Arsenal board ordered to back Unai Emery transfers or face Man Utd and Chelsea problem
Arsenal have yet to make any signings this summer with Emery hampered by his £45million transfer budget after missing out on Champions League football for 2019-20.
Though the Spaniard has sought to wrap up deals for Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba and Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, the Gunners have had two bids rejected for the latter while a deal for Saliba has become complicated due to rival interest from Tottenham.
Arsenal appeared primed to reach a £27million deal with the Ligue 1 club, which would see Saliba loaned back to France for a season and the fee paid in instalments, Tottenham are now prepared to match their north London rivals and are said to have offered more add-ons despite the same initial amount.
Emery is also no closer to landing a winger having had a £40m bid rejected for £80m-rated Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha while Arsenal have appeared reluctant to meet the asking price for the coach’s other targets out wide, Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser and Yannick Carrasco of Chinese side Dalian Yifang.
But as the start of the new Premier League campaign creeps ever closer, with Arsenal 29 days away from their season opener away at Newcastle on August 11, former top-flight goalkeeper Shaka Hislop insists there must be concern at the Emirates.
And while he thinks Emery is a better coach than Frank Lampard at Chelsea and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, Hislop thinks the two former players will outperform Arsenal this season unless the Londoners add to their squad.
“Unai Emery is a very accomplished coach,” declared Hislop on ESPN FC.
“Compare him to the current managers of both Chelsea and Manchester United, I’d have Unai Emery.
Edu has been installed as Arsenal’s new technical director
Arsenal have yet to make any signings this summer
Right now, all the signals coming out of Arsenal are that they don’t seem to be really backing him
“That being said, you have to support what he’s doing, what his ambitions are.
“Right now, all the signals coming out of Arsenal are that they don’t seem to be really backing him.
“There hasn’t been a whole lot of action in the transfer market.
“There is still a little bit of time but if nothing happens, as we sit right now, even with lesser managers in Lampard and Solskjaer, I think Chelsea and United fare better than Arsenal.”
Captain Laurent Koscielny meanwhile wants to leave Arsenal after refusing to travel for the club’s pre-season tour of the United States for games against Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Real Madrid.
Shaka Hislop is concerned about Arsenal’s prospects for the 2019-20 season
Arsenal have had difficulty recruiting Unai Emery’s targets
The 33-year-old defender is believed to want to return to France and Sky Sports News reporter Mark McAdam suspects Koscielny departing the club could impact their transfer business elsewhere.
“This is a huge blow,” McAdam said. “You just look at it and think ‘how will this affect the dynamic of their transfer plans?’.
“Suddenly they might not just have to buy one centre-half, they might have to buy two.
“Then how does that affect Zaha and all the deals?
“This is a real sort of blow to them. I think this is going to be huge for Arsenal.”