Arsenal are working on big, expensive deals in the transfer market, manager Unai Emery claims. The club are apparently working on bringing in three or four fresh faces, players who should be able to step into the first team straight away.
Meanwhile, all they have to show for their efforts so far is Gabriel Martinelli, an 18-year-old forward who, despite the obvious talent, seems some way from being in that bracket. It has been reported that the club haven’t given up on Kieran Tierney of Celtic and Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace regardless of having bids rejected for both of them.
It appears, however, that things are looking better when it comes to Dani Ceballos of Real Madrid and William Saliba of Saint-Etienne. The Gunners are reportedly closing in on a loan deal for the young Spanish midfielder, while Saliba should join on a permanent basis before heading back to his current club for the 2019/20 season.
Speaking ahead of the pre-season game against Bayern Munich, which the Gunners won by 2-1, Emery explained the way transfer planning is conducted at the club. A list of options is made initially, always making sure that only players who can actually improve the team are considered, and they start working on the first name. If that proves impossible, they move on to the second name, and so on.
The boss is in constant contact with Edu, the newly appointed technical director, and the pair of them also have meetings with owner Stan Kroenke and his son Josh to discuss the club’s approach to the transfer market.
That approach, however, is one of the issues that have recently been raised in an open letter 14 supporter groups have jointly directed at the owner.
“Arsenal have invested money in recent years, but their approach to both buying players and paying wages looks uncoordinated and appears to lack strategy,” it read.