Emery confirms Arsenal are working on transfer deals with Zaha and Tierney linked as boss admits ‘we need someone to help us’ – The Sun
UNAI EMERY admitted Arsenal "need someone to help us" as they look to secure more signings before the transfer window closes.
Premier League clubs have just 23 days to get their summer business done before the new season gets underway.
Wilfried Zaha, Kieran Tierney and William Saliba are all targets for the North London club as Emery looks to strengthen in wide positions and the leaky defence.
Although reluctant to discuss specific deals, he did admit work is being done to get transfers across the line.
Speaking after the 3-0 win over Colorado Rapids last night, the Gunners boss said: “The club is working for new signings and we are speaking every day with the club and with Edu about that.
“We have very good young players but we need someone to help us.
“But I prefer to work with patience and calm to take the best decisions. If for this season we need to wait for some more time, I prefer to do that.”
DEVIL IN THE DETAILS
Arsenal were blown out of the water by Crystal Palace's £80million demand for winger Zaha, 26, despite the Ivorian's determination to leave.
The Gunners only have around £45m to spend and therefore tried to use the temptation of throwing three of their own players being into a potential deal – but the Eagles were having none of it.
Negotiations are continuing with Celtic for left-back Tierney, 22, with their latest £25m bid rejected by the Scottish champions.
And the chase for £25m-rated Saint-Etienne defender Saliba, 18, hit a stumbling block when Spurs tried to make a late swoop to hijack Arsenal's deal.
A defender was a priority for Emery this summer after the club shipped 51 Premier League goals last season.
Add into the equation that Arsenal fans are desperate for Shkodran Mustafi to be sold, captain Laurent Koscielny went on strike by refusing to travel to the US for their pre-season tour and trio Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavrapanos are all unlikely to be fit for the opening weekend of the season, and signing a new defender is now an absolute necessity for Arsenal.
But owner Stan Kroenke's refusal to spend money does not put the club in good stead as they try and qualify for the Champions League after three years of Europa League football.
And just 24 hours after 16 fan groups sent a statement to the club, they used the official unveiling of the new away kit to continue their protests, flooding the replies to the tweets with messages of "#WeCareDoYou".
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