Following a tough first game in the Premier League, Arsenal manager Unai Emery would’ve been hoping to focus all of his attention on the upcoming showdown with Chelsea – but unfortunately, distractions are bound to happen in football. Now while he can obviously choose to ignore them, the fact that these rumours are suggesting that they need to significantly cut their wage bill is pretty worrying.
According to The Telegraph, the introduction of a new kit deal and shirt sponsorship next season will help out massively, but it could affect their ability to bring in players during the January transfer window. Obviously, that feels like it’s a million miles away from today given that the summer transfer window has only just closed, but it’ll come around much quicker than you may think.
The issue at hand here is that we’ve been beating a drum about how Emery needs time to develop the squad, but if the necessary funds or wages aren’t there, then he isn’t going to be capable of doing that. The guy can only do so much without the help of the board, and unfortunately, that’s been the sad truth of the matter for a long time at the Emirates.
The club has an efficient squad that should be more than capable of pushing the big boys in the race for the top four, and they’ve got enough strength in depth for the other competitions they’ll be competing in this season. Alas, if the Gunners happen to go on a poor stretch of results, you just know that the fans are going to turn quicker than they ever have done before.
That’s not exactly a fair way of doing things but it’s the direction professional football has been going in for quite some time now, and the best thing that the Spaniard can do is knuckle down and make the best of this first half of the season. If things are going brilliantly by the time January rolls around then they probably won’t even need to make any changes, but that’s a big if.
Now that this story is out there, though, Emery should focus all of his attention on what will be his second cup final of the season against Chelsea this weekend. The Blues started off the season strongly, but there are certainly holes in their game.
Are you worried about the wage situation?