To put it bluntly, Arsenal don’t stand a chance of finishing in the top four next season.
The Europa League Final alone showed just how far they are behind even Chelsea, who barely scraped into the top four this season.
This is mainly the owner’s fault, Stan Kroenke. He clearly doesn’t care how well the Gunners perform. He just sees the club as a business.
With reports that only a £45 million budget will be available in this window, I would be surprised if Arsenal finish above 6th in the table next season. While Liverpool and Man City are already miles ahead of the Gunners, the other top six clubs will no doubt spend at least double as much as the London side.
Chelsea may not be able to spend anything for two transfer windows due to their seemingly inevitable transfer ban, and Eden Hazard just completed his dream move to Real Madrid. Nevertheless, people are forgetting they still have quality wingers like Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, Pedro and Willian to replace him.
Even clubs outside the top six will likely get closer to Arsenal, such as West Ham, Newcastle, Leicester and Everton, who are all expected to spend big this summer. You might argue spending biggest doesn’t guarantee success, and you’d be right.
Manchester United have failed to achieve anything close to the success of the years under Sir Alex Ferguson, despite spending over £733 million over the past 5 seasons.
However, it certainly guarantees failure when you hardly spend at all. Manchester City and Liverpool have both spent over £300 million in the past 2 seasons alone, and they are the top two clubs in the country. Coincidence? I think not.
It cannot be argued that the current players are good enough to bring Arsenal to the level where they need to be. To be brutally honest, Mesut Özil is overrated and a shadow of his former self. He almost never turns up in the big games, including the Europa League Final.
You might argue he was not given a chance in away games very often this season.
But when opportunities were offered, he underperformed. For instance, when he was given the captaincy away at Everton towards the end of the season, I forgot he was even on the pitch. Aside from Lacazette and Aubameyang, none of Arsenal’s attacking players are good enough to play for the club.
I hope Emery at least gives young players like Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock a chance next season, who was one of Arsenal’s best players after he came on in the Europa League Final.
Regarding Özil, I believe Arsenal would be better off if he left the club. For one, his £350,000 per week wages are ridiculous considering his consistently poor performances, while the criticism he brings on himself leads to unnecessary negativity for the club.
Last summer, Arsenal signed some players who have proven to be good value for money, having paid just over £70 million for Lucas Torreira, Sokratis, Bernd Leno and Mattéo Guendouzi – four consistent performers this season. But none of these players are going to turn the Gunners into world beaters.
The club must spend at least £150 million over the next few transfer windows if they are to really cement themselves a place in the top four, and ultimately challenge for the title.
Being linked with players like Mario Götze, Ryan Fraser, Thomas Meunier and Kostas Manolas this summer, these would be decent signings, but decent isn’t enough.
These players cannot turn Arsenal into a regular top four side, let alone title contenders.
Various media outlets like Talksport are reporting that Arsenal are looking for ‘bargains’ this summer, like Eder Balanta, for just £4 million. These are signings that Championship clubs could afford. Embarrassing.
There’s clearly a loser’s mentality running the club, and Arsenal’s only hope is that a very rich man buys the club from Stan Kroenke.