Arsenal head coach Unai Emery will have just £40million to spend on incoming transfers this summer, according to the Daily Mirror. If this unconfirmed report is true, then Arsenal may have major trouble returning to their glory days in the near future.
Emery needs a bigger budget
Considering the amount of money that Arsenal receive in television revenue alone, a figure of £40million to spend in the transfer market for a club the size of Arsenal is a joke. The Gunners have gradually slipped down the Premier League pecking order in recent years.
They cannot afford to not back boss Emery in the transfer market. The Spaniard is a very good coach, but he is not a miracle worker and needs funds to improve his squad in the summer.
The Mirror report claims that the Gunners hierarchy are fearful of not meeting financial rules and regulations. However, Arsenal’s are a big club with plenty of income from all avenues. With that in mind, the north London outfit should have enough cash to bring in quality summer additions.
Are the clubs hierarchy willing to let the club fall behind further?
While keeping finances in mind is a wise move when it comes to summer spending, £40million is still a low transfer budget. Many clubs off lesser profile spent big cash last summer and probably will next summer.
The likes of West Ham and Everton spent big last summer. Both squads needed improvement and neither have got where they wanted to be, but there was still money available.
As previously mentioned Arsenal’s standing in the league has slipped. The Gunners have gone from potential title challengers to potential top-four challengers. If the clubs hierarchy are not careful, they may end up falling out of the top six completely.
Outsiders for a top-four finish
Arsenal have been outsiders for a top-four finish since the beginning of the campaign. However, Emery’s arrival and some early season form gave Gunners fans hope that their team was close to a return to the Champions League spots this season.
The Gunners are only three points behind fourth-place Chelsea in the table. However, Emery’s side are outsiders to finish in the top-four at odds of 3/1. The north London club are behind Chelsea and now in-form Manchester United in the league and the betting.
It is sad to say, but I cannot see the Gunners finishing fourth place this season. If they fail to strengthen in the summer, then they could struggle to challenge next season too.
Can Unai Emery guide Arsenal to a top-four finish on a reported £40million transfer budget?