What a bloody great weekend. Beating Palace. Watching Harry Kane drag a late chance wide to see his Spurs team draw at Southampton. Signing one player in Mikki, with another seemingly on the way with Aubameyang. Good times.
So the update: I had to correct my post yesterday, Arsenal didn’t receive any money for Sanchez. It was a straight swap. A player who was leaving on a free in 6 months, for a £30m player who had 3 years left on his deal. A great deal considering the messy circumstances.
Is Mikki the next coming of Pires? Unlikely. Is he going to blow it up with Arsenal? I have no idea. What I do know is he’s a very good player. He offers goals, assists, heavy work rate and a little bit of magic. Restore him to full confidence and he could be quite the player.
The other option was what, £20m in the bank?
If you’re an Arsenal fan and you’ve spent the last ten years crying into your Coco Pops everytime you see a fan brag about our monstrous bank account, you have absolutely no right to be upset we didn’t take the cash. Players win you games. £20m is a drop in the ocean in the game these days, especially if the prize you’re chasing is the £40m+ the Champions League brings in.
Arsenal are a Europa League team. Can you even name off the top of your head who we’re playing next in that competition? No. Nor me. We are not appealing to mega names, our coach is a joke, so when you get offered a good player, you take it. It’s a low risk, high reward move.
The negativity around this signing is crazy when you consider the uprising against Le Grove over the years when we’ve questioned the need to sign players Park Chu Young and Takumo Asano.
‘Give them time’
The second exciting move is Aubameyang. Sven M is in Germany negotiating a deal to bring the man from Gabon into the side. Again, we’re bringing in goals, pace and personality. We’re going from a sulky Chilean who has scored 8 goals in 22… to a guy who is also sulking but has 21 goals in 23 appearances playing for a Dortmund that is going through a very tough spell.
We might be giving them a player in return, rumored to be Giroud. Again, who cares? There’s no space for him in our side, he’s too slow, and he’s never been a big game player for us.
As a friend said yesterday, it’s weird being in a transfer window and not being linked to banter names.
We’ve moved on our dross, taken money off the wage bill, and we’re probably going to come out of this window stronger (and as someone pointed out, our net spend will be about £3m)… because you have to remember, Sanchez has been a passenger this season. He’s been a drain on team morale. He’s been playing for himself. He gave the ball away 100 times more than Christian Benteke last season. Love to watch him, but things will be better without him.
What I am hoping is that come the summer, we see smarter signings. I’m not sure there’s anything particularly clever about signing two of your old colleagues. What is clear, is that wouldn’t have happened under Wenger. He’d have sulked when told Martial wasn’t moving, and taken the cash. He’d have offered £22m for Aubameyang, then cursed the modern game when we missed out him.
The club making moves without the managers blessing, and it’s a real breath of fresh air.
Now we just have to hope that the manager can weave the new players into a system that works. I can’t help but get genuinely excited about Ozil and Mikki feeding one of the fastest players in the world.
Right, that’s me done. Hopefully, we’ll have some exciting news to talk about by tomorrow.
OVER AND OUT x