Arsenal’s chances of playing European football next season are hanging by a thread now.
The Gunners bowed out of the Europa League yesterday, and with just four games remaining in the Premier League, there’s a good chance we’ll end up outside the top-six.
No European football means no money from UEFA. That makes things considerably harder for the Gunners in the transfer window at a time when we have to strengthen multiple areas of the squad to have any chance of success next term.
Arsenal’s biggest source of revenue this summer, unless the Kroenkes decide to hand Mikel Arteta a war chest, is through player sales.
We really can make a lot of money by moving on people who are not in Arteta’s plans, but the one player who was expected to bring in the most money could end up going nowhere now.
Arsenal suffer Matteo Guendouzi blow
Hertha Berlin confirmed today that the Frenchman is ruled out for the remainder of the season after fracturing his foot. He will now return to Arsenal, but his injury casts a huge shadow on his future.
A fully fit Guendouzi, even with just one year left on his contract, is worth a lot of money. Labelled as ‘very impressive’ by Sam Allardyce (TalkSport), there are very few young midfielders in world football who are as talented as the 22-year-old.
That is why Arsenal were hoping to get some good money for him, but that plan could backfire now.
If Guendouzi’s injury turns out to be a serious one, the interest in him will drop considerably. Not all clubs are like Arsenal to sign players when they’re injured – Kim Kallstrom, Denis Suarez and most recently Cedric Soares.
Guendouzi’s transfer value will surely plummet if he doesn’t recover before the summer window, and the fact that he will enter the final year of his contract next month makes things even worse.
There’s a good chance that interested clubs will just wait until 2022 to sign Guendouzi for free. The Frenchman will stand to make a lot more money that way, and he may well decide to take a year’s break at the Emirates.
That would leave Arsenal in a terrible position. We would go from demanding £40 million for the Frenchman last summer to losing him for free in a year’s time.
That’s a terrible look for Mikel Arteta, Edu and the club, but that’s the sad reality at this moment in time.