Arsenal legend Tony Adams fears Unai Emery could have his hopes of rebuilding the team compromised by the club's recruitment strategy.
The Gunners are in the midst of beginning a new era as after 22 years under Arsene Wenger, Emery has been installed as their new head coach, in charge of restoring on-field glory after stagnating during the latter stages of the Frenchman's reign.
Your head coach is irrelevant. You are only as good as your recruitment.Tony Adams
However, much will depend on how recruitment guru Sven Mislintat fares, while head of football relations Raul Sanllehi is also expected to be involved in transfers.
Adams remains an icon at the Gunners, captaining the club for much of his 19-year playing career with the club and has since had experience around Europe in both the dugout and in the boardroom.
The 51-year-old says the new set-up means it could be tough to judge Emery's success, especially if Mislintat and Sanllehi fail to acquire their prefered targets on what is seen as a relativly limited budget.
He told the Daily Star: "Your head coach is irrelevant. You are only as good as your recruitment. It's all about getting the right players in this game.
"We're going to have to see if the guys Ivan Gazidis has brought in are good in that market.
"It's a market that's very overcrowded and we're probably down the pecking order in terms of finances.
"It'll be difficult if they're looking for European players - it'll be quite tricky."
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