Arsenal boss Unai Emery feels their transfer business for the upcoming season is complete. However, he confirmed the doors are not entirely closed to sign new players if an opportunity arises.
The Gunners had appointed Emery as the new boss after Arsene Wenger left the club at the end of last season. The new boss is very proactive with transfer business, as he made five signings already.
With the arrivals of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi earlier this week, the transfer business looks to have ended in North London. They already signed right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos and goalkeeper Bernd Leno going into the new season.
Although the new arrivals provide more depth in defence and midfield, Emery has insisted the club will always be ready to sign any top class player if an opportunity arrives. It remains to be seen, if Gunners will sell any of their existing stars.
“At the moment, I think the squad is complete,” Emery told a prematch news conference ahead of a preseason friendly at Boreham Wood.
“We will only sign another player if there is an opportunity to bring in that one player, or two players. We will only sign a player in the next month if he’s a big opportunity.
“The big clubs don’t close the [door] or the moment to sign a new player. Today, we are OK. Maybe we can bring in one if there’s a very good possibility for them to help us, but the club has done a great job of signing new players and I am happy.
Emery Focused On Development of Young Players
One of the major aspects that top English clubs have failed in recent years is producing talents from youth academies.
With the arrival of Chelsea, Manchester City and the money that flew in, it is safe to say clubs reduced their focus on youth.
Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have now increased their interest in growing young players with an eye on the future. Unai Emery has revealed are club are focusing on their young players and their development.
“Normally, we are thinking about the young players, the possibility of them staying with us or going to play on loan at another team. We are also thinking about the players who were with us last year and whether we need them to stay with us.”
A post-Wenger era is set to begin at Emirates this season and only time will say if Gunners can scale back to the heights they achieved at the start of 21st century.