Arsenal looking to go unspectacular this summer (shocker)

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You know when people are like, ‘Christmas has started because the Pret Christmas Latte just dropped’ or something nauseatingly basic like that? The football equivalent is, ‘you know summer has started when Ornstein drops a bombshell that Arsenal will be shite in the transfer window.’

He’s only gone and done it AGAIN.

Top level: ‘It’s going to be a bit bland’

If we lose against Chelsea, £40m is our starting point.

We’re going project youth with a bit of experience (same as last summer).

We want a centre back, an Aaron replacement, and a winger type entity.

Additionally, if there is an extra special deal, we’ll chase a left back, right back and a striker.

ARSENAL WILL NOT BREACH FFP

Thank fuck for the last snippet, I know there’s been a lot of grumblings in the community of late about making sure we don’t EVER break a single rule, right now, I’m just letting off a massive sigh of THANK FUCK that we’re going to play it safe.

So what to make of this goss fest?

Well, don’t wet those panties you absolute man child. Also, why are you wearing panties? Grow up and step away from your mum’s lingerie drawer you 35-year-old freak. Get your 2001 Beano branded specials on and let’s dive into the mixer like peak Bobby P against Pompey.

If we are a Europa League club, blasting money away isn’t sensible. The MIGHTY Swiss Ramble has some analysis on how badly we’ve been rocked by the step-down.

We have a lot of expensive dross in the squad and I’d imagine Stan is asking Raul to realign the wage bill and move on the shite before we start going nuts again. £235m a year in wages is outrageous for the return.

Secondly, there’s some heated debate over whether the Ornstein budget figure is right. Some say we’re hiding our improved financial success, some say the number is what it is.

This is Gambon from the comments on where the new cash is coming from.

💰New club level seats £5m

💰Adidas £30m

💰Emirates 12m

💰Visit Rwanda £10m

💰New TV deal £10m

I’ve heard the lower number since November, and I’d say if we were looking at a £100m starting point, we’d have loosened the purse strings in January. Telling that we didn’t do that, isn’t it?

It’ll be interesting to see how hard we go at freeing up cash this summer. Mustafi and Xhaka should surely be heading for the exit door, there should be £70m incoming for those two alone. Auba is being linked to Madrid for £85m. Love him to bits, he’s helped shape our season, but he’s 29 so don’t be sentimental about this. The biggest travesty of the latter years of Arsene is his hoarding of players. We need to learn how to sell at peak, he’s hit peak, so we should absolutely take that cash if it’s on offer and invest like Liverpool did when they earned a big windfall. I’d take losing a 29-year-old versus having to lose a kid to find the next step.

Also, don’t moan at me and starting bleating on that he’s our best player… who did you vote for in the Arsenal Player of the Season Award?

What?

Speak up?

Thought so.

You hypocritical disgrace.

Drop transfer exits like I’ve laid out and you’re at £190m for spending power. You can buy many nice toys with cash like that. Then think of all the other players we could shift on… Elneny, Chambers, Mikhi, Jenks… there’s £30m in that mix.

Basically, don’t read into the £40m like that’s as far as the summer goes. It simply says to me that selling players is key to a hype summer execution.

Cut away all of the speculation, which could be spot on, or it could be really badly wrong (Ornstein had us with a £100m budget in January), the real story for me is that Edu only has an offer on the table, he hasn’t said yes.

Emery and Raul are at the wheel. We know they like sniffing around that bargain section. They’re the footballing equivalent of yellow sticker sandwich eaters. They don’t even like medium rare beef and Stilton… but if that sticker says 26p, it’s in the basket, no questions asked. Denis Suarez was a brown banana that was found under the fridge, the yellow sticker was just bants… but someone bought it, you know who? Yep. Yep.

So our summer is going to happen without the future architect of the club sailing the ship. Sven, love him or hate him, helped navigate us away from players like Banega, Nzonzi, Malcolm, and Denis Suarez. What is going to happen now? I like Cagigao, he sourced Santi, Bellerin and Cesc… but how much power will he be given?

Emery isn’t good at spending money if you look at some of the players he’s been responsible for in the past, he likes old and slow… or just utterly Suarezy. Raul wouldn’t be hiring a TD if he knew how to build a squad. Seems like a recipe for expensive mistakes. It looks like we’re going to head into next season without a vision or direction again. It’s spend and hope. I hate that. It is never going to work when those above us are driving towards an exciting vision mapped to a plan (Not Chelsea, lolololol).

Hopefully, I’m wrong. Nkunku looks a player when I’ve watched him. Djené has a lot of hype around him and £13.5m seems a bargain. However, there’s a bad stench of Rabiot-to-Arsenal everywhere you read, the guy has a piss poor attitude and didn’t like Emery last time around. Then I worry we’ll rekindle bland dreams of the past, Perisic or Carrasco are weighing heavily on my mind. Players past their prime, or with Ozil like attitudes to the game.

I don’t want to fuck about with talent that has temperament issues. Just give me young prime meat that wants to explode onto the scene. £75k a week or less. No mega contracts that make them fat and lazy. Let’s operate on a lean model and make sure hunger is central to their MO… just like it is at Spurs. I read a Poch article the other week that said he loved the players who want to leave because they care about success, be wary of those who thrive in comfort. Who is begging to leave Arsenal? Says a lot… right? A few too many just in it for the cashed paycheque.

Anyway, a real mixed back. Needless to say, summer will be busy. x

P.S. Souness and Keane FURIOUS that once again, they are proved wrong by a foreigner with better ideas of how the game should be played (tackles number). Arteta helping to architect one of the smartest off the ball sides the Premier League has ever seen, I’m welling up everyone, someone pass me a tissue, so emosh.

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  1. Dissenter

    The tabloid are tying us with Zaha when it is bloody clear he’s out of our transfer range.
    He has himself to blame, shouldn’t have signed that extension last season.
    Poch would have made devastating player out of him.

  2. Redtruth

    Lets have an end of season play off berween the top 4 to decide the league Champions lol……WengerEagle top banana.

    Lampard is a cup manager Bielsa is a league manager…

  3. HillWood

    Wenger Eagle
    The Ox was dross at Arsenal
    But Klopp saw something in him
    He was actually looking pretty decent until he got injured

  4. Redtruth

    6th place Derby promoted while 3rd place Leeds remain in Championship…
    Scrap play offs, they’re a farce, the losers even get a trophy while Runners up in the league get nowt lol

  5. Marc

    “He was actually looking pretty decent until he got injured”

    The Ox got injured – no I can’t believe that happened. Looked good for a few matches and then was out for months – that’s an event that was so unlikely that you couldn’t even put numbers to it.

    Le Grove – sponsored by Goldfish for when you really don’t want to remember shit.

  6. Marko

    WE I’m talking about right now I wouldn’t swap Benz for Auba. I see both on the wrong side of 30 and I think one is declining more. Actually I’m yet to see this decline of Auba that you predicted q few months ago. Guy ain’t perfect but his first full season in England and he’s maintaining the same form as he was in Germany.

  7. Guns of SF

    sell iwobi, el neny to palace to sweeten the deal

    but seriously, there are enough wingers out there to chose from besides him

  8. Marc

    Arsenal – no defence

    Arsenal – midfield needs major work

    Arsenal – CAM’s overpaid and not producing

    Arsenal – not a single proper wide player in the squad

    Arsenal – striker just won the golden boot so let’s pan him and talk about getting rid of the guy.

    The level of masochism exhibited on here by some is really disturbing.

  9. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    This kanner be true man….

    South American pascal cyan…

    Max age 25

    To play an bring along the youth.

  10. bennydevito

    We’re being linked with Mario Hermosa of Espanyol but for some reason the links aren’t posting on here.

  11. CG

    Bd

    “There is absolutely no way that either Mourinho or Benitez (lol) will be the Arsenal manager after Emery”

    Well that Depends on who chooses the next manager….

    If its Edu responsibility.
    I expect it to be between Freddie L, Arteta or Vieira.

    If it The Spivs Responsibility.
    I expect him to go for Benitez or Mourinho

    If its Josh K responsibility.
    I expect him to go with a Wenger and Vieria partnership.

    Wenger,Mourinho and Benitez will be all be playing the waiting game.

    They all covet the Arsenal Job.

    Because its Best job in soccer management..

  12. Guns of SF

    if we dont sell Auba this summer, he comes back stronger.
    We get CL, then I think top 4 is most definite.
    Chelsea ban
    Tott debt
    Manure is shit

  13. bennydevito

    I agree the playoffs are a dreadful concept.

    They have it in Rugby union where the league winner is decided by playoffs. Can you imagine winning the league but losing the playoff and not being the champions even though you came first!

    Scandalous.

  14. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Champions league should be a league of its own played midweek.
    Still the same amount of games .

    Eco say as it is 3 teams from top country’s .

    New wbo cup for the lesser smaller leagues

  15. Marc

    benny

    You really can’t mention stuff like that on here.

    We’re now going to have 3 months of posts from CC,CG, Pierre and Un about Emery buying crap Spanish players – the fact that Emery is not responsible for recruitment won’t matter and the rumour could be complete bollocks but that won’t stop them.

  16. bennydevito

    CG,

    Wenger will be playing the waiting game? For the Arsenal manager job? Wenger?

    Josh K who was pivotal in Wenger going because of a slow and steady slide into Europa league football and being responsible for our terrible overpriced players on overpriced contracts?

    He’s going to hire Wenger back?

    I’m off for a lay down in a dark room.

  17. Champagne charlie

    “You really can’t mention stuff like that on here. We’re now going to have 3 months of posts from CC,CG, Pierre and Un about Emery buying crap Spanish players”

    What are you blabbering on about?

  18. Champagne Charlie

    Marc

    Oh you’re cool. This must be another one of those instances where I’m just looking for an argument….

    Maybe you should give tips on how to be a wel-balanced, polite poster. You’re clearly the standard bearer.

  19. WengerEagle

    Fair enough HW.

    Marko I’m not saying I want Benzema but he’s clearly always been a tier above Auba was the point hence Real Madrid’s total lack of interest despite Auba giving them the eyes, showing some leg and offering to blow them via media over the years.

  20. Valentin

    Vadim Vasilyev is the man who did all Monaco insanely brilliant purchases. He was sacked in February by the owner.
    Officially it was because of the poor form of Monaco and the poor transfer activities for the last 18 months. There were reports that for the last 18 months (at the same time rumours emerged that Monaco might be sold), Vadim had completely changed his approach and that Monaco was being overcharged.
    Being overcharged by somebody working for him was not something that Dmitry Rybolovlev, the owner was willing to tolerate. Especially after being a victim in the Bouvier scandal. Yves Bouvier, a Swiss art appraiser Bouvier scammed a lot of very rich people by overcharging them.

  21. HillWood

    RSPC
    Champions League is a complete misnomer
    The old European Champions Cup was different class and true to its name

  22. WengerEagle

    Imagine throwing all of your great work via Jardim and Rybolovlev over multiple years out of the window because of a struggle for half a season.

    I mean they were borderline pulling off miracles, only so long you can keep that up.

  23. Valentin

    The Ox has all the physical characteristics to be a world class players, but he lacks the decision making process. He dithers and then the obvious chance/pass/shot has disappeared.
    Remember the game against Barcelona, where he had them terrified for 20 minutes until they realised that he had no end product. All they had to do was to back-off and let him mess things on his own.
    Klopp thinks that he can coach proper decision making into him. Good luck. To me he is likely to remain a quite often injure highlight player. The Ox reminded me of Darren Huckerby. An infuriating player. Occasionally brilliant and you think here is a world beater, a future ballon d’or, but most the time running consistently very fast into blind alleys.

  24. WengerEagle

    Walcott used to scare the shit out of Barcelona too, was one of our most effective players against them funnily enough as it was the only couple of times in a season where a team would leave him oceans of space to run in behind onto through balls from Cesc and Nasri.

    Back when he was electric mind. Everyone called that he would become an average player that is mid table quality at best once he lost that and that’s exactly what happened.

    Everyone except London Gunner that is. 😉

  25. Valentin

    @WE,

    It was more than half a season. For a lot of people the rot started with the arrival of Emenelo. I think that the rot started before that and that the decision to bring Emenelo was a symptom rather than the cause.
    Emenelo then was like a bull in a China shop. Changing the entire structure and trying to replicate what he built at Chelsea (which may well have been his mandate) instead of improving on the existing.

  26. Batistuta

    Inter going in for Xhaka gathering pace here in Milan, would be the best thing the fuckers have done since knocking out Barca in 2010

  27. WengerEagle

    Valentin

    Yeah gradual decline started earlier, last season even the cracks were showing.

    His role at Chelsea was technical director, have to admit I’m nor privy to all these random titles and don’t even know what his role would have been specifically.

  28. Pedro

    Guys, fucking immense rumour milling today…

    Xhaka to Inter
    Mustafi to Milan

    That’s summer won right away.

  29. Dissenter

    Xhaka will do so well at Inter. He will take them to the next level

    Mustafi’s game will explode in Italy, the game is much slower and less intense so his thinking speed will be right at home.

    Can we buy a blimp and fly it over Milan for the next month with the inscription
    “Xhaka for Inter….Mustafi to Mila…from Londin with love”

  30. Batistuta

    Weagle

    I’m like the half and half guys, moms English, Dad’s Italian

    Pedro

    As an Arsenal fan, it’s great news but as a Milan one, that’s just horrible, your pal Ivan is out to ruin my football life one way or the other

  31. WengerEagle

    Dybala making noises that he wants to leave Turin if his brother is to be believed.

    Could see it because there’s no way to cater to him and Ronaldo and get the maximum out of both players and Juve have put all of their eggs in the Ronaldo CL basket.

    Where would he be off to is the question. Another player that while unbelievably gifted is tricky to accommodate as he tends to become the system rather than adapt seemlessly to any system. Much like James Rodriguez who finds himself in as similar situation where Real Madrid and Bayern Munich can’t build with him in their team.

  32. jwl

    Arsenal would improve so much if we sell Xhaka and Mustafi. Those two numpties bring entire squad down, we would improve immeasurably if we got rid of those two.

  33. Batistuta

    Mustafi’s game will explode in Italy, the game is much slower and less intense so his thinking speed will be right at home.

    Dissenter

    I’ve had to watch Mussachio and Rodriguez all season so Mustafi would be an upgrade as we’ve even somehow resurrected Zapata, that’s how the defence is

  34. WengerEagle

    That’s cool Bati, how do you rate Paqueta’s half-season cameo since coming from Flamengo? And Piatek?

    Bakayoko was also supposedly having a great season there until he cunted off Gattuso recently.

  35. Batistuta

    Antonio Conte rocking up at Inter next season it seems too while for some reason the brain trust of Gazidis, Maldini and Leonardo are tinkering with another season of Gattuso

  36. Batistuta

    Eagle

    I’ve not been overly impressed with Paqueta, too flashy, too lightweight bit you can see the talent is there just the focus and application needed.

    Piatek is great but would be much more lethal in a front 2, a variant of what we play at Arsenal would suit him just fine as he likes to drift out wide a lot but absolutely love him.

    Bakayoko was one i would have wanted Arsenal to gamble on as he seemed to look like his old self once he settled but he’s only gone and cunted off the wrongest person possible in Gattuso, i still wouldn’t be averse to taking him on loan though.

    Romagnoli is the one we should be looking at though if we want anyone from here, so mature and faster than he looks too, just a shame he has to play alongside total idiots

  37. Valentin

    Chelsea model is based on buying a lot of young players with potential, put them on loan. They make money either via loan fee or via reselling on increase values. Most of those players will never play for Chelsea.

    That model is now in risk, because of potential restrictions that FIFA wants to introduce at the behest of many UEFA clubs who compete with Chelsea for those players.

    Monaco business model was based on buying young players with extremely high potential, nurture them for 2~4 years and then sell them at profit. Because a team can only have 11 players, the number of players that can benefit from that approach is limited. That also limit the expected profit.

    Because of his financial troubles caused by his divorce, it was said that Dmitry Rybolovlev wanted either sell the club or switch model to raise more funds. Emenelo may have been hired specifically to replicate Chelsea model at Monaco. Unfortunately it went horribly wrong.

  38. Guns of SF

    TBF

    Xhaka and Mustafi are better suited to Serie A
    its not a bad thing for them if they really thought about it.

    Good food, wine, weather, women, etc….
    Take it and GO

  39. Batistuta

    Musacchio got incredibly slower after that injury, think shorter even even(lols), i mean old man Zapata has looked the most assured alongside Romagnoli since he returned

    Skriniar practically sacking his agent for trying to get him an overseas club was hilarious though, dude’s just signed an extension by the way so no movements on that front

  40. azed

    Guys, fucking immense rumour milling today…

    Xhaka to Inter
    Mustafi to Milan

    That’s summer won right away.

    We are a better team already without replacing those two..

  41. Valentin

    @Batistuta,

    What’s your opinion on Gattuso?
    Seemed an old school manager.
    An Italian friend of mine consider him an arrogant imbecile. But he is an Inter fan so definitely biased against.

  42. Marko

    Xhaka to Inter
    Mustafi to MilanThat’s summer won right away.

    That’s my biggest orgasm ever right there.

  43. Batistuta

    Valentin

    To be fair he’s fared better than Seedorf and Inzaghi did when they were in charge and lasted longer too but he’s as rigid with tactics as Arsene was in the latter stages, sticks to the same formation always no matter the opponent plus he’s really averse to flair players, i mean i still have to watch Borini flap about on the wings while Castillejo and Crutone just sit there on the bench….. He’s found a way to get Suso playing better though but somehow that’s meant Chanaloglu has become utterly useless especially as he’s been played all over the park so yea he’s tactically useless plus he let Andre Silva go and replaced with Fat Gonzalo at the time

  44. Leftsidesanch

    Xhaka and Mustafi going is not far off bringing quality additions this summer. If there are buyers we need to get rid.

  45. Champagne Charlie

    Mustafi and Xhaka out would suggest (at least it should) serious reinvestment.

    Ramsey, Xhaka, and Elneny leaving means a midfield overhaul. I’d be surprised to see us boot the lot and leave Torreira and G’uzi as the only CM options at the club with a lick of PL experience.

    Wouldn’t be opposed, only I’m yet to be even moderately impressed by the new regime. Can hope however..

  46. Valentin

    The easiest part is getting rid of Mustafi and Xhaka. The difficult part is to get good money for them.
    The very difficult part is to replace them with better, cheaper, more dynamic, possibly younger players. At least with Chelsea ban upheld that’s one less competitor.

  47. Marko

    Wouldn’t be opposed, only I’m yet to be even moderately impressed by the new regime. Can hope however..

    Would that change your mind though? A bit of an overhaul and some good signings?

  48. WengerEagle

    Yeah Romagnoli has impressed Bati when I’ve watched him, always looks so composed on the ball but has recovery pace too which I like, Koscielny in his prime had that.

    Is there more to Piatek’s game than finding the net with ease? Because while he’s going to have a great career with that he won’t lead the frontline of a Barca or Real without a well-rounded skill-set.

  49. Champagne Charlie

    Valentin

    Precisely, the theory is straightforward but the execution is incredibly important. Would be so Arsenal to replace with worse.

  50. Champagne Charlie

    Marko

    An overhaul, and good signings would obviously be a welcome sign from the new guard. I’d fee much more at ease with them as an entity.

    But as I just mentioned above to Valentin, it’d be so like us of late replace with dross. The ‘but better players’ mantra is a good one, but it’s a simple one.

    The reality isn’t quite like that, but one can live in hope that we’ve got heads in the game and know what the fuck we’re doing/going for this summer.

  51. WengerEagle

    It baffles me tbh some of the signings that are made by clubs with multi-millionaire execs/directors when you literally have punters on here [including myself in this] come up with better player suggestions re recruitment on the regular.

    Like how could Bournemouth ever think that 19m was a smart investment on Dominic Solanke, a striker that literally proved incapable of scoring goals at senior level?

    And some of AW’s doozies over the years, there must have been dozens of good shouts on here for affordable players over the years while we signed absolute shite.

    Same goes for Man United, how in Christ does Woodward even still have a gig over there?

  52. Marko

    WE dream would be Ndombele and Brandt. Big miss was Lo Celso. Neves would be great Realistically speaking I wouldn’t mind Kondogbia still, Pellegrini, Ziyech or Van De Beek. Sangare might not be a bad shout before he blows up. Morgan Sanson and Marc Roca could be decent shouts.

  53. Marko

    The reality isn’t quite like that

    This is where I’m going to disagree with you. I honestly don’t see it being hard to replace Xhaka and Mustafi. I really don’t. There’s a fuck load of medium price young competent CM’s out there. Imo

  54. Marko

    It baffles me tbh some of the signings that are made by clubs with multi-millionaire execs/directors when you literally have punters on here [including myself in this] come up with better player suggestions re recruitment on the regular.

    Money WE. Honestly money. Our advice and hypothetical desires for players are free. We are incorruptible

  55. WengerEagle

    Marko

    Betis got a great deal for Lo Celso, think they only had to pay 20m for him. He’ll go for more than double that within a year or two.

    Brandt looks practically a done deal for Dortmund who have already signed Thorgan Hazard, makes me believe that something big is in the pipeline re Jadon Sancho this summer.

    Would not be surprised to see United big over 100m for him.

    Ziyech is kind of a 10 isn’t he? Looks a real class player but not sure where he fits into a side challenging for major honours in a better league. I mean Tadic has looked a world beater over in Holland and he was just another player in the PL.

  56. WengerEagle

    Marko

    Wouldn’t it make more financial sense to sign a player that you thought would blow up rather than be a convenient marketing ploy or stop-gap?

  57. Champagne Charlie

    Marko

    Disagree all you like, but you can at least be objective enough to state that replacing them both with dross is entirely possible no?

    We’re currently linked to a 28 year old random from Brazil, and have been constantly linked with N’zonzi/Banega sorts. That’s kicking the can if ever there was.

    Mustafi played more than any player last season, he needs replacing with someone up to snuff and not a slow burner. Same with Xhaka, even more so with rambo leaving.

    This is why I advocate replacing the Elnenys of the squad with serviceable talent. I can’t bear the thought of letting Rambo and Xhaka leave, signing absolute wank, and having to watch Elneny strut his stuff because he’s “reliable”.

    Replacing some guys is more critical to get dead on than others. Anyone playing in the first XI regularly qualifies. But for sure, the potential upside is great to consider. It just won’t come about through wishful thinking and I seriously hope we’re equipped to manage a proper overhaul.

  58. Marko

    Brandt looks practically a done deal for Dortmund who have already signed Thorgan Hazard, makes me believe that something big is in the pipeline re Jadon Sancho this summer.

    Nah they’re just smart and very decisive. I think Jadon is staying another season

  59. Marko

    Disagree all you like, but you can at least be objective enough to state that replacing them both with dross is entirely possible no?

    Of course it’s possible but I personally feel that it’s highly unlikely that we can find players that will end up being worse for us than Xhaka and Mustafi have been the last few seasons. Think of it this way defensively speaking we simply can’t get any worse we’re that bad and with regards to the midfield how many times have we seen over the years opposition midfields simply have their way for sometimes large periods of the game. My point being there’s enough decent midfielders out there who could improve us alone and that’s without Edu or Cagigao showing what they’re hopefully capable of as in finding actual gems

  60. WengerEagle

    Where do you fit them all in?

    Reus, Hazard, Sancho, Gotze, Brandt are all predominantly wide players/forwards.

    None of them are going to be playing at the base of a CM duo which is what Dortmund play with Witsel and Delaney.

    You have to fit in Alcacer too in the forwards positions.

  61. Thorough

    Mustafi and Xhaka out.
    Macguire and Parley in!

    Those are the kind of upgrades we should be making if we’re serious about moving forward.

  62. Champagne Charlie

    Marko

    I’m skeptical/pessimistic of our operations until I’m given something to fondle myself over proper.

    You’re right, but I could’ve named a dozen players we could’ve given the eyes to in Jan and we landed big Den the CK model.

    The theory gets all the blood headed south, but then I remember we’re an absolute LOLfest behind the scenes and start imagining new and creative ways for us to fist ourselves.

  63. Champagne Charlie

    What do folk make of the PSV wide duo? They’re a bit tasty, and I’m sure they’d jump at the chance to come learn from Iwobi, nutmegger of the people

  64. WengerEagle

    Brahimi would be a very good freebie pick up that can cover each wide slot as a squaddie/even potential starter if he works out better than expected.

    Scores and creates goals, excellent 1 vs 1 dribbler, very mobile.

    Much better player than Iwobi.

  65. Champagne Charlie

    Have Atletico tied up Hector Herrera?

    Punting Elneny and bringing him in on a free is the sort of move I’d be all over.

  66. WengerEagle

    Yep HH another very good player up for free.

    Ben Arfa you’d almost be tempted due to us crying out for a player that excels in 1 vs 1’s but he tends to bring trouble most places with him so best avoid.

    Max Kruse for Bremen another player that would improve the squad that’s a free agent this summer.

  67. Champagne Charlie

    Ben Arfa and Emery are sworn enemies at this point too aren’t they.

    Not to open a can of worms, but does Emery have that seductive charm to players? I mean, any outsiders that could be possible against all sense because of him?

    Doesn’t strike me as such, but could be doing him a disservice.

  68. WengerEagle

    CC

    He seems to crack on with Rabiot who’s a difficult character. Besides that, none spring to mind.

    That was always a huge weakness of AW’s, shied away from players that brought conflict and were temperamental. Anelka being an obvious example.

    My oh my did he struggle with Gallas and Adebayor towards the end. And that’s as confrontational as it got really. We’ve lacked characters since that Invincibles side, only Fabregas and RVP were natural leaders post PV4 and it was all too fleeting.

    Doubt he would have been able for Ibrahimovic or Yaya Toure either which likely factored in his decision not to sign them when given the opportunity.

  69. Champagne Charlie

    Weagle

    Yea, but didn’t have the dressing room if you believe some of the guff. It’s hard to tell, but don’t see him being the tipping point if we’re competing neck and neck with another side for a player. Maybe wrong.

  70. HillWood

    “The Ox has all the physical characteristics to be a world class players, but he lacks the decision making process. He dithers and then the obvious chance/pass/shot has disappeared.”

    Valentin
    That’s the same as Iwobi

  71. Valentin

    Arsenal is perfectly capable of replacing Xhaka and Mustafi by worse players. Not necessarily technically worse, but worse for us because injury prone or inadapted to our league.
    If you buy a player who is known to have a lot injuries. The player may be better, but if he isn’t fit to play most of the games, the squad is worse.
    If you look at that Argentinian CB we are linked with, his low number of appearances in the last few years has me worried that we are buying another Diaby or Jeff. Good, but with a body too brittle to endure the EPL.
    Xhaka and Mustafi would look great in Italy with a slower pace, less intensity and less physical pressure. The corollary to that is some players who look great in Italy or Spain but can’t cut it in the quicker, more physical EPL. Both midfielders Jorginho at Chelsea and Aquilani a long time ago for Liverpool looked like a world beater in Italy before their transfer. Both look abject in the EPL.

  72. WengerEagle

    CC

    Yeah I don’t think that he relishes working with big superstar egos either, he struggled to maintain authority and command respect from Neymar, M’Bappe, Cavani, Di Maria Dani Alves at PSG.

    Tuchel isn’t any better in this regard. PSG will continue to flounder in the CL until they get a proper gaffer in that is steering the ship and asserting himself over the entire group.

    Neymar seems to be difficult to manage but Enrique did a pretty decent job of it. Probably helped that he was younger and had Messi and Suarez as mentors.

  73. WengerEagle

    Italians rarely come to England, think those that are adapted to Serie A playing style can find it hard to translate that to the robust and high-octane pace of the PL.

    Only really Balotelli has had a noteworthy stint in the PL in recent history, probably have to go back to Zola before that.

  74. Dark Hei

    “Money WE. Honestly money. Our advice and hypothetical desires for players are free. We are incorruptible”

    A gem of a line which makes so much sense.

  75. Leedsgunner

    “Xhaka to Inter
    Mustafi to Milan”

    £20m for Mustafi and £45m for Xhaka would be realistic.

    That’s £65m for Zaha right there… or we could try to buy Ismail Sarr for £30m and buy a decent defender/ defensive midfielder with the remaining funds.

    Declan Rice? Or is he overhyped now?

    What about Teji Savanier over at Nimes?

  76. Leedsgunner

    Iwobi is becoming too predictable. Maybe he should be a transitional midfielder rather than the third forward or as a winger. He just doesn’t have the end product to do do that… but he drives the ball forward.

  77. Dark Hei

    Leeds

    “£20m for Mustafi and £45m for Xhaka would be realistic.That’s £65m for Zaha right there…”

    Your figures will only make sense if hiding among the Le Grove avatars are the owners of Inter, AC Milan and Leicester.

  78. azed

    Mustafi + Chambers = 40 – 45M . Replace them with a starting defender(Konate)

    Xhaka + Elneny = 40M. Replace with one starting B2B

    Mkhitaryan = 10M. Replace with a young midfielder with a year left on contract with a year left on contract or freebie.

    We still have the rumored 40M “War chest” untouched.

  79. Ishola70

    Centre Mid options?

    Karol Linetty from Sampdoria and Florian Neuhaus from Moechengladbach.

    Obviously there are other options that are more expensive and most likely not attainable. These two realistic price range.

    Unfortunately I don’t think Xhaka leaves in the summer.

    Possibly Mustafi though.

  80. China1

    I think people massively overvalue mustafi’s resale value

    He’d be lucky to make 15m even in today’s market

  81. China1

    Realistically we will make 60-70m from sales absolute maximum (that’s sales from our whole squad)

    As much as we’d all love it, this isn’t fifa where you sell half your squad and replace them all in a single window. Half the players we want to leave will still be here next year. Half the players we want to sign won’t be joining

    That’s how it normally goes…

  82. Receding Hairline

    Banega and Nzonzi are better all round midfielders than Xhaka, only issue with them is age. Citing them as an example of doing worse I don’t agree with. They control a midfield better than Xhaka ever could especially in the EPL.

    Suarez we signed in January after telling the world we could only do loan deals. We bulked at paying loan fees for Perisic and Carrasco hence ended up with Suarez. The idea he was a prime target and is indicative he is example of what Raul/Emery will do when given money to spend is also wrong.

  83. China1

    Whether or not Suarez was first choice, he was s bizarre, pointless signing and a few million down the toilet for no clear reason

  84. Pierre

    Marc
    “– the fact that Emery is not responsible for recruitment won’t matter and the rumour could be complete bollocks but that won’t stop them.”

    If , as you are implying, Emery has no say in who comes into the club , is it not possible that we may have a situation where the people/ person who is responsible for recruitment, bring in a player /players who doesn’t fit into the managers philosophy.

    And before anyone refutes that suggestion ,the Suarez signing( according to Marc, Bennydevito et al) was apparently nothing to do with Emery.I

    Who is to say that we won’t get 3 or 4 Suarez type signings where the manager refuses to play them because they doe not suit his philosophy.

    Personally I believe it to be ridiculous for the manager not to have any responsibility for recruitment …..Emery has already shown his stubbornness in not playing certain players and I’m sure that he will not change this particular characteristic in his personality……it’s a policy that’s doomed to fail if the Suarez signing is an example of what to expect.

  85. Ishola70

    China1
    “Realistically we will make 60-70m from sales absolute maximum (that’s sales from our whole squad)As much as we’d all love it, this isn’t fifa where you sell half your squad and replace them all in a single window. Half the players we want to leave will still be here next year. Half the players we want to sign won’t be joining”

    Regarding the Xhaka transfer rumours he is just one name of quite a few midfielders that Inter are “interested” in and many Italian media report that he would be seen as a non-priority signing coupled with them saying Arsenal would be looking to sell between 30-40m for him.

    I can’t see Inter forking out that sum for a non-priority signing.

  86. Ishola70

    Alarm bells should have started ringing regarding Xhaka early on when he first arrived and Wenger didn’t even know what type of midfielder he was.

    He’s a box to boxer said Wenger. Disgraceful and a joke rolled into one that Wenger didn’t even know what this guy was about.

    Now we are stuck with him.

    Thanks Arsene.

  87. Pierre

    RH
    “Suarez we signed in January after telling the world we could only do loan deals. We bulked at paying loan fees for Perisic and Carrasco hence ended up with Suarez. The idea he was a prime target and is indicative he is example of what Raul/Emery will do when given money to spend is also wrong.”

    I actually think there is a strong possibility that it will be indicative of what Raul/ Emery will do whether they have bundles of money or not.

    The Suarez signing , coming so soon into Emery’s tenure , is a very worrying sign of a lack of judgement as to what the squad is lacking.

  88. Receding Hairline

    “I actually think there is a strong possibility that it will be indicative of what Raul/ Emery will do whether they have bundles of money or not.”

    A thought you are entitled to

  89. Ishola70

    HighburyLegend
    “if only it was the only thing we can thanks arsène for…”

    lol yeah.

    Pierre is continually whinging about a manager one season in and transfers but yourself and I and other posters could give him a dirty long list of unsuitable players Arsene brought to the club. Sure he brought in good/great ones but he also brought in plenty of duds.

    No manager is completely guilt free of this sort of thing.

  90. Receding Hairline

    Ishola and he brought 70% of his duds in on permanent transfers and placed them on ridiculous wages compared to their ability but hey let’s fixate on the dude we brought in when we couldn’t cough up loan fees for Perisic and Carrasco.

    Everyone pretending Suarez was priority A and we went in hard for him when both he and Barca made a lot of concessions to make that deal happen

  91. Ishola70

    RH

    Yes it’s not worth fixating on a loan signing that wasn’t even a first choice loan.

    If you can’t get in your first choice loan then you are in trouble anyway.

    But Arsenal will continue to get transfers wrong. Every club gets transfers wrong. You just got to hope there are some gem transfers in there somewhere.

  92. Receding Hairline

    “If you can’t get in your first choice loan then you are in trouble anyway.”

    Simple

    “But Arsenal will continue to get transfers wrong. Every club gets transfers wrong.”

    Where are Tottenham’s fantastic seven signed from Bale’s transfer fee?

  93. Pedro

    Dissenter, I’m sure Aulas is taking note of your wise observations.

    You should give him your views of backroom staffing as well.

  94. Henry Root

    Agent Gazidis
    Fine work
    Mustafi -£25 million
    Xhaka- £30 million
    Can we throw in Elneny for £15 million?
    I will run them all to the Airport
    This message will self destruct in 15 minutes