The coronavirus pandemic has hit the north Londoners hard, with matchday income – a big source of revenue at the Emirates – non-existent currently.
But, owner Stan Kroenke has put his hand into his pocket and given the club a loan to buy out the bonds taken out on the Emirates Stadium when it was built.
And that could free up funds for head coach Mikel Arteta to spend in the transfer market.
Arteta is slowly shaping his squad to the way he wants to play, with results improving over time since Premier League football returned following a three-month hiatus.
He may, however, have some issues to sort in midfield ahead of the new season.
Dani Ceballos’ season-long loan deal will end, Mesut Ozil shows no sign of being able to force his way into Arteta’s plans, while Matteo Guendouzi continues to be something of an enigma.
Could Arteta enter the transfer market to solve his midfield issues?
Marc Roca is a name that has been linked with the Gunners in the past, and Arteta could be tempted to go back in for the youngster this summer.
The 23-year-old has not been at his very best this season but his quality still remains, thus explaining why Arsenal, Everton and Real Madrid have been linked with him.
Likened to Spain legends Xabi Alonso and Sergio Busquets in the past, Roca’s role is defined. He is a midfield pivot, the orchestrator of his side’s attacks.
When used at the base of a midfield three, Roca often drops deep to collect possession from the Espanyol centre-backs or goalkeeper. This gives him time to survey the pitch and use his excellent range of passing.
Few midfielders can hit a long pass as well as Roca. He can open the pitch up with a pinpoint diagonal or can arrow the ball into the feet of an attacker with alarming ease.
His short game is just as effective. Roca constantly makes himself free to create passing angles for teammates and looks to progress the ball when possible.
And if given possession under pressure, he has the nimble footwork and speed of thought required to manoeuvre into space. In an era of intense pressing, it’s a valuable skill to have.
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His release clause stands at €40million (£35.8million) but Arsenal may be able to prise him away for a much cheaper price.
That is because Espanyol, rock bottom of La Liga, were relegated on Wednesday night following a narrow 1-0 defeat to local rivals Barcelona.
Roca will not want to play in Spain’s second tier, and Espanyol may be encouraged to sell at a fraction of the price to boost their funds ahead of an attempt to win immediate promotion back to the top flight.