Unai Emery says some Arsenal players may ‘need to leave’ after the club’s 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final.
Having finished fifth in the Premier League, Arsenal’s hopes of securing Champions League football for next season were ended after goals from Olivier Giroud, Pedro and an Eden Hazard brace secured the trophy for Chelsea.
The loss means Arsenal will play Europa League football for a third consecutive season, with the club’s absence from Europe’s elite impacting Emery’s transfer budget which is reported to be just £40m.
The Spaniard admits some players may now have to leave the Emirates this summer, as he bids to boost his funds from player sales.
“We need to speak with the club, speak with the players, and do one step more in our way,” Emery said in his post-match press conference.
“But our idea is to continue carrying on improving with the young players who arrived last year.
“Maybe some players need to leave, to take a new way. We are closer to the other teams. At the moment it’s not enough, but we can continue with the same team next year.
“Other players will come in and help us get better in our capacity.”
Despite Arsenal’s failure to secure Champions League football, Emery remains confident in his side’s ability to attract players and says ‘a lot of players’ want to play for the club.
“I think Arsenal is a big name in the football world, and a lot of players want to play here,” Emery added.
“The transfers, I don’t know for next year. But the club is working to improve and to take all we need to go our way.
“Also we have a lot of players with the possibility to improve.”