I'm The Boss: The Summer Rebuild

Arsenal finished the season with an FA Cup trophy to put in the cabinet, but no UEFA Champions League football and two more years of Arsene Wenger as manager.
Fans wanted a rebuild of the club both on and off the pitch, and while they may not be getting the rebuild off it, there is a chance they may see the squad overhauled this summer.
Personally, I would like to see the squad rebuilt, and while I would love to oversee it myself, that is never going to happen.
Luckily, the I’m The Boss series provides an alternative reality where things get done my way.
With that said, let’s get the rebuild underway.
So, here’s how this is going to work.
Obviously, I’m getting rid of some players, well a lot of players in truth.
I will use transfermarkt.com and their market value feature to work out the funds generated from sales that will be added to my £200 million war chest, the rumoured amount that Arsene Wenger will have to spend this summer.
As for the players coming in, I will use transfermarkt and rumoured values to calculate the amount I will spend on building a world class squad, because that’s obviously what I’m aiming for.
Let’s get this underway then.
Before deciding who’s going out the door and who’s coming in, there is a very important piece of business I need to attend to.
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will be getting the contracts they want. £200k, £250k, £300k, name your price. If I want to build a world class squad I need to keep the two world class players currently in the squad. As part of convincing them to stay, I will tell the duo that the squad is being built around them, with a little bit of begging thrown in for good measure.
Now, for the outgoings.
David Ospina wants out and quite frankly, I don’t want him either. With Turkish giants Fenerbache reportedly ready to pay £5 million for the Colombian, I will happily take it and run. See you later, David.
As for the defenders, Gabriel may have stepped up before his knee injury, but I want him out the door. Transfermarkt value the Brazilian at £10 million and while this less than what Arsenal paid for him in 2015, his former boss and new Valencia manager Marcelino is after him, reportedly willing to pay £20 million for the centre-back. Thanks for that, Marcelino.
Per Mertesacker may have had the game of his life against Chelsea in the FA Cup Final, but his contract is up and I will not be giving him a new one. I’m sorry Per, but thanks for the memories.
I’m also getting rid of no less than four full-backs.
Kieran Gibbs, valued at £8 million is gone.
Nacho Monreal, valued at £12 million is gone.
Carl Jenkinson, valued at £5 million is gone.
Mathieu Debuchy, valued at £4 million is gone.
Well, that’s the defenders cut, now for the midfielders.
Ankle kicking expert Francis Coquelin is a player I really do not like, and when valued at £12 million, I’m obviously going to cash in on him
Mohamed Elneny may be an honest, hard-working midfielder who I actually think is okay, but, okay does not really cut it as part of my rebuild. However, I will not be selling him, you will see what I have planned for Elneny shortly.
As for the attackers, it’s four out the door.
At 30 years of age, and with Marseille willing to pay £20 million, I’ll be sticking Olivier Giroud on a plane to the south of France.
Theo Walcott may be the clubs longest serving player, but inconsistent performances and never really living up to his potential will see him pushed out the exit door, recouping £18 million. Cheers for that Theo.
Lucas Perez will also be leaving. As much as I like him, he wants out and at £14 million, I won’t be stopping him.
Yaya Sanogo will also be gone, I don’t know where and I really don’t care.
Well, well, well. With all those players gone, I’ve added a £118 million to my £200 million war chest…This is going to be fun.
The important thing to note before we get underway is that when negotiating with players I’d like to bring in, the lack of UEFA Champions League football could be an issue, but I will stress to every single one of them that I am building a world class squad, a project, one that is aiming for titles and trophies.
If Manchester United managed to bring in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and world record signing Paul Pogba without Champions League football, then I’m sure I can pull off something similar.

  • Petr Cech
  • Bernd Leno
  • Emiliano Martinez

Petr Cech was obviously going to remain but, I intend to replace him as number one.
Bayer Leverkusen stopper Bernd Leno has said that he is ready to leave the German club, and despite the side finishing a lowly 12th in the Bundesliga this season, Leno is a top quality ‘keeper who, at 25-years-old, has his best days ahead of him. Leno is reportedly available for around £20 million, a bargain in my eyes.
Emiliano Martinez will remain at the club as third choice goalkeeper.

  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Shkodran Mustafi
  • Rob Holding
  • Chris Smalling
  • Calum Chambers
  • Kostas Manolas

Laurent Koscielny will be appointed new club captain having impressed with the armband this season, while I am hopeful that Shkodran Mustafi will build on an okay first season at The Emirates, and Rob Holding will continue to impress.
Calum Chambers may not have had the best of loan spells at relegated Middlesbrough but, with the switch to 3-4-3, I feel he could perform well on called upon as the right-sided centre-half. He also helps fill out the homegrown player quota.
With that in mind, I would really like to bring Chris Smalling to the club. Jose Mourinho is reportedly ready to bin off the Englishman as he looks to reshape the Manchester United squad in his image. Both West Brom and West Ham are thought to be keen on signing Smalling for around £20 million but, let’s be honest, he is of much higher quality than both those sides.
And the final centre-back I will be adding to the squad is Roma’s Greek wall Kostas Manolas. Arsenal have tried on numerous occasions to sign him but have failed every single time. Well, not this time! The Italian capital side want around £35 million for Manolas, and with his defensive stats comparing well to both Koscielny and Mustafi, he would be an ideal signing to slot straight into the back three.

  • Hector Bellerin
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Sead Kolasinac
  • Alex Sandro

My Revenge On Ben Foster

With the 3-4-3 seemingly the way forward, having set wing backs in the squad is important.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Hector Bellerin have both impressed in the role since the formational switch, and with age on their side at 23 and 22, respectively, they will be key players in my squad.
With Monreal, Debuchy, Gibbs and Jenkinson all leaving, however, we are going to need to add two players who can operate as wing-backs.
The first of those is a free transfer, with Sead Kolasinac joining from Schalke. The Bosnian set up nine goals and scored three himself from a wing-back position for the German side, while he is also tall, quick, and powerful, all good attributes for the physicality of the Premier League. The 23-year-old is also a good defender, something that all of those departing are not. Welcome, Sead.
Jumping to the opposite end of the transfer scale, the other player I’m bringing in would cost £30 million, but by god is he worth it. Alex Sandro is very similar to Kolasinac, both in terms of stats and playing style, scoring the same number of goals and picking up seven assists. Prizing him away from Champions League finalists Juventus could be difficult but, anything is possible if you believe, and pay enough money of course.
Central Midfield

  • Granit Xhaka
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Tiemoue Bakayoko
  • James Rodriguez

Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey formed a successful partnership towards the end of the season, and both will remain as key players within my squad.
Jack Wilshere may be injured once again, a shock I know, but I still believe in the Englishman. His loan spell at Bournemouth was okay and he did manage to stay fit for most of the season. I will learn from Eddie Howe and manage Wilshere correctly in an attempt to avoid repeated injuries and hopefully see the best of the midfielder. We know how good he can be, if we can just get him back to the player that bossed Barcelona.
Now, for two ambitious signings that I will have to work hard to pull off.
Firstly, I wanted a player in the mould of Patrick Vieira to add power and steal to the midfield. The player I’ve plumped for is Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, but Chelsea are reportedly in talks over a £43 million move for the Frenchman. So, I would offer £45 million and add Mohamed Elneny to the deal, providing the Principality side with a direct replacement. Hopefully, that will do the trick.
Secondly, I want James Rodriguez. Why? Well, I want a creative midfielder in a central position, Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want him at Real Madrid and I really don’t want Manchester United to get their grubby paws on him. Real have reportedly rejected a £37 million bid from Inter Milan for the Colombian, so I will offer substantially more with a £50 million bid, with the same £300k wages as Ozil and Sanchez. The fans want world-class, and I’m going to give it to them.

  • Alexis Sanchez
  • Mesut Ozil
  • Alex Iwobi
  • Emil Forsberg

I’ve made it clear that both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will be staying so we can quickly move on to the other attackers.
Alex Iwobi will remain with the team and act as back up. The Nigerian has a bright future ahead of him and I think he could thrive in one of the wide positions in the front three when required.
While we already have the ‘king of the assist’ in Ozil, I am of the opinion that you can never have too many assists. Red Bull Leipzig attacker Emil Forsberg topped the Bundesliga assists charts with a whopping 22 assists in 30 games, as well as bagging eight goals. At £30 million, he would add a huge amount of quality.

  • Danny Welbeck
  • Alexandre Lacazette
  • Henry Onyekuru

Danny Welbeck will remain at the club as he continues to search for form after two long term injuries, with his pace, power and work ethic making him a useful backup option.
A world class striker has been a must for a number of years and it’s finally time that we get one
Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette scored 37 goals in 45 appearances across all competitions this season and was on the verge of a move to Atletico Madrid. However, the Spanish side have been imposed with a transfer ban, and while that makes it easier for them to hold on to Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann, it does mean Lacazette is now up for grabs. Lyon want roughly £50 million for the striker, a fee I am happy to pay.
And the final player in the squad is young forward Henry Onyekuru. The club is reportedly close to signing the Nigerian for just £6 million and he has a bright future ahead of him, having scored 20 goals in the Belgian Pro League this season.
So that’s the new look squad.
With £318 million to spend, I splashed out £286 million on the rebuild, including world class signings such as James Rodriguez and Kostas Manolas, even having £32 million to spare. Wonderful.
What do you think? Who would you sign? Who would you sell?
But more importantly, what will Arsene Wenger do?
Only time will tell.

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