“It’s a mistake, of course it is” Campbell concedes Arsenal has made another bad transfer decision

Kevin Campbell has become the latest pundit to fault Arsenal’s decision to turn down offers for Eddie Nketiah in the last transfer window because it isn’t up to the £20million valuation they placed on him.

Brighton and Crystal Palace were keen to add him to their squad in the summer transfer window.

Palace, now managed by former Gunner, Patrick Vieira reportedly wanted to sign him for £10million, but Arsenal refused.

The Eagles have since added Odsonne Edouard to their youthful squad and Nketiah is now set to leave Arsenal for free next summer.

The Sun claims he intends to speak to foreign clubs in the January transfer window and he could sign a pre-contract with one of them, effectively ending Arsenal’s chance of making any money from his sale.

The decision not to accept Palace’s offer for his signature is baffling and Campbell believes they got it wrong with that action.

When asked by Football Insider if Arsenal’s valuation was mistaken, Campbell said: “It’s a mistake, of course it is.

“It has happened so many times at Arsenal though. The worst thing is, I am not surprised.

“Nketiah is going to run his contract down, [Alexandre] Lacazette is going to run his contract down and they won’t be the last.

“The club will have a valuation for Nketiah and if other clubs don’t meet it they won’t sell but at the end of the day they are the only ones losing out.

Swallow your pride and get the deal done. What is wrong with them? They keep shooting themselves in the foot.

“Nketiah is not going to play this season so let him go. It doesn’t make sense but it doesn’t surprised me.”

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  1. I never thought I’d say this but I’ve started to feel sorry for the Kronkes with the mishandling of our transfers. They have lost them many millions over the years with players running down their contracts or selling for cheap

    1. It’s the people their hiring lad, they have such little experience and contacts in the European football scene and its cost them and us.

  2. Arsenal are the worse when it comes to making transfers and paying wages.
    Have we ever sold any of our players for £40 milliom and above? No.
    But it seems like other clubs get really good money for their assets when the time comes. We sell cheap or just give players away for free and always seem to over pay for the average ones we buy. And then pay them extravagant wages on top of it.

    We are so poorly run it’s unbelievable.

    Absolutely terrible.

  3. This Nkethia sale was going through at 12m plus bonuses. But it was his agents demand on signing on fees, wages and bonuses that turned Palace off signing him. Same with most transfers it’s greedy agents making sure they get the biggest cut. It’s a Jerry Maguire world out there, do you think we would have paid so much for Pepe if it wasn’t for his agent. Same for players at other clubs like Lukaku and Grelish and the like, they are ruining the game

  4. So much for our players running their contracts down and leaving for nothing being a thing of the past!! With the way our club is run, you’d think we had money to burn.. SMH!

  5. I can understand not selling Nketiah unless the valuation was close to being met. Balogun at this stage doesn’t look any better than Eddie, and he’s a lot less experienced, so unless there was enough funds raised to buy an experienced striker it kinda makes sense to hang on to Nketiah in case there are any more issues with Auba & Laca.

    1. Sensible comments.Balogun certainly did not impress me for the under 21’s earlier this week and is not nearly ready for a starting position in the EPL.

  6. The just concluded window saw Arsenal do the unusual thing, pay out over £150m for B team. I know the project Arteta & Edu was tasked with is a rebuild but still i think they got it all wrong. You bringing in players who are all 23 years & below with scanty experience & presure in a big Name Club? They are going to be over run and the evidence is visible. 4 senior players are out injured and the “Children” won’t have response to questions posed by other teams. it was seen in the first game of the season. You ought to balance in your transfer business. How about 2 Big names and 4 under 23? or for £150m Arsenal could bring in 3 big names who would definitely improve play.
    eg. White, Madison & Lautaro.

    1. 2 big names and 3 or 4 B team young players. That’s what I suggested before. But for the big names, I’ll prefer Bissouma, Maddison and Max Aarons

  7. Ludicrous to turn down any fee for Nketiah, not good enough for Arsenal, his first touch isnt good enough and he isnt premier league quality.

  8. Absurd state of affairs, Edu could’ve gotten in Aouar on a loan & sold Nketiah but chose to go on vacation & post photos of himself jet-skiing…The result is that Arsenal can’t even sell Elneny because they all the mfs they have(Xhaka, AMN, oh dear)

    Sad to say, butArsenal won’t improve greatly as long as ArtEdu are holding the reins😹👻

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