I can’t, I can’t, I can’t…
WHAT IS IT WITH THIS SUMMER SO FAR.
So there are rumours abound that Arsenal are trying to make something mega happen. But I’m just not sure I’m quite down with it all.
Our original transfer targets this summer were Vardy, Xhaka and Mikki. The club were there or there abouts on all three deals, but for reasons I’ll leave to you to Google / reasons that will come out in the wash, only one of those deals dropped.
Now, in my opinion, that was a pretty exciting plan. You bring in a DM who can transition the ball up the pitch better than Coquelin, coupled with the added bonus of Xhaka being a total brother dominating leader.
Then you had the right side of midfield absolutely nailed down with Mikki. He can assist, he can score goals and most importantly… he’s an absolute workhorse. He was the very respected Whoscored.com websites highest rated player last season (Germany). You can mock that, but whatever, they have an approach to data and it’s consistent across all the leagues. So whether you think he’s one of the best or not, stats say he’s up there even if those numbers are basic. Not just that, he was in the last year of his Dortmund deal, he was pretty cheap at £29m and he’s on record as being an Arsenal fan.
What happened there? Well, United offered £200k a week and we likely didn’t. Why? Because that’s more than Wenger earns and we know his rule on being the highest paid. Could we afford it? Absolutely. We dropped £250k odd off our wage bill with Flamini (£80k pw), Rosicky (£90k pw)and Arteta (£65k pw). Also, worth noting for all the naysayers… our wage bill is £3m short of City’s and they pay sagna £169k pw. 2/3s of a Wayne Rooney short of United’s total. We have cash to burn.
Then you had Jamie Vardy up top. A bullish player, rapid pace, hard-working and a clinical finisher. Was he perfect? No way. But jeez, think of that side.
You’ve added pace to the front line with a midfield that can spray long balls forward. You’ve cut out the failure on the right and you’ve a defensive player who is more productive and clinical than AOC and Theo combined. You have the ability in the front three to unpick sides that play blocks of four. We’d have been deadly.
Most importantly, it was a plan.
Then we went for Lacazette. No doubt about it.
We also went for Tolouse striker Ben Yedder, but he chose Sevilla (who have signed about 10 players again).
Now all of a sudden, we’re expected to believe that Arsenal are going to go mega… after spending the start of it doing exactly the opposite?
Would I like a Griezmann? Lewandowski? Auba?
Of course. But come on. What reason do any of these clubs have to let players like that go? Simeone is never going to let his superstar leave, even if it were for the €85m buyout clause. Why would Bayern sell arguably the best striker in the world without a clear replacement? Why would Dortmund sell any more big names?
It doesn’t add up.
Can’t help but think any craziness happening now is just to appease us that there was a nearly moment.
‘Oh, but Wenger tried. Loaves of bread. Brexit. Our bank balance means people rip us. Brexit. Volleyball in Brazil’
But hey, I could be totally wrong. I just don’t understand how a mega, wet your pants, walk around all day with a hard-on signing could be basically our 5th option?
It reeks of desperation and it should, because we’ve blown the summer, we’ve blown our stability advantage and we’re now at the stage where whoever we do sign will have fitness issues later on because they didn’t get a preseason with Arsenal.
It’s a bad place to be.
So could Wenger surprise us? Sure he could. Is it likely a club with a mega player would let them go at this stage? Could be, but I’m struggling with the notion. Really struggling.
What do you think?
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