Unai Emery says that although developing young players from the academy to the first team will be a key part of his remit at the club, he says that the first way we can make improvements is by spending money in the transfer market.

The head coach has made it clear that he’s seeking new players this summer, and has basically put it up to the owners to back him when the window opens again.

The Spaniard is heading towards the end of his first year at Arsenal, and now has a real understanding of his squad and what needs to be done to continue the progress we’ve made this season.

“I think we can improve first, by spending money to achieve players,” he said.

“In the past the club have done great work in watching players, finding and signing young players and developing our players in the academy.”

“I have big respect for our work, for our players in the academy. I want to develop the players here – giving them progress to achieve something at a big club like we are.

“We can also bring in some players who are in other teams, who can come here and give us this performance – like van Dijk with Liverpool.”

And the Spaniard has signalled his ambition, and what he’d like from the club in terms of financial backing, because he wants to win trophies.

“I am here for titles,” he said. “To be with the best teams in the world in the Champions League, have the best players in the world.

“This is what I have done in the past and I want to do the same in the future.

“I think we are in the right way with the club, with the owner, with Raul Sanllehi to find that.”

It’s nice to hear the manager talk in that way, and there’s no harm in putting it out there in public. A little pressure on KSE would be no bad thing at all.

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Akkimaniac

An actual new signing(s).
None of that LANS bullsh*t 😀

Cacho
Cacho

Good to hear from Emery, him mentioning Van Dijk hopefully means he knows that a top defender should be our first priority.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

A winger should be our top priority.
With Kos and Sok fit recently we seemed half decent in the back.

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

Maybe he’s thinking of kaloubaly

Lucas Rakoto-Sam
Lucas Rakoto-Sam

I have eyes on Umtiti

Hurensohn
Hurensohn

Harry Maguire would be my first choice of the at least somewhat realistic options.

Kingsley
Kingsley

1. It’s Koulibaly
2. Umtiti’s injury prone

Dewey
Dewey

Some fans will spontaneously combust with happiness at this quote. It’s the complete opposite of the old “spending isnt the only way to improve” line we would hear from Sir Wenger over and over again.
Here’s to us splashing the cash in the near future!

SizC
SizC

Some people still don’t get how restricted Wenger had to be. The club came first with Wenger! He was forced to balance the books. He made certain statements to sugarcoat the truth, ie our lack of spending power.

BidOnLard
BidOnLard

Van Dijk? Phft, we have Mustafi.

Aaaaaanyway, good time to make his position strong – we are on a roll, before a hard serie of games.

Alex
Alex

He had good even great players at PSG.

Red Cannon
Red Cannon

And he won the league (once) with them. He recognizes that you need many high quality players to be able to win the league (the Leicester anomaly aside).

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

an irrelevant point. but i see what you did there.

Cycs
Cycs

And he won titles and competed in the champions league with the best clubs…so what’s your point?

Naked cygan
Naked cygan

Yes we must spend money and keep up with the other teams. But the key is to spend it on the right players, and the key areas we need strengthening. Fulham spent 100 million this season and they are going down. I can also see man utd panic buy this summer to keep up with city.

Red Cannon
Red Cannon

Dios, I would love to watch ManU panic buy crappy players this summer. Let’s hope that comes to pass.

Down with the spuds
Down with the spuds

Let’s hope they come in for mustafi for 100m 🤣

Goonereality
Goonereality

True, but we don’t have the money to compete with City, Utd, or Chelsea or, possibly, Liverpool. For us, the best case scenario (basic kitty £40 million + CL money + player sales), probably raises up to £100 million or so in the Summer. How much will Kroenke allow to be spent on transfers though? He seems to be looking to cut costs pretty dramatically, which is why I guess Emery is applying “public” pressure now to try and get the maximum funding made available to him.

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

If we get CL Money + New Kit Deal Money, there’s a high chance we could do good business with the sale of some players as well. He’s just keeping the budgeting part onus on the board because in the end, it’s partly his call who stays and who goes.

VicBklyn

We have money to $pend. Don’t let the rumors of FA financial rules scare us. It’s not true. These numbers are so hidden & include players who are retired, loaned, leaving, etc… Our $pon$or$hip increases every year on things we know & a bunch that we don’t know.
Much Respect for Emery speaking up & in public asking for financial support.

Nico
Nico

What about the money for finnishing in top 4(5,6) I thought the money in Premier League for finnishing let’s say 4 overtakes Champions League money.
After all the relegated teams get £30M
Am I wrong?

mjc1892
mjc1892

Speaking of Fulham, wouldn’t mind a little £25m bid on Sessegnon. He was awesome in the Championship and although he’s done very little this year he’s been in a truly woeful team. Still got very good control, good crosser, left footed and absolutely rapid pace. Think he could fit nicely into this team.

Hantal
Hantal

We should have taken sessegnon a couple of seasons ago

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Could be cheaper now I suppose

ArsenAlan
ArsenAlan

Here’s hoping we get some business done early so I don’t pull whats left of my hair out over the summer

kaius
kaius

Yeah I’m a bit confused by this – why is it that Wolves can announce the signing of Raul Jimenez in April or Barca announce the signing of Frenkie De Jong in March? What’s the point of the transfer window if some clubs can do this.

Or is it just that Arsenal and other clubs follow the rules *too* strictly, because we almost never do these mid-seasons deals?

historical truth
historical truth

Well we announced Ramsey to Juventus mid-season, didn’t we?

kaius
kaius

Right, but with free transfers it’s a little different because players can sign pre-contracts 6 months before the end of their current deals.

I’m just saying in theory there’s nothing stopping Arsenal from doing early business.

Gooners & Roses
Gooners & Roses

thanks for the laugh mate.

Donald's Trump
Donald's Trump

They can announce it whenever they want. The transfer window is when the actual transfer goes through. Didn’t think it was that hard to understand. It’s not like Frankie De Jong is suddenly playing for Barcelona

TeeCee
TeeCee

Well Jimenez was a loan with an option to buy, so all they’ve done is declare that they’ll exercise the option on the existing deal.

kaius
kaius

Gotcha, that makes sense!

Hantal
Hantal

We can buy anytime but registration has to be completed within the windows so little point

Gudang Pelor
Gudang Pelor

Yes, you can begin negotiation and pre-contraft, any time of the season. But the actual moving of the player has to be inside the transfer window.

Nico
Nico

Liverpool announced Nkeitah or whatevs his name is a season before. It’s just clubs doing buisness in advance. The move is going to happen in a transfer window otherwise will be chaos

Monkey Nuts
Monkey Nuts

Raul is on loan at Wolves with an option to buy. They took that option.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Interesting. It’s generally accepted that he’ll have a basic kitty of around £40 million in the Summer. That will be increased if we qualify for the CL, and also through any player transfers. Adding all three income streams together, Emery would probably have up to £100 million in a best case scenario. That could translate into one “big” signing – the van Dijk type as he’s mentioned that – and a couple of smaller-value signings. He is clearly trying to apply some pressure to use the maximum funds that may become available. A question is how much Kroenke will agree can be used from any additional money, as he seems to be on a cost-cutting exercise since taking full control.

Waswa
Waswa

This season my pressure is not as it used to be, there is an improvement. Give this guy money

Down with the spuds
Down with the spuds

Yes! Someone Give that man a billion pounds and bring in some real class👏👏

iGooner
iGooner

Ball in KSE court now to (finally) help deliver some good signings this summer. And boy do I hope we pull off a great summer window.

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

This is going to be interesting. Nowhere to hide for the board and KSE. Wenger is not here to take the blame for the lack of investment. It’s put up or shut up time

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Nowhere to hide from who? Arsenal is their company now. Fans are merely customers, and no business cares about specific customers they simply aim to generate a demand from a certain type of person. There are always new customers to be found.

KSE make or extract profits from Arsenal however they want. They don’t need to do any more than spend enough to keep us in the Premier League and they will be able to turn a profit as long as they don’t let us spend too much.

Kroenke doesn’t care about success on the pitch any more than he would care which flavours a food company that he owned made. Arsenal are expected to turn a profit and he will take as much of that profit as he likes and award it to himself for being the owner. Arsenal gives him an additional income stream, not excitement.

adam
adam

See this is what I don’t get. In a extremely competitive battle of getting future generations of fans especially in the new rising markets across the world, how can it be good sustainable business to reduce your team to an awarage mid table “product” without profiles (not saying we are that now, but we will be eventually if we don’t invest in the same way as our competitors). I get that KSE is not in it for anything else than the profit but if you are in the entertainment industry you need to be able to engage your audience. And the best way (besides results obviously) is by having players people love to watch and admire. Unless the over-all TV-deal is so stupidly put together that there is no economic incentive to build a squad that can go for the top spots in the league table.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Unfortunately there is no pressure on them, because they do not care what people think

BigArse
BigArse

I agree Unai. May I suggest one of these three (in order of preference): Koulibaly, Manolas, Harry Maguire.

Martin
Martin

We don’t need another error prone centre half. Maguire is certainly not the answer

yen
yen

Ok dude you’re not exactly Sven Mislintat

Rich
Rich

KSE are tone deaf….
Emery knows exactly what he wants, and what he doesn’t…
But without Mislintat’s replacement…. who’s going to be identifying players to fill those roles? I’m pretty sure he’s going to be left disappointed, particularly with a reported budget of £40million.
Even if you doubled the budget, we already need replacements for Rambo, Lichtstiner, Cech, And possibly Koscielny+Monreal.

Hopefully we’ll be able to keep hold of Emery, seems he enjoys working to improve players, and it doesn’t sound like he enjoyed managing a squad full of superstars very much.

yen
yen

PREACH SEÑOR EMERY

yea mon
yea mon

if it don’t make dollas it don’t make sense

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

If Emery gets about £100m then that is over £30m on three players – very do-able but it is just about getting quality players at the right price!!!

Evaristus
Evaristus

The Wenger shield is gone. Let’s see how the board reacts.

goonero
goonero

The more I think about it the more uncomfortable I get about the monumental task ahead of our transfer team this summer. We potentially lose one or both of Monreal and Koscielny, we do our utmost to recoup anything close to half of the £35 mill we got conned out of for Mustafi.

That leaves us with Sokratis, Holding, Chambers and Mavropanos as CBs, Kola at LB, Bellerin at RB. Unless Maitland-Niles is being fully converted that leaves us needing a rotation quality LB, a Koscielny quality CB and a RB who could potentially replace Bellerin (who should not be relied on next season until he can establish a period of continued fitness).

Let’s say you get Torreira level bargains at the fullback roles and need to spend north of £30 on a CB. That’s already in the region of £70 mill worth of footballers just to adequately cover the defence.

Add to that us needing to replace Ramsey with someone who can come in and have an immediate impact (because he’ll leave too big a vacuum to allow a Guendouzi type signing to be groomed into the role), and potentially wanting to trade in and up on one of either Mhki or Iwobi (most likely Mhki) and that’s just a whole lot of business to get through and money to be spent efficiently without fucking up something. Either not getting some of the business we need done or not getting the right players need. Obviously that’s the risk every summer, but this current set of circumstances feels like it lends itself to the potential turning point in the trajectory of this club that we’ve long waited for, and these windows of opportunity can be spurious if you don’t have Oligarchs to prop the window pane open with.

Maybe years of transfer ineptitude have made me overly negative in this regard, but I just can’t help but worry about our wheeler dealers ability to do a sufficient job in just this summer, especially without a transfer man with a vision like Sven Mislintat in place. I know other clubs in and around us manage to at least try (except for Sp*rs cos they spent all their money for the next 5-10 years on a massive fucking toilet bowl) but I just worry it may be too much to ask on too tight a budget, even in the dream scenario where we finish 3rd and win the EL.

And even if we don’t get the dream CL return (which no one was truly expecting at the beginning of the season anyway let’s not forget), I think Emery’s shown there’s something about him and the club should do everything in its power to back his project.

At any rate it’s bound to be one heckin silly season.

sambo
sambo

Monreal had his contract extended by a year and I’m sure Kos is around next season too. Some very athletic defenders wouldn’t be an eyesore though that’s for sure.

Dat guy
Dat guy

What do you guys think of rakatic. He’s most likely on his way out and is silky smooth on the ball. He also is older and probably won’t be that expensive either. I personally would love to have him as a replacement for elneny who doesn’t look like he is in emery’s plans. Rabiot would be nice too but he seems like a personality we don’t need in the dressing room.

yen
yen

Age, high wages, low resale value potential = nope.

VicBklyn

Rakatic would be a big signing, even if he just plays Champions league. He would be great for Guedo to learn from. Plus he shouldn’t be expensive

sambo
sambo

Hes not wanted by Barca for many reasons, Pace being one of them. We can’t operate with slow weak players the game is marching on.

Sue

Will we be wearing that gross green kit tomorrow?

Pierre_Alexander
Pierre_Alexander

I win all my FIFA games in that green kit; nothing wrong with it

Sue

If only Arsenal won all their games in it

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Good luck getting that money out of Kroenke, Unai!!

Stephen
Stephen

Sanchez? Ozil? Aubameyang? It’s not that hard. Just because the purse isn’t always open doesn’t mean it never is.

Goonerink

All were bought before 100% ownership.

Hantal
Hantal

I assume he means short term rather than first. We sadly aren’t going to spend big this summer but if we can match last summers success then I’ll be pretty confident of an improvement across the board

Jack4343
Jack4343

Fwd: Stan_kroenke, Josh_kroenke

George
George

Love it.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

This is why I’m gonna miss having Sven.
All his buys bar Litch have all worked out in the end.

I still don’t think we can buy the a bonafide WC player, but there’s a difference in buying VVD the Liverpool way and VVD the Southampton way.

Guys like Jonathan Tah I Hope are being looked at, and a legitimate wide player with dribbling and goals in him, maybe Malcom again?

Then I’d still like to see opportunities for our youth; Eddie, Saka, Smith-Rowe, a returning Nelson in particular.

Tungor_Adams
Tungor_Adams

He is not Goin to dit and wait, clear targets, clear prerequistites. If we claim that CL spot he deserves Finance backning and has Evert tight to Demand it. The fact he goes public may well be to put pressure on our beloved owner, telling him to not spend Arsenal CL money on his cousins yacht

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Our beloved owner doesn’t follow Arsenal. He is not into sports as sport. He buys successful sports “franchises” because “sport” is always popular and new “sports customers” are always ready to spend their money when old ones stop spending. He doesn’t make sports clubs great. There is no pressure on him.

Keith
Keith

Not at all sure that Denis Suarez was the best of starts. We have pissed away the best part of £3m for nothing

Santori
Santori

Should have spent money on Mahrez last January.

We lack the ability to create without resorting to passing around players. Particularly on the Rwing, we have been missing a player to stretch the game without committing the fullbacks/Wingbacks (with consequences further behind)

Instead we got Mhkitaryan. OK player but not what we needed with Ozil and Rambo already providing similar. These are mainly pass and play players.

On the other flank we have Iwobi but right side has been neglected for a long time now (even when we had Alexis everything predictably came from the left)

As much as we have problems in midfield and at the back, we do ourselves no favours by being inefficient further forward.

Caligunner
Caligunner

We could not get mahrez jan’18

Mahrez cost 60m while we swapped for Sanchez and mhiki. We weren’t going to get any monetary value at that point for Sanchez to replace him in the market.

Only reason we had the cash to get auba was the fees we got for Walcott and giroud. If we convinced Leicester to take less than what city was offering we would have had no striker for 8 weeks since laca was either hurt or got hurt around the same time.

Amaobi
Amaobi

Can’t believe el nanny has spent over four years in arsenal, championship level player.