Fans grow concerned about transfer budget
According to Emmanuel Petit, Arsenal are not going anywhere if Unai Emery has been given the reported £60m transfer budget.
Unai Emery was just recently appointed as Arsenal’s new manager on a four-year contract, but the Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit is worried they are going to be left behind.
Arsenal fans including Petit are growing concerned about their prospects in terms of money on the table to add to their squad. It is claimed the Gunners want to reduce their financial outgoings after two windows of heavy spending. And Petit believes they aren’t going to do anything bar struggle next season unless things change.
“When I hear about the amount of money Emery has to spend, I can’t believe it,” said the Frenchman, according to the Standard. “Where are you going with £60m? You’re going nowhere.
“With that amount of money, you can put the best manager in the world on the sideline and the team won’t change much. There is quality at the club, but not to match the likes of Manchester City or Liverpool. They need to bring in top quality players.
“I want to say to the board: ‘can you just stop bringing in young players for one year?’ We’ve had enough of young players. The club is full of them. It’s been like this for 15 years now, we need something else.
“We need talented experienced players. We need big characters and big personalities. This is what has been missing. For me, £60m is ridiculous.”
Arsenal spent in excess of £100m bringing in Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the summer and the January transfer window respectively last season.
So far this summer, they have been linked with Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos – thought to be valued at £16m – and Juventus’ 34-year-old full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, who is set to be a free agent. Considering how much money the other sides around Arsenal are planning on spending this summer, there’s no wonder the fans are asking questions.