Dutch player linked + Old manager to heal the base

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Happy Sunday, I hope you’re all safe, tucked away from that nasty hurricane that’s harassing the UK shores today.

The BIG news story is that – shock horror – Juventus want to sell Aaron Ramsey. The lovable Welshman, who picked up and ungodly wage to leave us last year, is now being touted around the UK for a cut-price summer move.

Aaron was a great for us, exactly what you needed in a world lacking instruction or vision, but I’m not sure he was ever worth those sorts of pound notes. The idea that Juve think they’ll be able to sell someone that’s been in and out of the sickbay for 10 years to anyone is quite the stretch… he has a deal until 2023, if I were him, I’d sit on my fat arse and watch the Lira roll in. No way is anyone picking up that tab.

Crazy thing with Aaron is that I’m not sure we’d even be able to offer to subsidise half his salary for a season, he’s that expensive. Juve has themselves a problem there, a really odd move in the first place, looking very silly right now.

There are a few mental reports in the press that Arsenal were looking to bring Wenger back to the club to unite the fanbase. I honestly couldn’t think of a crazier sentence to write down on paper. The man divided us like no other, what sort of healing powers do the leadership team think he has? That sort of insight comes from the school of temperature gaugers that thought a strong Twitter following would see Jezza Corbyn over the line.

My assumption is that this is just Wenger fanning his own PR flames again, the real story is it looks like Rennes are interested in giving him full control of their club, which seems like the typical sort of mistake green billionaires make when they come to Europe to make a splash. The beastly reality is Arsene damaged himself on the back 9 of his career and the only types that would invest in his idea of the game are the sort of folk that have absolutely no idea what it takes to build a competitive outfit in 2020.

I wonder what he thinks of the bust they want him to sit for? When you’re struggling to find relevance and your old club wants to immortalise you as countries do for their dead war heroes… I dunno, I’d find that weird. But hey, not a problem I am likely to face anytime soon.

… unless you want to whip together a little fund?

Sami Mokbel reckons Arsenal are going to do their biz early this summer, one of the players he mentions is Orkun Kökcü. He’s Turkish/Dutch, a midfielder, seems fairly versatile. He has a great range of passing from deep, he’s athletic, and he has deft skillz around the box. He’s very young though (19), so the Premier League would be a huge jump, but he certainly has a lot of sharp tools in his box (that doesn’t sound right).

Right, short one today… see you in the comments x

 

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  1. Freddie Ljungberg

    Useroz

    Was just going to post that, interesting read.

    Guendozi is now our most progressive passer, which goes against what some on here are harping on about. Always said he was a better passer than Xhaka and more incisive, he just needs more consistency and cut out some of the dawdling on the ball.

    this was interesting too:

    “Mesut Ozil’s xA/KP in 2019/20 is 0.05. So, while he’s leading the Gunners in key passes, he’s creating shots that aren’t much better than layoffs outside the 18 yard box, folks. And this is a major decline from last season’s 0.10 which is pretty average. In 31 key passes this season, Mesut Ozil hasn’t created a single big chance for his teammates. It’s not a surprise then that his total assists numbers are low.”

    Shockingly it seems that our maestro Cam is pretty shite.

  2. Chris

    Guardiola is hinting that David Silva may need replacing ‘externally’ (he had previously suggested Foden would be taking his place).

    What are the chances of Arteta persuading Foden to join us? Majorly speculative obviously, but he would certainly add a new dynamism to our midfield. Foden may feel he is ready for regular first team football.

  3. Valentin

    The article is just trying to use stats to explain what everybody can see. Arsenal struggle to create chances and our attacking players have to drop deeper and wider to get the ball negating their effectiveness in front of goal.

    We need a ball carrying midfielder who can attract opposition and release teammates in space. The closest replacement to Ramsey is Willock who was excellent during the first two games and then was dropped for Xhaka’s return.

    Also our main strikers are not physical enough to hold up play, so we are pushed back. One way to counter that would be a long ball over the top to release them into space, but inexplicably this season Aubameyang and Lacazette just fluffed their line when given such chances. And as Luiz is our only player with the ability to pinpoint such ball, the opposition just block him rather than his teammates Sokratis/Mustafi. Giroud was very good at holding up play helping us moving the play forward.

    ManCity can afford to have no central focal point because of the quality of their wingers, we don’t. We have wingers who can’t cross or at least link-up with the teammates either inside with the strikers or outside with the overlapping right back. On the right Pepe is struggling to create a final ball. Being so one footed make it easy to defend against him, so we keep recycling the ball backward. On the left, we deploy Aubameyang who is close to redundant in that position. We use Saka as emergency left back but he mostly play much further up with Xhaka dropping in his position. However when Saka is injured (see the Burnley game) we have no left sided outlet.

  4. Daniel Altos

    People have really short memories here.If there’s one thing I have learnt is not to take players comments seriously.Cech,sokratis and others(even ornstein told us how insiders were impressed by Emery’s new regimes) were waxing lyrical about emery when he first came and look how that turned out.Players are just looking out for themselves and making sure theybarent in the bad side of the manager…what I do care is results on the pitch and tbh Leno himself is an error prone goalkeeper who should be working on his errors.

  5. Daniel Altos

    I also want to understand how Poch is ‘elite’ when when Wenger who was doing basically the same things except he added a few facups and charity shields here and there was shite and was hounded out of the club.

  6. Daniel Altos

    Also saw someone talk about buendia…the type of player we need he has the most
    completed through balls in the Epl and he is quite good in tight spaces.Since we are shopping for cheap evening prices like we do in my local market,we should start looking at these type of players bennacer,buendia,cantwell,fleck etc because let’s face it guys who are talking about grealish are just dreaming

  7. Sid

    ValentinFebruary 10, 2020 07:21:26

    “We have wingers who can’t cross or at least link-up with the teammates either inside with the strikers or outside with the overlapping right back. On the right Pepe is struggling to create a final ball. Being so one footed make it easy to defend against him, so we keep recycling the ball backward. On the left, we deploy Aubameyang who is close to redundant in that position. We use Saka as emergency left back but he mostly play much further up with Xhaka dropping in his position. However when Saka is injured (see the Burnley game) we have no left sided outlet.”

    Like i said the tactic of dropping is hipster nonsense. Play 352 we have the wingbacks, three energetic mids of torr willock Dozi/Ceb and luiz can move into midfield during attack.

    Im telling you this for free!

  8. Freddie Ljungberg

    Been going on about Fekir for 2 years now, we really missed out last summer for 18m.

    So many on here said he was done as a player, he just made a penalty and scored a goal yesterday against Barca (he also got sent off but who’s counting) Would have been such a massive upgrade on Ozil it’s not even funny.

    If he’s not massively priced this summer he should be on the Cam list again, he’s too good for Betis.

  9. BacaryisGod

    Question for all of you:

    Ozil contract expires in Summer 2021
    Ramsey contract expires in Summer 2023

    In the unlikely event that both clubs, managers and players were in favour of this transaction, who here would approve of a straight swap?

    Ozil would go to a league that might be suited for him right now and Ramsey would need no adjustment.

    Arsenal can get out from under an approx 350k a week deal with a deeply divisive player that lasts another season after this one but would inherit an approx 400k a week deal with a far more popular and younger figure but would be stuck with it for 3 years. Plus Ramsey’s injury prone.

    As tempted as I would be, I might just try to pay a chunk of Ozil’s salary to send him out on his final contract year and look for better value deals that the vastly overpaid Ramsey.

  10. Pierre

    Good article from Arseblog.

    Fans can cherry pick certain aspects of the article to suit their agenda (as Fred has already done) but taking the analysis as a whole , I think it’s fair to say that Emery was a disaster for Arsenal football club and it will take more than a few weeks to turn this around.

    It’s also important to mention that this article is focusing more on the creative/attacking side of our game.

    If our defence/ defending had shown any improvement under Emery then one could understand why the creative side to our game had dropped so alarmingly….it didn’t.

    So , what we had under Emery was regression ALL over the pitch from EVERY player in the squad.

    The heat maps of Lacazette and Ozil are interesting and it maybe gives an indication as to why their/our creative output had regressed so alarmingly under Emery.

    Under Emery the players played with fear, fear of making a mistake , fear of being made the scapegoat by the manager and fear of taking risks with the ball in the final third ….this needs to.change .

    I posted a comment a couple of days ago about players like Trent Alexander Arnold, de bruyne and Salah lose possession of the ball more than any other players in the league.

    This is because they take risks with the ball and if you take risks with the ball you will create opportunities for your team mates.

    To take risks with ball a player needs a manager who totally trusts this player and is prepared to accept that at times losing possession is going to happen.

    Arsene wenger allowed Sanchez this freedom and he was rewarded.

    Arsene Wenger also trusted Ozil and was rewarded, he didn’t need to coach those 2 , it was a case of give them the ball and they would deliver.

    The one player we have at the moment who could be our Sanchez is Pepe.
    He scores and he assists and he creates , but he also loses the ball.

    He needs to be allowed to play his natural game , he needs to be trusted by the manager , he needs to be allowed to lose the ball without recrimination from the fans and manager the way Salah, Trent Alexander Arnold and Debruyne are allowed to lose the ball .
    We will never see the best of Pepe if he is always made the scapegoat.

    It’s time to look at what he brings to the team , not at what he doesn’t.

  11. Pierre

    Daniel Autos.

    Do you do part exchange ?

    “I also want to understand how Poch is ‘elite’ when when Wenger who was doing basically the same things except he added a few facups and charity shields here and there was shite and was hounded out of the club”

    The “entitled ” fans have a lot to answer for don’t they.

  12. Receding Hairline

    Pierre we scored 73 league goals last season… More than Chelsea, Spurs and United. Only bettered by Liverpool and City.

    Our creative output did not regress alarmingly. You are name dropping two players whose regression has continued with Freddie and Arteta. If anything the player suffering a regression is Aubameyang and we were told him being on the pitch with Ozil and Lacazette will improve him. Hasn’t happened

  13. Daniel Altos

    Haha Pierre sure…it’s just baffling the love in Poch gets here.Someone who couldn’t win anything(even a charity shields)yet Mr Wenger who actually won things was receiving abuse for the same things right here in Legrove. Dont get me wrong,am not Wenger’s biggest fan but I give credit where it’s due.If you rate poch as elite then you should rate wenger as elite.If you rate poch as elite then dismiss Wenger as a fraud/failure then you are a hypocrite

  14. Chris

    Pochettino is clearly an outstanding coach, and the worry continues to be that he would likely improve Man Utd immensely should he go there.

    He has also had a lot of misfortune in his trophy hunt (much to our eventual amusement!) he has been in a league cup final in his first season at Spurs, an unlikely title tilt in his following year, 2 FA cup semi finals in succession losing against rival top four teams. He then lost out on penalties in another league cup semi final and tv en we all know what befell him and his side last June.

    Luck is often involved in winning trophies as well as being a great coach and the ‘wHaT hAs hE wOn?!?!” crowd can overlook this.

    Wherever he goes next I am sure he will win things, that isn’t having a love on for him, simply recognising his abilities. We should be thankful he didn’t win more for that lot down the road!

  15. Northbanker

    Agree on Pepe, Pierre

    He is painfully left footed and can’t therefore really operate as a right winger in the classic sense and is totally reliant on cutting in. We’ve had this before of course (Overmars on the left) and it can still work but cuts down the options and so reduces the potential effectiveness. The best hope is to let him operate as a wild card – let him run at defences and attempt to cause mayhem – which was often how Sanchez also operated.

  16. CG

    Daniel Altos

    “”””Dont get me wrong,am not Wenger’s biggest fan but I give credit where it’s due.If you rate poch as elite then you should rate wenger as elite.If you rate poch as elite then dismiss Wenger as a fraud/failure then you are a hypocrite””””

    (And a great illustration of Hypocrisy it is too D.A)

    And Wengers head to head v Poch was better too.

    Every month that goes by-Wengers work at Arsenal looks even more exceptional.

    And to be fair- so does Poch at Spurs.

    T.H