Arsenal are not in the position to start giving players conditions

Mikel Arteta has made it clear that he should not have to convince players to play for Arsenal. It also appears that he is sending a message to contract rebels like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Words like that inspire confidence among fans that our manager knows what he is doing and that he is showing that we can be a proud club despite our recent history.

However, we need to understand that we are mostly going after players that would hesitate to sign for us based on our current form.

We are a team that has just asked our players to take a pay cut and any player we approach to join us could take a pause and think: “wait a minute, did they not just ask their players to take pay cuts?”

In a situation like this, we have to be prepared to do some convincing if we want to sign any top player.

There will be players who still consider Arsenal as their dream club, however, a majority of the players that the media have linked us to are also wanted by clubs that are doing better than us at the moment.

We shouldn’t allow players to take advantage of our current situation and give us the run-around, but we have to also understand that modern-day players are in effect mercenaries chasing big paydays as well as Champions League football. Right now, Arsenal is at a disadvantage when it comes to being able to offer that.

It is ok Arteta laying down his conditions but he also needs to be realistic and first get Arsenal back in contention before we can start attracting top-class players.

An article by Ime

9 Comments

  1. Roachie says:

    Inter apparently offering swap abua for icardi. Icardi has been on loan at psg 20 goals in 28 games. He is in the last year of contract like abua. 3 years younger. What’s everyone’s thoughts…?

  2. Top Gunner says:

    Big teams like Barcelona have taken a pay cut. Arsenal players will have to justify their wages by finishing in the top 4. Personally I don’t rate Arteta that high because of his team selection

  3. Valentine Uchenna Odiegwu says:

    I agree with Arteta. If you want to play for arsenal, you have to love the club. We have missed many players that loved arsenal but finally ended up elsewhere.if he can actually go after players that love arsenal and are good players but want to play for arsenal, I think it will be be a good one

  4. jon fox says:

    This fine and accurate article reveals however one sobering fact and huge obstacle. Todays players, with only a few per cent of exceptions, are totally removed in morality and life ethics from those of only 15 years ago. In our Invincibles back in ONLY 2004, the teams attitudes were a million miles from the pathetic selfishness of so many players in todays teams, not merely Arsenal , though we are as bad as any and worse than most.

    Most modern players care nothing for fans and the clubs who pay them but are selfish to their core and are also of low IQ, in that they don’t even realise how much harm they are doing the game and their professioin, as each day passes. I have been following Arsenal for over 60 years and the game and those who NOW represent the club are a million miles removed from those who so proudly wore our shirt until recent times.
    The modern footballer is , mostly, a very hard to like person,with obvious insincerity when kissing the badge and always putting themself first, second, third and always, with others nowhere.

    I AM EXTREMELY CLOSE TO GIVING UP FOLLOWING ANY TOP LEVEL FOOTBALL AGAIN, SIMPLE BECAUSE I ACTUALLY DESPISE SO MANY MODERN PLAYERS AND THEIR SICKENING LIFE ATTITUDES. The business around football today is a stinking cesspit, more apparent RIGHT NOW than ever before.

    When you love something that proves to be rotten and stinking, should you continue loving it, like a battered wife who still loves her brutal husband and won’t leave him? I SAY NOT!

  5. Dun says:

    The modern game is a bigger percentage more about the coach than the ‘goodness’ of the players. Mauricio Pochettino turned around a group of mediocre Tottenham players into an almost title winning outfit. Liverpool is now because of Klopp, not because of Salah, Mane, et al. These guys have been made stars at Liverpool, not the other way round. The same can happen at Arsenal.
    I therefore don’t subscribe to the reasoning that there are any exceptional players today. Most of them are just hardworking and efficient team members.

    1. Bobs says:

      Seconded

    2. Valentine Uchenna Odiegwu says:

      I agree with you my brother!

    3. SueP says:

      I like that!

    4. Sarmmie says:

      Hmm, hardworking and efficient team members

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