Arsenal still have one game left this season, the Europa League final against Chelsea in ten days time, and so it can be argued that these ratings are one game too early to be released but for me, this is the perfect time because you can judge who deserves to be in the starting line up based on their performances this season.
There has been much discussion about whether Arsenal’s highest-paid player still has a job to do for the club in his preferred position of playmaker in the Number Ten role, so I have decided to dig in to the changes in his stats for the last six seasons at the club, so that everyone can decide for themselves if he is still an asset to the Gunners.
If Arsenal does not start to put more trust in their academy players then do not be surprised if we don’t progress next season no matter how much we spend on new players.
It is reported that our transfer budget this summer will be between 50-70 million. Why/how we have so little to spend is a debate for another day and one we will probably revisit throughout the next few months. Most Gooners have long realised our current owner does not have the ambition to give the cash it would take to make us championship contenders. That means our recruitment team have to think outside the box and find value elsewhere. Evaluating who is out of contract may not be fans first choice but considering we are run by Stan Kroenke we don’t have much choice. The club’s policy seems happier to have a large wage bill then pay inflated fees so throwing thousands at a free agent is more realistic then paying millions to a club.
Every high profile football club gets their new kit leaked at one time or another and Arsenal are no different, however, we do seem to have more “new” kits than transfer rumours at this time.
That said, the feeling is that we are getting closer to what looks like the finished product with what appears to be a bit of a retro look.
Our new superstar Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, scored two of Arsenal’s goals in our final game of the season against Burnley, making him joint winner of the Golden Boot.
With Arsenal we usually expect them to make immediate announcements on new arrivals as soon as transfer window opens, or facing long drawn out sagas and haggling that normally stretch on until the very last days of the window. Well let’s hope all that has changed now under the new regime and we have already identified our prime targets and are making them happen quickly.
The BBC’s David Ornstein is usually known as the oracle when it comes to inside knowledge of the inner workings at Arsenal, so it is definitely worth listening when he starts talking about possible summer business.