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.