After finishing fifth in the Premier League table and being dismantled in the Europa League final against Chelsea, what does Unai Emery need to do to get Arsenal back on track?
For most supporters and ex-players like Lee Dixon, the answer is simple. The Spaniard has to spend in the transfer window.
“I think Emery knew this season was going to end like this, to a point where we either got into the top four and got Champions League football or we didn’t quite. We failed on that front,” Dixon told talkSPORT.
“So he’s got to look accordingly, and try to convince the board and powers that be to give him enough money to improve the squad. It does need improving in all departments, and lets hope we can keep hold of our best players in order to do that.”
Whether that happens or not remains to be seen, but Dixon is right. The Gunners need to improve more than one area if they are to make a return to the Champions League.
Defence, in particular, proved to be extremely problematic for Emery’s side last term. Looking back, just how bad was Shkodran Mustafi?
The 27-year-old was a calamity at the back, conceding two penalties and making one error that directly led to a goal in the Premier League, though it feels like he made much more.
Mustafi, as a result, has been slammed by the likes of Jamie Carragher, who labelled him as a “mess” back in April. Until Emery sorts that and much more out, Arsenal are destined to go absolutely nowhere.