Transfer Window Frustration

So far it has been another frustrating transfer window for Arsenal fans.
It may only be early days but, apart from the free transfer of Sead Kolasinac, Arsenal have done nothing while all the clubs around us have made big signings, spent money and strengthened their squad’s.
So in light of this, here’s five things that are really grinding my transfer window gears.

It’s All About Mbappe

Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe is the most wanted footballer on planet earth right now, and with good reason.
His 26 goals and 14 assists this past season at just 18-years-old is incredible and has drawn the interest of Europe’s elite clubs, including Arsenal, with The Gunners reportedly having a bid of £100 million rejected – a fee that would have been a world record – in an attempt to bring him to North London.
As much as we’d all love to see Mbappe in an Arsenal shirt, he is not what we need right now.
Firstly, the Frenchman may have played a crucial role in Monaco’s Ligue 1 title success, but he did not do it all on his own as many have made out, with the likes of Radamel Falcao and Thomas Lemar playing equally important roles.
Secondly, £100 million is a hell of a lot of money, and I feel it could be invested a lot better by bringing in two, three or even four world-class players to strengthen the squad as a whole, rather than putting all of our eggs in one very expensive basket.
Thirdly, is he even worth a £100 million? He is a supremely talented player, and one who will likely win the Ballon d’Or one day, but if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is worth £64 million, and Alexandre Lacazette is worth £45 million, both more consistent, proven goal scorers, why would you pay £100 million for Mbappe? Yes, you are paying for potential, but as every football fan knows, potential is not always fulfilled.
And finally, even if we get our hands on him now, I believe that he is destined to end up at a Real Madrid or Barcelona sooner rather than later. I’d rather have Aubameyang or Lacazette, players who we could have in their prime, rather than a developing Mbappe who we don’t see the best of.
As good as a player he is, I am firmly of the belief that we are wasting our time.

Ox Out The Door?

It has been widely reported that Arsenal could sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to another Premier League Club this summer.
I’ll be honest, this baffles me.
In the 3-4-3, it would appear Oxlade-Chamberlain has found his calling card as a wing-back, with the Englishman in the form of his life towards the end of the season.
So why oh why would you sell him now?
Reports state we could sell Ox in order to balance the books and keep hold of both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez but, if that is the case, why sell one of our best players to do it?
Get rid of Theo Walcott. West Ham are rumoured to be willing to pay £25 million. That’s daylight robbery if we get that much.
Get rid of Olivier Giroud, Francis Coquelin, Per Mertesacker, Mathieu Debuchy, Joel Campbell, Lucas Perez and David Ospina. All players who are expendable and would more than help balance the books.
Getting rid of Ox would just be silly, so come on Arsenal, just think about it.

Lack Of Anything Concrete

Is it just me, or do we not appear to be doing anything?
Yes, we’ve signed Kolasinac and a deal for Lacazette looks closer and closer as the days go by, but apart from that what have we done?
As you probably already know, I write a weekly Scout Report on players linked with Arsenal, and more often than not we are just linked with young players.
While I’m all for building for the future, we finished outside the top four the first time in over 20 years last season. The squad showed its weaknesses and that it needed a rebuild.
So one, why aren’t we stripping off the deadwood from the squad? And two, why haven’t we brought in two or three quality players already?
It seems like we aren’t even linked with any either and it’s really doing my head in.
We just appear to be content with what we have, both in terms of the squad and on pitch performances. Well, quite frankly both aren’t good enough.
It needs sorting.

My Revenge On Ben Foster

Falling Behind

We were already behind the rest of the top four, we’ve proven that last season, so the thing we could least afford to do was fall further behind.
But that’s exactly what I feel we’ve done.
It’s clear to see the deficiencies in the team and where the squad needs additions, every other team has noticed that in theirs, so why haven’t we?
Manchester United needed a centre-half to partner Eric Bailly, they went and got Victor Lindelof. They need a holding midfielder and a striker which they may not have got yet, but a move for Fabinho or Nemanja Matic would appear to be on the horizon, while Alvaro Morata will likely be at Old Trafford come the start of the season.
Manchester City needed a ‘keeper, they went and spent £40 million on Ederson. They needed a replacement for the ageing David Silva, they spent £35 million on Bernardo Silva. The squad was full of unneeded players, most of which are gone. The Citizens still need to add a couple more players but they are far from done this window.
Liverpool needed depth to their squad. They’ve signed Mohamed Salah for a club record fee and would probably have signed Virgil van Dijk had they not been a bit dodgy about the whole thing.
Tottenham have a young squad with a bright future ahead of them and they have done well to keep it together thus far, and they even seem prepped for the departure of Kyle Walker before they even know he’s gone.
Chelsea will have the chequebook out any day now I can guarantee it. Alex Sandro and Tiemoue Bakayoko will probably come through the door at Stamford Bridge while keeping Real Madrid’s grubby paws of Eden Hazard has been crucial.
In light of all of this, it once again poses the question, why do we appear to be doing nothing?

We’ve Seen It All Before

This is probably the biggest cause for concern.
The past few summers have been a pleasant change, with world class players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil joining the club, while big money has also been spent on the likes of Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi.
However, we all remember the days when we sold our best players to our closest rivals and replaced them with half ass imitations.
I fear we could be returning to those days.
Alexis Sanchez seems hell bent on a move to Manchester City, while Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could follow the Chilean out the door, with some of the players rumoured to be moving to the Emirates not being good enough, and we all know that.
This summer has shades of the one where we lost Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas. We can’t be dealing with that again.
Something needs to be done.
We need decisive action to keep our best players, and that comes from giving them what they deserve and adding quality to make them want to stay.
This would give fans hope and lift the mood around the club, also making us realistic Premier League contenders.
I’m sure that’s what we all want.

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