Arsenal transfers and the end of Gibbs? by Konstantin Mitov
So, it is the summer transfer window. A time of pain for the good ol’ Arsenal fan, because usually we bottle it. This summer could be even more painful as we cannot offer Champions league football to attract top players and we still know nothing about the new contracts of our star players.
We’ve signed Sead Kolasinac from Schalke which we all knew was coming and his primary position is left back. I’ve only watched him in Schalke’s Europa league game with Ajax, but he looks physically solid and I’d like to see the squad filled with more players like that.
Now the left back position was one that needed to be addressed, because Monreal isn’t getting younger and Gibbs is always a liability. And I think we’ll finally see the end of the Englishman who never really did something to impress us at left back and it’s about time we start clearing the squad of players who are not good enough.
I hope that we put an end to Theo, Jack and Ramsey too and replace them with quality. I doubt it though, but I’d love to see us go for Douglas Costa, who seems like he’s leaving Bayern. But the big hype around comes from the fact there were pictures of Ivan and Arsene in Nice.
The media and fans than jumped on the bandwagon that we’d sign Mbappe. Realistically do you believe that will happen? Even if we are willing to pay the incredible 110 million for him, where do we fit in the pecking order after teams like Real and others like City who can offer CL football? I don’t believe this one, because it’s so not Arsene to spend that much on one player.
This is ridiculous money, but spending it means we can and it shows, we can put some ambition on the table, that could persuade a top player to join us, despite the bad manager. Moving onto Wenger himself he did another thing, we don’t usually see him do – speak highly of a player and making fuzz about a possible transfer.
Riyad Mahrez is mentioned and I think he’s a player that is the typical Arsenal signing Wenger would make. It’s also interesting that clubs like Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern do this, where they talk highly of someone they want to sign and thats a ‘push yourself out’ plea to the player.
This one has more steam to it and might possibly happen, but the price tag of 40 million again feels so not Arsene, for a player who’s been a one hit wonder so far, which pretty much counts for the entire Leicester squad. Other questions arise from the fact of what will happen to the starting line up if he joins? Will we play the new formation at all next season or revert to what we know? If he joins, does Alexis move to the middle with Mahrez and Ozil behind him?
This would rule out another striker signing, but I feel like we definitely need one although I can’t see us getting Mbappe, but for nearly half the money we could bid for Aubameyang although without the CL I hardly see us convincing him either. Whatever the case though, If we’ll be doing business, we must do it early. We always leave it late and I fear that all this hype will come to nothing again and we’ll be left on the final day, hoping for a miracle.