As Arsenal fans fret over the possibility of going into a new season without any defensive recruitment, Unai Emery says the club will only sign players who can ‘really improve’ the squad.
The Gunners rearguard was exposed again during last night’s 2-1 defeat to Barcelona. An own goal from Ainsley Maitland-Niles and poor marking from our centre-halves allowed Luis Suarez to snatch a late winner, and it highlighted the need for improvement at the back.
As of yet, we’ve added no defenders to the squad, and have lost the quality and experience of Laurent Koscielny due to his refusal to play. Calum Chambers has returned from his loan at Fulham, but Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin are still sidelined as they recover from cruciate knee ligament injuries.
Speaking after the game in Spain, Emery was quizzed on transfers, and insisted that signings would only be made if they can make things better.
“Only if we can sign a player who really, really can improve our squad, then we are going to do that,” he said.
“If not, then not. We have good competitive players to achieve or try to achieve our target this season and we are going to be looking at something if we can sign someone, but with this idea.
“Only, and only, if we can improve.”
You don’t need to be the world’s greatest joke writer to fire off a zinger here about how almost anything could be an improvement on what we have, but it almost seems too easy.
The reality is we need to be better back there, and the only way we can do it is via the market. Over to you, Raul.