BBC reporter David Ornstein who normally is a good yardstick for Arsenal stories and news has indicated that Unai Emery May bring in up to six players, which will be music to the ears of fans but hold on, there’s a reasonably but an degree of caution involved in his latest statement.
Just how Arsenal could afford or accommodate six new faces requires a degree of thought.
Ornstein revealed that Unai Emery will attempt to recruit as many as SIX summer signings to revamp his Arsenal side but added confusingly
“I don’t think it will be the most spectacular summer for Arsenal but I do think they have some very important business to be done”
Ornstein said on Radio 5 live before adding
“It all depends on their budget. If they’re playing Europa League football next season it looks like it will be around £40m. If it’s Champions League it would be significantly higher.
They also have revenue streams coming on board with the new Adidas kit deal.“
“Their priorities are a central defender, Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph mentioned the Getafe and Togo centre-half, Djené, he’s under contract until 2023 with a reported value of £13.5m.
“The other priority is a box to box midfielder. Previously, in January, they came close to a deal for Christopher Nkunku from PSG – this is course is to replace Aaron Ramsey. Adrian Rabiot is a player they’ve tried to sign in the past, and they have a long-standing interest in him, however he is a complex individual and has had some issues off the pitch.
“As a sort of secondary brief they’d be looking for a wide forward and in January came close to a deal for Ivan Perisic, and had interest in Yannick Carrasco. Possibly a centre-forward with Danny Welbeck leaving, and Eddie Nketiah would go on loan if they did bring a centre-forward in.
“There is interest in bringing in a left back and possibly a right back, but again those are secondary to the centre-half and box to box midfielder.
“Not to forget they’d be looking to integrate young players too. Reiss Nelson coming back from his loan, Emile Smith Rowe, Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka who is said to be the most highly rated prospect – he’s a wide forward, but extremely young.”
So, expectation mixed with realism. Of course we need fresh faces but Ornstein is right, finances will be key.
If Arsenal win the Europa league, if Kroenke releases suitable funds, if we can attract the right players at the right price. That’s a lot of if’s.
Yet, Emery has the potential of an exceptional group of academy players to lean on and could probably indulge in the free transfer market as a short stop whilst bringing young players through.
This transfer window will be crucial and it will show if the owner and his board of yes men, are serious about competing at the highest level.
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I have a feeling that although Arsenal will not be aiming for the top end of the transfer market, they will be in the mix for players that are emerging and have the potential to reach those dizzy heights.
So, in this respect I agree with Ornstein that there may be an absence of the ‘Wow’ factor with fans expecting a big name but a clever transfer window that nets players that can fit the Emery style of play will be perfect.
A team of passionate and committed players who are adaptable to the circumstances and surroundings.
A team that has a genuine quality running through its spine and with a burning desire to deliver success.
That’s a successful transfer window.