UNAI EMERY made the right moves in the transfer market this summer according to Matthew Upson.
The new Arsenal boss focused on fixing the defensive frailties which had become all to apparent in Arsene Wenger’s final season.
Goalkeeper Bernd Leno was brought in from Bayer Leverkusen for £22.5m to challenge the 36-year-old Petr Cech for the No.1 spot.
Defensive midfielders Lucas Torreira and Mathieu Guendouzi will provide the Gunners with some much-needed steel in the middle of the park.
While centre-back Sokratis and veteran right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner bring bags of top-level experience.
Upson thinks Emery has done the right thing by focusing entirely on the weak points of his squad rather than being tempted to splash out on big names.
“I think they are signings that they needed”
“We can all look at their signings, and yes some people might be saying, ‘oh well, they are not high-profile signings’,” he told BBC Football Focus.
“But I think they are signings that they needed, that’s what has really impressed me.
“They have got so many flair players, technical quality, that is what [Arsene] Wenger was into and he recruited those players.
“But they have gone out and brought in players who can do the simple things really well and it has put a bit more balance into that team.”
But former Arsenal Women captain Alex Scott had a word of warning for Emery ahead of the start of the new season.
The north Londoners have the toughest start possible, facing defending champions Manchester City today (4pm) and Chelsea next weekend.
And she said that Emery will have one key area to focus on to help the Gunners improve.
“It is a real baptism of fire,” she said, also speaking on Football Focus.
“Manchester City up first in the opening game, then going away to Chelsea, and the problems from what we saw last season were for Arsenal defensively.
“They conceded 51 goals last season, and straight away he needs to go in there and solidify the back line.”