The recent news that Arsenal are not going to make any permanent signings in the January transfer window is concerning. Spanish boss Unai Emery can only do so much in training to improve players.
On his arrival in the summer, Arsenal needed to strengthen their squad to mount a challenge for a top four spot this season. Emery spent the limited budget the best he could, but in truth, his transfer kitty was more like a whip around by Premier League standards.
Another game without a clean sheet at West Ham
The Gunners suffered a 1-0 defeat at West Ham in the Premier League’s early kick-off. The team from north London endured a poor performance all around, but the result means that Arsenal have kept just three clean sheets this season in the Premier League this season.
Only four teams in the English top-flight have kept fewer clean sheets this season in the top-flight. Despite fielding three centre-backs at the London Stadium, the Gunners still conceded, which has become a concern.
Surely a new centre-back is a priority signing
It is hard to argue with the fact that Arsenal have been poor in defence for a long time. Many Gunners fans will have been hoping for new additions in the winter transfer window, especially in defence.
The current centre-backs are simply not good enough for a team attempting to challenge for the top-four. Conceding so many goals makes it harder for the team to record victories, especially when the attacking players are experiencing an off day, as they did at the London Stadium.
Emery needs proper backing
Gunners boss Unai Emery is coming in for a lot of stick for the defeat. However, the Spaniard has received very little backing from the Gunners hierarchy. The top people at the club have not been overly keen to spend money in recent years.
Even during Arsene Wenger’s years, the club broke their transfer record by signing the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
However, the latter three nearly cost the same as much as the whole of the Gunners summer transfer spending. A club like Arsenal have the money to sign a better quality of players, but the clubs hierarchy needs to have a willingness to do so.
The Gunners hierarchy obviously believe that they can get away with spending very little and finish in the Champions League spots this season. The West Ham performance showed that they may not be good enough to finish in the top four and it is not all down to poor management from Emery.
Does Arsenal hierarchy’s reluctance to spend money in January concern you?