Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has roared, saying that some players must leave the club this summer following his side’s 4-1 humiliating defeat in the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku on Wednesday.
The defeat meant that the Gunners missed the opportunity to win some silverware this season and also qualify for the champions league, and will not be playing in Europe’s most prestigious competition for the third season in a row.
Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey is already heading to Juventus, England striker Danny Welbeck is leaving when his contract expires at the end of June, while goalkeeper Petr Cech officially hang up his boots after playing in the Europa League final. Reports have it that he is destined for a return to Stamford Bridge where he will work as Chelsea’s sporting director.
January loan winger Denis Suarez has already returned to Barcelona while Nacho Monreal, Carl Jenkinson and Stephan Lichtsteiner are yet to have their contracts renewed with club captain Laurent Koscielny also set to enter into the final year of his current deal with the north London side.
“Our idea is to continue to carry on and improve with the young players that have arrived,” Unai Emery said.
“Maybe some players need to leave but it’s not the moment to speak about that. We have the possibility for a lot of players to improve. We have young players getting the first experience of a final and I am positive for our future with young players getting better in our way.”
“I am very proud of our work, not very proud to not achieve our target, but proud of our work because I think the players did all they could to achieve our target and we are closer to other teams. The next year we can continue with the same team with some players coming to help us get better.
“We have big players with experience and some young players. This year we will use to be closer to the other teams. The next year we need the same idea, to add some new players, but it’s the same way as this year, to do one step more.”
And when asked whether missing out on playing in the Champions League next season will impact Arsenal’s summer transfer plans, here is what he had to say:
“Maybe. But we are a big team and Arsenal is a big name in the football world and a lot of players want to play here. We need in this process to be strong in our idea and our way. That is the way we started this season. The idea was to get more competitive as a team and be closer to the teams. We did that but at the moment it’s not enough for our targets, but the next week and the next year our idea will continue in our mind.”
Other players expected to leave the club are Mohamed Elneny, David Ospina, who has been out on loan to Napoli, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers, who spent last season on loan to Fulham among others.