Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen expects the negative to”do better than last year” after a busy summer in the transfer marketplace.
Unai Emery’s first time in the Emirates saw the club finish fifth in the Premier League, 28 points.
25 players have left permanently or Arsenal on loan, although the club broke their transfer record to signal # 72m Nicolas Pepe from Lille.
Vermaelen, currently on international duty with Belgium ahead of the Qualifier double-header with San Marino and Scotland, believes he’s seen enough to be encouraged.
“Arsenal have improved with the players they have in the summertime. I believe they did a good job in the transfer market,” Vermaelen, who currently plays for Western side Vissel Kobe, said.
“it is a new Arsenal but it doesn’t indicate it will be worse than last season or difficult today.
“Of course some players need to adapt but I think there is a good manager there (Unai Emery) who would like to play soccer. I expect to perform better than last year”