Guillem Balague gives verdict on Arsenal summer transfer budget
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague gives his verdict on Arsenal's reported transfer budget
Guillem Balague has questioned whether £40m will be enough to help Unai Emery transform the Arsenal squad in the summer transfer window.
The Gunners finished in fifth place in the Premier League table following a mixed first season under the Spanish head coach.
Although Arsenal played some good attacking football at times in the campaign, the Gunners struggled defensively.
Emery’s side can still qualify for next season’s Champions League if the north London side manage to win the Europa League.
Arsenal will need to find a way of beating Chelsea FC on Wednesday night to get their hands on their first piece of silverware under Emery.
The Spanish manager is thought to have a limited summer transfer budget in the region of £44m to spend on new signings.
As a result, Arsenal have been linked with some free agents and cut-price deals as Emery looks to work within his budget restrictions.
However, La Liga expert Balague has admitted that he’s unsure if Emery has sufficient funds to revamp the Arsenal squad.
“Of course I believe [Raul Sanllehi]. Would that be enough? We will see,” Balague told his YouTube channel, as quoted by the Daily Star.
“I said it before, it’s so surprising that Arsenal may have €50m (£44m), depending on sales and of course selling players will add to it.
“But so little with so much money coming in, there’s other debts to pay of course, will that be enough?
“Arsenal is in that transition. You cannot expect Arsenal to win the league next season, and I think more and more fans are understanding that this is a transformation of the club and it will take time – and money and backing from the club of course.”
Arsenal have failed to qualify for the Champions League by virtue of a top-four finish in the Premier League in the last three seasons.
The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when Arsene Wenger’s men finished the campaign unbeaten.