Martin Keown sends Arsenal transfer warning to Unai Emery
The Arsenal legend believes Unai Emery will have to work with the players at his disposal
Martin Keown believes Unai Emery will have to focus on improving the Arsenal players at his disposal given the club’s limited budget.
The Gunners have turned to the Spanish head coach after Arsene Wenger stood down as their head coach following 22 seasons in charge.
Arsenal are in need of an overhaul after the Gunners finished in sixth place in the Premier League table and 12 points behind Liverpool FC, who occupied the final Champions League spot.
Wenger has emptied the Gunners coffers in recent seasons, spending £56m on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund in January despite having spent £52m on Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.
The Gunners conceded 54 goals in 38 games in the Premier League this season to raise serious questions about the Arsenal defence heading into the 2018-19 season.
Arsenal are reportedly set to hand Spanish head coach Emery around £50m for new signings in the 2018 summer transfer window.
Former Arsenal star Keown believes Emery will need to improve the Gunners on the training ground given his limited transfer budget.
“There will have to be a different message with more emphasis on defence than attack,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“It will be encouraging for Ivan Gazidis that Emery has already identified areas where he can improve the players already at Arsenal.
“With reports of only £50million to spend, a lot of the change is going to have to take place on the training pitch.”
Arsenal have won the FA Cup in three of the past five seasons under Arsene Wenger but have undoubtedly regressed under the Frenchamn.
The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when Arsenal finished the season unbeaten.