Major talking point amongst EXCITED Arsenal fans is that City and Arsenal are mulling over a straight swap deal with Alexis and Agüero flipping clubs.
Now, I don’t want to piss on chips. The Argentine is one of the best strikers the league has ever seen, he’s also a big game player. However, I can’t help but look at this as a regressive move.
Pep G is the future of football at all times, and he’s elected to move Kun on presumably because he refuses to press and play by the Spaniard’s rules. Alexis is one of the most compelling players in the world at the moment, he’s younger and he’s far less injury prone. I feel like swapping him out for a player of the past, just seems, well, I don’t know… a bit Arsene Wenger.
I mean, look, it’s better than Lacazette. At least we know he comes with goals, we know he’s the answer to world class through the middle, I just worry with Wenger’s aggressive approach to overplaying, he’ll be sidelined more than he’ll be present on the pitch. I see how a signing like this upgrades our edge in front of goal, I just don’t see how it plays into any sort of evolution of thinking from Arsenal.
A major problem the club is we buy players based on individual talent, rather than mapping talents to a bigger picture system. We did well against Chelsea because our front three pressed really well (albeit for one game) and choked Chelsea out. If you lose the tenacity of Alexis, and replace it with a guy who won’t play that game. How is that going to improve the system? Or is the plan to rebuild our way of playing to suit the skill set of a player who was relevant 3 years ago?
This looks a lot like us being the only club in the Europe employing a number 10 in the way we do with Ozil… it suits his game, and his stats… but it hasn’t contributed to the success of Arsenal outside the FA Cup.
Anyway, discuss… because it’s an interesting topic.
We’re recording The Arsenal Opinion tomorrow and we want your view on the potential swap deal. Progressive or regressive? Keep it short and sweet (30seconds)
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