Unai Emery: We Need To Spend Big To Compete For The Title

By The Editor
on 6th April 2019

Unai Emery sounds an early warning to the club’s hierarchy…


Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has sounded an early warning to the club’s hierarchy after stating that we need to spend big if we’re to compete for the title next season, Goal.com reports.

Emery is currently on course to deliver what was required of him in his first season and that’s to bring the club back to competing in Europe’s premier club competition.

Aside from the allure, the Champions League provides financial guarantees that would allow a self-sustaining club such as ourselves to make financial commitments in the summer window.

Last summer, Emery was handed a restricted budget of £70million to add to the squad as we saw the likes of Stephan Lichsteiner, Sokratis, Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi arrive.

Despite the injury crisis we suffered during the winter, the Spaniard was told that the club could only sign loan players in the January window – in came Denis Suarez.

However, with Liverpool and Manchester City leading the pack in terms of spending and the Premier League table, Emery knows it will take a serious financial onslaught if we’re to close that gap next term.

“I think we can improve first, by spending money to achieve players,” Emery was quoted as saying.

While spending huge sums will undoubtedly benefit the team, Emery also understands that he must respect the values the club prides itself on and help facilitate a feasible path for our talented academy stars.

“In the past the club have done great work in watching players, finding and signing young players and developing our players in the academy.

“I have big respect for our work, for our players in the academy. I want to develop the players here – giving them progress to achieve something at a big club like we are.

“We can also achieve [buy] some players who are in other teams, who can come here and give us this performance – like Van Dijk with Liverpool.”

These latest comments are understandable for a manager who’s only got a three-year contract at the club and despite our past of giving managers time, we’re no longer in that era.

Emery has a short window to prove his worth and compete at the top of European football, and it’s only so long before he gets frustrated if he’s not backed financially.

If we secure Champions League football, there is no reason – with the additional sponsorship revenue from adidas and Fly Emirates – why we can’t have an ambitious summer window.