Unai Emery makes surprise admission about Arsenal summer signings
Unai Emery admits he's unsure whether Arsenal's signings have improved the Gunners team
Unai Emery has admitted that he doesn’t know whether Arsenal’s summer signings have improved his Gunners squad.
The north London club were the busiest of the top-six teams in the Premier League this season after Arsenal signed five new players as well as bringing in a loanee for the Premier League campaign.
The Gunners started their summer spending with the underwhelming addition of Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli from South American club Ituano.
Arsenal landed Saint-Etienne’s highly-rated defender William Saliba before the 18-year-old was immediately loaned back to the Ligue 1 side.
Dani Ceballos arrived in a season-long loan from Real Madrid following his impressive performance at the European Under-21 championship.
Arsenal finished the transfer window with a flurry after the Gunners spent a club record £72m on Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.
Kieran Tierney arrived in a £25m deal from Celtic on transfer deadline day, before David Luiz completed a surprise £8m switch from Chelsea FC.
Speaking at his media conference about whether Arsenal’s signings have improved his squad, Emery said: “I don’t know.
“Our idea is to improve on last year, to improve our work, improve our players, improve our challenge, to improve in achieving our target but I don’t know if we are better or not.
“I’m not more confident but I have more options.”
Arsenal were 1-0 winners against Newcastle United at St James’ Park last weekend courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half winner.
The Gunners finished in fifth place and without a trophy in Emery’s first season in charge of Arsenal.