ARSENAL risk missing out on most of their top transfer targets after their summer plans remain in limbo until they qualify for the Champions League.
Gunner’s boss Unai Emery is reportedly putting off decisions until he knows how much money he has to spend and who will take over the vacant recruitment role.
Their 3-0 drubbing against Leicester – which followed losses to Crystal Palace and Wolves – has left them languishing in fifth, with two games remaining.
Should the North London club fail to qualify for Europe’s top table, Emery will have just £40million to spend despite the fact that he wants to bring in at least FIVE players.
The Spaniard needs a midfielder to replace Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey and reportedly wants two wingers, a new left-back and a back-up goalkeeper.
However, with the club failing to appoint a new director of football, there is fear Arsenal could fall behind their rivals in securing new players, according to the Telegraph.
Emery was upset that the club missed out on hiring Monchi, with the two masterminding the team at Sevilla that won three successive Europa League trophies.
Arsenal have insisted this wouldn’t affect any incoming transfer targets but Emery has postponed discussions until he finds out who will take over recruitment.
Head of football Raul Sanllehi has now been left struggling to convince Marseille sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta, who he worked with at Barcelona, to take the role.
Sven Mislintat quit his job as head of recruitment in February after just one year, having not been consulted over the loan signing of Spanish flop Denis Suarez.
Arsenal's recent transfer business
Lucas Torreira (£27m)
Bernd Leno (£19.2m)
Sokratis Papstathopoulos (£16m)
Matteo Guendouzi (£7m)
Stephan Lichtsteiner (Free)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£60m)
Alexandre Lacazette (£44m)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Swap)
Konstantinos Mavropanos (£2.2m)
Sead Kolasniac (Free)
Granit Xhaka (£38.3m)
Shkodran Mustafi (£34.9m)
Lucas Perez (£17m)
Takuma Asano (£3m)
Rob Holding (£2.5m)
The 25-year-old – currently on loan from Barcelona – played just 95 minutes of football for the North London club before suffering a season-ending groin injury.
Emery pushed the Gunners to splash out £6.6million on the temporary arrival of the midfielder, who confirmed he will leave the club without starting a single game.
Fans are now reportedly concerned over who will get the final say over incoming players during the transfer window with the report stating little has been done.
Should Arsenal fail to break into the Champions League, they’ll almost certainly have to hunt for freebies and cut-price buys.
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In defence, Arsenal may be forced to persist with ‘king of blunders’ Mustafi in the heart of the back-four – and may even turn to Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno at left-back.
The Spaniard is out of contract at the Reds this summer and could be snatched up on a free transfer, but Barcelona are also interested.
In attacking midfield, Arsenal have eyed Bournemouth’s assist king Ryan Fraser and Ituano youngster Gabriel Martinelli as two top targets on the wing.