30 Aug 2021 09:52:54
With 1 day to go in the transfer what is everyone's thoughts on our business?
I was expecting:
CM- Sambi looks like he has potential but we should have offloaded Xhaka and brought someone like Bissouma in as well.
RB- Bellerin obviously wants out, and Cedric is not good enough. I'm hoping something happens in the next 24hrs.
Target man- teams have realised that if they force us into wide positions there is absolutely no threat. We should have pushed for Abraham here.
GK- happy with Ramsdale. I think he'll become No.1 over the course of the season.
I still don't get the Ben White transfer. He could end being great for us but did we need him and could £50m have been spent better elsewhere?

1.) 30 Aug 2021
30 Aug 2021 10:24:21
Disappointed in the window - we’ve invested a lot of money and not really improved the starting 11

Concerned about White getting bullied, Goslie not being good playing from the back and not impressed with us not addressing RB, creativity and goal threat. Biggest concern is leadership on the pitch and playing at a slow pace.

It’s sad thinking about it.

I’d be happy with White in a back 3 with Saliba and Holding.

I think if we can get the ball forward faster - pea will score goals especially if he has the freedom to drift from centre to inside left but never on left as he’s a useless winger

I’d be happy if we signed a CM and a RB as we really need those spots.

Here’s a suggestion - 3 at back with AMN and Tierney as Wingbacks.

Partey plus 1 in CM

Pepe PEA Saka

Against weaker teams I’d play ESR or Ode with Partey and stronger teams I’d play Partey and a beast

I’m only suggesting 3 at the back because I’m concerned about White which is crazy as we would then be reducing our attacking players to add 1 at the back because of a signing we didn’t really need especially with Saliba staring on loan.

2.) 30 Aug 2021
30 Aug 2021 10:26:18
We really need another rb and cf. I doubt we will get either to be honest. Another cm would be a bonus.

Don't get the whole did we need Ben white to be honest. Only time will tell if we over spent but as for the other cbs we have aside from gabriel they are all useless.

{Ed014's Note - apart from Saliba of course

3.) 30 Aug 2021
30 Aug 2021 10:37:19
We probably did need a new CB, D16 but I think in a future window. I would have prefered £50m spent on an experienced CM.

4.) 30 Aug 2021
30 Aug 2021 11:52:01
Of course Ed apart from saliba. I. Find it odd as he is young fair enough if he isn't ready then loan him out. But to think he can't be ready with some of the crap we have is laughable.

{Ed014's Note - I’d put money on it he’s 100% ready and it’s just Arteta being an utter arse.

5.) 30 Aug 2021
30 Aug 2021 12:04:47
It seems Arteta only wants players he gets on with which is a terrible trait for a manager in any type of business.

{Ed014's Note - well he’s a terrible manager so guess they go hand in hand Glenn 🤣

6.) 30 Aug 2021
30 Aug 2021 12:57:26
I wonder if arteta left, would saliba be in the team with a new manager.

{Ed014's Note - without a shadow of doubt that would be yes!

7.) 30 Aug 2021
30 Aug 2021 13:35:49
Would we need to wait for his loan to end or the Winter window to bring Saliba back?

{Ed002's Note - When his loan is over but it is doubtful he would want to come back as things stand.}

8.) 30 Aug 2021
30 Aug 2021 13:56:10
Apparently Spurs have an agreement with Barcelona for Emerson Royal. Probably the player would should have got as RB. What a joke.

9.) 30 Aug 2021
30 Aug 2021 16:01:21
I guess we really don't know what it seems so bad for us. Is it majorly a lack of European football that affects the players we can bring, is it the players we have bought so underwhelming or just the way we conduct business in seeking to buy players? I can see we were determined to spend big money on two players and got the deals done eventually but was that because of lack of competition for those players?

The Ben White deal may later prove to be a good one, but in this moment it is not because of his lack of experience in the EPL. I can see us buying another defender in about 2 seasons from from, especially if Saliba doesn't return unless someone breaks through from the youth team. Holding is capable but just doesn't have the finest and Mari I can't believe is that bad for is experience. Is he lacking confidence or what?

Ramsdale purchase is similar not a good one in this moment unless Leno leaves this window, which is clearly not happening. Even if he becomes number 1 this season it's too much money concentrated in the squad.

Sorry Ed14 it just never looked realistic for Bissouma happening with Partey a mainstay in the team and Sambi Lokonga coming in. I think that would have been three players with basically the same profile. Torriera is different and should have stayed for the difficult games to break up games with less chance of being carded.

Honestly, I worry for us having ESR and Odegaard as our creative mid. They are not top four and doesn't even feel like top 6 in the present moment when we want break back into that group.

The frightening thing is I even worry more about our strikers. We couldn't score goals in pre-season and expect to score goals in the league. It's such a sticky situation because we see PEA as a better goalscorer that Laca and he may score. However, the team score more goals with Laca. How do you bench your captain, apparently best striker and highest earner and make it work?

10.) 30 Aug 2021
30 Aug 2021 17:42:56
My biggest concern is Saliba. Ed has repeatedly said he has no future with us.

As for the window, I see the club lowering the wage bill, investing in the future. I am pleased with some signings, verdict's yet to come on a few more. There is a direction, but it is difficult to stomach.