Unai Emery has requested patience from Arsenal supporters as the club looks to add to the squad that finished fifth in the standings last season. The Gunners have had a disappointing transfer window so far with an 18-year-old prospect being the only signing. The lack of a sizeable transfer budget coupled with doubts about the ability to regularly qualify for the Champions League have made it difficult for Arsenal to attract talent to the Emirates Stadium. Yet, it is not for the want of trying.
Arsenal have showed enormous interest in players like Wilfred Saha, Kieran Tierney, Daniel Ceballos, and William Saliba. Emery says that new signings could come to Arsenal even as the club’s pre-season has begun. The new Premier League campaign is just around the corner. According to Sky Sports, the Arsenal manager said:
“Really I am with patience because we want to choose the best solution. Some players are very expensive and we are waiting for this possibility.
“I want to sign one, two, three or four players only if we can be sure they are coming to improve our team.”
A week ago, Emery promised that some big names would be coming to Arsenal but the kind of offers that Arsenal have been making for their targets has been quite poor. At a time when the likes of Manchester United have been spending £50 million on a full-back who is relatively new to the senior game, Arsenal made a £40 million offer for Wilfred Zaha – a seasoned international who has had a strong campaign.
Arsenal have been enjoying their time at the International Champions Cup. The club made it three pre-season wins in a row after beating Fiorentina 3-0 and one of the star players in the match was Eddie Nketiah. As Emery came up with glowing tributes for the 20-year-old, Arsenal fans have to go through the same fear that has gripped them for the last decade or so. The faith in youth – in the days of Arsene Wenger – never truly rewarded Arsenal. It is highly unlikely that Arsenal can compete with youngsters alone in the Premier League that has seen more competition at the top than ever before.
A second bid for Kieran Tierney was recently turned down by Celtic, who have watched other clubs pay in big numbers for home-grown talent. The rise of Tottenham as a regular top four contender has been to Arsenal’s disadvantage. The club has finished in the top two positions of the league only once in the last 14 campaigns, while they have missed out on the top four for three consecutive seasons. If the gap from Europe’s premier competition extends, Arsenal are at the risk of being demoted to the second place in North London.
The lack of Champions League football is in danger of causing a vicious cycle at Arsenal, as the transfer funds for Emery this summer are reportedly lower than the transfer fee paid by Tottenham for the signing of Tanguy Ndombele.
A sizeable chunk of Arsenal fans have identified the key problem – Stan Kroenke. The lack of investment into the club has been felt by many Arsenal supporters, who have come out with public protests against the American.
Even though Emery has tried to pacify the supporters ahead of the new season, Arsenal need to make some rapid moves in the window or risk feeling the heat on the opening day.