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Arsenal news: Josh Kroenke has doubts over Unai Emery that affected club’s transfer plans | Football | Sport

Arsenal boss Unai Emery will be walking a tightrope this season if he fails to guide his side into the top four.

The Gunners will embark on their third successive Europa League campaign tonight knowing full well that the competition may have an impact upon their league form later in the season.

Nonetheless, supporters were rather happy with the six new faces that were brought to the Emirates Stadium in the summer to help close the gap on the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.

According to football consultant Ian McGarry, the Arsenal board would have sanctioned a bigger transfer budget if it wasn’t for one lingering concern.

McGarry claims that chief Josh Kroenke was left anxious to give Emery more money to spend because he was not convinced by the Spaniard’s first season in charge.

“It was a bit more by luck than design that they [Arsenal] finished as high as they did last season,” McGarry told The Transfer Window Podcast.

“And there’s a little bit of doubt creeping into the Arsenal hierarchy about Unai Emery, specifically with Josh Kroenke.

“They’re not close to sacking him, that’s not what we’re saying here.

“But what we’ve been told is that they didn’t want to invest a huge amount of money on the basis that ‘we have to suck it and see’ with this guy.

“He’s got a lot of things right and he’s got some things wrong, as we saw against Watford last weekend when they couldn’t have got it defensively more wrong.”

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Emery though, who despite those claims managed to convince the board to smash the club’s transfer record.

They shelled out £72million for one of the hottest properties in world football in Nicolas Pepe, beating the likes of Liverpool and Napoli to his signature.

He was joined by William Saliba (£27m), Kieran Tierney (£25m), David Luiz (£8m), Gabriel Martinelli (£6m) and Dani Ceballos (loan).

Out of those arrivals, Ceballos is the only name to have made an impression with the Arsenal supporters so far.

The Spaniard has his own chant which was bellowed out from the away end in the 2-2 draw at Watford.

Meanwhile life hasn’t been so easy at the club for David Luiz, who has given away two penalties since making the controversial switch across London from Chelsea.

Tierney is close to making his return to action after nursing a groin problem that he picked up while at Celtic.

Elsewhere, Pepe has shown glimpses of the quality that saw him fire 22 Ligue 1 goals last season, but he is still yet to get off the mark. He will need to step up in the absence of the injured Alexandre Lacazette.

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