Did Arsenal miss a trick by snubbing Seri transfer?

There were a lot of Arsenal transfer rumours linking the Gunners with the signing of the Ivorian international star Jean Michael Seri doing the rounds early in this summer transfer window, suggesting that Arsene Wenger was interested in the central midfielder and had recognised the need for more quality, aggression and energy in the centre of the pitch.

As soon as the highly rated player started being strongly linked with the Spanish La Liga giants FC Barcelona, however, our hopes and chances of signing him seemed to have gone, so when the deal collapsed recently you might have expected Arsenal to be the first club to step back into the ring.

Seri himself was furious about what he saw as his French club Nice spoiling the deal, as reported by ESPN, and he made it clear that he was desperate to leave Nice and join a big club somewhere in Europe.

So far so good and even though Nice were supposedly demanding more money for Seri, Arsenal can afford it and our situation is more desperate than that of Barca. However, Metro is reporting that Wenger and Arsenal have opted not to try to sign him and I am not sure why.

If he is good enough for Barcelona surely he is good enough for Arsenal. Does Wenger think he has enough with Coquelin, Xhaka, Ramsey and Elneny? Are we unwilling to pay over the odds even though our need is great? Have Arsenal missed a massive trick by snubbing the chance to sign him the summer?



  1. Samij says:

    Ppl only come here to comment within the transfer period after dat u don’t see them again

    1. DarkPope says:

      First time seeing you here lol

  2. Gelz says:

    Wenger and the board are the master of all tricks, showing us all this great illusion and when they finally pull away the curtain they reveal that there is nothing actually there.

    1. neil says:

      I think the issue re Seri and everything else is that too many rumours and no substance… (Kev , Resource etc !)
      I dont understand why Arsenal cant get their business done early.. or just say we are not going to sign anyone…. though actually Wenger did say that a few weeks ago… also too many other clubs also not taking decisions.. for me shorten the window to just one month and before the season starts… then you want have stupid scenario eg ox playing in front of someone who wants to be at the club !!

  3. Turbo says:

    I really don’t know what AW is thinking at this point with recent strange (to put it mildly!) team selection decisions and failures in the transfer market. Perhaps he thinks Wilshere might still have the ability to become huge for us or that if necessary due to emergency players like Iwobi or even Nelson could be used more centrally?

    He also toyed around a bit with Welbeck in midfield during the summer, which actually sort of made some strange sense in that he is pacy, lively, and a fighter best despite playing for years has never yet development killer instinct as a finisher. It could actually be a dangerous drinking game downing one for each miss he makes when starting a match.

  4. Zad says:

    i just read the best joke at Arsenal.com
    “Vote the August player of the month”

    1. Billy says:

      Player of the month, surely Xhaka with 3 assists in 3 games.

      Usmanov in.

  5. Gashaw Nigussie says:

    It’s been shame for Wenger in the last 10 years and now it’s an absolute shame and disaster. Shame on the board too.

  6. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Yes. Absolutely

    Seri and Mahrez or Draxler would have been enough. I reckon

    Great long distance goal by Lemar btw
    He would have been awesome for us. Very sad.

    Kroenke is building a lavish new stadium in America so he needs as much money from Arsenal as he can get. Wenger is a problem but don’t forget that money grabbing shareholder too. How we will get rid of them I have no idea.

    1. Quantic Dream says:

      Maybe the FA should come up with restrictions on club ownership to solve this problem once and for all. In Bundesliga, the clubs are fan owned, not-for-profit organizations where 50% +1 shares are owned by the members of the club. The clubs are consequently not subject to the whims of greedy owners like Kroenke who rape the club off its resources and cripple its ability to compete. Am just saying, even if we get rid of Kroenke there is a possibility a new “owner” might come along in the future, con his way into the club and drag us back into this sh*t. A permanent solution should be sought to protect all the fans in the premier league.

  7. Vish says:

    Finally this transfer debacle is over, sadly for Arsenal fans it was groundhog day yet again. This club is in decline and our curious leader has weakened our sqaud by letting go of defenders as well as keeping hold of players who clearly want nothing to do with Arsenal.
    I hope he concots a game plan to lift the spirit of the team and inspire them to rise above the negativity and mediocrity they are drowning in. But we all know how good Wenger is with game plans and tactics though lol

  8. Roachie says:

    Maybe Seri didn’t want to come to Arsenal so there was no point in trying?

    1. chris says:

      Not many good players would want to join Arsenal right now. If we had not moved early to buy Lacazette he would probably not have joined either. He must wonder what he does to his career.

  9. gotanidea says:

    Probably not, because Arsenal must have been monitoring his performances in this season. He made a series of great performances last season, but I think he doesn’t stand out in this season.

    But actually Arsenal should have bought him, because he has proven he could play with high football level and a newcomer could bring a new spirit to the team. I think Arsenal chose Lemar at the last moment, but withdrew the offer because of Lemar’s big price tag.

  10. Quantic Dream says:

    Coquelin, Xhaka, Ramsey, El Neny….even on FIFA 17 you can’t expect to win anything with that midfield.

  11. Liam says:

    I don’t know if there’s much truth to it but supposedly he has bad ingrown toenails and can’t deal with cold climates well??

  12. Sushil Dhankar says:

    I think team chemistry is important…. u never know what happen next…EPL is only 3 week old…. I hope this season is ours….

    1. Me says:

      Started really well hasn’t it.
      Another supporter of a failed manager I see..

  13. Harshgooner says:

    Well i believe now that Wenger is trying hard to be like Sir Alex Ferguson but failing miserably.
    No matter how much i hate mou but i do believe him now that Wenger is a specialist in failure.

  14. Me says:

    I urge as much negativity to be thrown at the manager as is humanly possible.
    Not the team because I believe they are suffering as well under this blithering idiot.
    Respect for what he has done in the past – yes but its beside the point. What happened thirteen years ago is irrelevant just like he is.
    He is the past and Arsenal need to look to the future.
    And if its the board then simple – stop attending matches.
    Make the stadium as toxic as possible until it changes.
    No one can operate under those conditions.

    1. chris says:

      Agreed ….. but he won’t be out.

  15. Dennis says:

    The only trick we missed was not shipping out Mr Wenger

    1. JULIUS OUKO says:

      …or loaning him out to Burnley.

  16. Highbury Gunner says:

    Fans should unfollow arsenal on social media. If the club loses a million followers in 1 week it sends out a great signal and it costs the fans nothing, sponsors would call the board in for a meeting, probably talking about restructuring their deals and all. Stop attending matches, don’t buy whatever the club sells. Unsubscribe from any subscription.

  17. Dan says:

    Wenger and board missed a trick in the whole of the transfer window absolutely pathetic the club is a complete shambles from top to bottom!!! May as well sell oil to Barcelona for 55 mill today just to fill your pockets even more after all profit is more important then success to a greedy yank and a deluded clueless manager!!!

  18. Nothing changed says:

    OT: Is it not funny that supposedly we tried to sign Lemar all window but never bothered to ask the player if he even wanted to come to Arsenal until last night when he said he didn’t want to play Europa league?

    Would have saved us a lot of time and energy to ask him or his agent a few weeks ago.

  19. Alatari Douglas says:

    This is the 1st time I’m convinced that Arsenal don’t have what it takes to compete in the premier league, every other rival strengthened properly in all areas except arsenal. I hope we don’t get relegated this season.

  20. Frederico says:

    QUESTION: “Did Arsenal miss a trick by snubbing Seri transfer?”

    ANSWER: Arsenal certainly missed many tricks this transfer window. In fact Arsenal has been missing tricks in every transfer window for over 10 years now. Yes we’ve signed blockbuster players like Ozil and Sanchez in that time, but Wenger has been doing “one-off” signings without considering the right supporting players.

    Wenger and the board are not capable of building a world beating team, which is what the big clubs aim to do. Look to Chelsea, ManU and City in England (Gosh, even Liverpool and Spurs give a good account at team building). Lets not talk of the Spanish giants Barcelona and Madrid. Then Munich in Germany, PSG in France etc. etc. etc.
    Wenger is either deluded if he truly thinks he can challenge these teams as recent history has proved otherwise. Or perhaps, which is more likely, he’s having us the fans on. My honest belief is Wenger is a tool of the board’s disposition – cream as much from the club as possible while fooling the fans to think they really care about silverware. This is why Wenger was rewarded with an £18M over 2 years contract, its his share of the loot.

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