Unai Emery says that Arsenal have told him the January window is not a good time to buy players, but have promised him that there will be funds available during the summer.

The head coach is facing a defensive nightmare with Sokratis now ruled out for a month, having already lost Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin for the rest of the season.

To mitigate that, the club appear to be trying to sign Ivan Perisic and Denis Suarez on loan, but the hopes of doing any significant business in January appear to be almost zero, with summer plans in place and more cash to spend.

Speaking head of tonight’s game against Cardiff at the Emirates, Emery said of the lack of January spending and the potential loan deals, “The club is telling me that this moment is not good to buy players but the club say to me in the summer it is going to be different.

“And we are going to have chances to take and spend money to buy players.

“We are looking at two different players and the possibility they can come. If they aren’t coming to help us like we want, I prefer they don’t come.”

The Spaniard pointed out that only Chelsea have signed anyone of note during this transfer window, highlighting the difficulty of finding players of the requisite quality, and he says there are other ways for his team to improve.

“The easiest thing for me is to ask for more players but I love to work with my players,” he said.

“My challenge is to improve individually, collectively, offensively, defensively.”

For more on the transfer window, Perisic links and lack of defensive spending, check out the new Arsecast Extra

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Ivan Drago
Ivan Drago

Wonder if that means they’ve players identified for the summer and waiting for them to be available in instead of going for stopgap solutions?

Because Arsenal are renowned for that sort of forward planning

santori
santori

Mslintat is a specialist in Panic loans.

Saddle the club with unnecessary players like Mhkitaryan instead of Mahrez. That’s 120K there.

Then add Lichsteiner for 90K another over the hill player.

But he can do better, he will now loan a 29yr old who has been erratic for his club instead.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

I bet had we signed Mahrez you would have moaned like fuck. Not least because we should have signed Mhkitaryan instead.

Such is the mindset of the moaning football fan.

Kinghenrythe14th
Kinghenrythe14th

If you were a tenth as good as Mislintat in your line of work, I doubt you’d have the time to be on here moaning about him every article. What exactly has Mahrez done at City to justify his £60M price tag?
Your relentless negativity and unnecessarily long rambling posts add nothing to the discussions.

Ivan Drago
Ivan Drago

Mkhitaryan was a swap with Sanchez, so it’s not 120k there because there wasn’t a 60m fee involved that Mahrez would have been

Michael
Michael

Santori is a consistent troll

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Seriously mods, is there any possible way for us to put other users on ignore? I’ve gone past the point of caring to see Santori’s repeated rants.

Public Elneny
Public Elneny

Riyadh Mahrez, even if it were possible to have pinched him from the noses of Man City, is a 27 year old who cost £67million. Mkhitaryan is overpaid yes, but Mahrez is on a reported £120,000 a week. Mkhi is not on £240k, where is this £120k figure from? What’s more he hasn’t even been particularly good for Man City.

I’m not saying the Mkhitaryan or Liechsteiner transfers weren’t shit. But why ignore the signings that were – Leno, Sokratis, Mavrapanos, Torreira, Guendouzi, Aubameyang? That’s a pretty good hit rate!

And it’s pretty clear he’s not responsible for this Perisic nonsense, or anything this January window.

Bob
Bob

Ignore santori, he’s just mad because Mislintat nicked his wife while he was writing one of these loooooong posts 😉

The_Kolkata_Gooner
The_Kolkata_Gooner

“The easiest thing for me is to ask for more players but I love to work with my players”

The problem is, at the current rate, we might not have any more players left to work with. THREE season-ending injuries within January is probably the worst we’ve ever faced, and I don’t think there are many clubs in Europe that can boast of such crisis. Our defensive problems are to be blamed a lot on the fact that every time we’ve had a settled back four, someone important got injured, and we had to restart again. Any club would have suffered with such an injury record. Of course, the fact that we don’t have the funds to replace even one of those injured players, especially the two defenders…being forced to play Xhaka as CB or RB, is all of Kroenke’s work.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

It’s nothing to do with Kroenke.

Goonerink

I love the transfer spiel ‘only want players if they will improve us’
I mean generally that’s the idea, specifically in this window.

Goontang
Goontang

Not sure he used that old Wenger spiel. He says I prefer they not come if they are not coming. Which is pretty confusing. I think he must of meant if they dont want to join Arsenal, then I prefer they dont come here.

Nosferatu
Nosferatu

I wonder if maybe he was trying to infer that he only wants the club to bring in players like Suarez and Perisic on loan (maybe with the option to buy) because he’s skeptical too and doesn’t want to risk being tied down in the summer by these added long-term salaries. It would certainly be a reasonable position for the head coach to take.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

What you said. People need to remember this guy has been used to working with Neymar and Mbappe not to mention some of the great players he had at Sevilla who went on to bigger and better things.

Mpls
Mpls

He actually did use it a week or two ago about only wanting players that improve on what we already have. But it’s hardly a ‘Wengerism’. I think about every manager in the league has said it sat one time or another. It’s just a true statement.

As far as sussing out the meaning, I thought it could possibly mean he doesn’t want some other new player ‘if they’re not good enough to improve us’ or if ‘they don’t fit the role I need’.

So no point in a trolley dash.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Well said.

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

That translates to ‘top top quality’

occams hatchet
occams hatchet

WAR CHEST

Steve myers
Steve myers

Scrap the winter transfer & make it out of season only

Bring back David Hillier

Like a new signing, in the long hot summer…

santori
santori

We don’t do Panic buys anymore. That was when Wenger and Dick were around.

We now only do Panic loans.

Somehow people are more willing to wait to end of window because they suddenly understand that we haven’t done this to ourselves instead it is the market that has conspired against us.

Apparently the old regime was responsible for extending Ozil at 350K.

Wenger is the one to blame for getting Lichsteiner and wasting 90K on a position we already have cover with Chambers and AMN.

Go figure.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Santori constantly complains about Arsenal playing people out of position…but yet the same santori complains that we got Lich because we already had AMN & Chambers available at right back. Goodbye Logic my old friend.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

The worst thing about Santori is that he almost behaves like a bot; he shows now awareness or interest in others responses to his arguments, he simply ignores and just repeats the same comments in every new story post, over and over again, regardless of the truth or what anyone says to him.

He has no intention of actually conversing with anyone. I am convinced he is in fact a bot that has escaped into the real world ala Agent Smith from The Matrix.

Jay
Jay

This is so accurate it is almost scary. It might also happen to be very true. Santori does in fact appear to lack any sort of cognizance or perception of how others feel about his posts. *shudders*

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Try saying “Freeze all motor functions”.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

The other thing that annoys me so much about the Lichsteiner complaints is the fact that people can’t see that he was bought for what he brings off the field too. We were mentally so, so weak in Arsène’s last few seasons & far too easily bullied. That is definitely something that has improved & I think it would be daft to suggest Lich wasn’t part of the reason why it has improved.

Kinghenrythe14th
Kinghenrythe14th

Problem is, “he is not Mahrez”, so for a certain long time worshiper, he’ll never be good enough!

Go figure…

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

People have forgotten in their eagerness to criticise everything. There were reports of Ivan telling Orny I think, that “Men” were being signed to help with the mentality issue.

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner

What are you on about with wenger and lich? Wha..I mean how…wha?

Carlos _ Santana
Carlos _ Santana

As disappointing as it may be its definitely better that we don’t just purchase on a whim and rather get better players in the summer.. Even though we really could do with a few 😂

santori
santori

Height of hysteria. Just listened to podcast. Complaining about Mustafi for third goal. Where the ef was Torreira? He was left behind like a little school boy by Pogba that’s where.

Again criticism on Mustafi but he wasn’t featured when we lost points to BHA, Soton and the great west Ham.

Where was Sokratis and his great organization then????

Where was Torreira?

In those 3 games and against Liverpool he was poor losing the ball in midfield (either by poor passes or being robbed) at least 5 times 3 of which led directly to goals.

Imagine if that was Granit?

I’m sorry but blogs REALLY needs to watch those matches again for what they were.

All this nonsense about Mustafi and Granit (even if they have issues) detracts from the real issues in the squad.

POOR analysis lads. Just poor.

Pooner
Pooner

Shkodran sliding into the comment section like…

Gunnery
Gunnery

Swap deal Perisic for Ozil. One 29year old for another. just depends on how much money. The ‘loans only’ status could also be a bargain chip with Inter and any club who may want us to pay a percentage of Ozils wage if we get rid.

Gunnery
Gunnery

So a swap deal sounds ideal to me.

Alex
Alex

Any idea of what the main person (Özil) thinks of it? This is not FIFA here, it’s real life.

Chibs
Chibs

Plenty bang average, Ill-disciplined defenders to feed off there. More than in the pre league. I would recommend a move for him

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

This is suitable solution. We might be required to pay extra 5-10 million atop Ozil. Of course footballing-wise we receive a good player who the coach wants to play, his salary would be reasonable (say 100-150k), and we offload a player with an insane contract.
If there’s a chance for this, then we should take it.

Alex
Alex

You leave a guy who is best creator in Europe for another who goals 3 in 24 games as a winger? Or don’t you just wish another toy to play with unless you’re tired of it?

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

His days are numbered mate. Enjoy watching him play the odd match from now till end of season.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Won’t be popular with the Ozil lobby but it makes some sense, swap a player that’s not suited to Emery’s style for one that is and is on less money. But I can’t see Inter stumping up for Ozil’s wages, and Ozil is happy enough here apparently, so a permanent deal would probably be a non-starter.

Mpls
Mpls

I wager even the loan is a non-starter.

Gunnery
Gunnery

We’ve lost a massive amount of penetration on the right side with Bellerin out. Perisic is two footed and can provide that pace and width that Emery’s favoured systems require.

Ben
Ben

Sorry to upset you but Perisic doesn’t have Pace.

Mpls
Mpls

And 90% of the time he plays on the left. Like our entire squad.

Chichi
Chichi

Hahahahaha

Vince
Vince

I think when Emery said “if they aren’t coming to help us like we want, I prefer they don’t come.” – he means he wants these players to come on our terms (option to buy at the end of the season) and not being forced into buying them (obligation to buy clauses demanded by Barca and Inter). I think they have already identified long term targets who we are going to go after during the summer

Savage
Savage

Try-before-you-buy – I like it. Loans with an option to buy seem to be the new groove with top clubs.

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

So i assume we have set aside budget for verane and kimpembe?

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

The club’s position makes absolutely no sense. A top-four finish is essential and still possible but could be stymied by this injury crisis. If we don’t qualify for the Champions’ League then it could cost us £40 million and make it harder for us to sign top stars in the summer. Nobody’s talking about spending £70 million on one player; two £15 million defensive players could make a huge difference right now.

Like I’ve said before, we seem to have a leadership crisis at the club. Nobody’s thinking straight.

kas
kas

Didn’t we ‘push the boat out’ last winter. Shipping out what 4/5 players to bring in Aubameyang & Mhiki to try for a top 4 place & failed.

Gunnery
Gunnery

If I was Emery I would be doing everything to protect my reputation of someone who gets results where ever he goes.

Also a statement to ensure he really does get what he wants in the summer

I like this because Wenger was too much of a company man to kick up a fuss if he didn’t get anything all transfer window and leave it until very last minute when we dredging the leftovers at a high price.

Wenger probably tore his hair out. And if the same situation happens then either a massive finger will be pointed at Raul or Stan.

But Stan doesn’t give a toss. Raul does, so could he be the next to leave too?

Gunnery
Gunnery

I’m pretty sure we all know the common denominator in our decline.

Mpls
Mpls

Agree – I like that Emery isn’t playing human shield for the board. That is the kind of bits of transparency we’ve always hoped for.

I think Josh Kroenke is the influence point in the organization. Stan has been giving him an incrementally increasing role for some time now, and he’s more directly involved. He’s the one we hope to see the need and recommend direction.