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Gunners director confident over transfer targets

 

Recruitment plan: Unai Emery
Recruitment plan: Unai Emery

By Jim van Wijk

Arsenal have already started their summer recruitment plans and have enough "ammunition" to convince targets to join, according to head of football Raul Sanllehi.

Unai Emery's squad are currently preparing for next Wednesday night's Europa League final against Chelsea.

The outcome of the showdown in Baku will determine whether or not the Gunners can offer potential new players Champions League football once again as they seek replacements for the departing Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech.

"What I can tell you is that we have identified very clearly and unanimously with our head coach and technical people, we know what we want to prioritise and we're very clear on what our priorities are," Sanllehi said.

"We're already in the market and we're already talking with the people that can help us to cover those positions and I feel quite strong.

"We're a top world club, so we need to go where we belong and that's the Champions League.

"Many players really want us to be there also when we're talking with them, but I feel quite strong on the inputs that I'm getting so far.

"I do believe that we have a very good plan to cover those positions to be much stronger next year, to deliver the success that we're all hoping for."

Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League, just a point behind rivals Tottenham, after Emery's first campaign at the helm after replacing the long-serving Arsene Wenger.

Getting back into Europe's elite club competition remains the prime directive, but Sanllehi is confident Arsenal "have a lot to offer to a player".

He continued: "I don't feel in disadvantage with anybody. The Premier League is exciting for any player in the world. London, Arsenal, the history, the dimension of the club, the stadium, the facilities at Colney, the fan base, the followers around the world and the exposure.

"Really, I feel like I have a lot of ammunition when I talk with players to engage them in our project."

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