Could Arsenal land this coveted duo next summer?

Arsenal were strongly linked with a move to sign Antoine Griezmann this summer, with the bookies pricing him up as short as 5/2 to join before the window closed.

The forward has now declared that he will only leave Atletico Madrid if/when boss Diego Simeone leaves his post, and we are all aware that Arsene Wenger’s current contract runs out at the end of the season.

Many Arsenal fans have made it quite clear that Simeone would be their first choice to come and take over from the ageing Frenchman, although it had previously been believed that he would be hard to tempt from his current role.

The former international midfielder has heavily impressed in disrupting the dominance of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, and could now be willing to take on a new challenge, of trying to take profit-pioneering Arsenal side to challenge the likes of Chelsea and the huge-spending Manchester clubs.

The Gunners are the only club who have a record of keeping managers on the long-term, and while the likes of Manchester United boasted this record with Sir Alex Ferguson, neither of their last two managers have been able to see out their contracts.

The Gunners know replacing Wenger will not be an easy task, but should Simeone look for an exciting challenge, he need look no further than Arsenal.

Our club has finished in the top-four for the last 20 seasons, despite spending considerably less than their rivals for some time, and we have one of (if not the) best stadium/s in England.

The board would surely be unable to turn the Argentine coach away, although the fee needed to convince his club to part ways with their goalscoring forward may prove a tougher task.

Could our board allow Simeone the funds needed to land Griezmann, in order to convince him to leave the Atleti?

Pat J


  1. Krish says:

    the day simeone starts as the manager of arsenal i will stop watching that poisonous cheating football of him, till he leaves, i like football too much to respect such an open cheater who’s much more of a poison to football than mou, somebody once asked me what simeone did against malaga..
    he threw a second ball into the field during a counter of malaga so that the play gets stopped and atletico can rearrange! he got an immediate 3-match ban for that, but for such a respectless and cheating behaviour should a manager be banned for at least year from any football activities!!! he is the costa + the biting suarez of the managers..
    and stop it with the “thats a winning mentality” thats nothing other than a loser mentality who cant win/fight without cheating and fouling, i was the happiest man when real beat them at their own game. only sad for torres and griezmann

    1. karansagar says:

      How this year should have been:
      CB: Bailly (30 mil)
      CDM: Xhaka (30 mil)
      LW: Griezmann (50 mil)
      ST: Ibrahimovic (Free)

      Sell: Walcott (20 mil)
      Loan Out: Chambers, Wilshere, Oxlade

      1. Break-on-through says:

        No, in reality it would have looked more like …Holding/Asano/Kelechi/Xhaka/Vardy/Mkhitaryan and a much cheaper defender than Mustafi.

      2. muda says:

        If I were you, I will quit Arsenal and support Manure because their everything is perfect and everything is wrong. Get a life guy.

      3. Wilshegz says:

        Bailly? i’ll take Mustafi over Bailly any time. and i’ll rather keep Walcott and sell Giroud for 30m to Crystal Palace or westHam.

      4. The Analyzer says:

        Bailly just played 3 EPL games for Man United and some are already drooling about the possibility of him having joined Arsenal instead. Was Gabriel not solid in his early days at Arsenal?

  2. mohawk says:

    Seriously? Arsenal is just barely getting THIS season’s squad assembled and we are already contemplating next year’s possibilities??? No. I won’t bite.

  3. Uzi Ozil says:

    Mohawk, totally agree with you. Our season got started with a good win against Watford and we are hoping the new signings (Lucas and Mustafi) hits the ground running. Until then, Griezman still belongs with Athletico Madrid. .

  4. Koktafo says:

    Please can we forgert the transfer??? Let be behind our current side.we are arsenal!!!

  5. Break-on-through says:

    If I wanted Simeone. My biggest fear would be that one of che manu and city might try replacing the manager they have now with Simeone. Three of those clubs are not going to be happy by the end of this season. Only one team can win the league and it’s unlikely that an English club will win the European cup. Like you say, they have a habit of sacking managers. Next season might be the only window where we have a clear path to Simeone if those clubs decide to give the manager one more year, but also us going for him might force their hands. So it’s not so cut and dry as people think, especially if Simeone is gonna bring along a couple of Atletico’s players. It depends really which manager does the worst, if it’s Pep I think city will stick by him. I’m not sure che would stick by and watch us go for Simeone. Manu could go either way, it depends on behavior of mourinho.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Also, PSG could be a big rival for him. And an Italian club, he played over there and he is Argentinian.

  6. NY_Gunner says:

    Somehow, I just don’t see Griezmann killin it in the BPL…

  7. tesfalem Sefani says:

    both have tremendous ability that could help get arsenal its fear factor, but for now we shd focus on helping our club climb one step from last year and help settle our new signings!!

  8. tissiam says:

    will you give us a break man,the transfer window just closed and you already talking about next summer as if we didn,t suffer enough during the last one or previous ones for that matter:)

  9. Arsenal_Girl says:

    The only way we can get him is 5 fold
    1. Real, Barca, PSG, Chelsea, United, City and Bayern don’t want him. If they do, we won’t be able to outbid them
    2. We (the Board and Wenger) are willing to nearly double our highest transfer fee. We would pay around £60-80 million for him.
    3. We have higher ambition than previous years
    4. We are willing to sell players for him (like Theo, Wilshere, Sanogo etc)
    5. If Wenger leaves we get Simione

    If Simeone came it would def help but if Wenger wants to extend his contract, it will be extended by the board

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