With the start of the new season being just over two months away, it’s already time to start looking ahead to see what Arsenal may be able to achieve in 2018/19. Under the guidance of Unai Emery, they could easily go one way or another, cracking under the pressure or thriving in a new environment. Either way, it’s time for everyone to get to work – although before things can reach that next level, Emery has to deal with the minor speed bump that is the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The tournament is right around the corner and will run from mid-June to mid-July, which takes up a good chunk of the summer transfer window. While it’s still possible to mastermind deals during that time with players who are in Russia, it’ll be much more difficult given that they’re supposed to be focusing on the task at hand. This isn’t going to be an issue for some clubs, but for Arsenal, they’re just starting to begin their rebuilding process.
Unai Emery will get a full season to work his magic, which is a good thing, but you have to question what his strategy is going to be. He’s already made a few of his targets be known in the media, but whether or not he continues down that path will depend upon how much weight he puts behind the timing of the impending World Cup.
It’s obviously not impossible one way or another to make this work, but it does feel like something that’ll have to be taken into consideration. We’d like to think that he’ll be awarded the time to put his own stamp on things at the Emirates one way or another, but this is the definition of a big summer for the club. Yes, we know that everyone likes to say that, but it’s true.
The rumour mill is always turning with each and every passing day, and you could argue that’s the biggest problem here. Even if Arsenal don’t fully go after any players until after the conclusion of the World Cup, the rumours could still plague those who are involved – and the same goes for any other club.
Will Arsenal do more business before or after the World Cup?