Arsenal “must have someone else lined up” after Mudryk snub – Is it this Barcelona star?

Arsenal’s failure to sign an attacker this winter will be a transfer blunder. After everything that has been said and written in recent weeks, it is almost certain that by the end of this month, there will be a new face in Arteta’s attack. It’s become clear that Mudryk will not be joining, so who will?

According to The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, who spoke to Transfer Gossip Daily, Arteta could not go wrong this winter by signing Ferran Torres from Barcelona. According to Edwards, Arsenal could have easily given up on Mudryk’s swoop in the belief that they had a backup plan.

The Telegraph man mentions Ferran Torres as a player about whom many should not be surprised if he moves to the Emirates, explaining why an Arsenal-Barcelona raid is possible. “The thing with the Mudryk signing is, they’ve [Arsenal] just backed off really, really easily and really, really quickly,” said Edwards.

“That does make me think that they must have someone else lined up. There must be a backup plan.

“He [Torres] would be the direct replacement for Jesus, who’s obviously injured, so they are in the market for a striker.

“Arteta worked with Torres at Manchester City, so he’ll know all about him. That’s obviously a connection that worked for Jesus and Zinchenko in terms of bringing those players to the Emirates from Man City, so I can definitely see there being some sense in that.”

Torres left Manchester City a year ago, hoping to break into Barcelona’s first team. That did not go as planned. He is now more of a squad player, which is a shame given the flashes of brilliance he displayed while still at Manchester City.

With the promise of regular football, I believe the Spaniard would prefer a move to the Emirates. After bringing in Gabriel Jesus and Oleksander Zinchenko, could Ferran Torres be the final piece of Arteta’s puzzle to lift the Premier League?


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23 Comments

  1. It’s very unlikely that we will sign any player this window, the pattern is very clear; try that one player we can’t reach his price then the deal falls through, window shuts , we move on.

      1. Just keep your hopes low guys, infact forget about signing any one and focus on the current upward trajectory. Maybe this time round we will be lucky on the injury front.

      2. It is a pattern when you’ve done the same thing year, year, out for several seasons- and arsenal have. Indeed it’s become tiring watching them, time and again, hyping up a potential transfer only for the player to sign for utd, chelsea, city or one of the Spanish duo. It’s not helped by a hostile press eager to make a big noise about arsenal ‘fail to land so and so’ which means they out any enquiries about players as soon as they can, whereas the likes of the nw reds and city can announce signings seemingly out of the blue. However, they do seem to allow themselves to be the pace setter and not the final winner of transfer races too often.

  2. I think MA will sign someone this month. He’s different to AW. He wants us to win the PL title. Ferran is a squad player at Barcelona but could work here. But there are other strikers that I’d prefer tbh

    1. Why do you think we will sign someone this month?

      Is it because you know Arteta wants to win the PL which you imply AW did not?

      What I also take from this is that last year failing to bring in a player means he did not want to finish in top 4 by that logic or would I be mistaken in that assumption. If so please explain the difference.

      I have my reservations about him bringing in a player, last year they had no back up plan so we would clearly be assuming they learnt by that error.

      Arteta is a smart individual, so is Edu so hopefully there is a backup.

      1. Jesus.

        We are top of the league, playing awesome and because we wouldnt spend a ridiculously inflated amount of money for an unproven player, the doom mongers resurface.

        Trust the process. Mudryk doesn’t suit Chelsea’s tactics at all, and they are deliberately hyping him up like some sort of god. They are putting too much pressure on a player that needs time to develop. He would have been successful here because of saka and martinelli giving him time to develop.

        The board have backed arteta. He wants depth, and I’m confident they will provide it. It may not be the player that people want, but it will fit the system

  3. I doubt Barcelona would let one of their most important attackers leave while they’re leading La Liga in the middle of the season

    I think we’d just promote one of our U-20 LW and use Smith-Rowe to cover for Martinelli if required, while waiting until Nelson fully recovers

  4. We need a midfielder in the sqaud to help Thomas just in case, some one of that mould as Elneny & Lokonga are not on this teams level of football.

    Smithrowe is back so it’s not all panic stations for an attacker, Jesus will be back soon hopefully & if we need to sign someone we need a stop gap for 18months, Zaha and wait until the summer so sign a Diaby for the wings but also remember Balogun will be returning in then summer but can see Marquinhos going on loan.

    Nelson has too many injuries to be trusted week in and week out

  5. Although he is 28, Leandro Trossard is top notch and would fit in immediately. He is one good player. Ferran Torres has potential to develop as he is young. A midfielder to shore us up is imperative too. We WILL get injuries and burn-out….inevitable. If we don’t sign any players like we did not last January Window it would be negligence. With a couple of players we WILL win this thing. Get Trossard he puts the ball in the net and links play.

    1. Haven’t u been reading news……. Brighton coach said The guy is grossly indiscipline. something Arteta hate and work hard to clear.
      Brighton coach style is similar to Arteta if trossard is indiscipline their he can only be worse in Arteta style

  6. Torres is a pass for me. Hasn’t impressed any time I’ve seen him play. Failed at Man City and now at Barcelona, so might be one of those players who is “Brilliant” now & again but generally not for a club with big aspirations to win anything.

  7. Worst case scenario IMO should be:

    Trossard, maybe loan with option to buy
    Tielemans, bought

    This would give us squad depth for the rest of the season. They are Premier League proven, available for fairly cheap and can play in the Europa League as well.

    They wouldn’t displace our starting XI but as stated before, they would add depth.

    This is my worst case scenario with players brought that are actually available. Talks of Milinkovic-Savic, Rafael Leao, Vlahovic etc, I’m not sure they are doable.

  8. If we believe that Arsenal insider (Orioston?)on youtube then there is no back up plan & unless opportunity arises they are not going to sign anybody. So while they are in a position to Win this year this is not something mattes to board/owner to the extent that they invest to achieve that

  9. Though the Citizen are the favorite, there is a good chance we could wrestle away that big jug at the end of this campaign, utilizing the war chest properly significantly increases our chances.

    Lots of options available from Ferran Torres, Facundo Torres, Zaha, Tossard, , Mitoma ,Diaby, Savic ,Neves, Caicedo, honestly it feels like everything is playing it’s part to hand us that mug.

    That reported war chest of £105 mil reported on the 16th of December by Football London, If true must be utilized to strengthen the spine of the team,

    Gooners the big jug is begging us to grab it with both hands.

  10. I think Mitoma would be a good fit for our style of play. His work ethic, skill set, and age fit the process laid out by Edu and Arteta.

    Trossard’s falling out and behavior could be a red flag and not something Arteta wants in the locker room.

    Arteta is familiar with Ferran Torres, but maybe there is a reason no move has been made by Arteta? Cost? Character? Productivity?

    Club wasted last January chasing Dusan, we got nothing when we clearly needed a signing at least.

    An attacker would be nice, but we can limp through until Jesus returns with ESR nearly ready to play.

    We NEED a midfielder; if Partey gets injured our midfield drops off and our whole dynamic will change. Don’t think Tielmans or Neves is the answer.

  11. I don’t mind if the only signing for January is a Versatile CM, we need a super midfield backup and we are fine, one who can be inter changed with Xhaka and Partey .

  12. Jesper Lindstrom from Eintracht Frankfurt would be an excellent buy in terms of age(22), abi!ity and adaptability.A natural right winger he is comfortable as an attacking midfielder and can play anywhere along the front three.Was arguably Denmark’s most impressive player in the World Cup.Has stamina and pace and would add strength to our first team squad.In my opinion he is a cut above Nelson and on a par with Martinelli.

    1. Ya……. He is good. But they hav already said they won’t sell him this winter and his around 100m also

  13. Be sure that Arsenal Chiefs have no plan to buy any player in this window from onset. This is their truck any window when that they want to decieve the fans. They are bundle of liers.

  14. I think we might need to prioritize a midfielder over a winger. I know the club has big plans to add depth to the 6/8 area this summer, but man I am worried if we lose Xhaka or Partey. Unfortunately I can’t think of a single player that is available right now that can effectively cover at the level of Partey. Which may be the reason why. Let’s hope Elneny injury is mild right now too and doesnt linger for months. This is definitely an area we are playing with fire on.

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