There were certainly positives for Unai Emery to take from his first season as Arsenal boss.
As well as finishing a place higher than Arsene Wenger had in his final season at the club, Emery turned the Emirates into a fortress – losing just two home games all season in the league.
Yet, their failure to secure Champions League football for the third successive season ultimately renders the Spaniard’s maiden campaign as an unsuccessful one.
Now, as he sets about breaking into the top four next term, Emery is in desperate need of financial backing from the Gunners board in the summer transfer window.
“It is not all doom and gloom for [Unai] Emery, as it looks like he will still welcome three new signings to The Emirates”
Reports suggest he will only be given £40m to spend without taking into account any potential sales, which is becoming an increasingly low sum for a top-six Premier League outfit in this ever-inflating market.
However, it is not all doom and gloom for Emery, as it looks like he will still welcome three new signings to the Emirates before the English window shuts on August 8.
The first of those potential arrivals is Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, 22, who is available on loan this summer.
It is believed Zinedine Zidane is not prepared to let the Spain Under-21 starlet depart the Bernabeu for good, but the Los Blancos boss does not have a place for him in his squad this season.
Tottenham are also rumoured to be interested in Ceballos, with Mauricio Pochettino keen to add a creative midfielder to his Spurs ranks in the summer window.
The two arch-rivals are also battling it out for 18-year-old Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba.
Spurs looked to be in pole position after putting down a £30m offer for the Frenchman, who is likely to be loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the 2019/20 campaign once a deal is finalised, but the Gunners have reportedly matched that bid.
Yahoo Sport France journalist Manu Lonjon recently revealed that Saliba would prefer a move to Emery’s side, nevertheless, tweeting: “Saliba prefers #Arsenal for a long time! The problem is $aint Etienne…”
Another youngster who could be on his way to the Emirates this summer is Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney.
The Hoops are said to be demanding £30m for Tierney, 22, who has already made 170 appearances for them and earned 12 caps for Scotland.
Arsenal are falling short of that valuation at the minute, but reports suggest they are still targeting the player and it is therefore difficult to see him turning down a move to the Premier League.
Defensive reinforcements are vital for Emery this summer after conceding 51 goals last term, which proved a higher tally than that of Wolves, Everton, Leicester, Crystal Palace and Newcastle.