Arsenal coach Unai Emery has not ruled out the possibility of signing more players this summer.
Emery has brought in Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi this summer – with the latter three featuring in Thursday night’s 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid.
New boss Unai Emery has spent £70million on five new players this summer, effectively spending the entirety of the transfer budget handed to him on his appointment as head coach in May.
There are some transfer links with the likes of Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman, who would provide the pace on the flanks the Gunners are lacking, but the player himself brushed off speculation earlier this week, and Emery’s former Sevilla charge Steven N’Zonzi and Andre Gomes and Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona.
“I believe in these players and now I am very happy with these players who are working hard every day,” the Spaniard said [via Express]. “On Monday we will also get the players returning from the World Cup.
“For me, if there is a possibility to sign another player, it isn’t important now, but while the window is open we can discuss the possibility.”
He did also confirm that Nigerian midfielder Alex Iwobi is likely to sign a new contract at the club, saying:
“I have the information, he is near. Ozil, Elneny and Iwobi are working with us – my first impression is very good.
“My information is he will sign to stay with us.”
Unai Emery confirms that Alex Iwobi will sign a contract extension with Arsenal.
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) July 27, 2018
The Londoners face off against Paris Saint-Germain in Singapore on Saturday, the second and final match of their Asian tour after a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid ended in a defeat on penalties.
The friendly match might offer the gaffer a chance to remind his former employees what they are missing out on is more focused on ensuring his side are ready for a Premier League campaign that kicks off against Manchester City on Sunday, August 12.
“For us, it’s about continuing our preparations,” said the Gunners’ boss.
“It’s another match but we don’t want to change our focus. Our focus is to get every player up to speed and work on tactical things to get better for when we start [Premier League] competition.
Ahead of today's open training session, @UnaiEmery_ faced the media…
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 27, 2018
“I am very grateful to PSG. It was a good experience, a good moment in my career. Now we are going to play tomorrow against a big, big club with big players.
They won’t have every player on the pitch tomorrow because they are on holiday, but for me it’s important for our preparation.
“It will also be nice for me to meet my friends who I worked with at Paris Saint-Germain.”
[ajax_load_more post_type=”post” posts_per_page=”2″ category=”arsenal” max_pages=”2″]