Is it time for Arsenal to concentrate on our youngsters and forget the transfer market?

The new Arsenal Head of Football, Raul Sanllehi, has said that he is looking at possibilities for the January transfer window to replace Danny Welbeck, but he also said that he would be trying out Eddie Nketiah to see if he needed to buy or not. But considering Arsenal’s position at the moment as a 5th place team, perhaps we should be trying to bring our youngsters into the first team more and forgetting about the transfer market.

Unai Emery hinted that there are a few top youngsters that he wants to introduce to the first team, especially as we have 12 games coming up in the next five weeks, when he said: ‘Maybe, maybe we are going to do changes to give a lot of players the possibility to help us,’

‘But thinking that we can be a big performance with them.

‘But at the moment, the young players like [Eddie] Nketiah, like [Joe] Willock, like Emile [Smith Rowe] and also Ainsley [Maitland-Niles], they are working well.

‘I think they need to be the focus in big moments for when they are in the pitch, to help us with their performance.’

These are all very promising players, and we also have Dino Mavropanos ready to join the defence soon, and dare I mention Reiss Nelson coming back from Germany whenever we like. Seeing the young players that Emery mentioned I am seriously thinking of putting them into my Fantasy teams during the fixture glut in the next six weeks, and I will be using my fanduel promo code to try and make some money out of them if they could come good. Players like Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith-Rowe always seem to raise their game when given a chance so they could be worth a chance don’t you think?

Even Emery told us that Nketiah would be given chances in the coming weeks to see if he can replace the injured Danny Welbeck when he said: “We are very sad for Danny and he knows he has all the support from the club. Yes, that makes you consider things,”

“I am not saying that’s a green light to go to the market but we have good players in the house also that may get further opportunities like Eddie Nketiah for example.

“We need to see. We are in November so it’s a good time to start analysing what options we have in the market. We are not closing the door but it’s still not the preferred one.”

But it’s not just the players I have mentioned here, we have even more talented players learning Emery-ball with Freddie in the U23’s, so do we really need to invest in the transfer market in the coming year?

Sam P


  1. gotanidea says:

    Yes, preferably a relentless winger that can score by cutting inside and a towering that can score from corners

    1. Aubamezzette says:

      We have Aubameyang for the latter… offensively we only need a proper rightwinger

  2. Grandad says:

    It’s a question of getting our priorities right.In my view the positions where we need upgrades urgently are centre back and left back.Any other signings can be deferred until the Summer transfer window.We have talented young players including Nelson who should be given the opportunity to perform this season.

    1. Aubamezzette says:

      We need a rightwinger most.

  3. Will better go to transfer market forget young player s

  4. ken1945 says:

    I have just had a discussion with a spud supporter, who claims that the youngsters they have will help them go forward.
    I disagree, even with the fantastic array of players inherited by new manager.
    If we are to compete with the likes of the citys, utds, pools and chelseas of this world, we have to compete for the best in the world NOW.
    Of course bringing on those players mentioned in the article is vital for the FUTURE of Arsenal, but they need to be handled carefully and used in our cup games and as substitutes in the premier league.
    It all depends on Kronkies vision for the club, maybe he wants to keep his wallet firmly shut!?!?

    1. jon fox says:

      Only MAYBE Ken? No maybe about it! Leopards don’t change their spots!

  5. Durand says:

    If title is the goal, then yes Kronke has to invest heavily in the market; winger, midfielder, and CB maybe LB.

    If top 4 is the goal, then a top winger and using youth for rotation will see us fight for top 4 spot.

    Winter window and especially the Summer window will tell us everything about Kronke.

    With all the tv revenue, new kit deal, and other funds coming in, transfer funds should not be an issue. However I believe Kronke will go into summer window with the handbrake on big time.

    It’s Sven’s job to dig up gems, Raul’s job to preach self sustaining model, while Kronke counts his piles of money. We all know we need top winger desperately to get to the next level. That will tell you everything; will Kronke bring in top top winger to push for title, or will he stay the thrifty, cheap, scrooge we all know.

    1. jon fox says:

      You actually need to ask? You KNOW the horrible answer, as we all do!

  6. King Henry says:

    I definitely believe the youngsters mentioned about will be played in europa league/ cup games mayb some sub appearences in PL would be good for development..

    But imo surely a CB and a explosive winger are priority for January..

    Manolas (roma) has between 35-45m release clause depending which source u believe.. I strong tackling no nosense defender, he also Greek so perhaps can form a solid partnership wiv sokratis.. let’s face it mustafi and kolasinac are not good enough..
    Winger I’m dreaming I know but dembele on a initial loan with a obligation to buy say 100m end of season.. then I would be a very happy man!!

    Keep up the support boys.. we have to make the Emirates a fortress!! And try to keep a f-ing clean sheet would help lol!!


    1. I agree an explosive winger should be priority. However, what would be the point in signing Dembele on loan with an obligation to buy? Wouldn’t that defeat the whole purpose of signing someone on loan first before buying inorder to find out whether he would fit in the team and avoid a bad buy? I think Dembele would probably be great but let’s just get him on loan full stop. If he performs well, bid and buy him. It may cost more in the short-term but if doesn’t play well or gets injured, we would have dodged a £100M liability.

  7. colario says:

    You wrote:
    “The new Arsenal Head of Football, Raul Sanllehi,”

    I think you mean:
    ‘The Arsenal new head of football, Raul Sanllehi.’

  8. Sergio says:

    Sam P – what does us being 5th have anything to do with promoting youth players?

    I believe we need to dip in to the market though we know the January window is tough and our club don’t like to spend.

    We’ve all identified the fact we need a decent, proper winger, which I think is our first priority, however we also have an aging back line in Monreal, Kos, Lich and Sok, and with their resale value low due to age I can see us relying on youngsters there rather than bring in new players. IMO Sok and Lich were stop-gaps until Holding/Chambers/Movrap are ready.

    Also remember Mkhi and Ozil are inconsistent and Ramsey will be leaving for free shortly – the club will need to invest in a central playmaker to fill that void. Although for me Guendouzi will take some of that responsibility in cementing a deep-lying playmaker role for himself in the near future – his range of passing is fantastic.

  9. Innit says:

    “Forget the Transfer Market” is basically SUICIDE.

    It’s impossible.

    I agree with Kroenke in charge, we need to improve our scouting and find our own Bale, Kane, Mabppe, etc but it’s not easy

    We need to spend money
    Solid Defenders we can get reasonably cheaper price than other positions but top wingers and central midfielders won’t be easy
    Perhaps looking for talent in different world leagues for hidden gems

    Money has to spent. There’s no getting around that fact

  10. jim wall says:

    Next summer we need to get rid of
    Cheq.. Kos… Mustafi.. Kolas… Ellneney..
    Wellbeck:-( feel sorry for him…..ozil… Mikhi..

    1. jim wall says:

      Sorry in the summer start getting rid of those players. Hopefully by a couple of windows some clubs might buy them

    2. Aubamezzette says:

      I disagree with you on Cech… n we should wait and see what Koscielny still has to offer

  11. snowden says:

    Unofficially on behalf of one Mr Stan Kronke, I can confrm that Mr Kronke is a strong believer in the transfer market. and a strong believer in promoting young players to the first team.

    The program of transfer and promoting youngsters is quite simple to follow.

    ! Transfer as much money as possible from the club to his bill folder pocket. (Wallet pocket)

    2 Replace older players with younger players.

    Mr Kronke is a very rich man who has up graded the expression ‘You’ve got to pick a pocket or two, to this one which to him makes finacial sense.

    “You’ve gota pick a club or two or three or more”.
    “You’ve gota pick a club or two or three or more”.
    “You’ve gota pick a club or two or three or more”.
    Need I write more!

    1. jon fox says:

      No you need not. Well said and all agreed and fully understood. Lionel Barts estate though, might want the Royalties for your “pirating” of his Oliver lyrics. For those musical lovers among us, I would ask if Kroenke will ever “Review the Situation. I will answer my own question with a firm NO! How apt too that this Oliver song is sung by Fagin, a low life and thief who robbed, via his band of pickpockets, from decent people to feather his own nest. In the book of Oliver Twist he got hanged. Justice! Ring any bells, Gooners? I must assume that Dickens based this character on one of Kreonkes direct ancestors!

  12. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    I think it has been made clear that Arsenal business model is based on self sustaining business enterprise and not based on philanthropist financed business model. Arsenal owner, Stan Kroenke has invested heavily before in the transfer market for AFC when he authorised the big money signings of Ozil, Xhaka, Mustafi, Lacazette and Aubameyang for over £210m I suppose in the last 6 seasons or so. So, not that he has been withholding his financial hand not to be investing on players recruitment for Arsenal. Just last summer window, Sokratis, Torreira and Guendouzi were signed for a combined fee of over £60m. Let our youths be given the chance in the first team to see if they can step it up to make the first team grade to subsequently avoid spending unecessarily in the coming January transfer window.

    1. ken1945 says:

      Adebosin, what you have failed to look at is the money Kronkie (the club) received from the transfer market.
      I suggest you goto wikipediaand ask the question “Arsenal transfers in and out for the last two years”.
      You will be amazed at the actual difference and I suggest you write down the figure you think it will be before doing the exercise.
      Without doubt Kronkie is a very shrewd and tightfisted billionare as you will find out!!!
      Please let me know your thoughts…..

      1. jon fox says:

        Ken, Interesting that “shrewd” almost always applies only to those who gather and retain vast sums of money. This is seen by our cockeyed society as being successful, money being regarded as more important than helping people to feel fulfilled and being kind. It is seldom applied to large organisations and those who run and control the purse strings, IF those in charge are philanthropists rather than merely personal money gatherers. That being the case, I would never personally wished to be called “shrewd” and though of course I agree on how you used it in Kroenkes case, that is something he OUGHT to be ashamed, rather than proud of. But being a mercenary snake to his inner core this thought will never have entered his mind, ever. His pockets are stuffed full but his soul is empty and lonely.

  13. Aubamezzette says:

    Sell Mustafi in January and invest the money to get Bailly or Benatia…
    Sell Ramsey, Mkhitaryan,Ozil (if they dont get consistent) n get two proper wingers.

    1. Aubamezzette says:

      Lets stick to 442 once n for all…

  14. Shortboygooner says:

    If we are going to buy a good player. Then may as well stick with youngsters. Unless we are buying ready made world beaters who are tearing things up there is no point. Zaha Douglas costa those kind of players. Players who are proven and who’s name will strike fear into tho opposition just by looking at the team sheet.

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