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18 Feb 2019 15:19:42
Hi Eds,

I was reading an article where apparently Overmars stated that Alexis Sanchez could be moving back to the Emirates as he believes a switch back to familiar territory could help him rediscover his form.


I would be interested to know your thoughts on this, whether there may be any truth in this, and whether any fellow Gooners would want to see him back. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I cannot imagine for one minute that Arsenal would consider doing that. The money would be significant, it would be a step back and the risk high.}

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18 Feb 2019 16:09:25
Thank you kindly for responding.

18 Feb 2019 18:20:08
I can't imagine it either Jim as financially it would make even Mesuts wages look reasonable.
But in a parallel universe where he wanted to come back on his old wages then yes I'd grab with both hands as he was our best performer of the past decade and more up until his last half season when he'd already decided to leave for City but we made him stay another 5 months which cost us a 60 million transfer fee when he ended up at United and we got Miki in stead of 60 million, not the clubs smartest bit of business ever that.

18 Feb 2019 19:25:00
We do seem to make a pigs ear of outgoing transfers far to frequently 62.

18 Feb 2019 20:17:45
Our business in both buying and selling ends of the market has been atrocious sparky mate, it looks like the club are trying to redress it now but the affects of the past will take time to put behind us mate.
A lot less giving out contracts on a job for the boys basis and negotiating and either settling on new deals or selling at a premium much earlier would make a huge difference in my opinion mate.
If in 2 years time Torreira won't extend cash in no matter how you we don't want to lose him at the time, it has to be better watching him join United Liverpool or even worse still Spurs on a free 2 years later mate.

18 Feb 2019 20:53:12
Cant argue with any of that mate, we need to build a team where players don't want to leave, its been too long since that was the case.

20 Feb 2019 05:27:47
The article said that he would rediscover his best form if moved there, not that it was a possibility, what would the director of football at ajax know about ne of this? I read an article saying jeff hendrick was going to come to arsenal to win the treble next year? what's your views on this guys and gals (im presuming that g62 is a right old tart)

20 Feb 2019 12:50:06
I'm not much of one for bearing grudges against ex players Jack mate especially if I understand there reason for leaving
It's easy to label Sanchez a money grabber but in truth there wasn't much footballing reason to stay with us.

23 Feb 2019 15:44:11
Bit of a random insult to g62 there? Or has that come out wrong?

18 Feb 2019 15:11:31
I haven't posted for quite a while. But I have been thinking that perhaps one of Emery's problems is his English. I gave up looking at his press conferences some time back as I had too much trouble understanding him. Do people think his English has improved?

I recall there was some criticism of his French when he was at PSG.
Many of the players speak some Spanish but if he cannot communicate well wih all of the players it must cause some problems.

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18 Feb 2019 18:28:39
It's a very multicultural league Melbourne mate and it would be virtually impossible for any coach to speak all the languages needed let alone deal with regional accents etc, in the UK we struggle to understand each other most of the time although we all speak our own version of English:-)
I'm sure there are translators who get the message across mate, I remember Poch wouldn't speak English on camera during his first season at Southampton but used a translator even for post match interviews.

25 Feb 2019 13:54:35
Personally, I love Emery's press conferences. Albeit difficult to understand at times, I can make out what he's trying to say, and have been impressed with both his work ethic and his message.

Has boat loads of passion and preaches unity between the executives, coaches, players, and fans.

COYG.

17 Feb 2019 16:20:29
Ed02 do you know if we are interested in any British players? With Ramsey and welbeck leaving we lack over 21 homegrown players. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Suso has been watched again but expensive. Nick Pope or another HG GK will fill one spot I would think.}

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17 Feb 2019 17:47:27
Are we interested in Ben Godfrey of Norwich Ed?

{Ed002's Note - I don't know of interest but I have a note which says RBL, Fulham, Arsenal, Manchester United, Marseille, Leeds and Lyon have looked - and I guess you could assume others.}

17 Feb 2019 13:41:36
Ed001 i saw on the Liverpool page that you don't rate De Ligt. Do you know who's interested in him? Hopefully arsenal. any defender will do for now!

{Ed001's Note - Raiola's demands for millions have become a stumbling block for him going anywhere.}

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17 Feb 2019 16:38:35
If you had a guess Ed if he was to move where do you see him heading?

{Ed001's Note - Barca or PSG.}

16 Feb 2019 15:47:32
Ed002 or even ed001 I have a question. Knowing Stan Kroenke not wiling to spend money, or even the fact that we never do spend high amounts of money, in terms of us buying players, is it truly really important for arsenal to get back into the champions league this season?

{Ed002's Note - The reluctance to spend money in January reflects the uncertainty over CL football, so it will have an impact on summer spending.}

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16 Feb 2019 17:48:18
Thanks Ed, just as a side question, where do you expect Declan rice to end up next season?

{Ed002's Note - There is enough money in the PL that WHU will not need to sell him, and they certainly don't want to sell him. If he is smart he will stay where he is where he is a starter - if he were to head to any of the leading sides he would not be (taking Arsenal as an example he won't start ahead of Lucas Torreira).}

16 Feb 2019 17:59:42
Thanks Ed, have a good night.

{Ed002's Note - I m hoping to - in London tonight.}

16 Feb 2019 13:40:04
I am not a massive fan of Ozil but maybe he should try and get him in the team, personally if he’s in the team then it has to be defensive in some way to compensate Ozil, like two cdm’s sitting at the back to cover him as he dosent put a foot in.

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16 Feb 2019 17:11:35
3 4 1 2 Torreira Guendouzi in the Middle of the 4 Ozil behind Lacasette and Pea, pretty obvious selection from the players we currently have i'd have thought and not a bad 5 players to have in yiur starting line up either.

17 Feb 2019 10:24:49
Seems a waste of money just sitting on the bench, his morale will be very low, but a few wins assists and even the odd goal will boost that up I am sure.

17 Feb 2019 12:11:35
I actually think our best midfield is Torreira/ Xhaka/ Ozil - probably in the minority on this one though. Xhaka plays well when he doesn't have to sit deep.

15 Feb 2019 19:52:37
This Mesut Ozil saga has to come to an end. This post may cause a bit of stir, but i still believe this guy has a massive role to play. I know some of you have been slating him and he deserves some of it. But since his omission from the squad, has any player actually stepped up to create chances?

We're constantly leaving ourselves short at LB as Kolasinac is the only player in the team who actually puts a ball into the box, but due to his commitment going forward we suffer. No other player in the league picks a pass like Ozil, and this guy needs to be given a free role in our team. As for Emery i can’t see his reign lasting two long.

Also can i just point out that one of the only first team coach still left at the club from the wenger reign is the supposed defensive coach of Steve Bould? How can we not get this defense right with such a great defender coaching them?

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15 Feb 2019 21:32:26
Steve Bould wasn’t a great defender mate! . Ozil is a great player.

16 Feb 2019 03:41:48
I'm with you there JG but I don't know how much of the Ozil situation is down to Emery and how much is due to the guys upstairs. Do they want him out to free up the wage bill? Are they trying to embarrass him deliberately after the mistake they made giving him that contract? Baffling and frustrating.

16 Feb 2019 10:36:12
It sounds like a pretty desperate defence of Emery blaming the club for Dick not playing Mesut wire mate.
Sorry but it does sound ever so similar to the naughty stadium defence of Arsenes choices and decisions that backfired too.
Personally I think it's easier to deal with what we know and see for ourselves rather than guess at possible answers that deflect from the fact that we look no better now than we did under Arsene but Mesut is reduced to watching Xhaka play in almost every game now.
Dick in my opinion took the easy option of dropping Mesut and it's not worked out well.

16 Feb 2019 12:45:19
To be fair g62 none of us 'know' anything except that Ozil isn't playing and there's a different excuse every other day. I'm willing to bet Ozil would be playing if he wasn't on 350k a week, which to me seems like the club want him gone so he can free up the wage bill.

Maybe someone ITK can elaborate further. I'm not making excuses for Emery, the whole situation irritates me as we are clearly a lot better off playing Ozil than this situation as it drags on, whatever you think of the player himself.

16 Feb 2019 13:05:31
Fair comment Wire mate but although I agree the club would most likely wish Mesut off the wage bill I really don't think it's the club choosing not to select him or Ramsey I think that's 100% Dicks choice and one most fans are struggling with simply because we struggling to be betrer without him than with.
Managers stand or fall by their decisions and Dicks big choices aren't paying dividends when I watch the team play.
I just can't see any difference between Arsene and Dick being in charge in the way we perform on the pitch which when all said and done is what really matters.

{Ed001's Note - Emery has a free hand in team selections, it was one of the things he insisted on before he took the job after his experience at PSG where he was forced to play certain players.}

16 Feb 2019 17:24:20
Thanks Ed0001 mate, that's some crazy set up where someone else picks some of your team for you or worse still players have it on their contracts they must play.
Now I would have total sympathy for any coach who was forced to include certain individuals and question why other than money they would work under such restrictions, seems like a hiding to nothing job to take in the first place.

{Ed001's Note - hiding to nothing but it makes you wealthy and you still get big jobs afterwards as everyone knows you were on a hiding to nothing. It is win win really.}

17 Feb 2019 13:02:13
I get the whole "Get Ozil off the wage bill " thing but let's face it, he is still one of the best players in the world on his day and talent like that is not to readily available. So you take a massive hit on Ozil and buy what? Another player that could not get in at Barcelona or Citeh you then have their wages to find. Wish Dick would just swallow his pride and admit he is wrong about Ozil.

16 Mar 2019 06:33:28
As someone who’s not an arsenal fan, I’d see your best midfield as a three of Xhaka Torreira Ramsey (obviously not long term) then Ozil ahead of them behind lacazzete and aubameyang. Torreira and Xhaka can drop deep if needs be so Ozil can play freely and Ramsey can bomb on. Wouldn’t have much natural width but could dominate the centre of the park so Kolasinac and Bellerin could provide it.

14 Feb 2019 23:25:52
Really not convinced by emery his tactics are crazy, hasn’t got a plan b (or A ) players don’t seem bothered to me, I know I said at the start I didn’t want him, now I want him gone before it’s too late, also I see a few others are starting to see he’s not good enough, should have forced kroenke out before Wenger.

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15 Feb 2019 01:37:50
You come across as a very fickle fan. First writing off Suarez before he's started, then calling for Emery's head after a narrow first leg loss away at a tough ground that we can very easily turn around in London.

The man is trying to smoothly transition from a manager who was in his post for 2 decades and shaped the club in his own image, not to mention the problems Wenger and Gazidis left behind with Ozil, Mustafi, etc. This is not just a one-season job, maybe not even 2 seasons.

Not only this but the internal politics and strife affecting the club are clearly ongoing and the business with Mislintat shows that power struggles at a board level are destabilising. If you can't learn patience you might be better off supporting Chelsea or City. Sorry to sound harsh but it's true.

15 Feb 2019 02:47:05
I understand what your saying wire, but come on, he has not improved this team, I feel like we are making too many excuses for him. He is very similar to Wenger whilst we needed someone different to Wenger. If you take our 22 game unbeaten streak out the equation then it has been a very poor season. Knocked out of carabao cup (Wenger got to final) , fifth place in league, losing in first leg of Europa league, away form has not improved, defence has not improved, arsenal have not improved. I will be surprised if any Ed disagrees with what I’ve said.

15 Feb 2019 08:46:52
"Take our 22 game unbeaten streak out the equation". let's take City's 21 wins this season out the equation and call for Guardiola's head too while we're at it. Seriously. what were you expecting from the man's first season with us plus a complete club restructure plus the squad he inherited?! Would this same attitude happen in any other work place?

{Ed001's Note - what complete club restructure? The restructuring was done last season to allow for an easier transition. More excuses! How many can you Gunners come up with for supporting a failure? It is embarrassing how you lot have treated Wenger so appallingly and now refuse to accept anyone else is actually worse because it would mean you were wrong about the abuse you gave someone who deserved so much better.

That 22 game unbeaten streak should be treated as what it was - riding your luck, as you were bloody awful in most of those games and a defeat was always coming. It was also clear that you would fall apart once it happened as you didn't have a manager with a clue in place to fix it.}

15 Feb 2019 08:54:22
Look at how Moyes did as first up replacement for a club legend in Fergie. That was as tough a job as Emery has in front of him. Look at how Klopp did in his first two seasons, or Pep in his first. Hell, look at Sarri. Emery has a bigger cleanup job than any of them, with the defence and backroom issues that he inherited.

Who can we realistically get instead? What proof is there that they'll do better? Emery has shown he has the ability to win in the Europa League and deserves 2 seasons at least to transition this team into his own.

{Ed001's Note - Klopp and Pep clearly made huge improvements in their first, Moyes got sacked because he clearly didn't. Emery is not making improvements, even though he has the player in Torreira you all said the team was missing!}

15 Feb 2019 10:04:55
Our defence has been and remains unfit for purpose simply because it's so poorly organised and there is no sign of Dick being anymore concerned by it or capable of changing it than his predecessor was, that is a huge cuase for concern.
In what other work place would a new boss be brought in to change things but totally ignore the most obvious thing that was holding the business back?
He's either as unaware or as incapable as Arsene and in whichever case it's not acceptable to just repeat the same mistakes that Arsene made and no one speak about it because he's new.
So far it's looking more and more obvious we've changed the name and face but not the methods.

15 Feb 2019 09:51:35
I disagree ed001. Pep's first season saw them finish 3rd winning nothing instead of 4th winning the league cup. Not much to split the two despite a huge budget to adapt the team to his image. Klopp's first season saw Liverpool finishing 8th compared to Rodgers' 6th place finish the season before, albeit with his joining the club in October instead of during the summer.

For the record, I did not want Wenger out, but I was aware that he needed to be replaced eventually. From what I can see, Emery has his faults but we finished 6th last season and all he needs to do is show that he is capable of putting together a plan and not finish any lower than 6th by end of this season. Win the EL or finish 4th and I'll consider this season an unqualified success.

{Ed001's Note - you can disagree all you want but on the pitch both teams were clearly improved and playing a much more entertaining brand of football. You are disagreeing but you never had to sit through Bodgers final season when Liverpool were spiralling into the relegation battle until Klopp came in. So any attempt to say he did not improve things based on a ridiculous assumption that league place is the sole indicator necessary to decide that is just showing that I am wasting my time even discussing this with you. Perhaps you should try not arguing a point you clearly have little knowledge of and your opinion is solely reliant on looking at league placings, with someone who actually remembers experiencing them. You have no idea what Liverpool were like, so why argue the point with someone who does?}

15 Feb 2019 10:28:34
So then would you agree that Arsenal last season under Wenger had many of the issues that Rodgers had in his "relegation battle"? Arsenal's second half of the season form put them something like 18th.

{Ed001's Note - no, nothing like. This was a team that knew the manager was leaving, so they had nothing to play for. Liverpool, on the other hand, were just terrible. You cannot compare the two situations. The better comparison would be how Man Utd, after Fergie's first retirement announcement, just lost all impetus as they knew he was leaving. Liverpool and Man City were in totally incomparable situations to Arsenal, to continue to try and make comparisons makes no sense whatsoever.

The key to judging a manager is how his team responds to adversity, anyone can manage when things are going well, but when things go wrong how does he cope? As soon as things went bad at Arsenal, they have just fallen apart, that is not the sign of a manager in control of the situation. That is the sign of a manager who has ridden his luck and now has no idea what to do. The least you would expect is some kind of organisation and discipline from the team. The summer signings have improved the balance in the team and brought in some midfield doggedness that was missing. However the team looks even more defensively open than it was without that midfield protection. That has to be a worry, surely? I mean the first step when things are going wrong is to just improve organisation defensively, get the team doing the basics right. What sign has there been that Emery has done any of that?

It is not like Arsenal have not been warned that this is a problem for Emery. The same thing has occurred everywhere he has gone, that he has struggled to create organised defensive solidity and also that he is unable to cope with star players and would fall out with them and exclude them if possible. I know you are thinking he needs time, but you have his time in previous jobs to look at and it does not bode well.}

15 Feb 2019 11:11:13
Fair points ed. The defensive issues have been bugging me for a while but we have been conceding silly goals for years and I'm used to it. Our defenders are without a doubt the worst out of the top 6, maybe of the top 8-10, and with players like Mustafi I don't know how much you can actually coach.

Personally I don't think we could have done much better than Emery and with his EL pedigree I think he deserves at least 2 seasons to show us what he can do. Sacking him now solves nothing for me.

{Ed001's Note - I would not disagree that the defenders are not the best, but were Leicester's Wes Morgan and Robert Huth the best? You can have a good defence without the best defenders. And yes I know they had Kante protecting them, but you have Torreira to protect them and a (on paper) better attack and midfield other than that to take the game to the opposition and protect the defence.

Too much blame is put on the quality of individual players when you only have to look at what Hodgson has done with Palace to see there is more to it than the players.}

15 Feb 2019 12:29:46
Totally totally agree Ed001 our defenders are better individual players than people give them credit for, it's only as a team they are all awful. Morgan and Hugh were brilliant for Leicester without being brilliant players, Roy the boy took over Palace with 0 points and 0 goals in their opening 7 premier league games but with no transfer market to bail him out he used Tactics motivation and organisation to somehow get them to mid table safety long before game 38 arrived. Replacing Fergie was and still is the most difficult challenge in football and we've seen a few who couldn't do it but replacing and improve on a manager who had been underachieving for a long time shouldn't be the most difficult thing to do if you have yourself have the capability and wisdom to correct his most obvious weaknesses and downfalls.
I would say getting Arsenal to be better at the back was probably one of the least difficult jobs to take that were available last summer, making is champions or even challengers is a whole different proposition but improving us defensively? I'd have thought that was easy bit for any half decent half clued up football manager to do extremely quickl.

15 Feb 2019 12:36:22
As i had said, i'd be very surprised if his 2 year contract will be extended. he is just a transition manager and not a long term manager. his job is to get us back to the ucl in 2 years and then he's gone after that but be careful what you wish for coz Arteta may come in and just mess it up all over again.

15 Feb 2019 12:37:30
It's a good thing he's on a 2 year contract. after its done he's gone

16 Feb 2019 00:48:47
Utterly ridiculous comments. first, the team and particularly the defence has been blighted with injuries. The players that unai/ his team have bought in have been an instant success. how often do we hear of big big players needing a season or so to settle in and get used to the premier league. We've given them and the new manager just over half a season, before getting the pitchforks out! A 22 unbeaten run may have had lucky moments but there's a saying about making your own luck. The false hysteria is in all honesty laughable.

{Ed001's Note - what hysteria? Unless you mean from those covering their eyes and saying 'all is well Wenger is gone'?}

16 Feb 2019 10:52:36
Re-read your comments on this thread Ed. That hysteria!

{Ed001's Note - what hysteria? Are you 12? I couldn't care less, just find people like you, always ready with nonsense excuses, embarrassing enough to point out how embarrassing you are. Waste of time discussing things with people like you. All you do is deflect with talk of hysteria because not one of the points against your excuses can you counter. So stick to deflecting but you are only making yourself look silly.}

16 Feb 2019 10:56:15
Dick himself said of the 22 game run " we could have been beaten at any stage " and that's true simply because if you allow your opponents so many chances to score in every single game it's inevitable that sooner or later people will take those chances
Shoot swapping is yet to prove a viable way to win a title in over 100 years of professional football in this country, Arsene couldn't change that fact and I very much doubt Dick will be the first to be successful without a defence that can restrict opponents to a handful rather than a hat full of chances each and every game.

16 Mar 2019 06:43:44
I think you’d be mad to get rid of emery now. The problems Arsenal have now are the same ones they’ve had for years, yet you’re still in the mix for top 4 and could win the Europa. Give him time freedom and funds to get the side how he wants it before dismissing him. He had Sevilla achieve well above their level, and his squad there looked like they’d run through walls for him. You shouldn’t make the same mistakes as others and start burning through new managers every other season because they don’t win you the league immediately.

Look at the mistakes united have made with managers after the end of a dynasty. That should serve as a warning. And you’ve started off with a far better manager that ******* Moyes!

13 Feb 2019 12:27:17
Hi Eds,

What players do you think we will be looking to move out and are any of our players currently linked with summer moves away (free agents e.g welbeck and licht excluded) ?

{Ed002's Note - Petr Cech (G)
David Ospina (G)
Emi Martinez (G)
Laurent Koscielny (CB) could leave
Stephan Lichtsteiner (RB)
Nacho Monreal (LB) time to go
Mohamed Elneny (DM)
Aaron Ramsey (CM)
Danny Welbeck (S)
}

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13 Feb 2019 21:15:54
and jenkinson ed.

so we need a gk, rb, lb, rw, and backup striker. bargain basement sale is now open.

wonder if reiss nelson and the others will be given an opportunity or if they are considered not ready.

have bayern won the race for nicolas pepe?

we need to offload mikhi and ozil, need a dybala player in that 10 position. although i'm now sure he suits our system.

im not too pleased by how emery has handled ozil. he has devalued his stock.

{Ed002's Note - I cannot answer questions like @won the race@ and the likes of Dyall will not be moving to Arsenal.}

13 Feb 2019 21:30:45
A lot of high earners leaving there, or over earners I should say, hopefully boosting the war chest for the summer a bit. Hopefully 3-4 players come in, 2 defenders, one center mid and a right winger. That would be a very successful summer.

13 Feb 2019 23:26:37
I hope we promote from within where possible.
Lichtsteiner -> Jordi Osei-Tutu
Elneny -> Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Welbeck -> Eddie Nketiah

Not to mention Nelson, Mavropanos, Pleguezelo, Willock, Saka, and Medley who have all impressed me when I've seen them play.
Avoiding bum signings like Mustafi and instead giving youth a chance like MU and Liverpool have should be our priority next season, leaving us plenty of money for a marquee signing or two. No point signing a bunch of dross who keep the youth players out of the side only to be shipped on at a loss 3 seasons later.

14 Feb 2019 13:21:15
Couldn't have put it any better myself Wire. This also goes to nearly always buying from abroad, and ignoring anyone already playing in the premiership. I don't get it, as Mustafi and Xhaka have proved, just because they looked good in another league doesn't make them a success in the premiership. No guarantee that a premiership signing will succeed either of course, but at least they can hit the ground running, and don't take a season to get used to the changes in style, pace etc.

10 Feb 2019 10:48:25
David Ornstein has said about our transfer kitty next year, he thinks it’s more than £100 million plus who ever we ship out plus champions league or english premier league money:

Mustafi - 15-20 million,
Ozil - 15-20 million,
Monreal - 5 million,

Plus a few others (these are ruff prices) plus we will have Ramsey, chec, Welbeck off the wage bill. personally I can't see us having just 40 million to spend, hopefully be a good window next summer like last summer, I can see a completely new defence.

{Ed033's Note - That's pretty steep for a neck collar. Was the ruff worn by someone famous in the past? :)

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10 Feb 2019 13:44:09
I certainly don't see a completely new defence being in place next season, I personally think we will still have Belerin Papa Kos Holding and Kol but with a new LB CB and betrer cover for Belerin.
I don't expect us to break any spending records on singing defenders but more look for possible upgrades on litch Mustafi and Monreal at reasonable prices.

10 Feb 2019 10:59:53
What do you think Ed 033.

{Ed033's Note - I think that whole Diamond Lights thing with Glenn & Chris was a farce. I agree with gunner62 that Arsenal probably won't be spending any money, making records with singing defenders. :)

10 Feb 2019 17:03:21
If we don’t spend big then I think it’s 6/7 place again next year and so on we need a lb cover for rb and a world class cb don’t bother keeping Suarez, he’s garbage, and we need a world class rw and another cm.

10 Feb 2019 22:31:44
A world class CB alone would take most of that 100 million Welsh, even if we could attract one.
With 100 million we could make real progress but not one huge leap to the top.

11 Feb 2019 08:01:30
We need one gunner, look at Liverpool went out and got what they needed, there defence is much better with just vvd.

11 Feb 2019 16:20:00
Ornstein usually gets in right and £100m, plus any sales is nearer the figure we must spend to improve the team. As far as sales go, the problem is that the players we should sell have little or in some cases no value:
Chambers £10m
Mustafi £15-20m
Ozil - I can't see us getting anything, as his wages are astronomical.
Lichtsteiner- £0 end of contract
Welbeck - £0 end of contract
Ramsey -£0 end of contract
Monreal - £3-5m
Elneney - £5-8m
Cech - £0 end of contract and retiring
Jenkinson- £2-3m of we are lucky
That makes a maximum total of £45m, pus £100m, which totals £145m, for the 4 to 6 players we need to bring in. However, my gut feeling is that we will spend more like an absolute maximum of £100m, including sales. We will need a pair of fullbacks, a CB and a couple of midfield players, I am concerned that Denis Suarez won't be good enough and reports are already somewhat surprisingly emergeing to that effect.

11 Feb 2019 22:52:00
I think we'd all love to see it happen Welsh mate but in reality even if we could afford it would a world class CB join us mate?
I know it's not how we want to see ourselves but realistically we need to make ourselves a more attractive option before we can think along those lines. Just my opinion mate.

11 Feb 2019 20:21:07
I think we will get at least 3 new defenders next summer, a left back, a center back and a right back.

12 Feb 2019 04:39:51
How anyone has managed to pass judgement on Suarez ALREADY is beyond me,

12 Feb 2019 10:53:41
First, I don't understand purchasing players would solve any of our problem. It's a system issue which has to be addressed. Even VVD might not able to save a team if the system is not right. We just need to understand how LFC or MCFC play collectively both in their defence and attack.
Second, we have Koscielny, Papastathopoulos, Holding, Mavrapanos, Pleguezuelo, Chambers and Mustafi for CB position. Even if we sell Mustafi, we have ample number of CBs to make a difference. Technically, Holding and Mavrapanos are a fantastic CBs who can improved a great deal, I would put Pleguezuelo on the same boat. He just hasn't got minutes to prove them yet. And as you can see Chambers has been doing well in Fulham as a DM, and don't forget he can play RB and did well with us in seasons before.
So I feel the mandatory position to fill coming summer would be the LB more than anything.
We did very well with a midfield diamond with the resources which we had against LFC, CFC and THFC. Only Unai knows how he wants us to take forward, and based on that we need to buy right personnel.

Inputs appreciated. Thanks for reading.

12 Feb 2019 11:47:21
Sounds right to me Sen - I'm happy with Sokratis and he needs a settled partner. Ideally Kos at his prime. If not, Holding as long as the fans forgive some mistakes and that doesn't affect his long-term development/ confidence. only Kos and the club have a good idea how long he may be able to carry on and as someone else said (Welsh? ) look at the difference VVD has made at Liverpool, so I think we have to be looking at a quality replacement (quality, not necessarily expensive - the £5m Holding Vs £50 Stones being a perfect example) but when available and depending on how he existing players perform.

12 Feb 2019 14:10:25
That is an excellent post Sen, next time you write one like that can you forward it to me so I can post it myself:-)

12 Feb 2019 17:24:47
Thanks a lot, Jim and Gunner62! :)

12 Feb 2019 17:56:07
Wire I’ve seen him at Barcelona he’s too weak for the prem.

13 Feb 2019 02:26:53
@Welsh I've seen him at Barcelona and Sevilla and thought he had obvious skill. Making a call before he's even started a game for us is a waste of everyone's time.

@Sen good shout on Chambers. From what I've seen in him in that position before, he should be Torreira's backup. Who knows, maybe he'll keep getting better.

 


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