Is this really happening…. by Sean O’Hara
As we fell to a 5th place finish last season I couldn’t help but think that this was the beginning of a downward spiral for the club, especially with all the apparent changes that were on the way – with Wenger leaving, Usmanov throwing money around like monopoly money to buy the club, big players leaving & as usual the dismal transfer windows with no ambition… BUT; What has actually happened since all this uncertainty around the club?
Wenger has a new deal for two more seasons and Stan doesn’t want to sell – but is maybe starting to loosen the purse strings a bit, to get the fans back on side maybe? Also the signs point to the fact that we have accepted being out of Europe as a wake up call to make heavy & smart investments to the squad.
As we can all read we know all the gossip but two transfers in particular are maybe coming to fruition in Alexandre Lacazzette & Riyahd Mahrez on top of the already sealed move of Sead Kolasinac (Top LB in Bundesliga). These 3 signings to start off the window would be awesome no doubt but what happens next… Contracts for players is a must!!
Alexis to stay at all costs & to be honest it looks like he might just be staying, as the media would have us believe after all the circus around him going. I’ll give you a few reasons;
1. He is the man at Arsenal with all the freedom he needs to express himself.
2. He is just a number at Man City or Bayern.
3. Ambition (as I wrote above) being shown by the club, with a big pay packet on the table.
4. He actually likes being at Arsenal, did anyone ever think that. Just getting the best deal for himself. Plus its World cup season ahead.
Ozil & Ox both should stay. I’m convinced Ozil is staying after Wenger staying plus a nice pay rise. Ox if you want to leave then just go as, Walcott can still do a job. One of the two need to leave for Mahrez coming in.
A front three with Ozil behind, of Sanchez, Lacazzette & Mahrez would be deadly for the title. Keep Giroud – always a great plan B – And he just announced he wants to stay. That just leave’s the DM to sort out (Carvalho) & all this is realistic, it could happen, if it does i will be over the moon as we all should be.
After that get the deadwood out before we head off for pre season. Team for our season could well look like this;
GK – Cech, Woj, Martinez
RB – Bellerin, Chambers
CB – Boss, Holding, Mustafi, Gab, Per
LB – SEAD, Nacho
DM – CARVALHO, Coquelin
CM – Ramsey, Xhaka, Wilshere
AM – Ozil, Santi
RM – MAHREZ, Ox
ST – LACA, G12, Welbz
LW – Sanchez
Maybe another signing of needed before window shuts in September plus younger guys coming up!
Not bad going into Aug 1st Maybe!! Fingers crossed this all goes to plan