Following the disappointing Europa League Final loss to Chelsea, manager Unai Emery was asked if missing out on a Champions League place would affect incoming business over the summer.
While the answer to that is obvious to every Arsenal fan in the world, Emery toed the party line by playing down its impact to his summer transfer window.
“Maybe, but I think we are a big team,” he said. “I think Arsenal is a big name in the world of football. A lot of players want to play here. We are in one process and we need, in this process, to be strong in our idea, to be strong in our way.
“I don’t know our targets for next year, but the club is working to improve and do everything in our way.”
Arsenal will be financially hampered in the transfer market without Champions League revenue though Emery hinted that the club might attempt an alternative solution – integrate more academy talent into the first team for the 2019/20 season.
“We have a lot of players who have the possibility to improve and grow up with us,” he continued.
“For example, we have given a lot of youngsters their first experience of a final. I am positive for our future, creating our way with young players who are getting better in our way.
Many fans have been clamouring for increased minutes for the likes of Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka. Perhaps investing in youth would be the smart way to go considering how many of the team’s experienced players have under-delivered in recent seasons.
Watch this space for more Arsenal transfer news during the summer.