Unai Emery has announced he hopes to sign “three or four players” in the summer transfer window following Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Fiorentina.
Arsenal have, so far, only welcomed one new player in the transfer window in 18-year-old Gabriel Martinelli from Brazilian club Ituano for €6.70m.
Eight players, on the other hand, have left the Emirates Stadium this summer. Among the departees are Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech, Danny Welbeck, Stephan Lichtsteiner and David Ospina.
With a reported budget of just around £40m (€45m), however, Arsenal manager Emery has made little progress in recruiting some top-talent.
Reports have linked the Gunners with moves for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba, and Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney.
Out of all them, though, only Saliba seems the most probable signing at the moment. Although it’s understood Arsenal will loan the 18-year-old back to Saint-Etienne for next season as part of the deal.
“I am patient because we want to choose the best solution,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.
“Some players are very expensive and we are waiting for this possibility because we don’t want now to go to the second line of players. We are waiting and really we have very good young players.
“We are aware we also need to improve some areas in this squad. But I only want to sign three or four players only if we can be sure they are coming to improve our squad.
“There are a lot of names and the club is working. [Arsenal technical director] Edu is very close to me every day and so are the [club owners] Kroenke family.
“I want to send a message to all our supporters that we want to [build] the best squad possible.”
Although Emery may be given some food for thought on his transfer plans considering the strong form of his Arsenal youngsters in pre-season.
20-year-old forward Eddie Nketiah took his tally up to three goals after bagging a double against Fiorentina on Saturday. While Joe Willock, 19, scored the third goal in another impressive outing in the Gunners midfield.
Arsenal sit top of the International Champions Cup (ICC) table upon winning both of their games.
Next up for Emery’s men will be Real Madrid in Maryland, USA, for the club’s final ICC match.
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