Unai Emery explains how Arsenal will benefit from Alex Iwobi and Nacho Monreal transfers
The Gunners were one of the Premier League’s busiest sides in the summer transfer window, completing deals to sign William Saliba, Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz, Kieran Tierney and Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid.
But the north Londoners also recouped fees, selling several players in the final weeks of the window.
Alex Iwobi joined Everton for an initial fee of £28m, which could rise to £34m with potential add-ons, while Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny joined Real Sociedad and Bordeaux respectively.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan also left the Emirates, completing a loan switch to Roma on deadline day in Italy.
Whilst the loss of experienced campaigners like Monreal and Koscielny weakens the Gunners’ defensive options on paper, Emery says their exits can galvanise the squad and provide younger players with much needed opportunities.
Speaking to Arsenal.com , he said: “I think we’re positive because we changed some players. We’ve lost some important players, for example Nacho Monreal and [Laurent] Koscielny, and in the last moment [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan and [Alex] Iwobi.
“We are getting young players and giving them chances to do one step more with us, getting that performance in the way we demand.
“I think with the young players and also the experienced players we have, plus we’ve signed some new players, I think we are building a very important squad with different characteristics from the players.
“We’re also being very demanding in our objectives.”
Next up for Arsenal is a trip to Watford, with Emery sweating over the fitness of midfielders Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka after the pair picked up knocks on international duty.
However, there is better news regarding Nicolas Pepe, as legitpost24.com understands that despite returning to England last week from the Ivory Coast training camp, he is not nursing an injury of any kind.
Having not had a full pre-season – because of his involvement at this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament – it was agreed by Ivorian federation and Arsenal that it is best for him to work on his fitness at London Colney.
Furthermore, Pepe joined up the Ivory Coast squad and spent a short period with the team but both parties agreed best for him to sit out games against Benin and Tunisia.