Too many average players for too long. We don’t need to spend much to complete the squad. We are in a great place with u21s also.
We are holding on to too many average or past it players that are;
1) Not needed at the club, wasting a spot.
2) Don’t contribute enough, mostly nothing.
3) Are not up to the job anymore, past it.
4) Wasting our money (wages) which could pay for a few extra special players to complete this team at the Emirates for the first time going into a season.
I’ll start with Walcott, if he keeps going the way he is then he should be shipped out with a few others in the summer to free up space for new players to come in, and to pay their wages as we throw a lot of money away on deadwood players. These players should be shipped out in my opinion and look at what they are being paid per week;
Ospina – £40,000
Debuchy – £70,000
Arteta – £80,000
Flamini – £65,000
Rosicky – £85,000
Walcott – £110,000+ (Plus add ons/Rights)
(Wages:£450,000 per week)
Jack is our new Diaby, bubblegum holding his ankle together and out for another 6 weeks, but we will keep him as he is a great young player, he is just very injury prone unfortunately, but in no way can we sell him. It might just happen for him next season. It is the same with the Ox. He needs time and confidence as we all know he has something in him. Jenko is out for 6 months so Chambers stays – and what a well taken goal vs Burnley in the FA Cup.! Welbeck stays as he also has something and will come in handy.
This is my squad for season starting 2016/2017, incl u21s;
Cech; Szcz; Martinez
New Player*; Per
Coquelin; Hayden; New Player*
Santi; Elneny; Ramsey;
Ozil; Wilshere; Iwobi
Sanchez; Welbeck; Reine-Adelaide
New Player*; Giroud; Akpom
27 man squad, There are home grown players in there and also young talent coming through. A new captain also needed to be decided. What are your opinions?
Per is on the edge of being on the list above of shipping out but his dressing room leadership skills and experience, along with Cech, are vital – so hold on to him for one more season but his role is from the bench. My choices are Cech or Coquelin!
Julio Pleguezuelo (Captain)
Kelechi Nawakali (u17 Int Capt, Box-Box)
Samuel Chukwueze (3GL/3AS, winger)
We already new additions to our youth team, The Nigerian U17 World Cup Winners and stand out players of the tournament! Not a bad youth team and a whole bucket load of big potential talents in there. Iwobi already getting game time in the big team and Adelaide not too far away, and they will be in the mix next season, but will be used as well for U21s when needed I’m sure!
So if you look at that line up we have quite good squads overall at the club (when you get rid of the players I have mentioned above), and freed up £450,000 per week on wages for three new players. All Arsenal have to do is pay the asking price for the incoming stars. We have a great youth set up ready for next year and the positions needing filled to complete this 1st team squad and my personal choices are;
DF – Howedes (Shalke Capt) £8-10m
• Great replacement for Per, 27+Very Exp
• Wages – £70-80,000 (PW)
ST – Aubameyang or Neymar – £70-90m
• Marquee Signing, Go all out and pay the ££
• Wages – £170-200,000 (PW)
CDM – Wanyama – £17m
• Prem Exp, Battler and good cover for Coq
• Wages – £60-75,000
With money spent on fees and wages for new recruits, then take what you would get for sales of Walcott (17-22m), Debuchy (7-9m) and Ospina (3-5m) and the wages freed up from them and the other releases, its not impossible. £120m spent on fees, 30m back on sales, wages freed up (450k) to pay new players salary (340k) and roughly £100m could complete our squad with loose change for another young prospect or two.
I did this as Arsenal do things – the right way – and don’t spend or pay players what they don’t think they are worth, even though we have some money in the bank. But that is obviously not just for players, whatever the lump sum average is (£200m). We can win the League, that’s more money right there. And with our turnover from the stadium too there is more funds in the Gunners kitty going into the summer.
We will get a Marquee player this summer, and I’m hoping it to be a frontman!
What do you guys think? Is that a fair way to spend the money without going too mad with it, and keeping the club from doing a Man Utd, Chelsea or City by saying “lets buy, buy, buy without thinking”? As a whole club we are looking good and going in the right direction, all that’s needed is filling in and replacing some pieces of the puzzle.
OT: Southampton on Tuesday at Home. Nothing more than 3 points to avenge that horrible hammering we took at St.Marys a few weeks ago. We should play this team:
Bellerin, Gabriel, Boss, Nacho
Le Coq, Ramsey, Ozil
Joel, Giroud, Alexis
COYG, have that Emirates rocking on Tuesday!
Sean O’Hara (Ireland)