Arsenal and Arteta really need a perfect window this summer

Upcoming transfer window is a big one for Arsenal and the board!

If ever Arsenal are going to show that they value the fans and are loyal, and if they are going to be judged the most they have ever been judged, then it will be during this upcoming transfer window!

Will they learn from their mistake of letting Emiliano Martinez go and suffering in the department he left, or will they think twice before signing any agreements?

I think it is safe to say that in recent transfer windows, Arsenal have not been the best at deals. Despite getting in some class players such as Aubameyang, Alexis Sanchez, and back in the day Mesut Ozil, to name a few, most of the windows since then have been panic buying which really have got us nowhere.

So, will they finally give other players, the more experienced ones, the benefit of the doubt, or will they continue to get rid of the talent and experience and keep the deadbeats on because they are young or promising or have potential?

I for one hope they get it 100% right in this upcoming transfer window with both incomings and outgoings, because fans alike have had enough!

Whatever happens, this window must be the most; A. productive, and; B. benefitting for all parties involved and; C. The best we have had in a long time.


We saw a glimpse of this from the January window where Arteta got rid of some players, whether it was on loan or permanent but this time things need to be more clearer and more serious because we are going into a fresh new season, and I don’t think Arteta has any room to make any more mistakes in his decisions.

If players leave, whether it be on loan or permanently, replacements, and I mean the correct, clever and experienced replacements, need to come in. Players like Aouar, Buendia and Grealish to name a few, would be key to our team and would add to the team for the better.

And players like Maitland-Niles, Nketiah, Nelson, Willian, Chambers, and even Leno should be going out the opposite way.

If the board have any ounce of respect or care for the fans, (we know they don’t, but we can always have faith they will turn a corner) and if the ESL saga has taught them anything about who really runs this club, then they will find the funds we need to give us the players we want, to really be able to mount a title and cup winning team for seasons to come, starting with next season!


Shenel Osman


  1. Davi says:

    The key areas are CF and CM imo. GK and fullbacks are next but if we get the midfield and forward right, I think the rest will improve dramatically

    1. Grandad says:

      Interesting that many fans on this site are urging the sale of 8/9 players yet they consider Arteta a complete failure for not getting us into the top four with the pool of players at his disposal.Our poor season stems from a combination of poor quality players and a young Manager who, along with his technical Director, have made significant errors of judgement.By giving Arteta the benefit of the doubt this season I am not absolving him from criticism but to those who constantly criticise him, perhaps they should consider the interior set of tools he has to work with.One regular on JA recently suggested he would only retain 3 players from the current player pool namely Saka, ESR and Martinelli.The same person who suggests we get rid of Tierney because he is poor defensively, consistently blames Arteta as the reason for our disappointing season, despite his desire to retain only 3 of our current players?What kind of illogical reasoning is that?Arteta is far from perfect but, as Ancelloti and others have proved, he is in good company and to my mind he does not deserve the continuous flak he receives from certain fans.

      1. siamois says:

        Well Grandad you would be glad to hear that MA came out today and admitted that he made mistakes this season and that he will learn from them he said that next week he will sit down and reflect on it i have to say i recently criticised him for exactly that so i guess it is only fair to give him credit for admitting it .

      2. Sir Michael says:

        Grandad Koeman brought in a lot of players in a transfer window but then he could not get them to Gel result was Everton sacked him the rest is history 2 players tops

      3. Joe. S says:

        That’s a great point grandad, but I also think Arteta should go with the fire sake.

  2. ThirdManJW says:

    We need a quality window, but fans also need to be realistic. Saying we should be signing the likes of Grealish, is ridiculous! This isn’t Fifa!

    I am so looking forward to see the state of play once the window shuts, as I said back in 2018 once AW and IG left, it would take at least 3 years to really undo the mess they left behind in regards to the squad.

    We had an absolutely stunning January window dumping so many big names in just one window. Hopefully we can continue the good work.

    1. Phil says:

      @TMJW- the players you are referring to no doubt are Ozil Mustafi and Kolasinac. Ozil never played a single game last season while the other two only made a had full of appearances.So obviously those three cannot be blamed for the sh*tshow that Arteta allowed to happen. And I notice you have changed your feelings to him lately. From creaming yourself at the mention of his name to admiring he is not up to it I seem to recall.
      @TMJW changing his mind when he realises what a mug he made is himself AGAIN??????
      Ha Ha- and did I not tell you this would happen
      You MUG

      1. ThirdManJW says:

        Hahaha, oh Phil, you really love making yourself look stupid dont you!

        Ive never said idiotic things as Wenger fans would always say, such as: he should choose when to go, the grass isnt greener, etc. Basically putting Wenger before the club at any cost.

        Ive been consistent about Arteta, and havent changed my mind. One main transfer window was never enough time.

        Even though those players were not being picked, they were causing major disruption for half a season, from what Leno and Arteta were saying you complete muppet! Do some research next time!

    2. Kenny says:

      To be a happy person, you have to let go the hate you have for Arsene as Dan Kit said previously. Are you obsessed with Arsene?

      1. siamois says:

        He has an insane obsession with AW not a week passes without him having a dig at him sad very sad.

      2. ThirdManJW says:

        The reason I often mention Wenger, is because so often, fans never have any context when blaming everything on Arteta or Emery, Edu, Raul, etc. Yes they have all made mistakes, but they also inherited a huge mess from Wenger.

        The other reason I mention Wenger in regards to some on here, is to debunk their ridiculous arguments with their own words. It really does seem it was one rule for Wenger, and a completely different set of rules for everyone else.

        I just find it really sad and pathetic how some refuse point blank to look at the whole picture, not just his first decade.

        Wenger is a legend, but also played a major role driving Arsenal (the thing I love) into the ground.

  3. Samson Afolayan says:

    There is a rumour of 120 million pounds to be invested if there is any truth to this then all I want is grealish, bissouma, Aaron, auora and dembele from Barca in,. Out Luiz, ceballos, oddegard, Niles, William, torriera, kola, and Nelson bring back Willie, guendouzi, saliba , promote azeez, balogun,

    1. Samson Afolayan says:

      Sell nketiah too

    2. Declan says:

      What you have heard is Kroenke is going to pay off the £120 million loan we took out from the government to cover COVID losses., not to invest in th3vteam.

    3. Towny254 says:

      You cannot buy a team you build a team 1 or 2 at a time

    4. John Ibrahim says:

      why not get Mbappe , Haaland, Sacho, Zaha, Grealish, and Varane…

      they are very affordable…..800m max

      pay them whatever they want

  4. Grantygooner says:

    Just a few points. Aouar’s agent rejected Arsenal transfer claims last season and implied his client would prefer Real Madrid. He has had a poor season so another underperforming player onto the wage bill? I take issue with your “deadbeats” statement, most of our deadbeats are our older more experienced players not our younger players. Nelson, Maitland Niles and Willock had they been given the chance, would have performed better than Willian, Pepe, Xhaka, El Neny, Ceballos, Mari, etc, I think you get the drift. Arteta has had a “stinking” season and his decision making has been prejudiced by his likes/ dislikes. Loves Xhaka, not sure about Martinelli. The Kronkes could give him £500 million and we will still be 9th or 10th next season!

    1. ozziegunner says:


    2. ozziegunner says:

      Gg, we don’t know whether Aouer will be successful or not in the EPL. I would rather Arsenal went for proven performing EPL players, or even players from the Championship, where only the tough survive.

  5. DaJuhi says:

    If we spend a nickel on average deadwoods like Berge or Mousa Dembele, we can welcome another midtable position next season.

  6. Sean Williams says:

    Does anybody trust that Edu and Arteta will sign the right players, or will Edu and Arteta be crossing their fingers that the kids will save us next season? We will see, but a lot of damage can be done by poor signings. I have no trust in any of the present regime at all. If we can sign Bissouma and Buendia though, I will develop more faith.

    1. Grantygooner says:

      Sean sign right players, wrong manager that’s my worry.

      1. ozziegunner says:

        👍 👍 I worry about the double wammy – “wrong players and wrong manager”.

  7. gotanidea says:

    It’ll depend on our sales, so Vinai, Garlick and Edu have to start offering some of our players to other clubs now. Failing to sign new CF, GK and LB will be a disaster

    1. Sir Michael says:

      The players might want to see out their contracts that is the IN thing at the moment

  8. Dan kit says:

    Does It matter who we sign ,when the person in charge cannot get the best out of them ,every player he signed last season had been playing at a higher lvl the previous season they come to Arsenal and they are bang average ,I can’t think of one player this season who as improved under Arteta,it would be throwing money down the drain giving it to these 2 clowns .
    Why not spend some transfer money on paying him off and getting in a proper manager in the long run the club will be saving money .

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      Not a bad idea Dan! As you and some others keep saying, the squad is good enough to get in the top four, so I guess that means we don’t really need to do much business at all, if we got a new manager in.

      Personally, I don’t think we have a top 6 squad at the moment, but it’s better than 9th place.

  9. JOEL says:

    On paper this should be an enormous window but Im not sure whether either Arteta and/or Edu are capable of handling it.
    Theoretically Arsenal should be looking to sell the likes of Torreira,Guendouzi,Bellerin,Willock and Neketiah.Unless AMN can be persuaded to revert to right back then you can add him to the list and then there are also the futures of Lacazette,Xhaka and Leno to consider.Both Willan and Kolasinac will be given free transfers…Nelson a loan deal and both Odergaard and Cebellos will return to Madrid….On the plus side this should save £millions in wages and bring in approximately £100m…if not more.
    As Arsenal aren’t going to be playing the extra Euro games then they shouldn’t require such a large squad.That said they will still require the addition of at least two capable central midfielders.Both Berge and Bissouma would be ideal. If AMN refuses to convert to right back then we will need a new one…and similarly might require a replacement for Leno and Lacazette.Otherwise Azeez and Bologun should find themselves in and around the match day squad as should a recalled Saliba.
    Once again,therefore,its a matter of planning ahead and continuing to remove players from the squad who are no longer required…Importantly this requires the “sale” of these players…even if it means selling them for amounts of money that on the face of it are less than their worth….As Mustafi,Miki and Sokritis proved there’s no point in giving a player an extended loan in the hope of selling him for more money… if that never materialises.

  10. Kats says:

    Keep the players here, sell/loan or the rest
    Tieney, Cedric
    Saka, ESR, Martinelli

  11. ArseOverTit says:

    I believe the owner does not care or respect the fans in the slightest as the article ‘hopes’ for.

    His in-action, silence and general absence to date as custodian of AFC provides me with enough form to forecast my own probable future..

    considering the Ek bid in conjunction with the fans upset at his and the boards inability/ basic Will to make AFC a competitive club (not just in the gift shop either), I am sure some funds will be made available and 1 if not 2 big money signings will be made in an attempt to sweeten/placate most of the fans..

    Whether they are the right signings for ermmm MA’s vision and system of play (????) is a nothing thing..

  12. Sue says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but Sander Berge has only scored once this season and has been on the treatment table a fair bit, so although he would fit in perfectly well, he’s hardly going to transform us…. same with Bertrand.
    I’m sorry, I’m just a little underwhelmed! Would rather see more of our Hale-Enders!!

    Beggars can’t be choosers though right?!

    1. Ba Elkhirsawy says:

      Risky call for Berge, especially that Shefield are squeezing Arsenal for money to cut losses on him🙄 . I am not intetested.
      Bertrand, he is a backup to KT, he can do the job, especially with no European football and he is free, but no 3 years offers.
      Auoar had an underwhelming season, seems to be inconsistent against small teams, had issues with lyon and injury. I won’t break the bank for him to be honest.
      Yes, underwhelming indeed.

      1. Sue says:

        Hopefully we’ll move on from Aouar then, Ba!

    2. Sir Michael says:

      So true Sue

  13. Aaron says:

    Youth, under 26 and from either a club going down in any league, and either a league and the team where the team is on the way up

    No big names on big contracts and on the injury table!

    Just use real scouts and flush statsdnA

    1. ozziegunner says:


  14. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    The outcome result of a football match is not certain and won’t be known until it has been played and the result is known.

    Therefore, Arsenal are not yet known to be out of playing European football next season or will play in it until they’ve played their last 2 PL games of the season. So, it is premature to write off Arsenal from playing European football next season.

    For, they could still qualify to play in it next season if they beat C Palace at away and at home to Brighton & HA. I am still nursing a hope in me to see Arsenal qualify to play European football next season. Even if it is in the inaugural UEFA conference League they qualify for, I’ll take it wholeheartedly.

    Arsenal will not agree they were wrong in their decision to sell Emilie Martinez to A Villa last summer. For, they need the money to help them fund the transfer of Thomas Partey to Arsenal last summer. Who us Gooners over-pressurized the club to sign. And he was signed to our delights.

    Now, which one new player are us Gooners recommending to Arsenal to sign this summer? Mark us, it has to be just one but not many payers that will look like junk recommendations of players us are recommending to Arsenal to sign this summer.

    If is Bissouma playing for Brighton us want to recommend to Arsenal with genuine reason given to sign him this summer, let us stay on him and stop telling the club sign this sign that players. Otherwise, the club won’t take us serious in our demands.

    Us didn’t recommend Willian, Maglhaes and Runarsson all three signed on permanent deals last summer. And Cebbalos & Odegaard on loans last summer and winter windows too. But Arsenal are the ones who fished them out by themselves and signed them.

    I’ve read several comments made on here saying sell this and that players this summer. And Arteta was quized on this subject by the journalists in his pre Crystal Palace match press conference. And I think his replies to the questions put to him on Arsenal likely outgoing transfers this summer was appropriate and correct. For, there is no way Arteta will come out openly to say the club will sell so and so players in the summer for their poor performances this season that will consequently devalued their market price. Even if the club have the intention to offload any Gunners this summer.

  15. Sims says:

    I think people don’t realise how bloated our squad is, all because someone didn’t wanna let go of some players last season. I really don’t see a massive clear out coming, unless we’re buying players out of their contracts. If we don’t offload Arteta will just keep demanding players forgetting the ones we already have, then we’ll have another situation where established professionals on huge wages are left out of the squad list just so we can have 5 gks

  16. Laurie says:

    The most important issue is finding a system, then he has to find the players
    To fit that system no more patch work
    No more square pegs in round hole’s ,
    It’s pointless to keep on buying just for the sake of it . I believe that Arteta was handicap by what he inherited , I’ve stood by him but after this window there is no more excuses.

    1. Grandad says:

      I agree.

  17. RFrancis says:

    This club is known for running the transfer clock down to the last hour before completing deals. They habitually tell fans no money will be available until other players are sold.
    Mark my word, if we bungle this upcoming transfer period, the consequences could spell disaster for club.
    We need to be ready to cut deals from day 1, we need to pursue our targets aggressively (even if it means paying a premium) and we need to be shrewd.
    This is Edu’s last opportunity to make his mark. Let’s hope he will deliver.

  18. Prof.Wenger says:

    Unfortunately, I don’t see any “big” names coming to Arsenal soon.. I hope MA or whoever selecting our future players can foresee the best of the player they are selecting .. we should target youngsters and use our current players for the future!

  19. Shakir says:


    Did anyone see Cavanis goal

    1. Sue says:

      One word – wow!!!

      1. Shakir says:


  20. SPB says:

    Why I think we should keep MA:
    Since the boxing day Arsenal won 12, draw 5 and lost 5 games, and its very likely thay will win the next two
    (That’s 65% of the total points). But its undeniable that at least 7 points were stolen by the VAR (2 against fulham and 2 against burnley, and 3 against wolves). That means that arsenal could have won 75% of the points, which is very good. If Arsenal maintains this form and Var doesn’t interfere, they could be challenge for the EPL title.

  21. RW1 says:

    Just go get bielsa … he’s done wonders with a Leeds squad which is clearly inferior than ours even with the deadwood …

    1. Sue says:

      And bring Luke Ayling with him 🙂

  22. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    Yves Bissouma who is heavily being talked about by us Gooners on here that Arsenal should sign the 24 year old midfielder from Brighton this summer, has only scored a goal for Brighton in 34 PL applications this season.

    And us Gooners are saying with convictions as us talk for Arsenal that they should sign him this summer? In what way is he better than the loan flops Cebbalos and Odegaard in terms of goals scoring productivity? They whom Arsenal have loaned from Real Madrid last summer and in the winter.

    I don’t think 8issouma will be the kind of midfielder who Arsenal need in their team to lift them next season if the club is to move forward. But a Santi Carzola and Aaron Ramsey kind of midfielders who have regularly scored goals for Arsenal in the past in the difficult PL games and gave several assists to score are the kind of midfielders who Arsenal should look for and sign them this summer. But ESR is looking to be in the mould of one of Carzola and Ramsey for Arsenal in the making.

    But in addition to ESR and Willock who in my opinion Arsenal should retain him in the team next season. But another new midfielder who can score goals regularly for the club next will be required at the Emirates Stadium next summer.

    In the main time, I hope to see Arsenal keep their Jeo Willock in the team for next season’s summer campaign. But not sell him this summer.

  23. S.J says:


    These players should leave for the minimum possible amount

    1. JanV says:

      why not for the maximum possible amount?

  24. Joe. S says:

    I like that list of players who should leave. There is a lot of debris there that won’t be missed. Mavroporas perhaps because I haven’t seen him play much. Why did you decide to keep Elneny though?, A fan favorite? Is there any news to a story of an Arteta interview where he claims that the bulk of Arsenal’s contracted players will be returning. That sounds extremely ruthless to me.

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