What absolutely batshit crazy few weeks it has been.
In the end, ignoring the circus around Arsenal, the transfer window was pretty decent.
We signed 6 players.
- Lokonga > Ceballos
- Odegaard > Ozil
- Ramsdale > Runarsson
- White > Luiz
- Tavares > Xhaka (LB)
- Tomiyasu > Bellerin
It’s weird to sign that many players and not feel on top of the world. Most Arsenal fans are sad. Each signing is an improvement, all of them are young, and we’ve moved on some drossy deadwood. But I think the main issue we all have is… can you trust a system that has so consistently let us down?
The signings certainly aren’t for the next 3 months, they’re for the next three years. The hope is that each one of those players bangs, but we know that rarely happens. Whatever the football scenario is, one thing we do know is that the next coach is NOT inheriting a bag of shite. Yep, I’m sad, but I like the squad, I really do.
You have to look at the players holistically and sprinkle a lot of hope on potential outcomes.
What didn’t we have last season?
Auba dropping 25 goals. Everything needs to be geared around moving the needle there.
We’re still yet to have a decent run of Thomas Partey, easily our best midfielder. Historically, he’s fit, we need him to get back to what he is.
We haven’t had a settled defence, despite having the 3rd best in the league. Logic would say better technicians make the defence better.
We haven’t had an in-form keeper since Emi Martinez left us. Ramsdale after the break could be that guy.
Hope, hope, hope.
Lots of things have to go right in the next 1 month to save this Mikel Arteta shit show. To my mind, he’s dead even if he wins 10 games on the bounce. He has soured his relationship with the base badly this summer. As Matt said on the podcast, don’t treat an Arsenal supporting Hale-Ender like shit, or you’ll feel the full force of the fanbase.
What can’t be denied is that it’s pretty much nailed on we will be better after the break, in spite of Mikel Arteta. We’ll have better players in a system that we know can be decent, and the mood will shift. I’m sure Arsenal will have some behind closed doors games this week to get certain players back to match fitness. Our new right back needs to hit the ground running, Ben White needs to get his bearings with Gabriel, we need Thomas Party in unrusty shape. No way Arsenal roll the dice on a fast Norwich start.
As for the last day of the window? What a mess.
The Ainsley thing is utter madness. We tried to push him out, he blew shit up on social, now there have been clear the air talks with Arteta and he’s part of the plan and valued? Imagine being Ains. What a nightmare.
Willian hated the project so much he passed on £20m. Good for him. But shame on his agent is dragging Arteta in the media. Even worse that he’s dragging the transfer strategy. He’s either saying Arteta is a fraud and has too much power… which makes Edu redundant. Or, he’s suggesting his client has poor taste in players, which we know to be true, based on signing two of Kia’s boys. Either way, this reeks of your mum telling off the kid who bullies you at school. Not a good look for either party. Wouldn’t happen at a club with leadership.
Reiss took a loan to Feyenoord, which is good news for him. He needs a shot of confidence and some love from a coach that sees the potential. He also needs to ground himself. He has the talent, now he needs to shine otherwise it’s League 1 for him.
Eddie didn’t move to Palace, which is a disaster for him personally. I like the player, he’s very talented, but he’s not getting minutes this season… but where is the clarity? Who is 3rd choice striker, Folarin or Eddie? Both share the same agent. Utterly incoherent planning.
‘Flipping burgers and yachting while Colney burned’ would be a fair line of attack if Vinai had any courage.
Kola, now a centre back, asked his Turkish suitors for too much money, so he’ll not be getting a squad number this season.
Mo Elneney dodged the window like Messi dodges tackles. Super performance from a player that offers nothing to our midfield.
We still have all the centre backs.
We still have Soares.
Arsenal sold… 1 player. In an entire summer. Isn’t that staggering? We had a whole season to plan exits and only managed one. Unreal. What a black mark against Edu.
So, not really sure where to go now.
I am excited about the unknown qualities of the players we’ve brought in.
I am hopeful for Arteta’s personal picks. Absolutely praying the right-back, and the keeper, are actually good.
I hope the new strategy and the better-scouted players can deliver sooner rather than later.
I hope the older players pick things up.
I hope the younger players go into their new deals and shine.
I hope there are consequences for our farcical leadership.
While you’re here, we did a deadline day special. Watch or listen to it via a podcast application of your choice.
Again, thank you to all the new listeners, we had quite the summer!
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