Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen expects the unwanted to”do much better than a year ago” after a busy summer in the transfer marketplace.
The first season at the Emirates of unai Emery saw the team finish fifth in the Premier League, 28 points.
Although the team broke their transfer record to sign 72m Nicolas Pepe from Lille this summer, 25 players have either left Arsenal on loan or permanently.
But, Vermaelen, now on international duty with Belgium ahead of their Qualifier double-header with Scotland and San Marino, believes he’s witnessed enough to be invited.
“Arsenal have improved with the players they have in the summer. I believe they did a fantastic job in the transport market,” Vermaelen, who now plays for Japanese unwanted Vissel Kobe, stated.
“it is a new Arsenal however, it does not mean it is going to be worse than last season or hard now.
“Of course a few players need to adapt but I believe there is a good manager there (Unai Emery) who wants to play football. I expect to perform better than last year”