Are Arsenal’s transfer preferences going to move us forward? by Eddie Hoyte
So, Arsenal really want Adrien Rabiot, who I do think would be a great signing even though I believe he’s similar to Guendouzi with their style of play. I’d love to have the player, but one big problem will be his wage demands if we are to sign him on a free, I’m hoping the age of paying players what they are not worth at the club will come to an end. We could do with Rabiot to be honest, and after these revelations it would be worth taking this 50 quid bethard sign up offer and backing him to join us this summer. We obviously still need midfielders who could use and protect the ball. Our interest in him was confirmed by David Ornstein, who we all know as the Oracle when it comes to our transfer news.
He said a few things while speaking with Arsecast Extra this week concerning our choice of transfers, and some caught my attention and is really making me ponder about our ambitions towards getting new players in.
He said: “I’m told Unai Emery likes experienced players, he likes to go with players he knows and trusts,”
“That certainly explains the Nkunku interest, who he played far more than Thomas Tuchel has this season.
“It explains the pursuit of Denis Suarez, who I know a number of people in the game have reservations about, not just at Arsenal. And also [it explains] the reported interest, once again, in Adrien Rabiot, who Arsenal were keen on during Arsene Wenger’s time with his links to PSG and the French game.
“It seemed he’d be signing for Barcelona [on a free] but they’ve signed a player for that midfield position, Frankie de Jong. There are credible reports that Arsenal will come back in for Rabiot.
“There are people within Arsenal who are very keen that they sign Rabiot, or at least make a concerted effort. He’s very highly admired. There are some complications, around him, particularly around the people you have to deal with, and his salary demands. But that’s certainly one to keep an eye on.”
“That goes to indicate that he likes players he trusts, players he’s worked with at another club. And who have experience and can do a job immediately.”
I think now we all know the fans who are really questioning Emery’s choice of going for his former players were never stepping out of line and were never delusional. There’s nothing wrong in bringing in one or two players you know as a coach, Sarri brought in Jorginho (Who the English media is still failing to see what use he is to his club), and he has brought in Higuain who’s a top pick if you ask me.
Where the problem arrived from, is seeing us being linked with players like Nzonzi (Who we would’ve got if Sven never insisted on Torreira) and Banega keeps popping up, and add the Denis Suarez link and transfer saga to it.
It’s still too early to say, and I know a coach should have a say in the choice of players brought in and now reading Ornstein’s revelation about Denis Suarez is a worrying statement to me. If people at the club had reservations about Suarez coming in, then maybe he’s not really the player believed to be wanted at the club,
and he’s said it’s not just people at Arsenal alone. The soothing news is Suarez is only here on loan, we have nothing to lose, if he doesn’t cut it, he goes back to his parent club. One thing I keep failing to understand is how and why we keep going for midfielders when we clearly need defenders, Mustafi should move on, Koscielny though harsh as it may be should be a second choice.
Litchsteiner shouldn’t even be here, and we need a new LB, Monreal is 33 and getting passed it, even at his age he’s a better LB than Kolasinac who is only effective as a LWB. Yet all our genuine link and interest so far is towards midfielders.
I think in the end Emery should work with everyone at the club including whoever we get as head scout now, because everybody at the club wants what’s best for the club. Sven never believed Banega and N’zonzi are the answers to our problem, and we got better and younger players for it. I hate to see Sven leave but it happens.
There you have it, I hope whatever players we get in, they are the proper players we need.