Does Arsenal really still need to sign any new youngsters?

Almost every other day, Arsenal gets linked with a move for one youngster after another.

I understand that we have developed a reputation for developing the careers of teenagers but that is also one of the reasons why we have struggled to compete for top honours recently.

Another pitfall of targeting youngsters is that they will eventually develop into top talents and leave you for teams that are buying top stars and winning trophies like they were in a candy shop.

I enjoy the reputation of being the team that develops players, but I think that we have more than enough youngsters at our disposal at the moment and that we have to start targeting top experienced professionals instead.

It is time for Arsenal to challenge for the Premier League again and also return to the Champions League.

We now have a manager that is focused and seems to know exactly where we need to be, what he needs now is to be backed with funds to buy top players and not youngsters.

Youngsters don’t win you stuff, the likes of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli can win you games, but when the chips are down, you need an experienced quality player to lead them to wins.

I hope we can stop targeting all the top youngsters in Europe and start competing for players who can take us to the next level.

Though, with the financial impact of the Coronavirus outbreak yet to be determined it could easily be the case that Arsenal has to target cheaper, younger options.

An article by Ime

3 Comments

  1. Robert Acedius says:

    No more kids. And no more dead bodies (+30). Please, senior Arteta.

  2. GB says:

    Ridiculous assertion.
    Of course we should be continuously signing youngsters to keep the base of the pyramid stable and to build for the future. Anyone who thinks we should not invest in youth is deluded. And in any case, expensive transfers of ready made “star” will be a thing of the past after the economic apocalypse of the after effects of this virus.

  3. Mogunna says:

    Just imagine Arsenal without so called youngsters I supposed defining U21 and under.

    Henry, Viera, Anelka, Fabregas, Van Persie, Adebayor and the list goes on with a team of youngsters reaching EPL finals…

    In our team today, Tierny can be consider a young player, Bellerin came in as baby gunner and never left that spot. Our first team with youngsters or players who started as youngsters today looks like this:

    Martinez
    Bellerin Saliba Chambers Tierny
    Niles Gendouzi
    Willock
    Nelson. Martinelli Saka

    Against what pretty much make our first team

    Leno
    Coeares – Luiz Sokra Kolas
    . Torreira Xhaka
    Pepe. Laca. Auba

    I’m very confident our so called youngsters would beat first team who wont cope with speed and get real tired with youngsters runs and intensity in last 20 minutes..

    Therefore, let’s be appreciative, then if can be realistic it is a plus; without money, it is hard to make a team of top experimented players.

    Now, clearly with a cheap owner & his board, we can’t get it right with 50M or last summer’s 150M “payement plan” tricky budget..

    First is identify where we can strengthen team for next season?

    A top CB, a strong DM.

    In meantime players to exit must be identified:

    Today we need:

    In : Partey, Koulibaly= 150M
    Out: Laca, Xhaka, Torreira, Elneny, Luiz, Sokra = 120M

    Leno
    Bellerin Saliba Koulibaly Tierny
    Partey Gendouzi
    Ozil
    Pepe Auba. Saka

    Nelson, Nketiah, Martinelli, Niles, Kolas, Rowe, Willock, Mari, Chambers are all options and rotation players who will play enough games.

    Makes a strong and solid team, experience and yougsters full of energy & talent. Very Arsenal looking team with title race potential.

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