I’m not leaving the GREATEST transfer window of recent times without a quick positive post.
Arsenal hasn’t delivered a non-banter transfer window since David Dein was unceremoniously fired way back when. After that, Wenger assumed his all-encompassing role, and we haven’t looked good since. Well, that’s all changed. HUSS, Sven, Raul, Dick and Ivan have just shown what happens when you take power from an incapable set of hands and give it to competent people.
Le Grove correctly told you Ozil would be signing a new contract a few weeks ago, so I’ll bask in the glory of getting something right.
Then, just to cap a superb month, we finally landed Pierre for a record fee.
Did the club drop an anthemic video to welcome him? Not really. But fuck it, I’ll take a cute gif.
The even more exciting news is our business might not be finished. Rumours we’re still chasing Jonny Evans are all over the place, as well as Schalke midfielder Max Meyer.
Think of all the exciting things that have happened people.
We sold a player who didn’t want to be here.
We did a part exchange that will actually benefit us.
We replaced the loss of goals with the one of the most prolific strikers in Europe, in one window
We tied our best player down to a mega money deal, moving away from the stupid regressive model of awarding our failing manager the biggest contract at the club
We moved on Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Matty Debuchy, and Franny Coq AND made a bit of money
We did everything at an unreal pace
I’m not going to say I feel vindicated, because this isn’t about me, this is about us. We were all right.
All those naysayers who polluted the internet over the years trying to make out the issues at the club were Stan Kroenke, the market, the lack of quality options, the lack of money, wages or Champions League. All those who professed ITK knowledge, well, turns out they were absolutely wrong.
Who was right?
Ivan Gazidis brought in actual professionals attuned to the market, and he empowered them to make things happen. Let’s also not forget that Dick Law has still been on the scene.
The key here? No Wenger involvement.
The decisions about wages, transfers fees, and who to bring in have rested elsewhere.
I’m not saying Wenger wasn’t consulted, I am saying the manager’s power had been greatly reduced.
This is the model for the future.
The summer is likely going to be even more brutal.
I expect Mustafi, Bellerin and Ramsey will be sold off to the highest bidder.
We’ll move probably move on Welbeck, Ospina, Cech, Koscielny. Mertesacker and Santi will retire.
I’ve no doubt a lot of the hangers on around the club will be axed as well, because Wenger’s backroom team needs a massive revamp unimpeded.
The club will go on a mega rebuild.
It’s Dortmund 2.0. Players 19-24 years old. Power, pace, exceptional technical ability. CLEVER. We need clever players. Tactically smart. No more Theo’s or Chambo’s.
The very best in coaching staff. The very best of tech. The best analysts. Pure innovation.
I really, really, really, hope the club is moving Wenger on this summer. There’s no point in investing in great players and having the local drunk driving their careers.
Hassenthutl, Allegri, Jardim, Marcelo, Sarri…
But that’s a conversation for another day.
For now. Bask in the glory of a non-banter window.
See you in the comments.