Arsenal targeting ‘very big’ signings: Unai Emery, Arsenal manager Unai Emery insists the club are targeting “very big, very expensive” deals in the transfer market.
Arsenal have only signed 18-year-old winger Gabriel Martinelli so far this summer but remain focused on bringing in another three or four players who can go straight into the first team
Sky Sports News understands the Gunners have had bids rejected for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha and Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, and are understood to be in advanced talks to sign Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba and Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos.
“Our target is to achieve three, four players to really improve our team and squad now,” Emery said ahead of Arsenal’s pre-season game against Bayern Munich.
“We are being very demanding and we are also first speaking about the possibility of sign very big players, very expensive.
“The first player in our list is the first target and after, if we cannot have that then [we try to sign] the second, but thinking every time that they are going to improve our team.”
Arsenal director Josh Kroenke, son of owner Stan, responded to an open letter from fans criticizing his father’s running of the club on Monday.
Emery says he and recently-appointed technical director Edu are in close contact with Kroenke and his son over the club’s recruitment strategy.
“We are having a lot of meetings with the club, with [technical director] Edu, also with Josh and Stan Kroenke in Denver,” Emery added.
“We have a very clear idea: to sign the players who can help us with a good performance and in the positions we need.”