The pressure is on Unai Emery to finally deliver Champions League football after a summer of heavy spending.
The Spaniard was allowed to part with £137m as the likes of Nicolas Pepe and Kieran Tierney arrived at the Emirates.
That follows his first summer where he was allowed to spend £70m in order to freshen up the squad he inherited from predecessor Arsene Wenger.
But when you take into account how much the Frenchman spent in his final years in north London the pressure on Emery ramps up.
Wenger was rather flamboyant in his final year at the club splurging around £100m on Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
But in the six seasons Wenger had from 2010 to 2015 he only spent over £50m on two occasions.
Nowadays that amount isn’t even enough to acquire a quality first-team player.
In 2010 he spent just £17m and was even more frugal in 2015 by parting with just £13m.
Wenger was initially applauded for his financial management of the squad following their move to the Emirates Stadium in 2006 and the huge debt that came with that.
Spending so frugally was lauded while results were still being achieved, which they were until 2016/17.
But Wenger consistently chose not to plug the gaps that everyone could see needed filling – namely a dominant figure in the centre of defence and midfield.
Emery has been more direct in his approach to address problem positions, but he has left himself with little margin for error.
In his two seasons at the helm Emery has spent just over £200m. Compare that with Wenger’s £265m in the six seasons from 2010 to 2015.
The averages are world’s apart which would lead to suggestions that results should have a similar gulf.
If Arsenal finished fifth and sixth in Wenger’s two years and Emery follows last year’s fifth position up with an identical result questions will have to seriously be asked.