the other off on strong loan)

Plus the Fullbacks – Bellerin + Kolasinac + Lichsteiner + Monreal

Plus 3 keepers.

That’s 27 players but carrying 4 younger players at CB, CM, AM and CF.

So we are actually looking at 4 players competing for 2 positions in each group.

One more AM who has trickery and pace out wide will give us better option and ability to break quicker going forward.