Arsenal face some transfer market uncertainty…
Arsenal and pretty much everyone in football right now is facing an uncertain future due to the coronavirus outbreak that has brought the sport to a standstill.
According to football.london, the Gunners’ transfer plans are being affected by four key factors ahead of whenever the transfer window is actually able to open.
Firstly, the report states how the season is concluded is a key issue, with Arsenal obviously not yet knowing if 2019/20 can be completed, giving us a shot at the top four, or if all results are voided, meaning we start next season based on 2018/19 standings.
Secondly, expanding on one of the points above, Champions League football would obviously be crucial in terms of the calibre of player Arsenal can attract and the amount of money they can spend.
Thirdly, Manchester City’s potential ban from the Champions League is also mentioned, as it could in theory open up an extra place for AFC as long as they take advantage – or if the season is voided, meaning our finish of fifth in 2018/19 would be enough for CL football.
Fourth, Arsenal’s plans will obviously hinge on the future of two big names in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. One would hope we can keep both, or at the very least one of these players, but if we do end up selling, that surely means a top attacking player needs to become more of a priority.