How Arsenal could look next season after a ruthless summer transfer window

2019-2020 Arsenal of Sanllehi, Monchi and Emery by JimBeam

After listening to the Arsecast podcast with Ornstein, I now have a pretty decent idea of where we are headed. From the Trident that was supposed to support Emery, Sven and Ivan are gone and Sanllehi has consolidated power. He seems to be a one man show running Arsenal at the moment, especially considering our absentee landlords are the Kroenkes. He is giving full support to Emery and both of them seem to have Monchi as their ideal target for Technical Director. Considering that all three men are ruthless operators when it comes to under performing players; Here is what I expect from the Summer transfer window.

Players Leaving:

Cech 100K, Monreal 65K, Lichtsteiner 90K, Ramsey 110k, Welbeck 70k: Total savings 435K per week

Players that will be sold:

Ospina 3-5M – wages saved 40K, Jenkinson 2-3M – 45k, Mustafi 15-20M – 90k, Koscielny free – 75k, Elneny 10-15M – 55K, Ozil 15-30M – 350K. Transfer fees 45M – 75M, Wage savings: 705K

If we take the lower end of the transfer fees, we will have about 50M extra to spend and a 1.140M per week almost 60M a year in wage savings.

According to Ornstein we should have about a 100m to spend if we make it to CL, considering that I don’t think we will make it to the CL, I think we will have closer to 50M to spend, add to that the 50M from sales and we should actually have a realistic budget of 100M Pounds.

Obviously that still is not a lot of money in today’s transfer market but if we are smart we can get a few good players.

The one Central Defender that I would go after is Toby Alderweild, obviously it would be a great coup to get a top Spurs player and with a release clause of only 25M he is the best available defender for the price. He is 29 so he has a good 3-4 years at the top level in front of him and at the price I think he is a steal.

Another 25M player is Alex Grimaldo, an ex-Barcelona player playing at Benfica. We seem to be one of the two clubs, along with Atletico Madrid, with the most chance of signing him. A cheaper option would be Kieran Tierney from Celtic at 21. He has a lot to learn, but is extremely talented for around 15M he would be my second choice. I don’t think Leicester would sell Ben Chilwell for less than 30M ,so I don’t really consider him as a viable option and more than likely he will be a City player.

In midfield our best option would be to sign Rabiot on a free transfer. He is an ex-Emery player and everyone in the Arsenal hierarchy seems to have a very high opinion of him. And with our limited transfer budget, we do need to make at least one free transfer to be able to plug all our holes.

This leaves us with around 50M and a winger left to buy. There are obviously many choices out there from Pepe, Bailey, Malcom, Brandt, Draxler, etc… Can any of these or another top name be a realistic candidate? Yes, I think so, specially if we spread the transfer fee over a few years like we did with Torreira, I think we would be able to afford any one of them.

I also think that we could get these four players for about 700K per week on wages leaving another 440K in our wages to help pay future fees.

So what does Arsenal 2019-2020 look like

GK: Leno, Martinez
RB: Bellerin, Chambers, AMN (last two also play in midfield)
LB: Grimaldo, Kolasinac
CB: Alderweild, Sokratis, Holding,Mavropanos
CM: Rabiot, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Torreira,Willock
Wingers: Iwobi, Nelson, Mkhitarian, Pepe, ESR,Saka
Strikers: Auba, Laca, Nketiah

I seriously think this young squad with some of the experienced players is the Arsenal side that will start the onslaught to the top of the division. It might take another transfer window or two but this is definitely a very good starting point to take us back to the top.



  1. McLovin says:

    Chambers cannot be used as RB.. he performs well in the DMF position for Fulham.

    We must be in for Herrera, Rabiot or Brahimi as they are free.. we are real beggars.

    Come on City!

    1. Sue says:

      Yes come on City!!!!

      1. Malcolm Townsend says:

        Yes SUE and I totally agree with Jin Beam coyg

    2. gotanidea says:

      Yes, Chambers has good skills and height to be a DM. He is too slow to be an RB and inconsistent as a CB, so better use him as DM, could be another revelation like Coquelin

      I want Rabiot because he is young, despite he has similar playing style as Guendouzi’s. Any freebie is okay to be gambled on, if the freebie doesn’t ask too much money like Kolasinac and Mkhitaryan

      Regarding JimBeam’s suggestion, I hope Arsenal would not chase Alderweild due to his age and also not Bailey because of his form in this season. No World Cup flops like Draxler and Brandt as well, I have seen how they played and I don’t think they are the type of wingers Arsenal need

      1. RSH says:

        I still think Chambers was starting to find his rhythm as a CB during last season, and the loan was a mistake. Definitely could’ve used him in our current squad. I hope we don’t sell him just yet.

        1. ken1945 says:

          RSH, agree with you on this one.
          Obviously no-one knew the injury crisis that was to befall the club, but the annoying thing is that UE can’t even get the funds to bring him back from his loan contract.
          Just unbelievable from a club of Arsenals standing/reputation.

    3. tfsmudge says:

      Mavropanos is key in central defence, let’s not overlook him… he needs to be playing regular in my humble. Holding too when available. Alderweild is too old for me, another Lichtsteiner gamble is not what we need in the summer. Bailly is just not polished enough either. Medley has had a massive year with the youngsters and could feature next summer too. As far as attacking midfield, Iwobi and especially Mykhitaryan aren’t anywhere near good enough for me, but despite this, we just don’t have the budget to go and better them. So Emery, hands tied already… Welcome to Wengers world.

  2. George says:

    Mate, seriously????

  3. Ingleby says:

    Rabiot. “Everyone in the hierarchy has a high opinion of of him.” Just who is ‘everyone’ apart from Emery? Also, From what I’ve read over the years he seems rather troublesome – isn’t he represented by an ambitious mother?
    Very talented, no doubt, by I can’t help feeling that he could be more trouble than he is worth.

    1. gotanidea says:

      If he is as powerful and mobile as Vieira, it’s okay since Arsenal do not need to pay any transfer fee to PSG

    2. McLovin says:

      Ambitious mother as agent? Take a look at AMN’s mom and what shes done. Now that’s a lady not to messed with!

      1. Ingleby says:

        I don’t see that as a recommendation.

        1. ozziegunner says:

          Has AMN treated his mother fairly? Just a question from afar, to others who are closer to the goings on.

          1. Ingleby says:

            Can never tell from afar, but she isn’t his manager.
            It never seems to quite work when a player is managed by a close relative. I think it puts even more of a barrier between player and club than an agent.
            I understand the economic argument for Rabiot, but wonder if he will happily slot into the club. Sanchez was brilliant but allegedly caused a lot of unrest in the dressing room.

  4. Break-on-through says:

    I’d love if we could get Pepe, not that I know that he will be a success, it is more because we’d be beating the top sides to his signature. Sven is said to be very keen on him, and even though he’s leaving he is still urging us to make a grab for him. If we do get Rabiot, we should make a play for an expensive player with the money saved on that deal.

    For CB ..Mathijs de Ligt, might be a good option, ball playing CB and he’s young, only 18 I think. Holland and Ajax can produce good ones at times. Maybe to find a V Dijk alternative we should look into Holland.

    Lazano is another good one from Holland, certainly hitting good numbers, could be an option.

    Another CB who’s name comes up a fair bit, Upamecano.

    Pavon will or should come onto club radars again this summer.

    Fekir, I expect he’ll move to a big club this summer, allot of clubs will be looking at him.

    1. gotanidea says:

      I am not keen on Pepe’s preference in cutting inside, instead of racing against his marker. Prefer a tireless winger like Lozano or the one that likes to challenge the opponent like Mbappe/ Hazard/ Messi/ Neymar

      Pavon, Guedes, Draxler, Martins, Fekir and Brandt were not good in World Cup, so I hope Arsenal would gamble on other wingers or on Nelson

      1. Midkemma says:

        I think someone cutting inside will fit Emeryball than a winger that sticks to the line and looks to whip in crosses.

        Emery likes his fullbacks to push forward and act as wingers, this can be seen in his previous teams and the way he has used our inside forwards to be more of a goal threat.

        If Pepe stays out wide while deep but cuts in to share the attacking/goal threat then it can be done with Bellerin overlapping and act as the winger…

        Iwobi can cut in and be a goal thre… well, if Iwobi was a better shot then he would be a goal threat that cuts in from the left but also makes use of Kola who plays like a winger in the final third. Iwobi isn’t told to stretch the opposition, a winger would stay wide as part of that stretches the opposition, Kola does that on the left while Bellerin did do that on the right.

        This also means our inside forwards can play between the lines better, not so out wide that the fullbacks cover them and not deep enough for the CM or advanced enough for the CB… unless the opposition players move and that then creates space for passing option.

    2. ACE says:

      If Arsenal dont make the CL this year I just
      cant see the likes of DeLight, Fekir, Upamecano,
      and even Pepe giving Arsenal a serious look
      this summer. The individual price tags of each
      player will be NORTH of what Arsenals
      supposed entire transfer kitty will be this
      summer and other than the London lifestyle
      why would such brilliant, youngish futboling
      talents choose such a Europa League esque
      EPL side?

      1. Martin says:

        It’s a myth that players won’t sign for a team not in the CL. Over the past couple of seasons both Man Utd and Chelsea have both signed top class players despite not being in the CL.

  5. RSH says:

    Decent article and I could see a lot of this happening (besides for landing Alderweireld, but I get the type of purchase you’re going for). Winger, CB, LB, and another CM would be a fantastic summer. I worry about our CB purchase. We’re monitoring Mathias Ginter and I just don’t think that’s bold enough of a buy. Literally for over a decade we’ve struggled to have a certifiably solid all around defender. Kos is the closest we’ve gotten to it. I don’t think Ginter is the answer.

  6. Petit says:

    Nobody will buy Ozil and be willing to pay his 350k fraudulent weekly wages.
    I think we would be stuck with Ozil or have to share the burden of his weekly wages with what ever new club he moves to.
    Thank you Mr Wenger and Gazidis for leaving us with such a headache to deal with .
    Why would Alderwereld leave Spuds Who are destined for UCL football yet again this season, for Arsenal that are likely going to be stuck in Europa again?

    Is Jenkinson on 45k/week wages? Thought it was said to be around 60k/week wages?

    1. RSH says:

      If reports about Ozil putting in extra effort at training is true, he still seems to care his career. So MAYBE he’d be willing to cut his wages to find a club where he can restart his career. He is 30 now and has to decide if he wants to make money and ride the bench until retirement or play football.

    2. Tissiam says:

      Turkish teams would buy ozil who said he,d like one day play for one turkish team can,t remember which one because of his dad so you never know:)

      1. ozziegunner says:

        Fenerbahce SK

  7. Kedar says:

    Why Rabiot will join us??? Especially when he is having doors open for Barcelona???
    We should stop playing from wide areas now if we want Aubameyang and Lacazzet in the line up… Instead we can go on playing 4-3-2-1
    We could get Costas Manolas instead of Toby Alderweireld….
    Manolas has just 32 Millions release clause….
    Then we would left with 68 to spend… We could grab Maddison from Lecister City to replace Ozil… He is really very good young and prospective number 10 and behind Auba and Laca…. We may get him for 30-40 Millions… Still we would be left with 30 Millions…. We can go on to get Hector Harrera from FC Porto who is going to be free next summer who could be very useful CM along side Lucas Torreira and Mattéo Guendouzi
    And we could try for Timo Werner from RB Lipzig to Support Aubameyang and Laca up front as they can’t get playing all the time…
    So Leno and Martinez as GK
    AMN and Bellerin as RB
    Kolasinac as LB and And we should keep Monreal as back up
    Manolas, Sokratis, Mavropanas, Holding as CB
    Harrera, Torreira, Guendozi, Xhaka as CM
    Maddison, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan as Attacking Midfielders and Aubameyang, Lacazzet and Werner CF

    1. McLovin says:

      Barca opted for De Jong instead of Rabiot.. I think the doors shut for him

      1. RSH says:

        It still remains Rabiot will definitely want to join a side in UCL, so we’ll need to qualify to have a chance.

      2. ACE says:

        Barca may go back in for the Frenchman if they decide to move on from Rackitic or sell Malcom
        in the summer to free up funds. With Suarez
        aging it wouldn’t surprise me if they earmark
        a hefty sum for his eventual sccessor.

    2. Rationalist says:

      Well said,
      however, i am concerned about the fact that we have just one defensive midfielder in the person of Toriera, Guendozi is a CM and all the other midfielders link with arsenal are CMs, Arsenal should look at Ndidi of Leceiters, that guy has every thing to be successful, power, mobile, physique and a fighter, just a very underrated DM.

  8. Th14 says:

    Goodluck getting rid of 30 years old Ozil

  9. Petit says:

    Draxler haven’t done so well in PSG Now, has he? And worst still, he is an injury prone player. Do we really want him?

    Brahimi from Porto will be a free agent come season end, but he is 29 now. Can he fit into EPL pace at such Age, and again, if we don’t have UCL football to offer, would he come to us? Remember how Gelson despite rumours linking him to Arsenal, ended up at Athletico.

    I don’t think the likes of AMN will cut it for us. He hasn’t been convincing, more like a back up option, same as Iwobi. We need better younger options.

    1. Simon Williams says:

      Disagree – just a novice right-back. And victim of he’s own versatility – that’s my only fear.

      Think he’s great in mid-field

  10. Sue says:

    Sergio ? get in there!!

    1. RSH says:

      Ross Barkley wins it for Citeh

        1. ozziegunner says:

          What the hell was he doing, heading back into a crowded box?

  11. Sue says:

    City are cruising!

  12. Eddie Hoyte says:

    You can see OGS watching the game… an attack and midfield like this is actually what we need.. we can only wish for a team like this, seems like light years away….Geez 4 nil now????

  13. Lance says:

    Those of you who slated Arsenal for losing 3-1 to Man City, what do you have to say of this mauling. City 4 v Chelski 0 and its only 30 minutes.

    1. McLovin says:

      And yet, Chelsea have still conceded 10 less than us. What does that tell about us?!

      We should worry about our crappy defense first.

    2. Midkemma says:

      Sarri has turned Chavski into Arsenal… I read that not long ago. Kinda insulting, we at least seen AMN get a goal.

      I thought Sarri would do well in the EPL but he isn’t the right one for Chelsea. The high press in the EPL seems to hurt his play out from the ba… Oh, I kinda see the comparison, yuk!

  14. gotanidea says:

    Talking about ruthless, Man City are trashing Chelsea like gangsters torturing school boys

    Arsenal did well to hold them to 3-1

    I know Luiz is an erratic CB since World Cup 2014 trashing by Germany, but that 80 millions for a GK is proven to be useless

    1. TH14-TW14 says:

      Arsenal did well? Stop this rubbish narrative. Did same Chelsea not trash City? Did Leicester not beat City? Did Palace not trash City at the Etihad? Guess what? Arsenal lost to City home and away and you are here celebrating.

      1. Admin says:

        Umm did you see how Chelsea did against City this week?

        1. TH14-TW14 says:

          Arsenal against City this season – 2 games 0 points
          Chelsea against city this season – 2 games 3 points

          I would rather win 1 and lose the other by 10 – 0 than lose both games by 1 – 0 no matter how “respectful anyone thinks that is” (besides, arsenal didn’t lose ‘respectfully; 0 -2 at home and 3 – 1 away). Arsenal lost aggregate 5 -1 and Chelsea aggregate 6 -2, having trashed City 2 – 0 in the reverse fixture. I don’t know how anyone thinks Chelsea’s defeat makes Arsenal performance against City look good. Chelsea trashed them in the reverse fixture, I repeat, and the league is first about points before anything else.

  15. ACE says:

    The final scoreline was somewhat flattering
    for Arsenal. If not for Lenos 2nd half
    performance and City’s rather pedestrian
    finishing it could have easily been 5 or 6.
    Arsenal were definitely in the game and
    at times even the better side for periods in the
    first half but shambolic defending and an
    unwillingness to chase the game in the 2nd
    half eventually doomed Emery’s men.

    Last 90 minutes on the road have seen ROMAN
    A FC ship in 8 goals. Sarri is a dead man

  16. Simon says:

    Felipe-Luis is also available on a free this summer. Brahimi is a no-brainer as a free transfer & Nelson returning would add pace to the flanks. I’d like us to be ambitious at the back and go for the best and the best is Koulibally. Add to the outgoings Iwobi, Xhaka & Micky and I think our budget will be sufficient to add him and maybe Doucoure.
    I’d like ya to add De Ligt too, but think he would be too pricey.
    Leno / Martinez
    Bellerin / AMN
    Koulibally/ Mavropanos
    Holding / Sokratis
    Felipe-Luis / Kolasinac
    Torreira / Guendouzi
    Doucoure / Willock
    Brahimi / Saka
    Nelson / Suarez
    Aubameyang / Nketiah
    Lacazette —Smith-Rowe (10)

    I just don’t share your optimism that we’ll be that ruthless.

  17. GB says:

    I’d love Pepe but they want £90 million for him.

  18. Sue says:

    I said to my daughter (being a City fan) how nice that must be wondering how many goals you’re going to score each game! Whereas I’m the complete opposite wondering how.many my team will concede!

  19. Goonermay68 says:

    We NEED another proper holding mid. Xhaka is toilet. DOUCORE of Watford or DECLAN RICE of west ham,used to playing in prem. proper WINNERS, They wont come cheap. But will change other teams opinions of us.

  20. David says:

    What about Denis Suarez?

    1. Malcolm Townsend says:

      He’s SLOW

  21. GB says:

    C’mon City, one more goal and we go 5th and Chelsea drop to 6th.

    1. RSH says:

      6-0. Wow. At least Chelsea know how that result feels now

      1. Sue says:

        ? although they still have 11 men!

        1. RSH says:

          haha true. This is definitely worse for them. They have all their starters fit too and have world cup winning Kante and world class Hazard.

          1. Sue says:

            I love it RSH…… Sarri decided against shaking Pep’s hand ??

          2. RSH says:

            Abramovic begging for Mourinho back once again ?.

          3. Sue says:

            ??? that would be hilarious if that actually happened

  22. Adajim says:

    The number is too much for us to loose in a summer. A whole 12 players in just 1 windows? To me, its unrealistic. Its not as if we can buy halve the number as a replacement.

    The fear of city attack is the begining of wisdom, i remember some ppl mockering our boys last week, i guess you will rather trade places with d blues now

    1. RSH says:

      I doubt we’ll let Monreal and Kos go. Thats too much squad trimming. Ospina, Jenkinson, mustafi, Elneny, Ozil are all possible. Cech, Ramsey, Licht, Welbz are all out of contract and all are 99% leaving. (Welbz the only chance of staying but don’t see why this would happen). So we might actually see up to Nine of our first team players gone.

      1. JimBeam says:

        Monreal is out of contract at the end of the season, we are in February, I feel like we would have given him an extension if we wanted to.
        Koscielny might see his last year out with us, which would be ok, but it’s also possible that we let him go to France for his twilight years.

        1. RSH says:

          I think it would make sense to just Kos ride out his contract. He’s the veteran Arsenal player now and as we’re seeing still has performances left in him. I read somewhere that Arsenal activated a clause in Monreal’s contract that extended it an extra year. idk if this officially happened or was just a rumor though. If we have a top replacement lined up then we probably will let him go.

      2. ACE says:

        My 2 cents to piggyback your response RSH,

        Players definitely leaving:

        Around £375K in wages shaved from the bill

        Players that should be shown the door:
        Mustafi (Never good enough)
        Ozil( pay a good % of his wages if need be)
        Xhaka( AMN & Guendouzi are better)
        El Neny (CC can feature there)
        Monreal (great servant of the club but his best
        years are well behind him

        £80M in possible player sales and around
        £600K recouped in weekly wages.

        11 players out the door in the summer, none
        of which imho have consistently been
        difference makers in the 1st team during the
        course of this season.

        1. Durand says:

          I love your comment ACE, and selling those players. I’m just wondering whos buying our castoffs? They haven’t impressed with us, so we have to consider selling for a loss just to move them on.

          Secondly, I have no faith Kronke will upgrade after selling them on. IF we sell Mustafi, we still have Kos, Holding, Sokratis, and Mavroporas (who deserves a shot). Add Chambers as a DM / CB, and Kronke won’t see need for another CB.

          We also extended Monreal, so doubt a LB also. AMN looks like he may be rotating with Bellerin at RB, so I’m pessimistic about any defensive additions.

          I’m sure we’ll spend £35-45 for a winger, but with Iwobi and Mkhi, Nelson returning and Saka pushing, I think 1 solid winger is it. I’d be surprised with big budget not because we lack money, but rather Kronke sees bodies filling spots and cares little for quality.

          Just my opinion; never managed or pulled off a single transfer.

          1. ACE says:

            As usual Durand you make some excellent
            points that I tend to agree with. All those
            players I mentioned would be moved on
            by any other club that was serious about
            challenging for the top 4 or EPL title. Other
            than an in form Ozil, would the likes of
            Mustafi, Xhaka, El Neny, or Monreal start or
            consistently feature for any of the current
            top 4 sides? Heck they’d struggle to get in
            to newly promoted Wolves first 11 atm.
            Arsenal’s Europa ceiling has been defined by this collection of overrated, overpaid players
            and if the club refuses to invest heavily on
            upgrades than I’d prefer Raul and Emery to move them along at even at a loss and use
            whatever funds generated to possibly acquire
            a few more Guendouzi’s.

            As I mentioned in another thread it’s way past time IMHO for Arsenal to turn toward the
            youth movement and start bleeding some
            of there most promising academy products.
            If AFC continue to strive for that Europa
            League glory than the inclusion of Saka,
            Nelson, Sheaf, ESR, Nkietah, Bielek AMN, Ameachi into the first team excite me a
            Hell of a lot more than watching the current
            underwelhming product on the pitch.

          2. Durand says:

            ACE I agree with you 100% on the youth movement. For example, rather Nelson get some time than spending £16 million on another Welbeck.

            Rather see Mavroporas get occasional starts than risk another £35 million Mustafi type purchase. If Mavroporas not ready, we have Holding, Sokratis, and Kos used sparringly gives quality.

            Hoping top top winger coming in Summer, and have Iwobi, Nelson, Mhki, and promote Saka as backup. Lastly rather see AMN in midfield than Suarez, and Chambers can rotate with Torreria as DM.

            I suspect Kronke will only fill holes, equate numbers with quality to avoid spending, and pocket all the recouped wages rather than reinvesting in the team.

            Not being pessimistic, but rather realistic. It will take massive invest for us to catch up, and Kronke plays the long game, not quick turn arounds.

            Only look at us over the last decade even with the new stadium. Took Rams 15 years, and they’re still not there. NBA nuggets still lagging too; not a single Kronke club competing year in amd year out. That says everything, despite Josh and Stan spewing their nonsense.

            Actions not words from ownership.

          3. Midkemma says:

            “Rather see Mavroporas get occasional starts than risk another £35 million Mustafi type purchase. If Mavroporas not ready, we have Holding, Sokratis, and Kos used sparringly gives quality.”

            I’d like to add Pleg from the U23 to that list, he has looked good the times I’ve seen him and he is about the right age to be pushing for 1st team action… Or leave to do so.

          4. Durand says:

            Midkemma I don’t think Kronke will free up the funds for CB. I’m sure Emery wants one like Wenger did; but on limited budget and both attacking managers, they’ll spend limited funds on attacking players.

            By the by, Holding for £2 million is better than Guendouzi for £9 million in my opinion. Not a slight on Guendouzi, just grateful 2 cheap transfers seems to be working out well.

          5. ACE says:

            Nelson and Mavro should be integral
            first team performers next season and
            I assume Emery envisions Suarez as a
            replacement for the versatility that DW
            provided when in good form. I personally
            dont rate the Barca man, but the Spanish
            gaffer does have the propensity to seek
            out former players that thrived under his
            stewardship. I couldn’t agree more about
            ANN and CC featuring prominently in
            midfield with Torreria and Guendouzi. Although if Emery somehow convinces Rabiot to settle in North London I could
            see AMN sadly either loaned out or
            moved permantently to the RB position
            to compete with HB.

          6. Midkemma says:

            So you think Silent Stan actually knows how many CBs we have?
            Or do you think he actually doesn’t know and only cares about his share value?

  23. sol says:

    it seems city playing for us 5…..0….. so far

  24. Hez says:

    It is official, chelsea is the new Arsenal.
    Bring it on 8:2, Arsenal did it with reserves though
    Its so better than ours, and thats wih the likes of Hazard, Kante, Higuan…

  25. Sheet head says:

    Without spending a single cent or a single second on the pitch, Arsenal has moved from 6th to 5th, thanks to man city. I long for the day Man u will get a similar thrashing

  26. I want to laugh at Chelsea but Arsenal is still undisputed king of humiliating scorelines.

    1. gotanidea says:

      Saw the highlight

      Despite Man City’s shots were powerful, Chelsea’s GK should have done better

      1. I watched the game, they were just outplayed. All of them were horrible. Hazard playing like he doesn’t care. Higuain non existent.

    2. Sue says:

      I did have a little chuckle!!!

      1. Hehe it is flindeed funny that Chelsix are now sixth.

        1. Sue says:

          Loved every second of that game QD…. Carragher said Sarri has turned Chelsea into Arsenal… at that comment I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry!!!

    3. waal2waal says:

      …says it all really – they take a complete drumming from citeh and still end up sharing 5th spot on points with us. Make no mistake we are in very very poor shape needing manchester city to do the work that we struggle to do ourselves.

      …and on the issue of rabiot leaving a champions league qualifying side to compete with us in the europa, either he crazy or we are for entertaining this idea. There’s much more repair work to be done than we could possibly believe –

      Firstly its fed into the rumour mill, thereafter we’re told we’ve £40M (or so) for summer recruits into the side. To that BS all i can say is that seeing is believing; Why? because here at arsenal there’s NOTHING we’ve seen to indicate that stan kroenke shares any of the same ambition as the expectant arsenal fans.

      Despite the result going against chelski their club prepares to spend and strengthen and rectify its failings – that’s something we have no assurances will be done.

  27. Declan says:

    Yay, we are 5th, above Chelsea.

  28. Nonny says:

    chelsea 0; man city 6 people were batching emry for been so defensive give emry these chelsea team he won’t be embarrassed this way never…. it’s only a fool that doesn’t know who is more superior than him…..chelsea caoch just found out just like Wenger u can’t always express urself but sometimes u have to look at ur opposition and set urself more to contend with them

    1. Mobella says:

      The difference between those two matches is Leno. Without him we could have conceded 6 or more. If you had watched our match with open mind you would have noticed that. Both us and Chelsea played woefully as if we went into the match without game plan. The fact that Chelsea lost 6-0 does justified our performance.

      1. Mobella says:

        ….does not justify our performance

      2. nonny says:

        our shit defence dnt even concede 6
        do u mean we have better goalie than chelsea

        1. Mobella says:

          Yes, that is exactly what I’m saying. Our defending is what making Leno looks like a bad goalie.Chelsea paid more than the fair price which is 18m because they were desperate. That was is his buyout clause before he signed a new contract with the buyout clause been what Chelsea paid for him.

        2. Eddie Hoyte says:

          If you think Kepa is better than Leno then you my friend, you just started watching football.
          If Leno has defenders the quality of Liverpool and City, English media would be singing him praises, and don’t let Kepa’s prize deceive you, like Mobella said, That was his release clause

  29. jucii says:

    our worst cb is a mile better than upermecano

  30. Ramterta says:

    Remember city also had a midweek game.
    And does anybody else notice that Chelsea aren’t getting that much hate like us when loosing

    1. Durand says:

      Check out Chelsea’s fan posts or websites. You’ll find Arsenal fans aren’t the only ones questioning and bashing. Sarri really being called out.

      Why? He’s only been there 6 months. What did Chelsea fans expect, a title?

      1. Sue says:

        Yes they’re having a meltdown on Twitter!

    2. Olivia Dunham says:

      So true. This Chelsea loss will soon be water under the bridge for the pundits and the media. If it’s AFC everybody would be disecting it from morning till evening the whole damn week.

      1. Mobella says:

        carragHER mentioned Arsenal in his analysis of Chelsea’s shambolic performance and that has made more headlines in this little time than the Chelsea performance itself. Everybody knows Arsenal sells news.

      2. RSH says:

        Yup, remember how much the pundits bring up City beating Liverpool 5-0 just last season? Oh wait, they’ve never uttered a word since it happened. Media likes to make out like we are the only team who ever suffers heavy defeats. 6-0 and a possible Sarri sacking will be hard to forget though

        1. Trudeau says:

          I read an article last week that brought up our 8-2 loss to Man United seven or eight years ago…

  31. Eddie Hoyte says:

    Geez, Carragher saying Sarri has turned Chelsea into Arsenal is so so embarrassing, what a stupid yet honest dig to take at us

    1. waal2waal says:

      “what a stupid yet honest dig…” yes indeed – as iv said (above) we’re broken and in need of fixing BUT unlike the chelski we have nobody throwing money our way to help us to resolve our issue(s).

      1. ozziegunner says:

        Who with an ounce of intelligence takes any notice of what Jamie Carragher says?
        One thing I’ll say about Arsenal players is that they have never in their direst moments, “downed tools” on the job.

    2. Durand says:

      It’s more our fault than Carragher’s. We all know our defense is rubbish, so why seem surprised when Carragher equates it to poor Chelsea performance?

      We have conceded many many goals, can’t even get a clean sheet against worst PL club struggling for goals. In fact, clean sheets for us are about as rare as Unicorns.

      Carragher is only pointing out the obvious; don’t like it then play defense.

    3. Declan says:

      Yes Eddie, very true. What I don’t really get is the inferiority complex others have on here though regarding the pundits and media. Sarri and Chelsea have been getting pelters fairly recently, spurs are being constantly lambasted not only by the press but also their own fans regarding their failure to be able to play in their new toilet bowl. West Ham’s horrible racist fans, Everton’s mob doing a lot of fighting recently etc, etc. Unfortunately as you just mentioned, the digs we are getting are embarrassingly honest.

    4. RSH says:

      Chelsea won the title two seasons ago and have a very good squad excluding striker position. They are not like us and in typical Chelsea fashion they will just sack Sarri and go on a spending spree. Carragher just wants to say something for the headlines.

      1. ACE says:

        I’m not convinced Rudiger and Luis are an EPL
        winning partnership at CB. They have been
        culpable for 10 goals in the last 2 away fixtures,
        both history making defeats.
        And more critically Sarri SHOULD BE FIRED for
        his displacing of the leagues best CDM in
        Kante and subsequent refusal to bench his
        catastrophic replacement Jorginho.

        Hazard, Kante, Hudson Odoi and Loftus Cheek(Youth) are the only players I rate.

    5. Eddie Hoyte says:

      Truth is we get the stick more because we turned this club into a joke, the mentality in the club is a weak one so Bigger clubs, Pundits, and even fans tend to bully us and insult us at the slightest chance they get. As hurting as it is, it’s the truth, and unlike Chelsea, we are ain’t gon spend millions to fix our flaws.
      We all love this club and if you take your time to assess the state we are left in, you’ll be knocking in the doors of depression.
      What we need is a new and ambitious owner, hell what I’d do to love an oil rich owner like City to come fix and replace this mediocre squad

      1. Declan says:

        But, I don’t really think we get more stick than other clubs. It’s just perceived that way because we only “see” the stick aimed at Arsenal.

  32. jon fox says:

    A well thought through article overall Jim, with much food for thought. I like your general idea of what the club are TRYING to do, whilst being constantly held back by Kroenkes dreadful and morally bankrupt ownership. Personally , my first thought is that we ALL should be thoroughly thankful that we personally are not empty shells of humans ,as Kroenke is. THAT alone, in lifes great plan, is FAR more important than ANY mere football matter. If I am being too profound for anyone on here , then please disregard that comment completely but do please read on.
    In Sanllehi, I do think we have a true football professional to replace the disastous and also morally bankrupt Gazidis, whose complete unfitness to run our club is now being widely recognised by most Gooners. Let us rejoice that he finally left!
    Kroenke(and Josh)) apart, I do totally believe that the club is being run by realists and proper professionals – I exclude the other members of the long time board, who are just deadwood, as time servers and yesterdays men , with no real role to play; I refer to “Sir” Chips (Arrogance personified) Keswick and those other Dickensian buffoons of his type.
    We fans need to accept that to massively change our fortunes , given the KROENKE poison we suck up daily, will take some real time. Nothing can fundamentally change overnight. That we lie ONE point off fourth place – and quite possibly actually IN fourth place, after ours and Man Utds next Prem fixture – going into March, is imo little short of a football miracle. I realise it has become the norm, to some on here , to criticise and severly question Emery. You will not find me among that number, quite the reverse. Our squad is far, far lower in quality than both Uniteds and Chelseas, yet we are virtually level with both. As an ARCH realist, I FULLY recognise what an ACHIEVEMENT THAT IS. And this, despite our injury crisis too! PERSPECTIVE, YOU SEE!
    I do Jim, take issue with some of your hopes for next seasons squad; NOT your choices, which I mostly like, but the likelihood of them all happening. I see no possibility at all of us landing Alderweirald, which is to me just a desirable fantasy. Nor do I think we will get a fee for Ozil, given the wage any new club will take on. I DO think we will shift him, BUT also believe it far more likely we will have to continue to cover SOME part of his wage , to achieve this necessary sale. I also see little chance of Rabiot , given the interest in him by our main rivals, who can outbid his wage, even though he seems to be available on a free. Elneny was poor value even at “only” £ 5 mill, and we will be very fortunate to make even a penny profit on him. Either way , he MUST go!

    But as I say, a well thought through article, all the same!

  33. Grandad says:

    Most sensible Arsenal fans would agree with the “clearance” sales you suggest but like the High Street sometimes you just can’t give away surplus stock because like Mustafi nobody would want it and in the case of Ozil, it is overpriced.

  34. John Ayodele says:

    I have been an Arsenal for a very long time and very concerned about Unai Emery’s handling of Mesut Ozil and the creativity of the team. From news stories, the Manager messed up same way at PSG picking on some players and bringing in wrong players for non-footballing reasons. I observe that Arsenal’s creativity has gone down since his Ozill was shut out by Emery, and for an example, at Huddersfield we lost possession to the other team. Ozil is better than Dennis Suarez by all standards, and the Manager needs to know that his decisions should make football sense instead of satisfying his personal ego. Attack is a form of defense and Arsenal has suddenly began to look worse in the last five games. The team is not playing better with the daft shutting out of Ozil.

  35. John0711 says:

    How low have we stooped that we look at city beating Chelsea and say we only lost 3-1
    Ffs people

  36. Tom says:

    Firstly, Koscielny is better then any united centre back. Secondly I think he has more fight in him then any of the Chelsea centre backs.
    Koscielny Said himself this is likely his last season, but he was injured when he said it and arsenal had a new manager.
    If he leaves the club it is because of his choice, not arsenal because I think they want to keep him.
    Monreal is a last minute call I feel on what’s decided.
    But selling 5 players is going to take time. Time is the ingredient we have to consider the most. Not fees, not interest, not negotiation but time.

    The most likely or best they can do If arsenal want to sell ozil and mustafi is the following,
    Ozil to turkey is very most likely of all the choices. Ozil back to Germany after the racial spat means he needs to go Germany and perform. If he is not doing it here and feels let down, then maybe he might do it in Germany. But turkey is possible if one of the big boys struggling his year want to make a statement. But again he has to go and perform. He won’t get the salary but he will be adored there.
    Instalment sale of €25-€27m.

    Mustafi back to Italy might do the trick. And gazidas as Milan might be helpful. The worst case is we loan him for the season to a German team like F.C. leizig could work – with a view of a purchase of €18m. €15m if they sign him up early in his loan spell like in January.

    Getting these guys off the wage bill is critical…if that is what arsenal want to do with these players.

    Chambers in centre midfield is a good option.

    Rabiot I am liking more and more because he is free, we can double his current salary to £120,000, he can play in the deep position or one of the 2 just in front, and he is 23 years old.

    My next target would be a left back and then see which scoring winger is around.

  37. Sergio says:

    JimBeam, sorry to potentially burst your bubble but have you considered that the £40-£50m figure being banded about as being available for transfers may already include profits from the players Arsenal are planning to sell? What makes you think that any player sale would add extra to that number?

    Although Emery is doing his best to force Ozil out this summer (not even in the squad for Huddlesfield!), I just can’t see anyone buying him.

  38. Aussie Jack says:

    Arsenal seem to have the same problem they had under Wenger, they are in danger of playing `the beautiful game` at the cost of losing it. The stats on the Europa game gave the Gunners 76% possession plus advantages in set pieces yet we come away with our tail between our legs. WHY?
    The Arsenal style of football is, `the passing game`, the more the passes the greater the chance of error and, after we`ve stuffed it up enough, we start to lose concentration and with it confidence. We have to learn to play in the opponents half of the field and once there attack the goal with the minimum amount of passes. This is where we need players of individual talent, at least three top finishers to put icing on the cake.

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