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Arsenal’s board are confident Unai Emery is steering his new-look team in the right direction, despite Saturday’s sobering 5-1 defeat at Anfield. Liverpool underlined their status as favourites for the Premier League title with a stunning first half performance, recovering from the setback of conceding an early goal to settle an ultimately one-sided contest before the break. Following Chelsea’s win at Crystal Palace, Arsenal are now five points off a Champions League qualifying spot and their best hope of returning to Europe’s premier club competition looks to be via winning the Europa League, a tournament Emery won three times during his reign at Sevilla.
he former PSG manager brought in five new players over the summer but only Lucas Torreira, the most expensive of those purchases at £27million, has been a significant upgrade and made a major impact. According to the BBC, Emery will be forced to work with a restricted budget in January to patch-up a squad which has been ravaged by injuries, particularly in defence. Owner Stan Kroenke will not invest any of his personal wealth to boost funds but Emery is expected to be given a much larger budget in the summer and will be afforded several transfer windows to help build a squad in his image. Aaron Ramsey is set to leave at the end of the season and doubts persist over the long-term future of Mesut Ozil, despite the German’s insistence that he remains happy in north London. Arsenal are also said to be giving thought to the idea of employing a technical director and will use the template of Liverpool, who finished eighth in Jurgen Klopp’s first season in charge, in their bid to affect long-term change following 22 years under Arsene Wenger’s management..