How Arsenal boss Unai Emery could save MILLIONS this summer | Football | Sport


That’s according to Arsenal insider David Ornstein of BBC Sport.

The Gunners boss will once again have to work with limited funds this summer, potentially as little as £40million, as he looks to build on his first year in charge.

Those funds could be increased if Arsenal beat Chelsea in the Europa League final in a fortnight, however.

Yet with centre-back and a new box-to-box midfielder Emery’s two main priorities, the Spanish coach could bolster his squad in other positions by looking to the club’s up-and-coming prospects.

Among those who could step up include Emile Smith-Rowe, who spent the second half of the campaign on loan with Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig after featuring for Arsenal’s first team earlier in the year.

The 18-year-old scored twice in the Europa League and also found the back of the net in a Carabao Cup win over Blackpool but injuries meant he played less than 10 minutes for Leipzig in Germany’s first division.

Young winger Reiss Nelson, however, has enjoyed a hugely-encouraging season with Hoffenheim, scoring seven times for the eighth-placed outfit and like Smith-Rowe could provide extra options in the final third. 

And Ornstein says under-23s stars Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka – regulars for Freddie Ljungberg’s youth team – could also become regular features having made senior appearances this season under Emery.

Ornstein told BBC Radio 5 Live: “They’re looking to integrate young players as well. 

“Reiss Nelson possibly coming back from his loan deal, Emile Smith-Rowe, Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka who is said to be the most highly-rated prospect. 

“He’s a wide player himself but extremely young.

“[Konstantinos] Mavropanos then we know about then [Rob] Holding and [Hector] Bellerin coming back from injury.”

While Arsenal are keen to strengthen defensively after leaking 51 goals in 38 top-flight games, their options will also be strengthened by the returns of the aforementioned trio.

First-choice right-back Bellerin is expected back around October after undergoing surgery on a knee ligament injury while Mavropanos was limited to just four first-team appearances in 2017-18 due to fitness issues.

Holding’s campaign was also ended early by a severe knee injury back in December and he could return as a valuable option in defence given the struggles of the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis.

Ornstein revealed that after centre-back and a box-to-box midfielder, Emery’s secondary objectives would be to sign a new left-back, a new right-back and a wide forward.

But Saka, Smith-Rowe and Nelson could help eliminate the need to do so for the forward roles.

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