The Premier League transfer window is now shut and Arsenal fans have cause for quiet content with the Gunners summer business. Bernd Leno, Sokratis, Stephan Lichtsteiner Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi have all joined the Gunners during the transfer window.
However, the summer arrival of new boss Unai Emery cold a far big reaching impact than any of the clubs summer signings.
Arsenal spending small this summer
Arsenal has decided to take a cautious approach in the transfer market this summer. Some might argue that the Gunners have taken a cautious approach in the transfer market anyway in recent years.
However, the difference this summer is that the north London club has been spending small amounts on players rather than massive players on big name players. The likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang have all signed for big fees in recent years, while the likes of Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi also cost big money.
The biggest reported fee Arsenal paid for a player was the £26.4million spent on Torreira. This summer was always about getting value in the market while strengthening in weak positions. To be fair that is what has happened.
Emery the right boss for this approach
Until Emery arrived at PSG and was allowed to spend a small fortune, the Spaniard had earned his reputation as a very good coach, who would work well with a director of football and get the best out of his resources.
At Valencia and Sevilla, he developed winning teams that play attractive, possession-based football. Both teams punched above their financial weight at times, which Emery played a big part.
Positive signs from Emery
Unai Emery has made a decent start to his managerial career. He is the sort of hungry, talented boss the Gunners needed after years of stagnation under club legend Arsene Wenger.
Some Arsenal players have become complacent and not quite lived up to their potential. Maybe Emery’s presence in the dressing room and the training ground will get something extra out of the clubs existing squad.
A good coach can often transform a team’s fortunes. Emery has the pedigree and potential to take Arsenal back to the top of the Premier League. However, it will take time for the Gunners to get back into the English top-flight’s elite, as the last few seasons have just not been good enough for the north London club.
Can Emery guide Arsenal back into the top-four this season?