With no real transfer rumours going on, should we be worried? by KM
Good day to all of you fine Arsenal people out there enjoying your summer! So about the question of the title of this article there is only one answer and that’s yes. This window like every other is a huge one, but I’ll give you a few reasons why our transfer behaviour so far is so bad.
First of all, it’s the same as last year. We made one signing to cover a position in dire need of a fresh face, which made the start promising. Then we attempted to land a target whose release clause was relatively low for a decent player these days which failed and then all we heard was that another one of our potential targets is not going anywhere.
Another problem is the fact that competition doesn’t sleep. Chelsea landed Kante and the issue here is why Chelsea can afford a Leicester player and we can’t? United landed a few good names on their sheet. Will they work out? You cannot be too sure, but they needed enhancement and it has been made and they might still splash out some more.
The third major worry for me is everything around Arsenal is made about earning more money, not spending it. It’s a reality we all know is true. We do not base the future on the club on winning trophies, we do it on financial stability. We even come out and publicly declare it – our owner does, our CEO does and worst the manager does it too.
This brings to the final point – the boss. The telling says a manager does his job with the sack in his pocket all the time. It’s the nature of the business and it’s why managers are paid so well. At Arsenal there is a complete lack of responsibility at any level. Nobody is ever blamed, nobody takes the shame of bad results, but the fans of course. These fish that the Arsenal sharks manage to rip off so well each season with little deserved value in return.
But even if we skip the money argument, Arsenal could still improve the squad by getting rid of some deadwood and adding some better quality instead. It’s no longer just a shame that we will start the Season with Giroud and Walcott as our main strikers, it’s a comedy. Walcott lived 10 happy years off Arsenal, only coming good in rare moments while Giroud will never truly be a top striker, despite being Frances main choice.
There are a number of areas we can improve on, starting with our scouting system. Bayern took Renato Sanchez before the Euroes and the guy looks a beast. We bought.. Takuma Asano with all my respect, but this is just another stunt move to increase revenue from the far east. Remember Ryo Miyachi or Park anyone?
I would just pass by tactics, because after 10 years of doing the same mistake over and over again this will not improve without a new manager – period. But we could at least plug all the holes in the system and there are obvious holes in the starting 11. But this means that Arsene must get ruthless with players like Jack, Theo, Giroud and the Ox who just never lived up to their potential. And we gave them quite a few chances and quite a lot of money.
It hurts, because people often label me as the negative guy, but truth is there is obvious room for improvement on many fronts. And the fact we finished second behind Leicester doesn’t mean we’ve moved forward. We’re at best stuck in one place and there are too many examples to highlight this. We need some sort of a catalyst. We have to bomb out 60 million on Morata/Aubameyang/ Higuain and make a bold statement.
When was the last time you saw an Arsenal figure make a truly bold statement? It’s been a while…