Posted on March 17, 2018 by ADMIN

Would £88M target assure Arsenal challenged for the CL places?

Arsenal are currently on course for consecutive seasons outside the Premier League’s top four, and are firmly expected to continue to rebuild their squad this summer in order to end that sequence.

The Gunners have fallen to 12 points behind Liverpool in the fourth and final CL place with only eight matches remaining, and the likelihood is that even winning their remaining matches would see them miss out, and we now have to put all our eggs into the Europa League basket in hopes of qualifying for Europe’s elite competition.

Manchester United managed to finish sixth in the Premier League last term, but qualified through winning the EL, and we would have to be happy to do the same, although our opponents on paper look much the more difficult to pass with Spanish giants and recent Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid favourites to win the competition.

We are now believed to be eyeing a move to take said favourites Atletico’s goalkeeper off their hands, with Jan Oblak available for £88 Million due to a release clause in his contract, with Liverpool also tipped as interested.

Petr Cech and David Ospina have both failed to live up to the ‘World Class’ tag bestowed upon them by manager Arsene Wenger this term, and a new shotstopper is believed to be high on our wishlist come the summer, and stopping him from joining Liverpool could be equally as important.

The Reds have been astonishing up front this season, with their defence and goalkeeping costing their side a number of points, and letting Oblak join them could be costly as we look to battle our way back into the top four.

Would Oblak as our number one give us a huge lift in our bid to return to the top four, and in future maybe even back challenging for top spot?

Pat J

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25 thoughts on “Would £88M target assure Arsenal challenged for the CL places?

  1. Phil

    Well it would certainly be a statement signing Oblak for that sort of fee but I honestly don’t believe we have that sort of finances for a goalkeeper.Jack Butland would be a date bet for half that price and we need the money for Top Quality CB and CDM as a priority.I also believe we are looking for a pact wideman so for me it’s better to spend big where we need it.

    1. Midkemma

      I would agree with Butland, we have also been linked to Leno.
      Liverpool are also interested in Butland and from rumors, Butland would prefer UCL placed Liverpool…

      Leno has a release fee for around 25 million euros?

      I am curious to how much influence Raul Sanllehi will have in transfers, he has the contacts and not scared of a big price tag… I don’t know how Arsenal will change with him and it leaves me with a lot of hope lol.

      1. Me

        What use is an £88 million goalkeeper when you have such a god awful defence like Arsenal have?
        Get a new manager with an idea of what makes a good defender then buy some good defenders then coach them to defend THEN think about a top quality goal keeper..
        Its all too much for Mr Wenger to comprehend – common sense that is…

        1. Ozziegunner@Newcastle upon Hunter

          I agree; there are lower cost options out there. I am also a big fan of Butland and the Australian keeper Matt Ryan, currently at Brighton Hove Albion is a promising up and coming prospect worth consideration.
          If Arsenal have £88 million available then a DM, replacement for Cazola and experienced CB’s are the pruorities.

  2. Muff diver

    We wouldn’t pay 88m for anyone
    Neymar loves piebury corner ?
    Wants to meet Claude an ty ?
    We wouldn’t offer more than 75
    He ends up at city trynna decipher the ‘Gallaghers’

    I look at the Prem table an it’s still crazy
    33 points behind city and 51 goal difference behind
    Even the spuds 13 points and 20 goals behind

    It’s mental we really have to change things

      1. jon fox

        Oh what a good idea. I had never thought of that but now that you suggest it, I suppose i would be inclined to agree. And that, my friend, is classic British UNDERSTATEMENT!

  3. Counsel

    I was very encouraged when I saw a picture of Guzidis,Sven and the other guy going to Germany to have Auba deal done that is an encouraging sign,it shows the club is hungry for success. Wenger can’t do all the work that is needed in the success of a club alone without competent supporting staffs.Hope we are going to get our targets in the next transfer

    1. Midkemma

      It was frustrating to see the penny pinching mentality still. Really low opening offer and then waited till the end to get it done. AFC could have paid what was asked at the start as it was basically what we paid anyway but the difference would have been time to find a CB which was wanted by the Manager.

      1. Counsel

        @midkemma I Agree with you Wenger has carried the cross for the stingy board for far too long.When Wenger retires and writes a book like fargie did telling it all without fear of any repercussion I can bet even the Aobs and the lot on that funny arsenal fan TV will shed tears

          1. jon fox

            IF YOU MEAN TEARS OF JOY, THE ANSWER IS EVERYONE, apart from Ty will be bereft and in mourning. But we should be kind to the bewildered!

  4. Nothing changed

    We could have the entire Man City team and we would still not challenge for top 4 as long as Wenger is in charge.

    Dreaming about a new signing, any new signings, saving us is not understanding what the problem is at our club.

      1. jon fox

        Bored me? Yes, but far more damaging he has enraged me and tens of thousands of other REAL fans. Fake fans though are happy with mediocrity. Aren’t they?

      2. Nothing changed

        Who is talking about a miracle manager? We just need a half way decent manager to try to clear the past and start on a new beginning. After the job Wenger has done on our squad and club it would take even a miracle manager years to undo the damage.

        A new owner would speed up the process if it was Usmanov.

  5. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Can Arsenal possibly pay £88m for a goalkeeper? Well, maybe. But I doubt if they will pay that colossal amount of money for Jan Oblak while other similar goalkeeper options in the summer could be available for signing in the summer at the cost of a 1/4 of that big sum money said to be Oblak’s release cluase. If Arsenal finally qualified to play in the CL next season they may sign a top class goalkeeper who possibly ticked all the boxes. And If they don’t, they may not sign one but retain their current 2 first team keepers of: Cech and Ospina with Macey as backup for their campaign in all games next season and spend the purported £88m they would seemingly have spent signing a world class keeper on 2 top quality players to reinforced 2 key positions in their back line and in their midfield which they will still have spent for even if they signed Oblak or his like goalkeeper. What is of importance for Arsenal to do now is for them to continue with the good run they’ve recently achieved in the Pl by extending their winning run in PL to the end of the PL campaign. And so far achieved in the Europa League Cup by knocking out CSK Moscow to reach the semis. Then from that point, they’ll know who their semifinalist opponent team is. Let’s go one step at a time a be praying for the Gunners to have a strong games winning performance in all competitions after the international break.

  6. Innit

    No. Not with Wenger at the helm

    And one man isn’t enough. We need to sort out other positions.
    £88 million for a GK is too much for us anyway. We arent as rich as other clubs. We have a budget.
    If we spend that money it should be on a midfielder

    The players in front of a GK is also important to stopping goals.

    We need to sign a few top defenders and defensive midfielder

  7. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Can Arsenal possibly pay £88m for a goalkeeper? Well, maybe. But I doubt if they will pay that colossal amount of money for Jan Oblak while other similar goalkeeper options in the summer could be available for signing at the cost of a 1/4 of that big sum of money said to be Oblak’s release cluase. If Arsenal finally qualified to play in the CL next season they may sign a top class goalkeeper who possibly ticked all the boxes. And If they don’t, they may not sign one but retain their current 2 first team keepers of: Cech and Ospina with Macey as backup for their campaign in all games next season and spend the purported £88m they would seemingly have spent signing a world class keeper on 2 top quality players to reinforced 2 key positions in team in their back line and in their midfield which they will still have spent for them even if they did sign Oblak or his like goalkeeper. What is of importance for Arsenal to do now is for them to continue with the good run they’ve recently achieved in the League by extending their winning run in the PL to the end of the season. And also extend their knockout run in the Europa League Cup by knocking out CSK Moscow to reach the semis. Then from that point, they’ll know who their semifinalist opponent team is. Let’s go one step at a time and be praying for the Gunners to have a strong winning performance run to the very end of the season in all competitions after the international break.

    1. jon fox

      That ” good recent run in the league” is actually a winning run of just ONE game, against the mighty Watford. Care to rephrase your weird comment?

  8. Sergio

    I can’t believe everyone has happily skipped over the price.

    £88 MILLION. For a goalkeeper.

    The current goalkeeper transfer record is City’s Ederson for £34m. You really think Arsenal will almost triple that? Especially when the majority of our first choice back line are reaching the end of their careers?

  9. OxInTheBox

    £88 MILLION for a keeper means we won’t have enough money for other positions, and we will need 6-7 top players- two CB’s, DM, CM, LW, RW, RB

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