I’m am SO thrilled to be out the backend of this transfer window.
Now the only pain you’ll be feeling is when Tierney picks up a knock on international duty.
This will be a short post today because I am FLYING WOO YES.
According to those in the know, Palace and Eddie did NOT happen because the player asked for too much money. Eddie can smell a free transfer. I don’t know how I feel about this. He did absolutely nothing last season, one would assume that Folarin Balogun is ahead of him this season, so he’s passed for a year of doing nothing.
Where is his agent on this? Shouldn’t you be telling your client to get some game time? What is his free transfer going to be worth after another year of bumming around on the bench?
One player I was excited to see take a loan was Reiss Nelson. He needs confidence and he needs to deliver a BIG season. I cannot wait to get obsessed with Feyenoord this year.
Keeping on the topic of young players, it was interesting to hear Balogun talk about how he bought into whatever Arteta has been saying. He spoke well of what it means to be an Arsenal players and he stated that he was very close to Emile and Bukayo. Balogun just looks good, he’s going to the top, I really like him.
Vinai dropped some words after our extremely messy summer, asking us to come together and be nice. Here’s what he said about the summer.
“Our approach for this window was framed by fully recognising that we are not where we want to be on the pitch — finishing eighth last season, with no European football for the first time in many years,”
“Whilst we would love to jump from where we are to where we want to be in an instant, we need to be realistic that the gap is too large to do that. As such, our activity this window has been focused on youth.
“Our strategy is to fill our squad with some of Europe’s most exciting young talent, with players from both our academy and further afield, that can grow and develop together under Mikel to take us where we want to get to.
“Whilst this will not be overnight, we can make positive progress, and it gives us the best route to future success in a sustainable way.”
Listen, say what you want about all the other bullshit, now the window is closed, we delivered on a new vision. Are the players good enough? Jury is out. But we did what was needed.
- We binned a lot of players, about £700k a week
- We lowered the age profile of the squad, average age of our signings is about 22
- Each player mapped to a very specific profile and most looked well scouted
- We filled the voids
The ‘move the needle’ merchants really need to give it a rest. If you look at the players we’ve signed and can’t see an improvement, I cannot help you. The problem with a lot of fans is they have a very specific view of what a good signing is, that’s usually a popular Youtube sensation, someone with good football manager numbers, someone with a fancy name. A Grover asked me yesterday if I was worried that I don’t know much about the players… not really, if Arsenal did things properly, the team working those deals should know what’s going on better than you or I.
We’re also not in the market for ‘move the needle’ players. Grealish, Sancho, Locatelli, and Varane are not moving to us. The way we’ve worked the market is best suited to our needs. We’ve signed young players who might take a year to bed in, but when they settle, they’ll be ready to compete at the highest level.
Well, that’s the hope.
There are still justified doubts. We haven’t been good at recruiting, fans don’t trust the process, and we still have no idea what Arteta is trying to do with his squad.
There’s also a lot of grim PR around the club. Unhappy squad players. Factions within the club. Power grabs. Those issues won’t go away with a 10 game run of wins I’m afraid.
Arteta’s career fate might have already been decided, but he can prolong it if he gets his shit together. As I suspected yesterday, Arsenal played a friendly against Brentford and absolutely spanked them 4-0.
People don’t want to hear it, but Arsenal are not a bad team. We have a lot of good players and you’ll see that after the break. If you don’t, Arteta will lose his job and someone else will bring them up to their level which is higher than you think.
Tomi White Gabriel Tierney
Saka Auba ESR
Cut and paste the names around, but don’t tell me that’s not a sexy team that could do some damage after the break.
On that note, take in my stint on the Latte Firm OR the Arsenal Opinion OR both.