Fabrizio Romano reveals what Arsenal will focus on now

Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has appeared to suggest that Arsenal now plans to sell some players before adding new names to their squad in this transfer window.

The Gunners have had a busy summer as they look to add some new impressive names to their group and build on their failed top-four pursuit last season.

Mikel Arteta’s side has started the season well and one of their new signings, Oleksandr Zinchenko, was in fine form in their 2-0 win against Crystal Palace.

Reports have continued to link new players with a move to the club, but Arsenal also needs to offload some deadwood and Romano suggests they will do some selling before they continue spending.

He tells Give Me Sport: This club signed many players in June and July, now it’s time to sell players. So they let [Folarin] Balogun leave on loan to join Reims, [Bernd] Leno joined Fulham, there will be time for [Lucas] Torreira, Pablo Mari, [Ainsley] Maitland-Niles.

“They still have many things to resolve before jumping into new signings.”

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Our current squad still has players that remind us of the failed campaigns we have had in the past.

We need to get rid of most of them to begin a new era under Arteta, and the Spaniard has proven he knows how to buy players that suit his system.

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18 Comments

  1. We have quite a few players that are surplus to requirements but the process already started.

    We need maybe two more incomings one could get on loan, but a quality midfielder will be costly

  2. I cannot see any more players coming in ,out goings yes ,I would still say a couple of quality signings short but that as been the way for the last decade ,would have loved a Vieria (not the new one we’ve bought )(where is he BTW )type player in the middle but that looks like a dream At this moment in time .

    1. Lets wait and see Dan kit you are talking as if you are the technical director of arsenal there is time on the transfer window coming in is possible first they once that is surplus has to go before bringing anything in .so wait before assuming

      1. Thanks nobody (name fits BTW)
        Maybe don’t assume that we will be getting in more signings after we get rid of the surplus ,you are talking as though you are the technical director of Arsenal .
        Works both ways there doesn’t it buddy it was was my own opinion ,have a good one ☝️

        1. No if arteta gets Rid of two midfielders then he’ll definitely get a new one in the mold of sangare or aour from PSV and Lyon respectively I’m sure it

          1. No chance of an AM midfielder ,just spent 30 odd million on Vieria as a back up for Odegaard.

    2. we’ll get at least one more in for sure. Lucas is now gone as well, and Mari is next. two clubs after him. Leaves AMN,Bellerin,Pepe the last outgoings (Runnarsson doesnt matter he doesn’t make enough). I think if we can get one of that final trio out we’ll have space for an additional signing.

  3. Ideally 2 more additions a winger and a holding midfield player for me when partley is out still look weak in that area need another dominant figure in there if we can pull that off then believe have every chance of making top 4!

  4. I am going to be a little controversial.

    I believe we need to make one transfer that will actually improve us immensely.

    I would splash our remaining cash on getting Madison from Leicester, to replace Odegaard!!

    I am sure this will not be well received by the crowd, but I think this change would truly move us forward for the rest of the season!!!

    1. It’s not controversial mate
      I would totally agree ,but seeing Arteta as just made him captain that is definitely not going to happen ,I don’t think him good enough myself ,saw a post Earlier suggesting that he’s of the KDB mould ,to much FIFA it looked like .
      I honestly believe if he was upgraded we would be challenging top 3 this season .

      1. Not controversial? Clearly Arteta would disagree but I guess you guys know better. Well, at least you are smart enough to admit it’s not happening. His contributions don’t always fill up the stat sheet and he needs to be more consistent, but you might want to keep in mind Odegaard is just 23 and he will keep getting better.

        Even if you don’t rate Odegaard, (which is madness in my opinion, I think he will go down as a steal) don’t you think we might have more pressing needs like d-mid or one more goal threat?

  5. First, it is a must for Mari, Torreira, Niles, Pepe, Runnarson and Bellerin to move on. Then there would be space for 2 Big Signings in a DM and WF.

    I don’t think we have any other guy who can hold down the wing both defensively&offensively like Saka and Martinelli are doing. We need at least one WF who can be a push or very strong back up in this role for Saka and Martinelli. Save to say that Nelson (lacking the physicality) and Maquinhos (lacking the experience) both only have promises for the role though. Just as Flo and Eddie wants to play upfront, they are not happy on the wing. And that’s why Flo has been loaned. So he can get game time upfront and develop for what he wants to come back and do in the team.

    Odegaard is playing more as an 8 than a 10 in the team. There’s a doubt of how well Fabio and Emile can fit as an 8 in the team. Arteta has made it clear he prefers to play with an 8 than a 10.

    With Odegaard or Lokonga we can play 433 also 4231, but with Fabio or Emile we are limited to 4231.

    In the 4231 system, we desperately need one more Partey-like DM. We are highly short in that deep midfield role as we only have Partey, Xhaka, Elneny, Lokonga and Odegaard in that order. We just must bring in a guy who can play ahead of Elneny or even Xhaka, so to adequately cover for Partey’s absence.

    IMO.🙏🤷

    COYG.

  6. Lucas and Mari are our already, Bellerin should be out this week with Pepe likely to leave on loan(my thoughts 💭)

    Ødegaard seems to be our weak link against physical teams and big teams,
    I really wonder why Arteta made him captain,

    Tierney, Partey are hardly fit, xhaka always in trouble, Ramsdale seems vocal, but I think Xhaka still remains the perfect fit.

    Arsenal needs a strong player that can play anywhere in the midfield.

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