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
1 year ago

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

Cacho
Cacho
1 year ago

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
1 year ago
Reply to  Cacho

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

Cultured determination
Cultured determination
1 year ago
Reply to  Cacho

Maybe he’s thinking of kaloubaly

Lucas Rakoto-Sam
Lucas Rakoto-Sam
1 year ago

I have eyes on Umtiti

Hurensohn
Hurensohn
1 year ago

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

Kingsley
Kingsley
1 year ago

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

Dewey
Dewey
1 year ago

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
1 year ago
Reply to  Dewey

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
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

He had good even great players at PSG.

Red Cannon
Red Cannon
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex

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
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex

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

Cycs
Cycs
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex

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

Naked cygan
Naked cygan
1 year ago

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
1 year ago
Reply to  Naked cygan

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
1 year ago
Reply to  Naked cygan

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

Goonereality
Goonereality
1 year ago
Reply to  Naked cygan

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
1 year ago
Reply to  Goonereality

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
1 year ago
Reply to  Goonereality

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
1 year ago
Reply to  Goonereality

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
1 year ago
Reply to  Naked cygan

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
1 year ago
Reply to  mjc1892

We should have taken sessegnon a couple of seasons ago

Anonymarse
Anonymarse
1 year ago
Reply to  Hantal

Could be cheaper now I suppose

ArsenAlan
ArsenAlan
1 year ago

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
1 year ago
Reply to  ArsenAlan

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
1 year ago
Reply to  kaius

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

kaius
kaius
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

thanks for the laugh mate.

Donald's Trump
Donald's Trump
1 year ago
Reply to  kaius

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
1 year ago
Reply to  kaius

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
1 year ago
Reply to  TeeCee

Gotcha, that makes sense!

Hantal
Hantal
1 year ago
Reply to  kaius

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

Gudang Pelor
Gudang Pelor
1 year ago
Reply to  Hantal

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
1 year ago
Reply to  kaius

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
1 year ago
Reply to  kaius

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

Goonereality
Goonereality
1 year ago

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… Read more »

Waswa
Waswa
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

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

iGooner
iGooner
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

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… Read more »

adam
adam
1 year ago

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… Read more »

Anonymarse
Anonymarse
1 year ago

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

BigArse
BigArse
1 year ago

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

Martin
Martin
1 year ago
Reply to  BigArse

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

yen
yen
1 year ago
Reply to  BigArse

Ok dude you’re not exactly Sven Mislintat

Rich
Rich
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

PREACH SEÑOR EMERY

yea mon
yea mon
1 year ago

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

Billy Bob
Billy Bob
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

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

goonero
goonero
1 year ago

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… Read more »

sambo
sambo
1 year ago
Reply to  goonero

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
1 year ago

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
1 year ago
Reply to  Dat guy

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

VicBklyn
1 year ago
Reply to  Dat guy

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
1 year ago
Reply to  VicBklyn

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
Sue
1 year ago

Will we be wearing that gross green kit tomorrow?

Pierre_Alexander
Pierre_Alexander
1 year ago
Reply to  Sue

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

Sue
Sue
1 year ago

If only Arsenal won all their games in it

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill
1 year ago

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

Stephen
Stephen
1 year ago
Reply to  Mesut O'Neill

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

Goonerink
1 year ago
Reply to  Stephen

All were bought before 100% ownership.

Hantal
Hantal
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

Fwd: Stan_kroenke, Josh_kroenke

George
George
1 year ago

Love it.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

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
1 year ago
Reply to  Tungor_Adams

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
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

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… Read more »

Caligunner
Caligunner
1 year ago
Reply to  Santori

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
1 year ago

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

JamesGodwinson
JamesGodwinson
1 year ago
Reply to  Amaobi

Wenger’s mess left.