Unai Emery is a big enough pull for targets even without Champions League football (Getty)He added: ‘We have a lot to offer to a player. I don’t feel in disadvantage with anybody. The league, the Premier League, is exciting for any player in the world.‘London, Arsenal, the history, the dimension of the club, the stadium, the facilities at Colney, the fanbase, the followers around the world and the exposure. Really, I feel like I have a lot of ammunition when I talk with players to engage them in our project.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Raul Sanllehi insists Arsenal are still a hugely attractive club to join (Picture: Getty)Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi has played down the importance of being in the Champions League and says it has not affected talks with summer transfer targets.The Gunners are expected to be active when the window reopens, with Unai Emery keen to add upwards of four new faces to his squad, though their budget will be dependent on winning the Europa League.Although Arsenal may not be able to spend as much if they fail to secure Champions League qualification, Sanllehi insists the quality of players being chased will not change. Arsenal chief reveals positive talks with transfer targets despite no guarantee of Champions League football Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 May 2019 9:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link364Shares Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham sat down for an in-depth chat (Picture: Arsenal Media)Asked about the impact of the Champions League on transfers, the Spaniard told the club’s website: ‘That’s something that comes into the conversations. Fortunately enough, the image of Arsenal is strong enough.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We are a reference in the football world, so when Arsenal knocks on the door of players it’s a different knock than other clubs. Of course, the fact that we have not been in the Champions League for two years and we are in question marks now for the next year, that’s not helpful.‘But again, the image of Arsenal is strong enough to help us build a case about all the model we are bringing up, the new era that we are bringing up. It’s very exciting. The passion of the coach that is projecting to the team, it’s seen by everybody in the football world.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Not only internally, but externally. We’re getting that a lot from players that we’re talking to, that they really get that it’s a nice place, that it’s a very good place to be, Arsenal, in order to project a good football career. So we are building on that.‘Of course being in the Champions League is very helpful, because all players want to play in the ultimate competition. For us, if by any chance we would not be there next year – which I don’t think is going to happen – but if that happened, our challenge would be to get in there immediately. Players that come and join us and get into that successful project, it’s an exciting thing for them.’ Advertisement Advertisement
For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed on Saturday responded to the online abuse and harassment of him following his team’s defeat against arch-rivals India in their World Cup 2019 encounter. Reacting to his criticism and trolling on social media for yawning during India game, the Pakistani skipper said, “Yawning is a normal thing to do, I didn’t commit a sin. If people made money out of me yawning, that’s a good thing.”In a pre-match presser on Saturday, Sarfaraz called for an end to abusing, saying that people sitting outside can’t understand what the Pakistani players were going through.“Anybody can say anything to us on social media. It is okay if you talk about our cricket but to abuse us is something which nobody would appreciate…. We are going through a phase which people sitting outside can’t even imagine,” he said.In response to a question about the criticism of the Pakistani team’s performance in the ongoing World Cup and specially against India by former cricketers, Sarfaraz said that they have become “gods on TV screens”.“What can I say to them. If I reply, they would bash me more. Some of them don’t even consider us cricketers, they have become Gods on TV screens,” Sarfraz said.The wicket-keeper batsman said that they will play their best against during Sunday’s game against South Africa, adding that the Pakistani team still have a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.“We are still alive in the tournament have a (mathematical) chance of qualifying. We are focused on our game on Sunday and God willing we will play our best cricket and win the game,” he added.