If Arsenal fans thought things would be much different in the transfer market under Unai Emery then they were wrong.
The Spanish manager has been in charge at the Gunners for a year now and has at least made some signings are some lean years under Arsene Wenger.
Emery added Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, Sokratis, Matteo Guendouzi and Stephane Lichsteiner last summer.
But that was the extent of his signings a year ago – and a Denis Suarez loan in January has been followed up by only Gabriel Martinelli so far this summer.
Given Arsenal finished last season in fifth, out of the Champions League places and without a trophy, it was clear going into this window that improvements had to be made.
And that’s probably why Arsenal will most likely fall below the contenders for the Premier League title, according to the UK’s online betting companies.
They’ve been hit with the hammer blow days before pre-season that Laurent Koscielny wants to leave the club and is prepared to stay away from their tour of America.
So the problems are only mounting for Arsenal when you consider their team needs reinforcements, they are set to lose their captain and can’t seem to secure several targets they’ve identified this summer.
Based on reports, Celtic’s Kieran Tierney, Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser and Saint-Etienne’s William Saliba are all players who have been seriously linked with Arsenal in this window.
Yet the Emirates side have been unable to secure any of the above.
And it looks like fans will have to wait a little longer before they get any.
Instead, it’ll be Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham who will most likely emerge as the favourites to lift the title.
Why? Because they either don’t need many reinforcements or they’ve already been busy strengthening this summer.
If you look at City, Pep Guardiola already boasts a title-winning squad, but has also added Rodri from Atletico Madrid, PSV’s Angelino and Columbus Crew’s Zack Steffen.Embed from Getty Images
At Liverpool, they are Champions League winners and have a number of players returning from injury this season, including Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita.
While at rivals Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino has already added Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke.
The fact is Arsenal need to get moving on targets sooner rather than later if they are to start the season in a stronger position than they ended the last.
One positive sign could be the appointment of Invincible Edu as Technical Director at the club this week.
He’ll be charged with helping strengthen the squad alongside Emery and it could be that Arsenal held off on moving seriously for any targets until his appointment was confirmed.
But now the Brazilian is in the door at Arsenal, the north London club have to move fast before the transfer window closes on August 8th.