Free transfer very likely

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I’ve penned this opening about 68 times.

Sincere? No

Advisory? Don’t be daft

Funny? Hmm… could age badly

I don’t know where to go with this.

So I’ll just jump in with some bland news. This summer, there’s no money to work with. So when you’re sitting there suggesting we should bring in superstar names like Thomas Partey, you’re off your damn rocker.

To buy, we’re going to have to sell. I think everyone is acutely aware that there’s not a lot of value in our squad. Contract issues, form problems, or players we just don’t want to lose at this stage are all adding up to an awkward window.

I think we’ll have to accept our lot. There will be some big names moving out this summer, and there will likely be an exit we really don’t like. There’s some hope though if we can sell smart.

  • Mikhi – £10m
  • Kola – £20m
  • Auba – £50m
  • Lacazette – £40m
  • Matteo – £40m
  • Xhaka – £35m
  • Hector – £35m (😞)
  • Mustafi – £20m
  • Sokratis – £8m
  • Torreira – £40m
  • AMN – £25m

People scoff at prices and I can’t hear it. We sold Alex Iwobi for £40m. Spurs sold Bentaleb for £19m. There’s a lot of money to be had up there… and Raul’s been doing some extremely questionable deals for his super-agent pals, so I fully expect to be reimbursed with some favours that work for Arsenal this summer.

We’re going to have to build from the ground up. We will have to become Dortmund 2.0. We’re going to have to rely on great coaching, unbelievable scouting, and an absolute change of tune when it comes to how our football operatives play the game.

We also have to hope that we’re not going to become a super-agent dumping ground again. One player I hear is almost a dead cert to join us is Willian. The 31-year-old Brazilian’s wife said she wants to stay in London and guess who that suits? Kia J. This is who we are right now and I really don’t like it. The only thing that stops this being a sleepless nights issue is his Arsenal fandom.

Willian is a great player, but Arsenal is a club under huge financial strain and we’re adding more players into the mixer that aren’t in the right age bracket for a business model that absolutely demands we find undervalued gems and flog them for huge amounts of money. We’ve spent 5 years trying and failing with more experienced players that are on the decline. I just don’t see how this sort of move represents a leap forward in thinking, outside keeping Kia happy.

Still, we’re also being linked to 19-year-old Orkun Kokcu. The Turkish creator is talked about as a Mesut Ozil successor. He has more energy than our German, he’s strong, likes to shoot and he’s an athlete. Exactly the sort of talent you hope we’re going to be interested in this window.

You bring in 5 players of his ilk, 3 of them make it, you sell one in 3 seasons time and have your Coutinho moment. What would Willian cost? £200k a week? That’s 4 young players with 2 seasons under their belt. I feel like we keep making the same mistakes over and over with senior players… but what can we do?

Stay safe, be good to your Roomba, treat your pets nicely, and don’t do anything stupid if you’re over 30… like get a TikTok account and start posting because you’re just ‘soooo zany.’ It’s embarrassing. That’s for the kids, not you. Put it away.

See you in the comments where we’ll keep it very much about football again. xx

169 Responses to “Free transfer very likely”

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  1. Freddie Ljungberg

    Marc

    Ok, I’ll help you out, it’s pretty simple actually.

    Good signing – Sven (doesn’t matter if it was before or after his time)

    Bad signing – Raul

    Good signing now – Edu (possibly still working off Svens list)

    Man, that Sven seems like a wonderful guy with the world at his feet, wonder what he’s doing now…………………………….

  2. Freddie Ljungberg

    Marc

    No, no, you’re not getting it.

    Raul can’t get credit, Sven is controlling him with a voodoo doll, but only for the successful decisions. The rest is his own fault.

  3. CG

    Wasi

    “”””CG Then what transfer strategy do you want to see.”””

    Exactly the type our Wenger used to enact.

    Buying players that fit into his system or what we require to strengthen the team within the budget set.

    That’s why we ALWAYS balanced the books under him.

    We didn’t need Pepe, Tierney, Cedric, Mari, Luiz, Lich, Sok to name a few.

    But if it suits Don Raul, Edu and their despicable chums, that’s who we are getting in now.

    We have fans like you ( and you are wonderful by the way) that actually think transfer windows are won or lost.

    I said it from day one. Arsenal will rue the day they allowed this man to become the power-broker at Arsenal.

    Unlike Dein, Wenger, Hillwoods, Fizmans, Friars and Adams etc who loved the club- this spiv just loves the money.

  4. Marc

    Freddie

    OK – Sanllehi = bad, Sven = good and everyone else is ignored unless we can blame Sanllehi for something they did.

    Have I got it now?

  5. Valentin

    Marc,

    Raul realised that despite his best effort, he was out of his depth with regard to transfer at Arsenal. He tried his connection approach and all he got to show for is Suarez and Ceballos. Hardly great successes. He is now hiding behind Edu and Arteta.
    The main difference as well is that while he was able to push his agenda on Emery who did not had final say, Arteta has final say. So he is able to push back on players. Any failure was seen as Emery’s failure while now any failure will be seen as Raul’s failure.
    I would bet that in one year time, most of the players Raul championed will not play for Arsenal any more. Lichsteiner is already gone. Elneny who he gave a pay rise will be sold or on loan again. Sokratis will be gone. So will Torreira. Pepe will go on loan. Tierney will be injured for the umpteenth times.

    Arsenal is not Barcelona. A cash strapped Arsenal does not shop the same kind of players than Barcelona. It is like a salesman who has worked for Ferrari for years and suddenly ended up at Ford. Different approaches and in some case skillset.

    Arsenal needed a proper squad builder. Somebody who has a vision for the kind of players Arsenal needs: Young, hungry, willing to learn, talented but not yet spotted by the big clubs. Somebody who knows the players of lower teams in the top league or the top players of the lower league in France, Germany and England.

  6. Freddie Ljungberg

    “The main difference as well is that while he was able to push his agenda on Emery who did not had final say, Arteta has final say. So he is able to push back on players. Any failure was seen as Emery’s failure while now any failure will be seen as Raul’s failure.”

    I tried to run that paragraph through my logicbot3000 and it exploded.

    Val, you owe me a new logicbot.

  7. Valentin

    Marc,

    Again Sven purchased some players who I did not agree with and I made those points clear. I don’t consider him infallible. Leno at the price we paid was a mistake for me. Sven was hired to spot untapped talent but outside of Mavrapanos, Guendouzi and Saliba he was never able to do so. Asking him to scout Lichsteiner, Sokratis was a waste.

    However you seem to consider that Raul has done no wrong. In my opinion he has done more wrong than right for this club.

    Last summer it was obvious we needed a central defensive midfielder, a left sided CB even before Koscielny’s tantrum. There is now a consensus on those position. However as a professional football operations manager his role was to spot and fix those issues before there are obvious to every fans.

  8. Marc

    Valentin

    You’re quite mad.

    Arteta has final say now but any failure will be Sanllehi’s. However when Emery had no say it was his failure not Sanllehi’s.

    Did you actually read what you typed?

  9. jwl

    Valentin – Arsenal employ more than one person, Edu is in charge of proper squad building, Raul is his boss and who also oversees many other departments.

  10. CG

    The G

    “””””Arsenal needed a proper squad builder. Somebody who has a vision for the kind of players Arsenal needs: Young, hungry, willing to learn, talented but not yet spotted by the big clubs. Somebody who knows the players of lower teams in the top league or the top players of the lower league in France, Germany and England.””””””””

    that sounds like Wengerism 2.0

    And apart from a few wallies on here- surely no one would object to Wengerism 2.0.

    Because Wengerism 1.0 was a magnificent chapter in Arsenal history.

  11. Luteo Guenreira

    Pretty much the entire world has changed but nice to see that the immutable Le Grove remains persisting with the same arguments of years past.

    Don’t die people. Especially the old timers. See you on the other side.

  12. jwl

    I wonder if teams might trade players this summer, like North American leagues do, because of liquidity issues. It would make sense for teams to swap players, no transfer fees would have to be paid and still bring in new players.

  13. Valentin

    Freddie,

    Easy to understand, it was easy to push that Emery was solely responsible for the failure of Arsenal. However if the same thing repeat itself, then it would become very difficult for Raul to pretend that it had nothing to do with him.

    Emery never had the courage to rock the boat. Even when he disagreed with some recruitment he was never going to make it public. Raul was able to overrule any decision and people would still blame Emery.
    Emery has since made it clear that he wanted Zaha and not Pepe. Same thing he wanted a CB and a winger the previous January, and all he got for Suarez who made clear in his first Arsenal interview he was neither.
    With Arteta, any attempt to overrule him would be very public. So if Raul decide to overrule him and that it ends up in failure, the only person who would be in the line of fire would be Raul.
    So officially Raul may still have the final say on players, in reality Arteta has wrestled the final say away from Raul.

  14. Marc

    Valentin

    We couldn’t get Zaha – what Emery wanted was irrelevant. I want a DB9 but I can’t afford one – end of.

    We needed a wide player – we got a wide player.

  15. Spanishdave

    Un
    Tomorrow the government are going to pass a bill that gives them power to stop freedom of movement. They will be able to without motive stop anyone being in public places that they have declared no go areas.
    This is now madness of the highest degree and will do untold damage to this country for a whole generation.
    Some doctors and scientists are starting to question this whole panic which they are saying is unnecessary.
    There will be public disturbances when people go bust.