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Arsenal hero Lee Dixon gives brutal verdict on the transfer business Unai Emery must do

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Emery guided Arsenal to a fifth-placed finish and the Europa League final in his maiden season at the Emirates but missed out on Champions League football.

The north Londoners enjoyed a solid start to the first half of the 2018-19 season, going on a 22-game unbeaten run before their form dipped during the festive period.

Gunners fans have called for a mass overhaul of the squad and for Emery to bring in a slew of new faces.

That will prove to be difficult, though, as the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League for the third year running has left them with a modest transfer budget of £40million.

That will prove to be difficult, though, as the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League for the third year running has left them with a modest transfer budget of £40million.

Despite the club’s financial woes, former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon believes it’s imperative Emery's strengthens all areas of his squad this summer.

“It’s a huge summer for Arsenal,” Dixon told TalkSport. “It was always going to be a big summer regardless of where they finished and whether they got to the Europa League or not.

“I think Emery knew this season was going to end like this, to a point where we either got into the top four and got Champions League football or we didn’t quite. We failed on that front.

“So he’s got to look accordingly and try to convince the board and powers that be to give him enough money to improve the squad.

“It does need improving in all departments, and let's hope we can keep hold of our best players in order to do that.”

Although he can't offer Champions League football at the Emirates, Emery is confident he can attract top players to the club.

"Maybe, but I think we are a big team,” the Spaniard said when asked if their Europa League final defeat to Chelsea would effect the club’s dealings in the transfer window. “I think Arsenal is a big name in the world of football. A lot of players want to play here.

“We are in one process and we need, in this process, to be strong in our idea, to be strong in our way. It’s the reason we started this season.

“The idea was to get more competitive like a team, be closer to other teams, and we did that. ‘At the moment, it’s not enough for our target, but the next week and next year that idea will continue in our minds.

“I don’t know our targets for next year, but the club is working to improve and do everything in our way. ‘We have a lot of players who have the possibility to improve and grow up with us. ‘For example, we have given a lot of youngsters their first experience of a final.

“I am positive for our future, creating our way with young players who are getting better in our way.”


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