Well there is it my dears, part one of the transfer window is OVER (domestic).
We have landed in a great spot.
- Saliba – For next year
- Martinelli (This year, it would seem)
- David Luiz
- Nicolas Pepe
- Kieran Tierney
What a haul!
You can whinge about some of the players if you are a real brat, not me, I am over the moon about the whole collective and I am a super brat.
I think there’s a lot of bitching about David Luiz, but for me, the only real concern is that he’s 32 years old. I’ve not seen a downturn in his ability to dominate players, but he might be more prone to injuries. He can be erratic, I’m just not sure we’re in a position to sniff at a name that has always won things with big clubs. Concern that placed in a madhouse, he’ll crumble is valid, but that’s an Emery issue. He should be a great stopgap and we’ll hopefully find a more longterm solution next summer.
HOPE HOPE HOPE
What all these players offer Emery is choice, and with that, no excuse for not making the top 4 this season. The Spaniard is a very lucky man in general, it’s hard to look at Manchester United and think they’ve moved things forward. Chelsea rocked a transfer ban and I’m not sure Frank Lampard is the full ticket. A great player, but is he an inspirational leader of men OFF the pitch? We’ll see. But they have had an awful summer and losing your best player is never an easy pill to swallow.
We’re also finishing the summer with a net spend of around… £45m.
Emery said in his press conference that he’s still looking to move on some players, you’d have to imagine the writing is on the wall for Mustafi and Elneny. The absolute madness of it all is those two could move us close to a break-even point for the window.
That is wild when you consider all the lies and nonsense we’ve been fed over the years.
Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger were the most inept duo in world football. Raul and Edu are making them look like the Chuckle Brothers.
They couldn’t sell players. They couldn’t negotiate. They never had a plan b. They couldn’t run an effective operation.
We sold Koscielny for more than Ramsey, Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Chezzer COMBINED.
We sold Alex Iwobi, a player that’s really struggled to make a dent in our pretty average first-team, for £40m. He’s our RECORD sale. We sold an ok player and made him our record sale.
We’re finally negotiating with clubs. We’ve spent very little this summer and managed to bring the best young player outside PSG to The Arsenal along with a host of really smart buys that are very unArsenal.
We finally stopped behaving like victims.
‘Buying players is harder than buying a loaf of bread’
‘The market is inflated’
‘FFP will rectify things’
‘Stan doesn’t give us enough money’
‘We simply can’t compete’
I’m so glad we’re done with all that nonsense. Raul has done more in two weeks than Ivan could muster in 10 years. He’s a beast of a hustler. He’s playing with the big boys. He’s working with the mega agents. Now we’re moving players more easily and we’re bringing in a higher calibre of talent.
We’re getting shit done and moving ahead with a clear vision.
I am absolutely shocked at the pace we’re doing this.
I’m more convinced than ever that if the manager doesn’t work, decisive action will be taken. I don’t even think top 4 is enough… underlying stats and the style of football will have to improve as well.
This season will still be bumpy, but fuck man, it feels good to have some joy back in our football lives.
This is what the game is about. Great players, big excitement and a future that doesn’t involve everyone laughing at us every summer.
What a time to be a Gooner!
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