Stop us if you’ve heard this several times before: Arsenal are set to be severely underfunded by their board during the next transfer window.
Remember how last month Unai Emery had to admit publicly that were absolutely no funds to make permanent transfers and loan moves were his only option to bring new players to the club?
Well this summer is expected to be little better, despite the understanding by many fans that a substantial amount of funds were to be made available to the Gunners boss in order to properly strengthen his squad for a push on multiple fronts in the 2019/2020 campaign.
In fact, Emery is expected to be handed a paltry £40 million to bolster his already struggling squad. Just for context, that’s roughly what the Gunners spent on bringing Shkodran Mustafi to the club in 2016.
The Mirror are reporting that, should Arsenal decide to make Denis Suarez’s loan permanent for a total of £20 million in the summer, that fee would half Emery’s funds, having not already been accounted for outside of the Summer budget.
Given that Arsenal are currently struggling in sixth place in the Premier League and are out of the FA Cup while also being far from the strongest side left in the Europa League, it is clear major reinforcements are needed, especially in an injury plagued defence.
The board refusing to back Emery sufficiently again is unlikely to change the club’s fortunes either, with every other top club likely to bolster their squads further at the end of the season with hundreds of millions at their disposal should they need to spend it.
It is believed that the only way Emery can boost his budget is by offloading players to generate funds while also lessening the club’s wage bill.
(h/t the mirror)