Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen expects the side to”do better than last year” after a busy summer in the transfer market.
Unai Emery’s first season at the Emirates saw the team finish fifth in the Premier League, 28 points behind champions Manchester City.
This summer, 25 players have left permanently or Arsenal on loan, while the club broke their transfer record to signal # 72m Nicolas Pepe out of Lille.
Vermaelen, now on duty with Belgium ahead of the Qualifier double-header with San Marino and Scotland, believes he’s seen enough to be invited.
“Arsenal have enhanced with all the players they have in the summer. I believe they did a great job in the transport market,” Vermaelen, who currently plays for Japanese side Vissel Kobe, stated.
“it is a brand new Arsenal but it does not indicate it is going to be worse than last year or hard now.
“Obviously a few players need to adapt but I believe there is a great boss there (Unai Emery) who wishes to play football. I expect to perform better than last year.”