Arsenal lost 1-0 to West Ham in their Premier League showdown on Saturday, with Declan Rice scoring his first professional goal at the London Stadium.

And, for Emery, the defeat has struck a major blow in his side’s battle to secure Champions League football for next season, with Chelsea now in pole position to finish in the top four.

The problem is, though, that this is Arsenal now. Fans will be despairing – one YouTube channel in particular will have plenty to say – and rightly so.

Emery is on his way to becoming the new Arsene Wenger. Not that he – or his predecessor – could do anything about it.

Earlier this week, Emery’s words struck a cord with Arsenal fans. He said there would be no permanent signings – only loan deals.

“We cannot sign anyone permanently,” the Spaniard said.

“Only loan players this January.”

This Arsenal squad needs a facelift but, for too long now, the Gunners hierarchy have opted against it.

Wenger was starved of signings during his final few years at the helm – blockbuster deals for Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang aside.

It was patently clear that the Frenchman required better players during his final few years in charge.

But did the board back him? No.

Wenger was powerless to stop the dire transfer activity at the Emirates Stadium.

The Arsenal icon was fuming that the board allowed Alexis Sanchez to leave for Manchester United for free. It was also a sin, in his eyes, that Mesut Ozil only signed a new deal with mere months on his current contract to run.

Aubameyang and Lacazette arrived but that was it.

Instead, Arsenal tried to be frugal. Stingy, even.

While Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea have all gone on big spending sprees the Gunners have not.

And mediocrity is the result. Aubameyang aside – the Gunners have no Galacticos.

Emery is now facing a similar problem to Wenger.

If Arsenal are not buying, instead relying on the loan market, it suggests the Spaniard will be restricted.

And how managers with the shackles on rarely do well.

Emery has done a solid job at Arsenal so far but he needs funds to make this side his own.

Funds, it seems, he will not get.



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