BBC journalist David Ornstein, who is regarded as the most informed guide as to what is happening at Arsenal, has revealed that Unai Emery is likely to have only a modest transfer budget in January, and may have to rely on loan deals, with short-term moves for Gary Cahill and Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez mooted.
That will disappoint their thousands of fans who took to social media in droves to call for a substantial investment in the squad after their side was mauled 5 – 1 by Liverpool, with a shambolic defensive display.
However, Arsenal are hamstrung in what they can do in the transfer market by the rules on Financial Fair Play (FFP), with the wages of high-earners like Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pushing them close to the FFP limits, whilst there are few players who they can offload which will bring the payroll, down to any significant degree.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.