Arsenal finished the season in a less than impressive fifth place after Unai Emery took over from Arsene Wenger.
With such a change, many expected that this would require some time getting used to and this season can be written off as a transitional year.
But with little money to spend in the summer, the Spanish coach will have to perform a mini-miracle to stand a chance of toppling the likes of City and Liverpool.
Getting into the top four remains the sole objective and the former Paris St-Germain has demanded that the club sign a wide forward to help spruce up his attack.
A number of targets have been identified by the top priority is that of Belgium international Carrasco.
The ex-Atletico Madrid ace plies his trade in the Chinese Super League for Dalian Yifeng after a mega-money move last February.
But the 25-year-old is keen on moving back to Europe already to boost his chances of landing a spot in the Belgium national side ahead of Euro 2020.
However, Dalian Yifeng are refusing to negotiate any deal that sees their prized asset leave and that has been reciprocated by Carrasco’s agent Christophe Henrotay.
“There are clubs that would like to sign him,” he said.
“One club submitted a formal offer.
“Other clubs, such as Arsenal, also wanted to do that, but Dalian said he was not for sale.”
Carrasco was recently suspended after missing a connecting flight that meant he was late for training but Henrotay has defended his client, saying that an injury prevented his immediate return.
“Carrasco had discomfort in his knees after the international matches,” Henrotay said.
“He stayed in Belgium for treatment. The club received medical reports that prove that.
“Now, this situation is due to the fact that the club is not addressing the cause of the problem.”