Arsenal ‘need new signings to fire or miss top four slot’

Ian Wright has insisted that Arsenal can still make the top four this season, but they need their January signings to click straight away.

The Gunners have already completed a deal to bring Henrikh Mkhitaryan in from Manchester United in return for Alexis Sanchez’s signature, and are strongly linked with deals to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jonny Evans at present.

The three players would be expected to go straight into the first-team could the North London side manage to complete those deals, and the trio would significantly improve our options for the campaign.

Our season is in need of saving at present, having fallen to five points off the top four, and our best bet on playing Champions League football looks like winning the Europa League, although there is still a long way to go in the competition.

Ian Wright has now claimed that we still could snipe our rivals and beat them to the qualification places, but our new signings this month will have no time to settle in slowly.

“Arsenal could make the top four but all of their signings would have to hit the ground running,” Wright said on The Debate. “But of course Arsenal can.

“They have got the quality to be able to do it but those players will have to hit the ground running.”

The former England and Arsenal striker went onto slam his former club for allowing the saga to run on so long, but is happy with the fact they managed to get a ‘top player’ in exchange.

“It’s terrible business from Arsenal, they should have let Sanchez go last summer, collected the money and went from there,” he added.

“It’s bad business letting Sanchez leave as they have done but the Mkhitaryan deal is the best of a bad situation.

“Mkhitaryan is a top player. I don’t think we saw the best of him at Manchester United but I do believe Arsenal have got a good player.

“He’s still trying to find his feet in England but I’ve seen enough of him when he has played to know he has quality.

“We know Jose Mourinho can get the hump with some players but I hope he can come to Arsenal, a much friendlier environment in terms of management and players, and hopefully he can thrive.”

Do we still believe we can make the top four? How many more signings do we need to add this month to stand a chance of overhauling two or more of our rivals in the table?

Pat J

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  1. barryglik says:

    Mkhi 29 Auba 29 Evans 30.
    Not exactly three for the
    long term rebuild.

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      well we need a right mix…best we can get…a mixture of youth and experience

  2. Arsenalislife says:

    My people, let me tell you one real quick fun fact. No more player is coming in this transfer window. We all know Arsene Wenger from experience ?

  3. Ackshay says:

    While I would prefer we buy players more younger like griezemann for auba, right now we need an immediate fix or we will become Liverpool when they started to drop from champions league. A second season in europa would be catastrophic as it would show potential players that unlike Chelsea or man utd we cant return straight to the top 4 after a bad season.
    Now that we have 6 top teams vying for the top 4 there will be seasons where top teams even city will be out of the top 4. But it is essential to rebound quickly.

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      younger players are good but you need the right balance….

      even if you have players like Mbappe (18), Lemar (22), Pavon (21), Macolm (20) and etc…they would be young and inexperience and cant win things as well….

  4. Ackshay says:

    maybe its my disdain with wenger but the man has been talking too much about aubameyang lately which isnt exactly his style. He knows he has already angered dortmund director and maybe he is doing it intentionally since gazidis has snatched transfer negotiation from power hungry old hands. Why else would he not say the usual ‘not done’, or ‘i dont know this player’ thing.

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      Wenger talking probably another strategy or another 1001 reasons….

      Managers usually do not do direct negotiations….same for Utd, City Chelsea and etc…

      usually theres a legal and finance team and negotiator involve…

      Previously its Dein and a contract lawyer

      followed by Gazadis and Law

      and now its Gazadis, Fahmy and Raul….since its Germany hence Mislintat instead of Raul

      managers cant signed off a purchase without approval from the CEO or CFO or whoever is in charge…

      Welcome to the real world son…..and not Fifa18

      1. And you think Gazidis is in charge? Kroenke sits on the board and he is the one who has the final say. As Wenger has him wrapped around his pinky I’d say am pretty confident Arsene is the one in charge. Time and again we have seen Wenger counter and overrule Gazidis. In fact am absolutely sure Wenger is the one in charge Gazidis is just the hired help.

      2. Ackshay says:

        as quantic said wenger is the real one in charge here, kroenke has no will to manage the club, he just wants to use arsenal as a monetary asset for his new stadium so he needs someone in charge hence wenger still here after so much failures. if wenger is fired or relieve of some power kroenke would have to be more involved or delegate the responsiblity to another person hence i think how gazidis has more power than wenger these days.

        Welcome to the real world son… not the deluded world where wenger is god

  5. Phil says:

    The blame is on Wengers recruitment policies and the Board for allowing him to have total control for all these years.He has had ZERO accountability year after year.Lets everyone remember that Wenger refuses to spend money even though we are continually told we can buy ( almost ) anyone and this is OUR money and OUR club he and the Board are playing with.Thank God someone has seen sense and brought in Sven and Raul.

  6. Arnold says:

    Exactly! He used to talk ship “I have money available I might spend it or not “ that say it all before the new regime can in and take over some responsibilities away from and I am sure this time Gazidis with Sven recommendation told Wenger some dead wood need to go to free up money for 2 or 3 good players

  7. Joe alex lacazzete says:

    Wtf.. If we need auba n evans.. Just go and pay what they want.. Y need to drag this s**t thing???
    Go n pay then comeback then start rebuold our beloved team.. I repeat… OUR TEAM fgs…

  8. gmv8 says:

    I think Wenger is losing power in the transfer market, thank god, but he obviously still has some, hence all the dithering we’re seeing at the moment over Aubameyang. All our main rivals are well stocked in that department, so we’re not seeing the usual protagonists swipe him, while Wenger agonises over which pennies he will part with.

    It was extremely annoying to see Wenger STILL banging on about the cost of the Emirates as the reason as to why he’s dithering in the transfer market, when the Emirates cost a third of the Spuds new stadium, without taking into account the money back, due to the redevelopment of the old Highbury ground, which the Spuds don’t have, yet I don’t see the Spuds once mentioning that the cost of their stadium is hurting them in the market, and how much bigger are we than them??????

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