OH MY GOD WHAT PLAYER WHERE SIGNING WHO?
Woah, calm down there. Put your coffee down, pull up a seat and let’s take this slowly.
Arsenal may have a deal in place, for an actual player.
Mustafi, the German, who plies his trade currently with Valencia, has according to rumour, agreed personal terms.
BUT NO FEE: See Vardy, Mikki and Suarez for reasons as to why this means nothing yet.
Does that mean he’ll be in before Sunday? No. Of course it doesn’t, though it appears Wenger is trying hard to make that happen. It does mean we’ve landed a good player who can save us the embarrassment of having to blood a League 1 player in our first team squad.
I’m not really sure how incredible Mustafi is. He’s been plodding along at an unsuccessful Valencia team, so it’s hard to judge. Immediate concerns are that he’s quite short. I’m having visions of our defence when it was TV and Kos. Lacking height and aerial dominance. He’s a solid interceptor of the ball, he has good technique and he’s rolled out for Germany. So the chances are, he’s going to be more impressive than Gabriel and Chambers. So that’s a good start.
We’ll have to wait to find out whether this is a player we’ve been genuinely tracking, or whether he’s a player we’ve only signed because Wenger has had his arm well and truly tugged by the long-term-injury-demon. Kind of feel like it’s the latter, mainly because this guy has been available at a club in dire financial trouble all summer. Looks very much like a reaction over something that was strategically planned.
But who cares, it’s a body, god bless the injuries if it helped improve our back 4.
Should we be looking at another centre back? I think I would be. Per is likely in his last season, Kos is not spring chicken. There are doubts around Chambers and Gabby. We need someone else who is super tall and beast like to balance out the centre back pairings. Otherwise, we’ll just go back to being susceptible at the back.
We still need a striker, The Sun are running a story that says Wenger will go for Lewandowski because Bayern won’t pay him £350k a week. You can just see that, right? But fear not, if we don’t land him, we’ll just sign Griezmann for £70m instead. I mean, it’s kind of logical right? Miss out on Vardy, fail with Lacazette… go do some last-minute world record-breaking stuff eh?
Feels very much like the time Spurs told everyone they were in for Rivaldo.
I know as Arsenal fans, we always look for the silver lining in the festival car park puddle… but think about what we’ve done this summer so far.
We’ve lost Rosicky, Arteta and Flamini
We’ve signed Asano (from the J-League), Holding (from League 2) and Kelechi (Nigeria)
We’ve signed Xhaka and possibly Mustafi (Good)
We lost Mertesacker, Wellbeck and Gabriel to long-term injuries.
Nothing else has changed. We haven’t let anyone go after last season. We’re nowhere near signing a striker. We tried and failed for a proper right sided player.
This really has been a poor summer.
Picture this. Right now. We lose Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil to injury. Where is our creative spark coming from? Where are our goals coming from?
Gnabry scored at the Olympics! Asano looked good AND scored last night! Willock! Jeff! Chuba!
Listen to the hope. But look at it with clarity. Forget all the competition that’s come into the domestic league. Look at the teams we’re trying to better in Europe. We’ve made literally zero effort to compete with them. Last 16 of the CL, 6 seasons running and we didn’t make massive changes.
Wenger looked to tweak instead of rebuild. A problem, that in my opinion stems from pipping Spurs to second. Our starting 11 isn’t tweaks away from becoming a powerhouse in Europe. It’s big, hard to swallow changes that are needed. We haven’t made them. We haven’t even sold a single player. Think about that. Think about how the good players feel about that? Think about how little buzz there will be around the camp.
Same old side, same old preparation, with likely… the same result come what May. The only thing I’m wrangling with in my head is what period I’d place the customary slump… because if it’s February this season, Wenger will jump on that new contract like a playground of 12-year-olds chasing a £50 note.
Then we’d be buckled up for 2 more years of this bullshit.
3 days from the seasons opener. 1 senior player signed. Unreal from Wenger, unreal.