The need to win the UEFA Europa League final just became absolutely necessary for Unai Emery, who’s slowly realizing the gravity of the Arsenal job.
Indeed, he might’ve done a good job at progressing them into the finals and ending the season on a positive note, but taking that big step forward to competing with the best now seems a gigantic task.
According to reports from David Ornstein on BBC Five Live, the Gunners will sanction a meagre figure of £40 million for the transfer budget this summer, if Arsenal play in the UEFA Europa League next season. That is horrendously low considering the inflated transfer market, but it’ll be boosted up if Emery can get them Champions League football next season.
However, the headaches just became even more intense for the Spaniard. Regardless of whatever happens in the final, he has a big rebuilding job on his hands. Emery needs to sign better defenders, possibly a strong midfielder to replace Aaron Ramsey and a right-winger as well.
Getting even two such top-quality players inside an underwhelming transfer budget would be impossible. Even if it’s increased by some per cent with UEFA Champions League qualification, it’d be difficult to cover all bases. To boost his transfer kitty, he needs to sell high-profile players, something which is possible if he wishes to compete for bigger things.
Emery’s caught in an uncomfortable predicament now. Unless he can weave his magic to win the UEFA Europa League, a terrifying summer awaits him and Arsenal, whose dreams of competing at the top still looks a distant dream.
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