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. Leftsidesanch

    If this £40m transfer budget is reality then Emery will most likely not see the season through, or if he does..it will be his last.

  2. Guns of Hackney

    Auba £85m. No.
    £70m for Xhaka and Mustafi. No.
    £30m for the dross. No.

    Arsenal spending money well. No.
    Emery in charge of spending. No.

    I’d imagine we will start the season pretty much with the same group, sans retirees, Ramsay or out of contract chumps.

    A broken little club like Arsenal aren’t going to do a 180 flip and turn into a totally different entity in one closed season.

    If anyone thinks Emery is the man to trust…Suarez. That’s all. He’s Emery’s Kallstrom. Who after Wenger pulled that one trusted Arsene ever again? Exactly.

    Small time club.

  3. Globalgunner

    Keane and Souness are to football what the Big Boss Man and Vader were to WWE. They could wrestle, but they prefer to fight.

  4. Bamford10

    Gary Lineker has just tweeted that the Invincibles’ point total would have landed them third place this season. Thoughts?

  5. Receding Hairline

    No one is mentioning the fact this bland, uninspiring, dull as dishwater Unai Emery team scored the same number of league goals as the invincibles, the greatest team in Arsenal history.

  6. gambon

    Make no mistake, Arsenal can spend more than £40m if we want.

    If £40m is the budget, I would say that reflects more a lack of trust in Unai Emery and the wider Arsenal transfer machine that it does our financial means.

    Its fairly easy to work out how much free cash Arsenal will have next season, as its easy to predict our revenues and costs.

    Assuming no Champions League, we will have revenue of about £450m, with costs of about £320m (£230m wage will, £90m costs)

    This leaves £130m. Take away the £20m stadium debt, and thats £110m.

    The club have said there are no large capital expenditure costs looming as a result of spending £45m upgrading the academy and training facilities.

    So for a club to spend £40m of £110m available cash would be very strange.

    Now, from an accounting point of view, we need to be quite clever. Because if we were to spend a good amount this summer, we would certainly make an accounting loss next season. Not a cash loss however.

    This is why selling well is vital these days. If we can sell £60m worth of players, particularly players such as Chambers, Kolasinac, or youth players (becuase they have no carrying cost) – we could easily spend £80m net.

  7. Guns of Brixton

    Interested to see how much we sell off our players for.

    We do not exactly have a great record in selling of players and great prices.

    How we sold Chambo for only 35M whilst a 2014 Southhap sold a 2024 mane for around the same price stuns me.

    At least we should of got 45M for him.

    Same all around for other sells we ‘ve made. I hope the club have learnt their lessons on this front.

  8. Guns of Brixton

    Swansea sold Siggurdson to Everton for 45M last year for goodness sake

    And we let Players go on the cheap.

  9. Graham62

    You can’t compare.

    Football has changed dramatically over the past fifteen years.

    The style of play, Health and fitness levels, the standard and quality of pitches etc etc.

    It was a great achievement and still remains a great achievement.

    Remember GL is ex- Spuds. Of course he’d say that.

    Irrespective of that, he’s a self-righteous prick.

  10. Receding Hairline

    Bamford Pep has raised the bar on what a title looking team looks like in this country

    Maybe the invincibles would have raised their game to adapt, maybe not. They did win that title with an 11 point gap, it all depends on who is chasing you.

  11. Bamford10

    gambon

    Two things: one, you have repeatedly made the point that funds for transfer spending come from next year revenues not cash reserves and that people are wrong to focus on cash reserves. This is a reasonable point, but isn’t it also the case that if we want to spend more than what next year revenues provide, we would/could dip into the cash reserves to cover the difference? I believe the answer is yes, so I think cash reserves do matter to an extent.

    Two, given our needs and relatively limited resources, would you consider selling one of Aubameyang or Lacazette this summer?

  12. Bob N16

    Not sure I agree with Pedro’s valuations but I agree with his action plan.

    We need to work on the mental side of our squad as well as the technical deficiencies. The CB and CM,which surely are coming, need to be leaders. Adding two top players to our spine would see the greatest improvement in our squad. If that means picking up freebies or cheaper options elsewhere, so be it.

    Without Minslat’s replacement in place, I am slightly concerned with our ability to select the best options. We need to get it right.

    Three first team regulars in, promote 4/5 youngsters, get rid of the overpaid dross.

    There is clearly a lot riding on the EL final!

  13. gambon

    Anyhow, I find it strange that people are so up in arms about our supposed budget.

    There has to be at least some level of expectation that Unai Emery actually does some coaching.

    Next season would be our 3rd in the EL, we would no longer be a CL club stuck in the EL, we would be an EL level club.

    Both Klopp and Pochettino joined EL level clubs and had to work on meagre budgets initially.

  14. mysticleaves

    Bamford

    welcome back. Solely on points, the invincibles will finish 3rd but the talent on that team was extra ordinary. They were coasting through games sometimes, barely left first gear and still got wins or draws.

    So I think everything should be taken into contest. The competition, the stakes and all others. They would have had much more points if this Man City and Liverpool were there to push them

  15. SpainishDave

    A few more years outside the top 4 with Emery is more than likely.
    He’s not the one to fix our away problems and that’s key.
    He’s not the one to fix the defence.
    The youth academy he’s to sharpen up it’s poor in providing players to the right standard and attitude.
    Emery could have given more time to the academy players but hasn’t got the confidence to do it.
    FFP doesn’t allow clubs to catch up with those clubs that have slipped the net.

  16. mysticleaves

    Also the mentality of the coach matters. Pep never relents. I remember vs Liverpool last season, man City were 4 up with a man advantage over pool towards the 80th minute mark, they attempted to drop off and conserve energy and pep was livid. That invincibles would have achieved record breaking points with peps relentless drive

  17. gambon

    I would certainly consider selling one of the strikers, but probably rather Lacazette than Auba, as his goals are easier to replace.

    Listen, tough decisions will need to be made. We need to be ruthless, or a better word is focused.

    For example, a lot of people cant seem to get their head around the idea of selling Maitland-Niles.

    I would sell him in a heart beat. We need 2 Right Backs, not one right back and another kind of wing back, that can play in midfield but doesnt ever get the chance to because no-one trusts him.

    Sell AMN for £10m, buy a RB for say £10-15m, and the squad is better. I dont care about AMN as a person, I care that when Bellerin is out, or needs to be rotated, we have a quality option that can come in and replace him.

    We need 2 good players in every position. Anyone that doesnt fit in with that needs to be sold (or loaned if they are a kid).

  18. Bamford10

    “Both Klopp and Pochettino joined EL level clubs and had to work on meagre budgets initially.”

    Right, and after seven months at Liverpool, there were people here saying Klopp didn’t know how to organize a defense, that he was a flop, that some of us here were fools for thinking he was any better than Wenger.

    (None of which, btw, is to say that Emery is like Klopp — he’s not even close to Klopp in any way — but it is to say that judgments about managers can sometimes be somewhat shallow, premature or flawed.)

    As for Pochettino, I saw something yesterday that pointed out that Tottenham finished with fewer points in his first season than they had the season prior. That would obviously have suggested to some that not only was he not improving them but that they were regressing under him. And yet he has proven to be a good manager, no? Yes, he has.

    So perhaps Emery finishing 7 points better, one place higher and 11 points closer to fourth — along with advancing to a European final — should be placed in context.

  19. gambon

    “So perhaps Emery finishing 7 points better, one place higher and 11 points closer to fourth — along with advancing to a European final — should be placed in context.”

    Yes, and maybe the fact that we had less shots, conceded more shots, less big chances, conceded more big chances, lower xG, higher xGA – both of which got significantly worse towards the end of the season, is something to worry about.

    We’ll probably find out next season.

  20. Bamford10

    “shallow, premature or flawed”

    Yes, I know that people are going to turn this around and connect it to what I have said about Solskjaer. I will deal with that in time. 🙂

  21. mysticleaves

    “How we sold Chambo for only 35M whilst a 2014 Southhap sold a 2024 mane for around the same price stuns me.”

    different scenarios. chambo already rejected a new deal, had 1 year left and was already at Arsenal. A big club. no much bargaining chip. Liverpool werent THAT much in front of us then so at best it could be described as a lateral move aimed at rejuvenating how career.

    Mane was the star at Soton, a small club, several levels below Liverpool and had 2 years left.

  22. Champagne Charlie

    “No one is mentioning the fact this bland, uninspiring, dull as dishwater Unai Emery team scored the same number of league goals as the invincibles, the greatest team in Arsenal history.“

    I won’t put words in your mouth, but what are you suggesting here?

    Need I point out you can win a game 3-0 with 3 corners, and a game 2-0 with total domination and glorious combination play. The superficial comparison wouldn’t touch upon this.

  23. Receding Hairline

    “There has to be at least some level of expectation that Unai Emery actually does some coaching.”

    Of course

    But what if, just maybe, the players we have do not have the necessary attributes to do what is required of them as Pep discovered with City and Pochettino discovered with Spurs leading to him making 23 signings so far (yes he has in fact bought 23 players)

  24. Dark Hei

    Man, those Man City stats. Unreal.

    It might be built with lots of expensive components, but that Man City machine is still wonderfully assembled.

  25. Graham62

    mystic

    Are you kidding?

    That was no “lateral move”

    The Ox left because he was going nowhere.

  26. gambon

    “But what if, just maybe, the players we have do not have the necessary attributes to do what is required of them”

    So we should have just kept Arsene Wenger for one more year, and used his £17m pay off to buy an extra player.

  27. Receding Hairline

    “I won’t put words in your mouth, but what are you suggesting here?”

    Nothing.

    Team comprising of Henry, Pires, Berkgamp, Kanu, a wonderful midfield spine in a time when the leg wasn’t so ultra competitive scored the same number of league goals as one whose only reputable source of goals is a Auba and Lacazette.

    Don’t you think perhaps the invincibles should have scored more??

    I just found it odd when i saw that start as we all remembered that team as one who put teams to the sword while scoring tons of goals, 73 goals in the league isn’t really impressive is it?

  28. Words on a Blog

    Bamford,

    Now that you’re back I promise not to mention Jesus, Norway or Solskjaer ever again!

  29. Receding Hairline

    “So we should have just kept Arsene Wenger for one more year, and used his £17m pay off to buy an extra player.”

    Right ….that’s the solution , another Lucas Perez.

    You saw a lot of right stuffs when it comes to the composition of our squad and what needs to be done then get all tangled up in your Emery agenda in the very next breath.

    Where do you stand? Do we need better players or will better coaching solve all?

  30. gambon

    The game has moved on from 2003/4.

    Squads are bigger, far more goalscorers in average teams.

    Wide players roles are significantly different. Pires was a revelation as a goalscoring wide player, these days he wouldnt be special.

    One of the big reasons that more goals are scored is xG, and how understanding of xG has changed how teams attack.

    I saw a stat this morning about how ‘shots from outside the box’ is falling significantly, because data shows that its not a good idea.

    This is the last 8 seasons shots outside the box:

    2011-12 4832
    2012-13 4628
    2013-14 4599
    2014-15 4219
    2015-16 4043
    2016-17 3972
    2017-18 3694
    2018-19 3644

  31. HighburyLegend

    “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.”

    In case you have some doubt… YES, this is an Arsenal blog.
    (sigh)

  32. gambon

    “Where do you stand? Do we need better players or will better coaching solve all?”

    I didnt realise you had to choose between the 2.

  33. gambon

    Man City not tackling as much as the other 19 clubs is pretty easy to understand.

    They have the highest possession stats in the PL, therefore they have less time off the ball than any other team, therefore they have less opportunity to tackle.

    Pretty simple.

  34. mysticleaves

    Graham Is lateral used to mean vertical? if so, apologies. I meant horizontal move. He wanted to rejuvenate himself at a club same level as Arsenal. TBH am not he would amount to much at Liverpool, injury or not

  35. Receding Hairline

    “I didnt realise you had to choose between the 2.”

    in our case i think you actually do have to choose if we are being frank with ourselves

    Wenger wasn’t sacked just for being poor at coaching, he was also sacked for being poor at squad building, wasting funds on players not fit for the league.

    A man had a recommendation to buy Aubameyang before he went to Dortmund, that summer he opted for Sanogo.

  36. Words on a Blog

    1) Very tight budget (especially if we don’t win the Europa)

    2) Recognised gaps and weaknesses in key areas of our squad

    3) No Technical Director in place

    4) No Head of Recruitment in place (Cagigao is acting Head only)

    5) Lots of players that need to be “encouraged” to move on for squad building and financial reasons

    6) A manager who, ahem, ain’t necessarily the best judge of players on the market

    This summer we will all be on Sanllehi. I’m not optimistic, but let’s see how good or bad he really is.

  37. Champagne Charlie

    Receding

    I’m not sure making a comparison to the league 16 years apart is sensible, the game has advanced no end. Relatively speaking the invincibles were head and shoulders above their respective rivals at the time and any comparison to teams since is pure conjecture.

    Could argue a number of things, fitness, speed of the game, tactical evolution, and conversely the physicality of the game then etc.

    But what you’re doing to prop up Emery is a bit transparent, and a non-starter. Let’s just not compare the Invincibles to Emery’s first season eh? Please…

  38. gambon

    Receding

    So you think there is absolutely no expectation for Emery to improve the performances of the squad?

    He’s just there to put cones out basically?

  39. mysticleaves

    gambon that’s why I am more inclined to build the midfield first rather than focus all energy on defense. We can afford to cope with only 1 defensive addition (in the central area) if we concentrate on midfield and wingers. They bring relief to the defence so much. Next summer we can tackle defense wholly

  40. mysticleaves

    Emery will be fine at Arsenal. RH, can you leave others that don’t feel that way be? We have already seen they aren’t transparent.

    Charlie already said he has worked at 3 big clubs before us and I am wondering who the clubs are.

  41. englandsbest

    What surprises me most about Ornstein’s piece of guesswork is the £40m transfer pot. As much as that? I doubt it.

    The way things are, project youth is the only course Emery can take. My belief is that all and any of the Arsenal squad is up for sale. For the money Auba fetches you can find a far better set of defenders in the lower divisions than Emery currently has. Remember GG?

    As for the wage bill, let’s hope he is utterly ruthless. Away with the overpaid and no wage rises for anyone.

  42. Champagne Charlie

    The transfer budget, and Pedro’s idea of trimming fat, is exactly how I envision the club operating as I stated yesterday.

    Get rid of the guys offering nothing to the squad, and punt a couple of massive earners giving little ROI.

    My two casualties on the wages front would be Ozil and Mkhi, huge earners and delivering something akin to squad players. Elneny, Chambers, Jenks, Ospina are the nothing players we need to purge from the squad.

  43. Receding Hairline

    “But what you’re doing to prop up Emery is a bit transparent, and a non-starter. Let’s just not compare the Invincibles to Emery’s first season eh? Please…”

    Na you dey do that one not me. Both teams scored 73 league goals is actually a statement of fact and can be easily verified. That was only what i wrote.

    Your paranoia when it comes to Emery isn’t my doing

    You seem on the look out for any kind word towards him so you can pounce on it, frankly we have played that game a few times and i find it boring now.

    What alarms me now is that we will not be doing anywhere near enough to overhaul the playing staff if reports are to be believed. That bothers me more than a manager who next season may be his last unless he does something exceptional.

  44. Champagne Charlie

    “Charlie already said he has worked at 3 big clubs before us and I am wondering who the clubs are.“

    Valencia, Sevilla, PSG

    ??

  45. gambon

    Mystic

    I have to say, I would like to see us focus on one area this summer.

    Rather than work a little bit on the defence and a little bit on attack.

    I would rather we either get the defence sorted, or go and upgrade the attack.

    Either bring in a LB, 2 x CBs, RB and DM – and commit to getting the defence right (down to maybe 35 goals conceded).

    Or bring in a B2B midfielder and 2 top wide players.

    Improving the attack will probably also improve the defence, because we would be able to play a bit more defensively if we have better wide players, and teams would sit off us more.

    Improving the defence would probably lead to attacking improvement, as we could play higher up the pitch if we have pacy, strong 1vs1 defenders. Not to mention a LB that doesnt constantly fuck up his final ball like Kolasinac does would make big improvements.

    There really does need to be a plan this summer, not just “buy a few players”

    I have a horrible feeling Emery is out of his depth, knows he’s out of his depth, and just riding it out on £6m pa, knowing he’ll be off in a year.

  46. Champagne Charlie

    “No one is mentioning the fact this bland, uninspiring, dull as dishwater Unai Emery team scored the same number of league goals as the invincibles, the greatest team in Arsenal history.“

    Yea mate, just stating facts you were, absolutely no link or reference to Emery (or assessment of him) mentioned.

    Just my supposed Paranoia. Lol Not like it’s written for all to see or anything.

  47. HighburyLegend

    “I have a horrible feeling Emery is out of his depth, knows he’s out of his depth, and just riding it out on £6m pa, knowing he’ll be off in a year.”

    But you have Arteta’s private number, so I guess we will be fine.

  48. Emiratesstroller

    Pedro

    There is too much speculation about our transfer budget and frankly not enough facts, although I do respect the financial analysis of Swiss Ramble.

    The facts are that Arsenal have been financially mismanaged in recent years
    under both Gazidis and Wenger, which has impacted on the club’s dreadful
    transfer track record and wage structure.

    That needs to be corrected before we start getting more ambitious, but the
    reality is that Arsenal are still in better financial shape than many of our rivals.

    What the club does need to do this summer is as follows:

    1. Offload players whose contracts are at an end and are now well into their 30s
    and/or are injury prone. We know already that Cech, Ramsey, Welbeck and
    most recently Lichsteiner are leaving. I would also add Monreal. That will cut
    our current wage bill by more than £500K pw.

    2. I would also offload three other players from our squad plus Ospina. Those
    players are Elneny and Jenkinson neither of whom rate even a place on the
    bench plus Mustafi who has had once again a very poor season. Collectively
    that is another £200K pw to be deducted from our wage bill.

    3. The first category will generate no transfer revenue. The second category may generate if you are lucky between £25-30 million.

    4. We took also Suarez on loan in January and it is clear that he will go back to
    Barcelona at end of loan. I don’t know what his salary was but I am going to assume that it was at least £45K pw.

    So I assume that our current wage bill could be reduced with the cull by almost £39 million [£750K pw]

    Now we need to look at the holes in our squad for next season.

    GK We need to replace Cech. My view is to keep Martinez who is out on loan
    and has played well at Reading. He is good enough to play in second tier competitions or sit on bench and his current wages are £10K pw which is significantly less than Cech and Ospina. So that is a £125K pw saving on wages.

    RB We do not need to buy a new player because I think that Maitland-Niles
    will improve and is an upgrade on both Lichsteiner and Jenkinson who are
    costing us combined £145K pw.

    DMF We replace Elneny with Chambers. Neither is brilliant but in any event
    both are in effect third or fourth choice options in Defensive Midfield department. What Chambers does of course offer is versatility and also that
    he is Home Grown.

    So that leaves open the following positions, which need to be filled this summer.

    Centre Back to replace Mustafi
    Left Back to replace Monreal
    Box to Box Midfielder to replace Ramsey
    Winger to provide more width and firepower.

    The first three positions have to be the priority transfers this summer and we
    need replacements who join the club as first eleven choices and not squad players.

    I would only buy a Winger or third string Striker if there is budget left to do
    so. At the moment the suggestion is that we do not have the funds.

    There is opinion that Arsenal should be promoting youth players into squad.
    Clearly there are 4-5 young players such as Nelson, Smith-Rowe, Nkietah and
    Saka who are rated highly in our U23 programme.

    My view adding three youth players to the first team squad will do no harm. Arsenal have been playing since January with more or less a squad of 19-20 players so including Willock, Nelson and Nkietah will do no harm. Loaning out Smith-Rowe and Saka will be fine to offer them game time elsewhere would be also a good option.

  49. Receding Hairline

    Valencia, Sevilla, PSG

    No manager has outperformed Emery’s three straight third place finishes since he left Valencia

    Sevilla were not close to winning the league when he arrived, they carved a niche for themselves as Europa league specialists under him, becoming a more popular club, he left and they are pretty much still that, a mid-table club who buy cheap talent and sell on for bigger fees ….Sevilla wasn’t a big club before Emery and still aren’t a big club

    PSG..yea the ones that have sacked every manager so far in their quest for a Champions league trophy, the ones he won 7/10 available trophies with amassing 180 league points over two seasons, scoring 190 league goals alone

    Man is a confirmed failure

  50. gambon

    Emirates

    I have no issue with the suggested upgrades (LB, CB, B2B and Wide forward), but I would say:

    – I would sell Kolasinac ahead of Monreal. The problem with Kolasinac is he cant play in a back 4. I would hate to keep changing formation every time we want to rotate, or every time our new LB is injured. We would also get a lot more for Kolasinac. I think this team has suffered massively from all the formation changing this season.

    – I would not give Chambers any role. Sell Elneny, sell Chambers and then buy a proper CM. If we could get £25m for the pair, that will easily get you a good CM, certainly someone better than Chambers. Not selling Elneny was a huge mistake last season. He never trusted Elneny, which meant Torreira and Guendouzi were played far too much. And when we finally did call on Elneny towards the end of the season, he was so rusty because he had been ignored all season.

  51. UK bubbler

    Personally I don’t like all the love feasting Citah get. Yes they play excellent football, and win lots of throphies. But isn’t that expected with the money spent, over half a billion.

    I think they are bad for football in general. Whatever they accomplish will not better Leicester’s achievement of winning the premiership.

    Regarding Arsenal we can only hope that one of our youth projects turn into a £80 million player over the coming season so we can sale and reinvest. I think in all honesty Arsenal ‘s days of winning titles is truly gone.

  52. gambon

    “I think in all honesty Arsenal ‘s days of winning titles is truly gone.”

    Liverpool were 10th when Klopp took over, they have just scored 97 points and will win the CL in 3 weeks.

  53. terraloon

    Lots of numbers being banded around and it’s interesting to see just how some think that there will be mega money available and others less.
    Many of the names being flagged up as dross are just that but if we think they are dross don’t you think other clubs will likewise classify them as that?
    Irrespective Xhaka has featured in 38 games this season and Mustafi 37. I just can’t see them going anywhere but if they do £70 million is just not going to happen.
    Auba is the one that really interests me. In a few weeks he will be 30. Two problems unless he leaves now or signs a new contract I believe that in 12 months time he will be entering the last year of his contract.
    If he were to be sold for £40 million that would be the second highest transfer fee for an over 30 year old. The most expensive was Ronaldo at a whopping £105million but everything I read suggests that was a freak deal to a large degree funded by shirt sales etc.
    Sorry can’t see a transfer fee being offered the will justify selling nor can I see who you could bring in .who would fill the gap
    That leads me to the worry.
    Gambon is right that the cash coming in isn’t an issue. I have repeated time after time it’s the sum set in the accounts under the heading of amortisation.
    So to my point.
    The moment that Kronke to 100% control of Arsenal potentially everything changed. Ok to date nothing has been taken out by way of dividends but a growth in cash reserves won’t have gone un noticed at KSE add to that the need to service the substantial borrowings that KSE have incurred then I am far from confident that cash will be moved and dividends both declared and indeed paid .

  54. UK bubbler

    True but that wouldn’t be possible without spending big money, unfortunately we don’t have a Coutinho.

  55. Bamford10

    Rumors that Alberto Moreno might sign for Barcelona on a free this summer. I realize he is a little error-prone, but given our need for a LB and given our relatively limited resources, I wonder if he would be worth a punt.

  56. HighburyLegend

    So you have Klopp’s personal number too, awesome!!

    “I think in all honesty Arsenal ‘s days of winning titles is truly gone.”

    @UKBubblegum : we don’t need bad luck or bad vibes before the final, so please don’t say things like that.

  57. gambon

    Moreno has never been anything other than a liability at Liverpool.

    Klopp would rather play Milner at LB when needed than risk Moreno.

    I heard he was going to Benfica to replace Grimaldo, which seems more his level.

  58. englandsbest

    emiratestroller

    Keep Ozil on £17m pa? That blows a gaping hole in your financial expertise reputation.

  59. Jamie

    Moreno is toilet. Both Monreal (even at his age) and Kola (even though he isn’t a LB) are better options. No joke.

    What gambon said – Klopp would rather play Milner at LB than Moreno.

  60. gunnershabz

    if we are going to buy players this summer on a budget

    this is what i do – i know its not the best but with a budget this is what we could end up with

    rafinha of bayern
    rabiot on free box to box
    ismaila sarr
    djakorom / lascelles
    jose gaya
    ayoze perez quite similar to welbeck

    i am sure we can afford them

  61. Words on a Blog

    Gambon,

    Agree with your comments on Emirates’ post, re Kola – he only works as a wing-back, and playing him means that Emery is forced into a formation with three at the back. Sell.

    Selling Chambers also makes sense – note that Bielik, a similar but arguably more talented player than Chambers notwithstanding that he’s been playing in League 1, can be integrated into the squad to play in Carabao and FA cup matches etc.

    With more PL experience than Bielik, Chambers would raise more in the transfer market for squad rebuilding

  62. gunnershabz

    i know there was noises about arsenal wanting to sign alex grimaldo brillant player but arsenal can afford £25m on him

    if we can get rabiot on a free i think the money can be used else where

  63. Champagne Charlie

    Receding

    Absolute straw man stuff. Argue the points made, not ones you want to make.

    “No manager has outperformed Emery’s three straight third place finishes since he left Valencia”

    Great stuff, for Valencia. How does this relate to Arsenal exactly? Our managerial scope exists outside of Ex-Valencia coaches. He didn’t make them better in his time there, he achieved the moderate and plateaued = the relevant point.

    “Sevilla were not close to winning the league when he arrived, they carved a niche for themselves as Europa league specialists under him”

    Again, congrats Sevilla for the 3 EL titles. But they were never better than 5th in the league, 7th in his final season = the relevant point.

    “the ones he won 7/10 available trophies with amassing 180 league points over two seasons, scoring 190 league goals alone”

    Again, yay for PSG (although apparently not so much as he was let go). Could just as easily recite the facts you were keen to share this morning: PSG have failed to win the domestic title once since 2012, manager? Emery. His PSG tenure isn’t a relevant time as a coach imo, there’s no comparison to Arsenal and PSG at this point in time.

  64. Obum

    Why sell auba or laca when your estimate puts us at over 130m??? Why make us weaker in attack to waste money on some areas that might just need critical thinking. Get a LB, CB, midfielder and winger. I’m sure 30m each can give you all of these at top quality if we have our researches going on well. Torreira cost us just 25m

  65. Nelson

    Gambon “So for a club to spend £40m of £110m available cash would be very strange.”

    I read somewhere that Arsenal’s deficit for last year is 70m. The number adds up.

    As for MC’s #20 in tackling., but they are #1 in professional fault.

  66. David Smith

    Stan was the guy who almost unilaterally kept on the person/s that landed us in this mess.
    You would think the least he could do is throw us a bit of FFP legal sponsorship to help us out of it.
    Or maybe life doesnt work that way when you are a billionaire.
    If we lose to Chelsea, Stans tightness will be seen to be costing the club,

  67. Dissenter

    Bamford
    You came back from the.bin in a limousine
    I came back from the bin on a donkey
    It doesn’t really matter because we both have to behave now

  68. Dissenter

    Receding
    Excellent commentary for the past few days, great stuff
    Actually the level of overall discussion here yesterday was stratospheric, besides the Arteta stuff, which I won’t be responding to again.

  69. HighburyLegend

    “Cut the crap with the Arteta fellating Pedro fuckin hell.”

    lol @Ole, careful of the ban…

  70. Receding Hairline

    “I personally wouldn’t touch Griezmann for 108 million”

    Well the ones suspected of doing so did touch Coutinho and Dembele for a combined 200m+ so finding value isn’t really their forte

  71. Bamford10

    Charlie

    Emery’s time at Valencia and Sevilla demonstrates his ability to do two things: one, compete for top four on modest budgets; and two, win the Europa League. Given this is his remit at Arsenal — CL football via top four or via the EL (on modest budgets) — Emery was a sensible hire, whatever you or Pedro or others think of him.

    As for straw-man arguments, you asked the following the other day: “What has Emery done in his managerial career that tells you he can scale us from 6th to 1st over a period of time?”

    Not one person here has argued that he’s the man to get us to first, nor is that his task. His task is to get us CL football and to get us back into the top four. Whether he is good enough to move us up from there is a separate question and one we can answer at a later date. One step at a time, and the first step is to return to CL football and the top four.

  72. Emiratesstroller

    Gambon

    We need to keep on the books some experienced players in age group 23-25,
    which is why I have included Chambers who can fulfil a dual role in midfield
    or defence if required.

    We are talking as I suggested about the 4th-5th option in DMF/CMF behind
    Torreira, Xhaka and Guendouzi. So realistically I would not want to spend
    “transfer fees” on this position.

    The priority is to invest on a Box to Box Midfielder who is going to replace Ramsey. That is going to cost a fair chunk of our transfer budget.

    I would offload Monreal, because both he and Koscielny are reaching end of their careers and struggling with injuries. Monreal is now too slow to play full-back, which is why I would offload him this summer.Koscielny is a better Centre Back.

    Personally I would not spend our transfer budget on any player unless he is an
    automatic starter in first team.

    Squad options are less of a priority at the moment if there are transfer restrictions.

  73. Dissenter

    Mario,
    I personally wouldn’t touch Griezmann for 108 million

    Barcelona’s transfers are a sorry mess.
    Without Messi, they are like the pigeons on O’Connell street, Dublin, just hopping randomly.

  74. Pedro

    Dissenter, you kind of quit after lambasting the entire comments section, but welcome back all the same.

    Coming back on a donkey, now that’s good English.

  75. Dissenter

    The Griezmann to Barca deal is good for us though

    Atletico have to replace him and who better than our Lacazette.

    We can easily get 90 million for Laca in this market.
    The bonus of driving TR7 bonkers with this deal makes it more appealing.

  76. Receding Hairline

    “Not one person here has argued that he’s the man to get us to first, nor is that his task. ”

    I just don’t get why Charles struggles with this aspect

    He champions Arteta or any other unknown in the hope, keyword being hope, they are the new best things since sliced bread and somehow gets us to the title. A football club cannot be built on hope.

  77. Marko

    Barca would be better off going for Lacazette or Jovic honestly. I just can’t see Griezmann spearheading Barcelona’s attack

  78. Dissenter

    Pedro
    C’mon man.
    You didn’t even give me the courtesy of letting me know that’s why you binned me!
    It’s the Arteta thing that’s driving me crazy. I won’t be debating that subject ever again. Long may Arteta reign .
    You took crack from a crackhead man, not good at all.

  79. Dissenter

    Atletico will come back for Laca
    They have always wanted him.
    We can tell them; give us Thomas Partey and 40 million.

  80. Valentin

    I am not often in agreement with Marko, but he is right in that the way we manage our squad wage is amateurish.
    Why renegotiate now with players when they are already paid more than what they could negotiate nearly everywhere else? Unless you are not a bosman, none of the league pay as much as the EPL.

    Auba will be 30 within a month. Which club is willing to give him a 3 years contract on £250k/w? None. Outside of huge stars such as Ronaldo, Even Real Madrid does not pay that kind of money. Remember when Viera was going to join them and then was told that his wage were less than what he was on at Arsenal. Things have not changed for mid carders. And Auba would be a mid carder in term of Marketing for Real Madrid. His agent wants us to believe that Real Madrid will buy him for £80 millions after splurging €120 millions on Hazard. I say, let’s accept the offer and buy Pepe instead. Same price, lower salary, resale value in 3 years time.

    Barcelona wants Lacazette for €80, millions Let’s barter for £90 millions. Will he be willing to take a pay cut on his Arsenal salary? Outside of Messi and Pique, Barcelona pay meagre wage compared to the rest of the big teams. Even Fabregas had to take a pay cut to join them. The real Suarez is on less than the wage proposed to Lacazette.

  81. Dissenter

    Receding
    Andre Herrera for 300k weekly!
    Besides having a state’s money to spend, PSG are a shabbily run club.
    Wait till the rest of their summer transfer budget to get De Gea for an obsene amount and pay him like Messi.

    Good thing is that they will have to sell to offset their madness.

  82. Pedro

    CC, a lot of retrofitting of strategy has gone into this Emery viewpoint.

    A reminder. He wasn’t in the mixer, he threw his hat in late in the game, Ivan G panicked and made a snap judgement when he got the jitters over Arteta.

    Emery’s backroom team weren’t interviewed, they didn’t do their due diligence, they just went for him out of sheer panic. He could barely speak English (still can’t).

    ‘But we just wanted an ok manager to stabilize things’ is such a nonsense.

    Liverpool didn’t hire a stabilizer, they went for the real deal when they were 10th. Chelsea didn’t hire a stabilizer, they went for a wild hire that had a high footballing ceiling, same with Spurs (he’s been shite, but still managed 3rd).

    Clubs hire the specialists they need to get them to where they want to go.

    You want to stay up? Hodgson and Allardyce.
    You want to win the league with mega cash? Mourinho, Pep, Allegri.

    Being a good 4th place manager isn’t a thing. Like we’ve penned here many times over the years with Wenger, if your ceiling is top 4, at some point, you’ll miss (our top4 specialist already missed).

    If your ceiling is winning the league and you miss, at least you’re far enough ahead to have all the other bits in place.

    There’s too much money associated with this mental vision of hiring in a bland manager with a low ceiling.

    If I could give this approach any credence… it’d be when you sack a manager in January and you need temp cover. But on a 3 year deal, are you mad?!

  83. Dissenter

    I think 4th-6th is the best outcome for this squad.

    Why not break it up now?
    I know it’s crazy talk but I would sell every major playing asset now bar Leno, Torriera and one of Auba or Laca.

    Everyone else has to be on the chopping block.
    I wouldn’t pay Guendouzi any more than he is already on
    He’s not a long term keep, just a calf that’s being fattened to be sold off next summer.

  84. Receding Hairline

    “Good thing is that they will have to sell to offset their madness.”

    Don’t think i want anyone off them honestly, not even the kid Nkunku . the clubs smells of a bad attitude from top to bottom, i don’t want that here.

  85. Pedro

    Dissenter, you said goodbye… you binned yourself!

    Sun is out in NYC today after the coldest May in 9 years. God bless the sun gods.

  86. Receding Hairline

    Sarri isn’t winning the league for Chelsea, not in this lifetime. It was a poor hire and finishing third didn’t hide that. Chelsea have more right talking of a league challenge than we do.

    “There’s too much money associated with this mental vision of hiring in a bland manager with a low ceiling.”

    All this ceiling talk, who determines where the ceilings at? A lot of managers you thought had high ceilings have failed miserably over the past two years, have you ever put up your hands to admit that??

  87. Obum

    Bamford

    I totally agree with you on the comment of Emery being a coach that can get you top.

    Surprised Pedro, is still pissed with it, after he supported Brighton sacking Hugton. When Emery stabilizes the team in top 4, we can say thank you and then get a coach that can target the league for us. Brighton brought in Houghton to get them to the premiere and stabilize them, then they said thank you.

    We can work with that model

  88. Champagne Charlie

    LNot one person here has argued that he’s the man to get us to first, nor is that his task.“

    Several have argued that its possible if given time and resources. The argument of alternative managers is often shot down with the idea that Emery has done well and needs time to build.

    Asking what his career to date tells us about his ability to grow is more than fair. And it’s the answer that very few seem willing to go near because of the clearly average nature that ensues.

    Btw, to assert there’s a “top 4” remit comparable outside the Premier League is being loose with the truth at best. You’ll also have to explain to me how Emery delivered on that front when finishing 5th, 5th and 7th at Sevilla, or are we expecting a similar return at Arsenal so long as we win the EL? The parallels drawn are ridiculous at times in this over the top defence of Emery.

    Arsenal have designs (implicitly at least) of scaling the table to the summit in X number of years. Emery at Valencia and Sevilla does nothing to inspire confidence on that front, and if his remit is CL qualification then you’re advocating he walk should we win the EL? Remit complete?

  89. Marko

    I just can’t get into another discussion about Arteta and Emery and all that. I just can’t the weather’s too nice and I don’t want an ulcer. The only thing I’ll say is common sense and reality will win out in the end over nonsense and wishful thinking

  90. Pedro

    RH,

    Doesn’t matter what you think on that matter, he went toe to toe with Juve, which is a little like the job Jardim did with Monaco. If his football is built to its finest, it’s more than capable of something special like a league win.

    Chelsea bought a vision and a style, they didn’t by ‘a slightly better league position’

    Sarri might not ever see that come to light because of the ban, but he wasn’t hired for top 4 or as a transition.

    Nor was Emery, because that’s a poor way to invest in the future.

  91. Words on a Blog

    Pedro,

    Could it be that Ivan G didn’t panic when he plumped for Emery, but rather that he had an inkling that he was likely to be out of the club shortly and didn’t want to leave an intelligent but inexperienced guy like Arteta to fend for himself without CEO support in an unstable club?

  92. Alexanderhenry

    Pedro

    It’s as I predicted.

    Despite the new management structure, Kroenke is looking to replicate what wenger delivered for most of his reign:
    CL football on a budget.

    Most arsenal fans must be starting to accept that a genuine title challenge is a very long way off and are now desperate for top four which, you’ve got to admit, is deeply ironic.

    Can arsenal bring the 4th place trophy back home with a combination of project 2.0 and shrewd, cheap buys?

    Maybe, but we’ve been here before haven’t we?
    In won’t be easy anyway. English football has become a lot more competitive in the last few years.

    That EL final is now truly massive for arsenal.
    It’s less important for chelsea I think which will give us the edge hopefully.

  93. Dissenter

    Pedro
    So you binned me for showing good manners by saying good bye,as in catch up later?
    That was my way of saying sayonara, arrivederci, adios etc.

    Anyways, it’s good to be back.

  94. Pedro

    Obum, very much doubt Brighton planned like that. They gave CH a chance, he scrapped by, now they are investing in better.

    If Emery doesn’t make it this season, will we do the same by that logic?

  95. Marko

    Plus I can also see that Griezmann deal fucking us up big time this summer. Atletico are about to get 100 million on top of the 80 million for Hernandez. All you need is one person moving for 100 million and the next thing you know the whole market just inflats overnight. Not to mention Atletico now can easily go out and buy Pepe or Grimaldo or whoever

  96. Words on a Blog

    On the other hand, not only was Emery more experienced in football management terms, but he was also experienced in working in a dysfunctional albeit much less financially constrained environment at PSG…

  97. Pedro

    Alex,

    ‘Stan operates Arsenal like a business’ is a weird thing to come at me with.

    What is your expectation?

    … and will you ever find a new talking point?

  98. Freddie Ljungberg

    As long as we only have 1 or 2 players that would get into Pools or City’s matchday squads we’re not challenging for any league titles no matter who the manager is.

    Talking about any managers ceiling or what they have achieved in the past without taking into account the players or clubs they’ve managed is just silly talk.

  99. Pedro

    Dissenter, I apologise… but it was like a friend had left calling me a whopper and slammed the door, all I did was apply the bolt.

  100. Marko

    now desperate for top four which, you’ve got to admit, is deeply ironic.

    It’s not ironic we’re desperate for it because we’re so close to being a permanent Europa League team thanks to Arsene that we’re desperate for it. It shouldn’t be our be all though but it’ll have to be until the club starts acting like an ambitious club again. I personally don’t think Arsenal have shown any sort of real ambition since before the stadium move

  101. Receding Hairline

    “Chelsea bought a vision and a style, they didn’t by ‘a slightly better league position’”

    And that vision was duly abandoned during the course of the season for a fourth place finish

    Sarriball never saw the new year, Chelsea players started playing the way they know best and he just went along with it. Unless the vision was giving the ball to Jorginho and he gives it back to you.

    Anyways that’s all i have to say on that subject for now, it has been talked to death. The club made a hire you do not agree with and you have since failed to recover from it.

  102. Champagne Charlie

    Pedro

    I know, it truly baffles. The mental gymnastics required to determine him a good hire are there for all to see. He’s being drawn up as a fresh face to kick the can down the road, that in itself is a picture to behold.

    Had enough of the top 4 with Wenger, got so disillusioned with what being elite was all about, so the fix is to bring a guy in that can reinstall what perennially average looks like? The joys..

  103. Valentin

    There was an article on Telegraph that explained that Brighton failure are more due to them having a crap recruitment team than Chris Houghton.

    They did not say he was blameless but that having no striker of Premiership quality except Glenn Murray despite having spend a fair amount is an indictment of the scouting department.

  104. Dissenter

    I’m not sure saying that “Stan operates Arsenal like a business” is necessarily correct.

    No business owner seats idly away while the business is being run into the ground.
    No business owner stays away while average employees are being overly compensated.
    We haven’t been run like a business in along while.
    We are like a ship drifting close to icebergs because the captain is having siesta and can not be bothered to get the engineer to fix the broken engines.

  105. Marko

    Had enough of the top 4 with Wenger, got so disillusioned with what being elite was all about

    We were elite? Huh…

  106. Dissenter

    Stan is supposed to get actively involved in this technical director search.

    It’s an abominable act of negligence that this search has taken so long.

  107. Bamford10

    Pedro

    ” ‘We just wanted an ok manager to stabilize things’ is such nonsense. Liverpool didn’t hire a stabilizer, they went for the real deal when they were 10th.”

    Right, but no one is saying the first thing. What is being said is that he was hired because they believed he could get us CL football on relatively modest budgets, and CL football was their first priority.

    You might disagree with this approach, but it’s not an unreasonable approach, and Emery is not an unreasonable hire if this is your approach.

    As for Liverpool, sure, they took a different approach in hiring Klopp — i..e, they hired a manager who could revolutionize them and compete for first place — but Klopp was also available at the time. Was a Klopp available to us? Who are we thinking of here?

    Secondly, Liverpool hired Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers before Klopp, so I don’t know that they have always gotten everything perfectly correct each time they have had a managerial hire to make. They certainly haven’t only hired Klopps.

  108. Champagne Charlie

    Marko

    Yes, and under Wenger we acted as such earl on, then became disillusioned by it all and no longer acted in that way…

    Then finally we replaced him, but apparently with someone who can bring back the mediocrity we got so exasperated by. That’s the logic being unpacked here.

  109. Receding Hairline

    “We were elite? Huh…”

    Apparently we were elite

    He even scoffed when i mentioned AC Milan, believing we were somehow better than Milan, one of the biggest European clubs ever.

    He accuses people of mental gymnastics yet he is a coach in the field

  110. Dissenter

    Sarri would have been sacked had it not been for the transfer ban
    He’s a lucky man. I just hope he doesn’t win his first trophy at the expense of Arsenal FC.

  111. Receding Hairline

    AC Milan’s last league title 2011

    AC Milan’s last UCL title 2007

    Arsenal’s last league title 2004

    Arsenal’s last UCL title never

    But Charles scoffed when i said something about us being about as elite as AC Milan right now ..saying we were better than Milan