Emery preaches patience as clock ticks on transfer window

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Unai Emery says Arsenal are happy to remain patient in their quest for new signings even though the transfer window closes in just 19 days.

After the departure of several high profile players and with club captain Lauren Koscielny trying to force an exit, it’s no secret that the Spaniard needs to strengthen his squad in several areas.

There have been links with a string of big names and a raft of promotions from the Academy, however, to date, the only completed business has seen 18-year-old Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli arrive from Ituana.

Deals for Saint-Etienne’s William Saliba and Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos appear to be close but with the former set to be loaned back to his current club and the latter only arriving on loan, it still feels like there’s a lot of work to do, particularly in defence.

“I am patient because we want to choose the best solution,” Emery told a press conference after Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Fiorentina in Charlotte. 

“Some players are very expensive and we are waiting for this possibility because we don’t want now to go to the second line of players. We are waiting and really we have very good young players.

“We are aware we also need to improve some areas in this squad. But I only want to sign three or four players only if we can be sure they are coming to improve our squad.

“There are a lot of names and the club is working. Edu is very close to me every day and also with the Kroenke family.

“I want to send a message to all our supporters that we want to [build] the best squad possible.”

For what it’s worth, the Spaniard feels as though his making progress with the players he does have at his disposal. With a few players yet to return from their summer holidays and a couple of new signings he feels the club are well-placed to close the gap on their Champions League rivals.

“We are preparing every player and some players need to come after their work with the national team. The players here, the young players, maybe it’s the moment to show how we can use them to help us now and in the season.

“With other players we can prepare tactically with our structure, being competitive. We know last year we had positive experience to continue in our way. We reduced the points to teams, we were one point only from the top four.

“We need to do more. One more step with that young players. We’re working on the possibility; I’m positive about signing good players to help us. We’re working very well.

“I am very happy with every player. We are working behind the scenes to improve with some players from the transfer market.”

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Didrik Plehn
Didrik Plehn

Arsenal has good control, we can expect several signings next week. I still believe we will have an interesting transfer window

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner

Just do the business on time and relieve us of this unnecessary anxiety

Goonereality
Goonereality

Saying it, and actually doing the business in our weakened financial state are, unfortunately, two entirely different things. It’s financial constraints that are preventing us from undertaking “straightforward” transfers so we have to offer complicated deals.

Man Manny
Man Manny

My only anxiety right now, especially after yesterday game, is Mustafi. By 20th minute he had made two errors a better team would certainly exploit.
We need a better CB if we want to make that long overdue step forward.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Our defense has been looking quite poorly in some of the friendlies recently, particularly when Mustafi is in it

PolyEmery
PolyEmery

But remember: “I am very happy with every player”. I think he missed a ‘nearly’ in there.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I don’t really understand why we are persisting with him. Probably because we are stuck with him I guess.

I’ve liked what I’ve seen with the young players. There are reasons to be positive.

The Far Post
The Far Post

This is pre season… and Arsenal could also be putting him in the shop window?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

If so i think it was ill advised 🙂

TeeCee
TeeCee

Might be better to put him in the bargain basket next to the checkout.

Rob67
Rob67

Window closes a fortnight on Thursday and it will be no good humming this little song on the morning of August 9th. The defence in particular has to be addressed and that was before Kos stated his intention to leave.

It is particularly galling that he sites the Kronkes. It’s like he’s box ticking all the corporate cliches needed to get by. They – in theory – have no say on recruitment and it should be down to him, Sanhelli and now Edu.

If we wind up with one new Centre Half that we have to loan back to St. Etienne for the season – and Kos goes, we are looking at either a ‘Stella improvement’ from the usual suspects, or another season shipping 50 plus goals.

Tanned arse
Tanned arse

I don’t think we’ll buy one. If we’ve bought saliba for next year and holding is considered good enough then I think they’ll only buy players they consider better than those. No more stop gaps. Sokratis is decent but not great (still, probably good enough for this team to push into top 4 if we had two of him) but I can’t see us buying another CB to add to the wage bill who won’t improve us long term. I really think bielik should be retained as a CB and as the first alternative option when either sokratis or holding are injured.

Martin
Martin

Don’t forget Chambers

Robm
Robm

“It is particularly galling that he sites the Kronkes.”

We might not like them but he has to work with them. What part of his situation or the club’s situation would be improved by Emry going into a press conference and announcing “Good Ebening, the Kronkes are all Cockbadgers”?

He’s worked at PSG, so I’m going to defer to him on how to deal with bloody awkward club owners.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

“Good Ebening, the Kronkes are all Cockbadgers”

He’d be right though.

Rich
Rich

Jorge Mendes reportedly acting as an intermediary for Arsenal in a €80 million deal for Nicolas Pepe …..

We need wingers and full backs, who can carry the ball and dribble, it’s the reason Zaha makes a lot of sense, only Hazard completed more dribbles than Zaha in the PL last season.

Pepe scored 23 goals (9 penalties) and 11 assists last season, and is 24.
I’ve never seen Pepe play, but if Zaha is being quoted at a similar sort of price, maybe going for a player 2.5 years younger, might be a better bet? Even if he isn’t PL ready?

If we get Pepe for £72 million? And he progresses quickly? We could maybe flip him for £150mill in 2-3 years.
Where as Zaha will be close to 29 in 2years, and is unlikely to hold the same type of value

nabster
nabster

There could also be an element of playing the Pepe transfer as a ruse merely to push Palace into selling a want-away Zaha to us for less than the ridiculous amount they want. After all, looking purely at end product, they value Zaha for close to the same price that Hazard went for, and Hazard is a far better, more consistent, player.

I’d value Zaha at somewhere around £60 million tops.

If only Real Madrid would consider a straight swap deal of Ozil for Bale…

Andre
Andre

We’ve been a pretty patient bunch for a while now.

Chiza
Chiza

I won’t raise my hopes up.. No way!!!

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

“I am very happy with every player.” Mouthed Emery through gritted teeth.

JamesGodwinson
JamesGodwinson

LOL. I am actually thinking the same.

Jack
Jack

How do you mouth something through gritted teeth?

Bring back David Hillier

I know Mustafi is not the only player we need to sell, but is no club even willing to take him on loan? His confidence looks low, I feel for him (a bit), but he needs to go. As for signings, let’s get on with it, pre-season is perfect time for new signings to bed in, and there isn’t much of pre-season left.

ach
ach

Imagine if it was bale

AussieGooner
AussieGooner

I think the plan is falling into place. We are going to swap Mustafi for Bale. Clearly the plan all along. Obviously Bale’s wages are an issue so Zidane has agreed to take both Ozil and Mkhitaryan to help pave the way.

Everton Sorearse will sign for Arsenal tomorrow. And Everton will sign the French under 19 star “Arsenal Henry”. Aston Villa have already signed a player called “West Brom Smith” from the Welsh League.

Edu actually stole the replica of the 2002 world cup on his way out of the office for the last time, never got caught, and promised it to Dani Alves in return for a two year contract.

Zaha will sign for Newcastle tomorrow, £23m + £1 and kiss the badge saying he has always been a Geordie in his heart.

Tierney will retire at 24 and write the best selling autobiography “Almost a Gooner” before winning a gig co-presenting Ch5’s coverage of the Australian A League with Kieran Gibbs.

George
George

Tough crowd! This actually wasn’t too bad.

Vonnie
Vonnie

There won’t be any announcements until the middle of next week anyway, nothing will be confirmed until everyone’s back from America.

Goonereality
Goonereality

The pressure is building as we near the 8 August deadline. The main problem is pretty obvious now: we just don’t have the money up front to offer “straightforward” transfer terms. All the potential deals being reported are based on either extended instalment repayments (most of them), immediate loan backs (Saliba), loans only (Ceballos), and extended add-on payments (Tierney) – all designed to cut down the money paid initially. Good from our viewpoint, but it’s not rocket science that selling clubs aren’t too happy – hence the delays.

I guess we’ll bring in some new players – there’s too much at stake with what’s been said not to now. Whether the ones we get are our top choices is another matter. Emery talked about going for player one on the list, then if unsuccessful, player two and so on. Given the pressure is building for “someone to be bought”, how far down the list will we go to bring new faces in? It’s a potential worry, but we’ll see.

Jack
Jack

As a Celtic fan, I’m not too sure why we wouldn’t be happy about spreading out the fee; we are in an unprecedented period of dominance that may well be coming to a close, and guaranteed future revenue should be very appealing in my opinion. We’ve already done most of our major transfer business for this summer (including a left back), and so I would think it quite prudent to secure a few million coming in each year for the near future instead of getting £25m immediately.

Double98
Double98

I think we can be patient as most of the guys we are trying to bring in are not available to join up with squad. Saliba, Tierney, Zaha, Everton soures . Etc we can try and get them over the line for the best price

nonononoyes
nonononoyes

If they can complete deals for saliba, everton and Tierney, that would be grand, but the centre-back situation is desperate. If we don’t get one decent player in there, we are fooked!

Frog
Frog

My patience wore out when we shit the bed and missed a champions league spot last year. For me, that was a disgrace and I fault emery. He’s done for me. Say whatever you will about Arsene Wenger and all his faults, he would have got us 4th and we wouldn’t be in this shit predicament.

Futsboller
Futsboller

That was on Emery, but he deserves another shot this year — after a tepid first season, he understands our players, our club, our fans, our rivals, our opponents, and our league much better. He’s got more help in Freddie alongside him, and the potential for new players, the rise of young blood in the squad, and returns from injury, all give me reason to be supportive and to see what he can do this season.

Frog
Frog

I will always support Arsenal. I just don’t think emery is the right guy for the job.

Don’t get me wrong, I totally agreed it was time for Arsene to go so this isn’t some hindsight 20/20 shit. But…….. he’d of got us 4th.

If our realistic goal is champions league qualification, we needed a defensive minded coach like the twat Chelsea had twice (barf).

George
George

Emery? I put it more on the players.

James
James

Wenger has failed to get us into the CL the last two years, points wise we were going backwards in that second year so I definitely don’t think he would have got us 4th. Sadly it was his time to leave, I wish it had been different but the facts were staring us in the face and it was time for us to move on

Frog
Frog

Why are my comments being moderates and deleted. I’ve not done anything wrong.

Futsboller
Futsboller

Hey, support for Wenger has always been in moderation …

Santori
Santori

This is normally the case.

Most people have no idea how transfer market works.

Its a market, demand and supply.

Plenty of demand for instance for wingers but also a lot of options and the apex predators (a bunch of them) have feted – RM with Hazard, Barca with Greizzman, Athletico with Joao Felix.

Maybe Bayern, Spurs may be in market for wide player still)

But we now have less competition and the price on the remaining players – Neres, Lozano, Ziyech, Fekir, Carrasco, Everton) will climb down as we approach end of window.

Going rate at the moment seems to be 30-35m. We could shave off maybe another 5m at end of window but it carries potential opportunity cost as some other teams may try and cut in on us if we negotiate too long.

Which is why in many instances, a lot of deal go to wire.

It wasn’t panic buying merely sweating out on price.

Other deals like Ozil needed to go to wire bc we had to wait on RM with Bale.

What I don’t understand though is this move for Saliba.

He has barely played 16 matches last season. Sure he may look promising but at 29m?

That represents a massive risk to loss if he fails to deliver on promise (which has happened) and we will have difficulties moving him on.

What’s more perplexing is we won’t even be able to use him and we need immediate solution at Cback.

To me it seems we were content with trying to stretch out Koscielny (injuries and all) one more season, distract with Saliba’s shiny new potential and use the money instead to buy Tierney (further distraction) when that position could wait out a season.

Not liking it but it checks the boxes all too easily for many fans who don’t mind being hoodwinked yet again.