Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who replaced long time boss Arsene Wenger in May, says his “squad is complete” now. The 46-year-old Spaniard says the north London side will only add another player this summer transfer window if it’s a “big opportunity.”
Emery won’t rule out additional signings between now and when the window closes, but he stated that he’s content to stand pat with the transfer business that’s already been done. The Basque country native says that if his side does add to the squad, it will be only one more player, maybe two, at the absolute most.
The Gunners have added five players this window: FC Lorient midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, Borussia Dortmund center back Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner.
“At the moment, I think the squad is complete. We will only sign another player if there is an opportunity to bring in that one player, or two players. We will only sign a player in the next month if he’s a big opportunity,” Emery said at a news conference ahead of their preseason friendly at Boreham Wood, a side in the National League (fifth tier of English football).
“The big clubs don’t close the (door shut) or the moment to sign a new player. Today, we are OK.”
“Maybe we can bring in one if there’s a very good possibility for them to help us, but the club has done a great job of signing new players and I am happy.”
“Normally, we are thinking about the young players, the possibility of them staying with us or going to play on loan at another team.
“We are also thinking about the players who were with us last year and whether we need them to stay with us.”
Improving the back line was an aim of this window, and the Gunners did add two defenders.
Strengthening the midfield was a top priority for Unai Emery and company this summer transfer window, and they did add two players from that position group.
On the flip side, midfielder Jack Wilshere left for West Ham United.
They have also been linked to another midfielder, Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi, a defensive specialist who once played for Emery. However, the Gunners boss says the team is not pursuing him.
“I know him but we haven’t made a move for him,” the Arsenal manager said.
Emery says the team is done doing transfer business now, but obviously a can happen between now and deadline day. Many things can still change, so don’t rule out more signings just yet.
You can check out the five new Gunners in action this preseason. Here is the Arsenal tour schedule:
26 July v Atletico Madrid (Singapore Sports Hub) International Champions Cup (ICC)
28 July v Paris Saint Germain (Singapore Sports Hub)
1 August v Chelsea (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)
4 August v Sevilla (Friends Arena, Stockholm)
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