Arsenal’s Rodriguez bid makes complete sense

Boss Unai Emery has reportedly made an offer to bring Inter Milan left-back and Switzerland International Ricardo Rodriguez to the Emirates.

Emery has already done some wonderful transfer business over the last few months and has really shown he knows how to pick up a transfer bargain, with the capture of former Bayer Leverkusen stopper Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira two stand-out acquisitions.

But he may now be forced to delve back into his transfer kitty in the next few days with news our first choice options will be unavailable for the first few weeks of the season.

Sead Kolasinac has a knee injury that might keep him out until October, and Nacho Monreal has returned from the World Cup with a minor knee injury of his own, leaving Emery without a senior left-back for around the opening three weeks of the season.

And right now that leaves us with just the talented Ainsley Maitland-Niles to step up and possibly feature against Premier League Champions Manchester City on Sunday, something which has left many fans worried about as the youngster still has a long way to go before he is able to deal with the big named players City currently have.

And although the youngster is very highly-regarded at the club and tipped to have a bright future under Unai Emery, he is not ready to be the clubs left-back and would find it very difficult to cope with the quality of the Champions come Sunday.

That has led to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claiming we have lodged a bid for Rodriguez, reported to be around the £30 million mark.

However, despite our confidence a deal could be struck in the coming days, it is believed the Italians wants closer to £35 million for the services of the Swiss International as they do not have much time themselves to find a suitable replacement if Rodriguez does leave the club.

They only signed Rodriguez last summer for a relatively small fee, but in the world of football money talks and they will do a transfer deal if the price is right, and the player himself could be interested in joining his international team-mates Xhaka and Lichtsteiner in North London.

But if they cannot agree on a deal for Rodriguez, then Emery needs to re-think the idea of letting Calum Chambers depart the club and join Fulham on-loan, as the versatile Englishman could come on and do a very good job covering both Monreal and Kolasinac until they both return from their respective injuries.



  1. Ks-gunner says:

    One could say that arsenal we all used to know is officialy dead now.

    1. Shekar233 says:

      The black day for arsenal is aug-7th.
      All we can do is to wait for a year until next summer to see if kroenke spends any money on transfers. And then we have to go back to protesting and boycotting again.
      For the love of god…i really dont understand if our public display of hatred towards kroenke has caught his attemtion and he wants to teach us a lesson. Or else what could be the reason for this take over proceedings to be carried out just as when the entire(majority )arsenal fan base is excitedly waiting for the new season to start.
      For once i thought we are going into the season with positivity and was looking forward to seeing the emirates buzzing with chants and positive vibes..
      I still think the emirates will be buzzing better than the pas 2 seasons.. But this takeover at this point of time was unnecessary. May be he could have waited till mid october or november, but i guess he wanted to make arsenal fans suffer for the things we said about him.

      One thing i would like to request all those here at justarsenal is… After waiting till the next summer and he doesnt help in plugging the gaps in our team by giving funds then it is high time that we need to take the protests/boycotting etc up a notch…make it a huge protest which is more than “wenger out” …
      i cannot imagine arsenal becoming another leeds utd or another fallen giant which might happen very soon in the next 5 years if kroenke is what we think he is.

      Our blood bleeds arsenal…for the sake of our arsenal we need to stop going to the games…stop watching arsenal matches on tv…i know all this will be very tough to implement than to say…but we have no option left…or else we will be playing in the championship after the next 10years with a stupid 60000 seater stadium to fill.
      Lets keep vigil and try concentrating on on pitch business until next summer…

  2. DDK3 says:

    Don’t see this happening. Both have short-term injuries. Once they fit, we will sit with 3 LB’s. If we have 30m to spend, we need to invest it in a CB or a winger.

    1. gotanidea says:

      Adama Traore has gone to Wolves! The so called diamond eyes cannot spot his talent, what a waste

  3. gotanidea says:

    Instead of Rodriguez, why not getting Ryan Sessegnon or Kenedy? They are more prospective for a long term investment and might be cheaper as well

    In the meantime, Arsenal have missed their chance to get Adama Traore. Last season, Adama Traoré dribbled past an opponent on 267 occasions in the Championship last season; 132 more times than any other player in the competition

    For the stats lovers, Adama Traore also completed 306/423 passes, 243/303 dribbles, scored 5 goals and created 10 assists from the right wing. Arsenal have lost the opportunity to get their own Mo Salah/ CR7

    1. Pable Piccasso says:

      5 goals and 10 assists in the Championship and we expect this guy to be our Mo Salah or Ronaldo? Such players and other ridiculous things happening at the club is what will lead Arsenal turning into another AC Milan.

      Damn you Usmanov, damn you.

      1. ackshay says:

        pretty selfish player who regularly over-dribbled and lost possession when he played in the pl with middlesbrough. plays with head down and gotanidea thinks he is a salah. Not even worth the ronaldo shit.

  4. Simon Williams says:

    If everyone was fit – even after all our defensive signings I’d play a back 4 of;


    Which basically confirms to me that none of our defensive signings are good enough.

    Expect Elneny feels the same – and looking to make improvements.

    Other signings been great.

    But other than a defensive midfielder our defence hasn’t improved. And makes a mockery of our signings

  5. Pablo Piccasso says:

    Wenger should have bought Ricardo Rodriguez and not Kola in my opinion as he is more suited to our style. I knew the wingback system wouldn’t last as it was not Wenger’s strong trait to make drastic changes.

    At 25 his at a good age to take over the aging Monreal. AMN can do the job in the interim but his future lies in the middle of the park controlling the game. 35 mil is too much though, cant Milan do with a certain England international who destroyed them at the Emirates (lol) in Welbeck / Costa Rica’s Ronaldo our own Campbell / 5mill on top / a pre season friendly game / legends game in the summer and we shake hands.

    1. snowden says:

      When we read words – phrases like ‘reportedly’. We know someone has written a rumor dressed up as fact. That is all this is.

  6. Go ask Alice... says:

    I like that he’s teammates with two of his countrymen at Arsenal, that would make the adjustment easier. Don’t know an awful lot about him, just that he’s very quick, tall enough, strong enough, but I don’t know the essentials. How is his defensive nous, is he a good game reader, what of his positional sense, does he throw himself in the way or out of the way of a strongly hit ball, how is his aerial ability, offside trap is he negligent/lazy coming back or is he always switched on. Is he leaning toward his offensive abilities more than defensive like Bellerin or has he got a great mixture of both but takes pride in being solid.

  7. Midkemma says:

    “Emery has already done some wonderful transfer business over the last few months”

    Has he?

    Raise awareness…
    Emery isn’t the one who is making the transfers happen, it is Sven along with Raul and Gazidis. We know this from Jan transfers, we know this as the club was going about business while looking for a new manager… So unless Emery has Dr Who timebooth then he hasn’t been the one in charge of transfers.

    I keep saying this so if the club fail to back Emery in transfers then hopefully the fans will recognise the boards lack of desire to win and blame the board, not the manager who may be working himself into an early retirement (Emery is a dedicated worker from all reports/rumors).

    As for this transfer, I can’t believe it, why would the board sanction such a purchase?
    We would be left with 3 LB and one of them would be sold, as Kola is out for up to 10 weeks and Monreal already has reported interest then the chances of it being Monreal sold is high.

    We could be with Kola and Rodriguez and if you look at the two players… one of them will end up being a bench warmer and could force a move out to get regular gametime in their prime.

    This could be avoided if we wait till Jan, Kola will be fit again and so should Monreal, then it will be wise to make a future call on LB… You do not go shopping on an empty stomach kinda of attitude to save yourself from spending on stuff you didn’t really need.

    1. Atid says:

      Monreal could be utilised as a centre back giving us left and right balance, whilst Rodriguez has been more than effective as a winger in the past. Perhaps all 3 could play together it would not surprise me. Personally, I would prefer to see sessegnon as part of a deal perhaps involving chambers Perez and a number of others, if need be? And it would help the homegrown quota.

  8. RSH says:

    We have Monreal, and Kolasinac, and AMN who can all play in the position. I don’t think we’d dish out 30mill on a position that isn’t an immediate priority. All these transfer rumors, but the real reality is nobody is coming in these next 48 hours.

  9. Chiza says:

    I told you guys dembele will still sign for us before deadline… But you guys criticized me claiming I’m a kev wannabe…….now it’s coming into reality for all to see.. Shame on you guys for not believing,shame on you guys for the criticism….shame

    1. jon fox says:

      Immature kids spend their time gloating when they are right and make sure everyone elses knows it. This helps cure their own inferiority complex, but gets scorns from other, more mature folk. Why not wait til window closes and then we can all say how “wonderful” you are , IF you happen to be correct! And you can then feel as good as the rest of us mature fans always do. Or alternatively , you could always try growing up!

    2. Declan says:


      1. Declan says:

        That question is for Chiza

        1. sanmi.marvellous says:

          Because he saw Dembele having his medical and taking his photographs inside Emirates stadium…… his dream of course.

  10. jon fox says:

    It is always a fine balance to decide which you should do , with both first choice LB’s out for a while and needing to bring one in who might then be surplus, once the others are fit. Or one of those two might , instead need selling. A dilemma then. But i think Emery fill WILL thre gap this week and with City and Chelski to soon play , he cannot afford the risk of even AMN getting injured, as well.

  11. Chiza says:

    I told you guys arsenal wants to make it a big announcement that’s why they are dragging it to the deadline…ger Burke I just want you to know that I’m not here to impress you………….kroenke personally wants to get the dembele deal done for Emery.. So he can lay a statement of intent for the arsenal fans to know that him buying the club fully will bring success and not pain… Watch out for the next few days arsenal is going to be exciting

    1. Declan says:

      The next few days? You mean the next two days!

    2. Shekar233 says:

      U realise that the transfer deadline is just a mere 2 days away? And keep saying this deal will happen… If it doesnt happen which is more likely the case you have to hide in a hole for the next few weeks to avoid the bashing.

      1. RSH says:

        convinced hes a spurs troll or something. worst part is nobody is believing any of his nonsense so he’s 100% wasting his time

    3. ger burke. says:

      chiza, me old friend. just want to say thank you kindly for the lovely mention, there was no need at all . but i do appreciate it . i promise i will cherish the mention for a long time to come . by the way , do you have next weeks winning lottery numbers please. it does appear that you may have a crystal ball, or two .

  12. Abusky says:

    Unai emery shud get rodriguez and dembele bfore deadline day

  13. Grandad says:

    Kolasinac has been a big disappointment to me.Defensively he lacks positional sense and composure and seems uncoordinated in his movements.In other words he is bang average and is not a long term solution to our left back problem.The talented AMN will no doubt do a good job until Monreal is fit but he has so much to offer as a midfielder and that is where his future probably lies.I say probably because I am convinced he could be a stand out as an attacking right back.Tierney of Celtic would be a great buy for the future rather than Rodriguez.

  14. Dan says:

    This deal will never happen think will just be selling on the fringe players and can’t see any more signings happening!!

  15. mamuzo says:

    Chiza you are Nigerian probably living in Nigeria. Like fellow Nigerians we rely on Transfer News from Twitter,,, espn, sky sports and the likes. So why do you have so much assurance that the dembele deal is 100% guaranteed. I suppose you don’t have inside information with the club. I will suggest you stay put and wait for the deadline. You Naira account doesn’t get added up by trying to prove points of transfers very unlikely.
    “Those who know don’t talk, those who talk don’t know.” – Ivan Gazidis, AFC CEO, 2018.

    1. Admin says:

      Chiza is not in Nigeria. He is in London.
      Kev, on the other hand, is in Ghana.
      Who would you rather believe?

      1. stubill says:

        Neither of them.

      2. naijagunner says:

        Kev, at least he gets some of his info right, not we can say the same abt Chiza.

  16. FrankN says:

    I don’t know why people are getting so upset about Kroenke. He already owned a majority of shares. Usmanov wanted to sell his to invest in Everton or wherever, that’s business.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Because of the poor on field performances of his US sports franchises.

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