Forget Mudryk at 100m, let’s concentrate on extending Saliba, Saka and Martinelli


The media have been busy with news of the transfer saga of Mudryk. I noticed the negative reactions of some of our fans. Shakhter Dotetsk played a smart one on the sale of the young lad by taking advantage of his performance in the champions league to make a good sale of him, even playing two massive EPL clubs against eaxh other.
Truth be told, the boy is a developing talent. One for the now and future. The way Shakhter Donetsk went about the business was suitable for a buyer in a desperate situation. The question is was Arsenal in a desperate situation to buy him at such a ridiculous price?
If you consider  his current team position in Shakhter Dotetsk with what we have at the moment, you will notice that the left wing is not a position where we are short of players. Apart from Martinelli who is doing okay in that position, we have Emile Smith Rowe who just returned to the team. Emile was performing well in that position at the first half of last season. We also have the now uninjured Nelson who can play from that position. Eddie has been played there in some situations.
For the huge amount Arsenal offered for Mudryk, which surprised me considering the player would have been a kind of understudy to Martinelli or rotation player to give him some rest, the only reason I think the club went that far with the negotiation is if Martinelli has no intention to extend his contract with the club, hence the need to buy his replacement before a possible sale at the end of the season. That won’t be a bad idea but not for 100 million Euros. I won’t go into details of the possibility of Mudryk adapting in the Premiership. That itself is a game of chance.
For that amount, I would commend the club for backing out in the end.
As a fan, I worry more about the extension of the contracts of Saliba, Saka and Martinelli.
Getting these three players to extend their contracts should be a bedrock for the process we are trusting under Arteta and Edu.
The lads have surprised critics by keeping the club in a top position up until this time. Keeping them and adding the necessary players will help the project.
If any of them should insist on not signing for any reason, I trust the men currently in charge to get good replacement(s) come next summer.


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  1. Yes that’s important. But we still need a signing or two this transfer window. But absolutely we need to extend their contracts

  2. Actually Arsenal and it’s fans were never desperate of Mudryk and arsenal aren’t short of options because at the same time we have enough cover Smith Rowe and Fabio Vieira plays across the forward line everyone knows that Marquinhos plays both wings but more effective on the right wing Tierney have come off the bench several times as a left winger thought he is primarily a left back.Arsenal can also recall Pepe just like they did to Azeez and Okokwo to provide cover for both Martineli and Saka we have enough for the forward the midfield is quite a worry, injuries to Partey and Xhaka will spell the end of our wonderful season Sambi and Elneny are good players but not of Arsenal’s level.

    1. Exactly Naftali! I think we have to bring in a player that can cover xhaka and partey who can do what they have been doing all season long! To me that’s the priority.
      And yes get the contract sorted! They want to stay so make it happen.

  3. Does any idiot in d club (management, coach or fan ) don’t know we need to attend to saka and co contract. We should getting extra good legs now and not talking about renewing saka and co contract. Up gunners

  4. As important as it is to tie these players to new contracts (which I’m sure will be done), it’s also essential to make additions to the squad not only because of Jesus’ injury but also to sustain the momentum on the PL and Europa League. The chance to win both or either of those laurels is becoming too good to miss

  5. Arsenal contract negotiations are a very long drawn out process the saka contract talks have been going on for ages it’s never straight forward with Arsenal these are 3 of our most important players for the future must get these contracts sorted out and signed by all 3 asap!

  6. We are already far too reactive on contracts, selling and loaning out instead of dealing with contracts.

    We have given these players all the power now. I’m sure they want to extend but that doesn’t change the fact they can demand more than if MA/Edu has managed contracts timeously.

  7. Edu and Arteta did the right thing. They clearly sent a message to other clubs and as well as their own players.

  8. I am not worried about Martinelli extending his contract,he himself said that Arsenal was his club and only needed a pen!
    As for Saliba,what he said yesterday:William Saliba has said he is “so happy” at Arsenal and that talks are continuing over extending his contract at the “I am so happy here,” Saliba said.
    “The club is speaking with my agent and me, the only thing I can do is (focus on my football). I am so happy here.
    Arsenal’s next game is against Manchester United on January 22 in a top-of-the-table clash in north London and Saliba says his side will be hoping to pick up three points in front of their supporters.
    “We know we have a big game this week. We know they beat us,” he added.
    “They are the only team to beat us this season in the Premier League and we want to beat them again at home.
    “We will prepare very good for this game I think, and I hope we will win in front of our fans.”
    Lastly,I can’t see Saks leaving us either.
    If you listen to the players themselves,MA..they are all focus on the job at hand(football) and will sign when the season is over.

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