Is Arsenal about to waste money once again following another dodgy transfer?

Arsenal has been struggling financially this year with the club asking their players to take pay cuts and they also made a loss in their last reported financial year.

It remains to be seen just how much the Gunners would make available for Mikel Arteta in the next transfer window.

However, the Gunners spent more than £20 million to land David Luiz (The Athletic) last summer for just a season and several fans and pundits have slammed them for that decision.

It seems that Arsenal is now set to continue wasting money that way with a new report suggesting that the Gunners might let Cedric Soares leave them this month (The Telegraph).

The Portuguese full-back joined the Gunners for £5 million last January, it was shocking that we paid a fee for a player that would be a free agent this summer and who was also injured at the time.

He is yet to play a game for the club and he might leave the Emirates at the end of this month when his loan deal expires.

There have been suggestions that Arsenal would give him a permanent deal, but the Gunners haven’t made an offer to him yet (The Mail).

I don’t know how good Soares is or why Arsenal signed him in the first place, but spending £5 million on a player that you won’t use is not what a team that wants to be successful should be doing.

An article from Ime

Tags Cedric Soares

13 Comments

  1. Durand says:

    The virus nixed what otherwise would have been a normal season. He was reportedly on verge of returning in time to get some games under his belt.
    Time to see his abilities and gauge his chemistry with his teammates. Chambers struggles at RB, and AMN switches off too often to be a reliable RB.
    At the time it was a reasonable move I felt, and if things worked out we could have chased him on a free this Summer; address RB position without a significant transfer fee.

  2. Sue says:

    It is crazy to think that he could very well leave without even playing for us!
    Being whacked in the face by the ball during training didn’t help. If not for that, I believe he would’ve played in our friendlies.
    We have until the 23rd to agree a temporary contract extension.. will we? Who knows…. but right now this is looking like yet another poor piece of business..

  3. Dan kit says:

    I’ve read that Southampton did not receive a fee for him and all we payed was his wages to get him off their wage bill .
    Either way a very weird Signing anyway seeing we already had plenty of cover there .

    1. Mobella says:

      Exactly what I read also. I don’t know where Admart got the reported £5m from when it was widely reported we would spend £1m on the deal.

      1. Admin Martin says:

        I never wrote the article Mobella, it was written by Ime as stated at the foot of the article. As for the £5 million figure, that is what it says in the Mail article that we linked to. That is why we provide links as attribution for any statements of fact that we make.

  4. SueP says:

    On the face of it, it’s not his fault!
    Arsenal have history in dodgy last minute deals and nobody could have predicted Covid.

    Plenty of players on considerably more have been twiddling their thumbs for 3 months

  5. Loose Cannon says:

    As a club which spends money, not in the least surprised how we spend. Consider the Dennis Suarez case, the Kimstrome case, the Dani Cabellos case, and now this case. Some other cases – the Petr Cech case, the David Luiz case, the Lucas Perez case, the Socrates case and then we had the Sanchez case, the Ramsey case, the Schzney case, so this is the new normal for AFC. Next who ? Willian? Lovren? Smalling? Tiago? Coutinho? After all, these players are in need of game time and wages, so why not? We love charity at the expense of trophies, don’t we?

    1. Sue says:

      The Lichtsteiner case 😉

      1. Loose Cannon says:

        Thanks Sue, with all the misery at AFC (Arsenal Football Charity) I am beginning to lose memory.

          1. Bonnylad says:

            Feeding a strain wounded dog with hopes its gonna stay and help you out😜😜😜
            Once it recovers the owner retrieves it..anyway that was funny business

          2. Sue says:

            🤣 nice one, Bonnylad

  6. Val says:

    Its not the club or the players fault that he hasn’t played for us following his move from Southampton.
    I strongly believe he would have played a part in our run in if the whole world wasn’t disrupted from the COVID-19 lockdown, he was very close to playing when all this kicked off, I wouldn’t say this is anywhere near the Kim Kallstrom loan which was a joke 🙂

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