Arteta sends Kroenke transfer plea ahead of PSV clash “We don’t have that many players.”

Arsenal are top of the Group at the moment and only need one more point from their last two games end up topping the table, so it should only be expected that Mikel Arteta qould be making wholsale changes to his team tomorrow.

After three hard-fought 1-0 wins in a row, it was inevitable that tired legs would make us drop points at some time, and so it came to pass this weekend with our 1-1 draw against Southampton.

There is definitely fatigue setting in, and although we only have Emile Smith Rowe, Mohamed Elneny and Oleksandr Zinchenko out with injury, Arteta is still worried that we don’t have a big enough squad to survive this awful glut of games.

When asked about our injury situation today, Arteta said: “We had Marquinhos who wasn’t feeling well today and didn’t travel. For the rest we are OK.”

So will he be able to rest some of his jaded stars tomorrow. “We don’t have that many players.” he replied. “Even the players that we have, we are bringing four kids with us so we can make the squad. We need to put 11 players there and they have to play. We cannot always change 10, 11 players every game.”

Well, if tht wasn’t a message for Stan Kroenke that we desperately need to bring in some more top players to sustain our assault on every trophy, I don’t know what is!

How many more players do you think Arteta needs?

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29 Comments

  1. Arteta must trust his second team. If I remembered Wenger always played his B team in the Carling cup, fa cup and Europa league. That was confidence booster for youngsters.

    1. I seem to remember he played an U23 side in the league cup until around the quarter final.

      There are only 2 games left in the EL group stages and we can hope to play a very weakened side in one of them. A draw vs PSV and we can play the U17s against Zurich for all the difference it will make to world football.

      If it weren’t for UEFA rules, we could play the U9s 🙂

  2. More spending in January may not be that good an idea – it’s not the best time to buy and not many good players are available, partly because their contracts don’t tick another year off the remaining time until the summer.

    Also, there’s FFP to consider – we’ve spent a lot of money in the last 2 summers. I’m not sure how much that leaves us able to spend with reports last summer that our dealings were “being looked at” or some similar wording.

  3. RB (the ones we have are central defenders), left sided centre back, DCM, CM (Lakonga and Elneny don’t cut it), LW and Striker (Nketiah should be 3rd choice).

    That’s 6 – so a lot of work to do. Also, they must be as good as the first 11. E.g., Osimehen / Jesus, Savic / Partey, Tielesman / Xhaka and Zaha / Martinelli. We can do this in 2 windows: January and the summer.

    If Kroenke is not ready for this then he should hand over to someone who is.

  4. This place is funny:
    “More spending in January may not be that good an idea – it’s not the best time to buy and not many good players are available” Ok. This is moderate.
    Then:
    “If Kroenke is not ready for this then he should hand over to someone who is.”

    If, but if, we get into CL next season we need at least 5 players to take us to the next level and compete with a chance. You cannot hire 5 players for your first team all of a sudden. It will take a lot of time to get most of them and being adapted to the team. You have to hire, even excellent players, gradually. That is why at least we need two new players in January, and maybe another 3 minimum in the summer 2023.

    For the Kroekers Arsenal is a business!! Never heard about that? IT IS A BUSINESS! Somewhere where you put your money in, to make MORE money later. Arteta and Arsenal management will have to work hard, and show results this year to let them invest in THEIR BUSINESS.
    Hope all gets good tomorrow and in the weekend!!!

    1. …I never said you should hire 5 players all of a sudden!! I said 6 should be bought in 2 windows, you asked for 5. We are almost asking for the same numbers. Please read properly if you want to comment.

    2. @Can Fan
      But hiw can you be that surprised by having differring opinion on any given topic crom different people? 😊
      Aint that how it’s always been since we as a human species became sentient? Collect 10 individuals and give them any topic to discuss, you are more than likely to get 10 different opinion regarding that given topic.

      You have some that have channel tunnel / sensationalists (too far to the Left or Right). This is the group that mostly looks at things in Black / White (So and so is good Or So and so is crap, conclusion: He must stay or He must stay), hardly any nuance.

      Then you have those that are more pragmatic / moderate / nuanced. Don’t just go by their gut feeling / instincts, they try to look at the bigger picture and find nuances..

      Then you have those that are just nonchalant. Can’t be bothered..

      Can’t see why you thought it was funny or surprising that you have differing View Points on a forun such as this. This is how our human species has been and will keep evolving. We are different individuals so we will have different / opposing view points on most issues.
      😊🤞👍

  5. What exactly are you supporting? success or failure? You think I do not know Arsenal is a business for the Kroenke’s?

    City and Chelsea owners poured money into their business, not because they wanted a profit but because they wanted the best clubs in the world, and they succeeded. Newcastle is also following suit.

    A lot of Arsenal fans don’t know what is needed to be a title winning club.

  6. According to reports Arteta will be given around £50M to spend in January. We could do with 3 signings to bolster the squad but with that sort of budget they would have to be cheap options. So being realistic something along the lines of:
    Danilo-£22M
    Yeremy Pino-£25M
    N’dicka-£8M

  7. But in all honesty of things as they concern Arsenal. I personally think that Stan Kroenke has tried very well indeed for Arsenal on the incomings front of transfers for his club. For, he has made available sufficiently to the club’s transfer kitty regime, which has enabled Arteta’s managed Arsenal to sign new players of his choice ever since he came on board as Arsenal manager. And Edu the club’s transfer guru working in tandem with Mikel Arteta has in this wise succeeded to bring in some new top quality players to pen their signatures for Arsenal. Thr good result of this, us as Arsenal fans are now witnessing as Arsenal are on top of the Epl contesring for the title win this season. A positive position which I think all concerned at the club should not joke with it. But hold on tightly to it and affirm it to co come to pass for Arsenal this season. As it looks to be God’s sent to us Arsenal this season as a big gift to us
    therefore, us Arsenal should collect this God’s big gift to us this season with bodo our hands on out knees thanking and praising Him for His remember us to gift us a big gift this season.
    In this regard, however, I think and believe as well that on Arsenal requesting for it, Kroenke will release funds again into the club’s next January transfer kitty sufficient to ,allow them do their next winter incoming signings. But Arsenal will need to convince him to make available their requested needed incomings transfer money to them by remaining object top of the Premier League in January. And show serious sign that they are ready to win the Europa League Cup this season to encourage him to release to them the funds that they will ask for.

  8. But in all honesty of things as they concerned Arsenal. I personally think that Stan Kroenke has tried very well indeed for Arsenal on the incomings front of transfers for his club. For, he has made available sufficiently money to the club’s transfer kitty regime. Which has enabled Arteta’s managed Arsenal to sign new players of his choice ever since he came on board as Arsenal manager. And Edu the club’s transfer guru working in tandem with Mikel Arteta has in this wise succeeded to bring in some new top quality players to pen their signatures for Arsenal. The good result of this, us as Arsenal fans are now witnessing as Arsenal are on top of the Epl contesting for the title win this season. A positive position which I think all concerned at the club should not joke with it. But hold on tightly to it and affirm it to co come to pass for Arsenal this season. As it looks to be like it’s God’s sent to us Arsenal this season as a big gift to us. Therefore, us Arsenal should collect this God’s big gift to us this season with both our hands on out knees thanking and praising Him for His remembering us to gift us a big gift this season.
    In this regard, however, I think and believe as well that on Arsenal requesting for it, Kroenke will release funds again into the club’s next January transfer kitty sufficient enough that will ,allow Arsenal do their next winter incoming signings. But Arsenal will need to convince him to make available their requested needed incomings transfer money to them by remaining on top of the Premier League in January. And also show serious sign that they are ready to win the Europa League Cup this season to encourage him to release to them the funds that they will ask for.

    1. @Samuel.
      U have noticed in several occasions that you post a lot of duplicate comments one after the other.
      Is your computer / smart device faulty that it continually duplicates your comments?

  9. Our squad is too thin as we have sold some players we should have kept and kept players we don’t need. With better vision we could have kept Guendouzi & Martinez. The purchases of Cedric, White and Ramsdale were not necessary as they are not better than what we had. I don’t understand why Lokonga is not getting minutes even when the game has already been killed. We should have kept AMN as he is a very good versatile squad player. The Kroenkes have done excellent in supporting Arteta and Edu but along the way some of the decisions in releasing and buying players haven’t been good. How did we extend Elneny’s contract whilst selling a better player in Guendouzi.

    There is a definite reason why Real Madrid and Man City sold Odegaard and Jesus. They are good players but not to take to a higher level. Their replacements testify to that. We are top of the log but an injury to Partey, Saka, or Martinelli will leave our ambitions in tatters. We really struggled when Partey was substituted against Tottenham. Xhaka performs well when Partey is the team.

    We could have bought Tielemans or Douglas Luiz to replace Guendouzi and Maddison instead of Odegaard. How did Odegaard and Jesus get ahead of Magahles (sp) Golding, Saka, and Partrtey in the captains duties?

  10. If I will be honest to myself, I must say that, it’s baffled me to see Odegaard named as Arsenal captain this seaside ahead of some other top Gunners in the team who are ahead of him. One of whom I think ought to have been named the Arsenal captain this season instead of Odegaard who was named.
    Maybe it was a consensus thing in the team and at the club that saw him named the Arsenal captain this season. So, let it be left there to that. But provided he will lead the Gunners to win the Epl title, ELC, FA Cup and the EFL this season. If so, no problem then.

    1. Maybe being captain of Norway counted for something and Mikel Arteta saw him as a regular selection in his team?
      As for Jesus (being replaced by Haaland is no disgrace) and Odegaard being surplus to requirements of their respective clubs, so was Dennis Bergkamp. Not every player suits a Club’s system of play or manager’s philosophy.

      1. What a fantastic point regarding DB is OG – you could also mention Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira!!

  11. Our big boss shud learn how to use under 23 players sometimes for the seniors to have time to rest… rotate the team in europa should be the best options

  12. MA has done extremely well but make no mistake that he is pretty close to a cheque book manager.

    Before he was given multiple large budgets he could not seem to coach a FA Cup winning team.

    We already have a pretty good second string team barring a few players. I think we need a DM and a proper reserve striker and we will have a very strong squad.

  13. I guess from Arteta’s statement, he is saying some positions in the team needs at least 3 players to play it.

    We do have a team and team B currently, but injuries to Smith, Elneny, and Zinchenko has made us look thin.

    If I am to believe, from Arteta’s line ups, these players form our team B –

    Nketiah.

    (Smith-Rowe). Fabio. Marquinhos.

    (Elneny). Lokonga.

    Tierney. Tomiyasu. Holding. Cedric.

    Turner.

  14. Maybe players like Patino, Balogun and the Mexican maestro shouldn’t have been loaned after all, knowing how fringe we can be

  15. A striker, a versatile winger ..if not two wide players, a DM, and possibly an attacking RB.

    The main is a striker and DM because, well, we all know why

  16. Its depressing how many Gooners post comments that state things they imagine MA has never even thought about! Those who seriously imagine MA has not thought, and thought deeply about, concerning letting such as AMN leave on loan and many other comments too, are are ravings of fans who have no conception of the amount of knowlege any Prem manager has.

    THAT SO MANY FANS CONSTANTLY BELIEVE THEY KNOW BEST, even witout any personal football experience at all, except watching, is both arrogant and depressing.

    1. @jon fox
      I think they call it having an opinion which every human should be entitled to have. I don’t mind provided it is an intelligent opinion.

      My opinion is that Arteta don’t know best because he, like everyone else in the world, is not perfect. He has made loads of mistakes. For instance, the Guendozi debacle – a more experienced manager would have handled him differently, so we get the best from him rather than the incredible £9m we sold him for – now we are looking for another midfielder.

      He also made errors with Saliba which we nearly regretted. I can go on, but he has done well this season so far. He knows we don’t have the financial muscle. £50m in January will not cut it, and Arteta (if he makes it at Arsenal) will manage a club with a bigger budget.

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