How brutal will Arsenal’s summer be?

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Arsenal vs Bayern

Arsenal vs Bayern

Ivan has been in the press again outlining his vision for the club and what he thinks he should be holding dear.

“When we talk about the destination, it’s not winning a Champions League, it’s making fans proud,”

“It’s about making the people at the football club proud of what we do and how we do it.”

Part of me thinks that’s a barbed jibe at Chelsea. The other part of me thinks it’s just smart marketing. Put your audience first. Make it about them. You’ll never lose.


Trouble is, we’re not a sugared water brand vying for consumer attention. We’re an elite sports team with a monopolised local market. When I say that, I mean there’s no other product choice once you’re indoctrinated (unless you’re David Cameron). The global market is a bit different, but largely geared around where you tour and what you win.

I understand we’re a club of class and style, but there comes a point where you’ve got to stop talking about the journey and start to make strides on the major trophy yellow brick road. There comes a point where you have to start pushing harder. That time surely has to be the summer. The traditional temptation of Arsene post a strong season finish is to pretend he has the depth to take on the season. The reality is never there.

Will Arsene buy Schneiderlin, even though we know Coquelin is smashing it? Will he change up his keeper who doesn’t look the full ticket? Would he dare sell on Santi Cazorla (who is having contract issues) and bring in Marco Reus? Will he exchange Theo + Jenks for Sterling?

How brutal will the manager be in pursuit of the final hurrah? How hard will Ivan push him on the journey that must have a destination we near within 10 year.

Big questions. What we do know is this. Ivan enforced changes last summer that are bearing fruit. Wenger pushed for changes late November that have resulted in a massive on pitch improvement in the second half of the season. Can Arsenal push on the extra 10% this summer and make magic happen next season?

Mourinho chimed in with some more chat around Arsenal. He hammered home the huge competition in the league.

“It’s even more difficult to dominate than before,”“How can you speak about domination when everyone knows what will happen next summer? Give to Arsenal four top-class players and I think they will again be the Invincibles. Man United have a phenomenal squad. They will invest hugely again in the summer. City have done phenomenally, winning two titles in three years, and people say they will invest hugely. Liverpool fighting for the title for many years. Next year it will be even more difficult for everyone.

“At this moment, it’s very difficult in the Premier League for a team to be dominant. This is not Germany with Bayern Munich. This is not Switzerland with Basel. This is not Scotland with Celtic.”

All very true. I think he’s being pretty clear that Arsenal don’t need four players to dominate. We just need to be very smart with how we operate in the summer, as I’ve laid out above. I still think the most important changes come from behind the scenes. Keep players fit, keep them smart and rotate them well and you’re laughing. Well, not laughing. Just not crying into an injury list as long as your arm.

In other news, Brendan Rodgers faced further humiliation after a 1-0 loss against Hull City (next up for us). I feel for him. I think he’s a very good coach. He’s a had a harsh season and I don’t think the person they have in charge of signing players is doing him any favours. I’d still be sad to see him shipped out. That brand of football he played last season was beyond spectacular. He has plenty of talent, but he’s not made it happen this season. Champions League football is always a major killer. It certainly was for their style of play.

Mario was the killer though… fine lines. I imagine if they’d landed Sanchez, the outcome of their year would have been very, very different. I read Everton’s back four have scored more goals than Liverpool’s 4 strikers combined.

That’s life though. Will Liverpool go all Chelsea on his ass, or will they stick to their long term planning principles.

Tough decision with Klopp hanging loudly on the horizon!

In news outside of football, it appears Emirates are going to sponsor the FA Cup, taking over from Budweiser. So, to my mind, that means it’s the Emirates Cup. Which we’ve won, like, loads of times. Good news. The last ten years have been as barren as we once feared!

Finally, Bayern secured a £645m kit deal with Adidas for an additional ten years. That’s over double what we earn from Puma. But, in fairness, they do win a lot of things. Still less than United earn. It’s quite staggering that they can profit from that tie up.

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  1. Emiratesstroller

    When was the last time that Arsenal bought a proven striker?

    Most of the strikers we have bought over last 20 or so years from Ian Wright onwards were a gamble and that included Thierry Henry and Robin Van Persie.

    Giroud was a second division player in France the year we bought him and for
    £10 million he has proved good value.

    Lacazette is a young player but has scored 30 goals this season despite being out with injury for at least a month. He can play striker as well as both right and left wing so that is probably the kind of player worth taking a risk with.

    I suspect that an offer around £30 million will probably secure him and that is worth the gamble.

  2. Nasri's Mouth

    Emiratesstroller: When was the last time that Arsenal bought a proven striker?

    Podolski possibly ?

    Alexis has often played as CF for Chile

    But neither are exactly how we think of strikers really

  3. zeus

    Schneiderlin out for remainder of season

    The 25-year-old, who has been limited to 26 appearances due to persistent groin issues, picked up a knee problem against Tottenham on Saturday

  4. tunnygriffboy

    Lacazette would be a really good purchase. Ideal age plays across front three and bags of pace. Young enough to improve his skill set as well. Reus would be the dream but not sure we could get him. The summer will be interesting, I think we’ll continue to spend.

  5. Redtruth

    What Atsenal lack is someone who can boss and dictate the tempo in midfield.

    Aguero compared to Giroud is Klinsmann, Van Basten and Pancev all rolled in to one.

  6. Emiratesstroller

    With reference to Giroud I omitted inadvertently the word ‘before’ from post I wrote, but he played in Ligue First Division only 2 years and was hardly rated a
    major signing when we bought him.

  7. Emiratesstroller

    Nasri’s Mouth

    Podolski never played striker for Germany and the only time he played that position was for FC Koln who are hardly a major force in German Football. Most of the time he played on wing.

    Sanchez is more often than not playing in aid positions including for both Barcelona and Chile.

    The point I am making is that Arsenal are unlikely to spend £50 million + on a
    proven world class striker. They are more likely to buy a young relatively untested player as they did with Wright, Henry and Van Persie.

  8. salparadisenyc

    Thanks for clarifying Eagle… so Aguero was the headless chicken and Henry just wasn’t good enough.

    Ya I see you’re point.

  9. Redtruth

    Wright was 28 years old when Arsenal bought him, hardly a spring chichen and Henry was a proven World Cup winner before Arsenal bought him and Van Persie wasn’t bought as a striker.

  10. salparadisenyc

    And I love them both…. thank fuck Crystal Palace and Juve sold em. To say Henry didn’t blossom into a world class player whilst at Arsenal would be a lie, cause he certainly wasn’t prior.

    I’m certainly not Giroud’s biggest advocate on here, but he’s been very good value for what he cost. Not his fault Wenger decided to replace Van Persie with him. L’Oreals a pretty ideal plan B / alternate option with the game he’s presented this season. Not sure Welbecks going to step into that role, so Wenger has a decision to make there.

  11. Redtruth

    Henry was never a world class player and neither was Bergkamp who was on a different level to Henry.

    Arsenal didn’t need to sign Wright as they had a perfectly capable striker in Smith.

  12. Willow Wilson

    “When was the last time that Arsenal bought a proven striker?Most of the strikers we have bought over last 20 or so years from Ian Wright onwards were a gamble and that included Thierry Henry and Robin Van Persie”

    Great point.

    However, neither Henry or Van Persie were traditional strikers when we bought them.

    1. Anelka
    Signed from PSG for £0.5m and a bar of chocolate. He was 17 and had a return of 1 goal in 10 for PSG. Won us the double.

    Joined from Juventus for £11m to replace Anelka. He had scored 3 goals in 16 for Juve. He was not a recognised striker but described as a wing back/winger.

    3. Van Persie
    He was a left winger signed from Feyenoord for £2.75m.

    4. Adebayor
    A striker Signed from Monaco for £3m, where he had scored 18 times in 78 games.

    5. Bendtner

    6. Giroud
    A striker, signed from Montpellier for between £9.6 to £12m. Had scored 33 in 73 games.

    In reality, none of the above could be described as us buying a recognised striker, let alone goalscorer.

    All 5 of those bought for a combined fee of £26m or one of Falcaos legs.

  13. Emiratesstroller


    You have a habit of getting up everyone’s nose and trying to be clever, which frankly you are not.

    Ian Wright came into professional football relatively late in his career and was
    hardly a household name at Crystal Palace until he played in Cup Final. His
    reputation as a striker came when he joined Arsenal albeit relatively late in

    Thierry Henry played on the wing at Juventus and for France before he came to us. He made his reputation as a striker in his second season when converted to that position by Wenger.

    Van Persie was hardly a household name as a striker before he came to Arsenal and we paid a relatively modest fee for his services.

    Giroud was bought for £10 million which was a very modest transfer fee at that
    time for a striker who score 20+ goals for Montpellier the year before he came
    to us.

    The point I made was that we did not buy a single headline striker in last 20 years who was at top of his game when he came to us.

  14. salparadisenyc

    Yet Wright nearly doubled Smith’s goal tally in his first season with less appearances.

    I see you’re point.

  15. Nasri's Mouth


    Yeah, I was clutching for options.

    I too don’t think we’ll buy a big name established CF this summer.

    One thing I’d say though is that Henry at £10m was big money for us at the time.

    Our revenue was probably around the £100m mark then compared to £300m now

  16. Redtruth

    The majoriy of Henry’s goals came from cutting inside from the wing.

    What benefit did Wright bring to the gunners when he joined Champions Arsenal.

    Giroud was bought for £13m when it was muted that Montpellier were holding out for £21m

  17. Willow Wilson

    All of those players, proved absolute bargains (bar Bendy) and improved their goalscoring abilities under Wenger.

    If we do end up with a striker with a proven goalscoring record, the numbers could be scary.

  18. Willow Wilson

    Reliable Source
    “Francis Jeffers”

    Lol. Fox in the Box – he was actually a ‘crock in the box’. Loads of injuries and a wasted talent, ended up down the leagues and went to the States where all the has beens end up because it’s so easy. Cost us £8m.

  19. salparadisenyc


    Yes Wrights second season was shit, w 30+ and scoring in both the FA cup final and replay match if memory serves… going on to win it.

    Not sure he scored whilst winning the league cup that year, i’d have to check.

    Cup doubles are over rated…

  20. Redtruth

    Lets kill this myth once and for all that Wenger improves players.

    All these players mentioned would have improved regardless who the manager or club is.

    I suppose Wenger made Ibrahimovic the player he his today lol
    This same manager who rejected Ibrahimovic. lol

  21. Willow Wilson

    £10m and kicked out of English football by the Neville sisters and their mates. That 50th game and the performance of Mike Riley always comes to mind when Reyes is mentioned. At least he can say he was an Invincible.

    £7m. 21 goals in 41 goals and another one of our players to almost have their careers wrecked by an English thug. But for that sickening injury, we would probably would have won that title in 2008.

    £12m from Bordeaux. The man who scored the only goal that won us the title at Old Trafford in 2002. Another Invincible.

  22. vicky


    sorry for replying late but whatever Walcott does for us is pretty much predictable and does not work against good teams with high quality defense. Nasri was always ahead of Walcott at arsenal becoz he offered more. we need someone in Nasri mould. sterling is very young so obviously has not had much top flight football compared to Walcott. but surely u would associate sterling style more to that of Nasri as compared to Walcott . I see more in sterling even though he has not had many assists or goals.

  23. Redtruth

    Wright’s goalscoring for Arsenal was exceptional and their lies the problem as the teams overall goals tally was poor.

    Smith’s goals dried up and so did the teams due to the introduction of Wright

  24. Redtruth


    You pathetic creature, do you know how many league goals Eduardo scored prior to his injury in February 2008?
    Yes 4 league goals a paltry 4 league goals.

  25. salparadisenyc

    That dried up team then went on to win the European cup in Wrights 3rd season… again scoring 30+.

    Not going to lie I found love for Alan Smith when he scored against Parma… but to be fair Wright got us there. I was zit popping latter teen listening to Joe Strummer play with the Pogues and In Utero… epic year barring the part where Cobain offed himself.

  26. Nasri's Mouth

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  27. daz

    “Henry was never a world class player and neither was Bergkamp who was on a different level to Henry.”

    Redtruth you are 1 sad individual indeed