The Players that Arsenal need this summer

Gunners Transfer Talks by Brighton

Excited with the prospect of 2018/19 season under the new management team! The coming of Unai Emery is exciting because he is a man to prove a point after PSG….

Here are my tips for the team next season…….
●We currently have the best Goalkeepers in Cech and Ospina but I feel we need to shuffle that department…I suggest we sell Ospina (though he is my favorite) and Martinez and use the money to bringing in Jan Oblak (I would break the bank for him) or Bendt Leno (though he is the same with Ospina) as the first choice and Petr Cech becomes the cup goalie.

●I am liking the idea of revamping our Defence (Sokratis and Soyuncu) wonderful additions….BUT I still believe in Mustafi tho…his confidence just need to be worked on! Chambers and Mavropanos are OK but we need to send Holding and Osei-tutu on loan that they gain experience and aggressiveness.

Having Litchsteiner in the squad was a very good addition it shows we are serious about winning next season…he can play in any formation and good for Bellerin to improve his game. Emery has to work on Kolasinac a lot…I feel he is not tight enough defensively and not forceful enough in attack and his passing isnt accurate somtimes…tho he is a powerful player who can score given the opportunity. Or we can go for another option in Van Aanholt (Crystal Palace)

●All these years our achilles heel has been the midfield…especially an aggressive and tough defensive midfielder like Vieira or Bousquets or Kroos…

Xhaka and Elneny can be these guys, if properly drilled…but I feel 2 more additions to our midfield is ok….the links we getting to Nzonzi and Djami or Perreira….Adli is an exciting and interesting addition…

●I feel we can let Wilshere go and get Fellaini…it’s a good bargain…

●I also feel we need a speedy and scoring Winger…and aggressive! The talk of Pavon or Malcom or Fekir is encouraging…and really we can’t rely on Welbeck as a winger!

■Arsenal can be a very deadly team with a powerful combination brewing between Lacazette and Aubemeyang and Mikhitharyan and Ozil (tho he is like weather, but can be deadly if he wants)….we can be scoring goals for fun next season! With the prospect of having huge figures in midfield who can provide height in attack and defence!

♥If we acquire these players our second team will be very powerful that we can challenge for any trophy…and we can be the difference between us and Spurs or Liverpool or Chelsea because they don’t have a good second team when it gets tough…!

Good luck Gunners
Gooner for life!



  1. Alkali says:

    Fellaini? Are you kidding me?

    1. Mudassir says:

      I gave up from the moment he wrote that fellaini , I rather take per out of retirement and play him in the middle than to take United’s garbage, Silvestre still fresh in my mind and Welbeck too.’

      1. Innit says:

        Fellaini isn’t garbage and he is def better than Per in midfield

        I don’t want Fellaini but he isn’t a bad midfielder

        1. bran911 says:

          When has Per ever played in the midfield? If he does, then yes we need Fellaini coz he’s way better than Per in the midfield

          1. Dalinho says:

            ……… Xhaka………..Ramsey

      2. Amidewa says:

        I gave up after Oblak.
        Sure, possibly the best GK in the world (only De Gea or Ter Stegen are his level), but he’s going to fetch at least 80 mill. which makes mentioning him in relation to Arsenal ludicrous.

  2. Ozziegunner says:

    Brighton, just a correction Patrick Viera wasn’t a DM but more box to box; the DM with Viera at Arsenal was Gilberto Silva.
    One of the interesting rumours I read tonight was that Real Madrid may sell Isco 26 with the price set at £70 million. The report said that Arsenal and Man City are interested in Isco, one of the best attacking midfielders in the world.
    Oh if this came true!

    1. gotanidea says:

      If Isco comes, Ozil and Wilshere might have to go, because Ramsey has taken a spot in central midfield

      Unless Isco is forced to play in the left wing

      1. Goonerboy says:

        We are loaded with soo many CMs, not gonna be easy to bring players in if dont release or sell some.
        I continue to hope Wilshere refuse to sign, to be replaced by Adli, Elneny to be replaced by Lucas.T

        1. jon fox says:

          I am not keen either to see Wilshere stay BUT it makes perfect financial sense to give him another contract and then sell him for what would still be a decent fee next summer, if it doesn’t work out for him. If he had an existing cotract and was worth a decent fee, I would say sell him right now asap. But money is tight and a new contract is a way of making a player who has lost his way, worth selling , while still having him as back up this season , as money is very tight. Or rather, Kroenke is tight, which is the same thing! Letting valuable assets contacts run down to zero was by itself a sacking offence. Even years ago. But we have moved on, thankfully, even though past mistakes by “you know who” will hold us back for some time to come.

    2. Phil says:

      I believe RM will sell either Bale or Isco as they seem to be fighting each other for game time with Asensio waiting for his chance.We won’t get Bale and don’t want an injury prone ex Spud anyway.But Isco is absolute quality.If Ramsey does not sign then we should sell him and get Isco no matter the cost.He will want Champions League Football but Raul MUST convince him of the project and get in a CDM next to him in the middle.
      The key is playing him centrally.Too often he was played wide at Madrid but a free role in the middle with Auba Ozil Lacazette And (hopefully) a pacy winger and we would be a team of pure quality on par with anyone in the Premiership in attack.BUT BUT BUT.It all counts for NOTHING if we do not sort out our defence

      1. Goonerboy says:

        Madrid are trying to raise enough money to buy Neymar at 300m plus…smh

        As for Isco, now thats an exceptionally top top player we should get IF we can afford him.

    3. jon fox says:

      I thought Viera was actually both a DM and a box to box, as the game required. He did not always have Gilberto with him. He also played with Petit for three glorious years and they were both DMs. Sublime and powerful ones too. But, as you say, Paddy was also good going forward. But unlke such as Bellerin he had a football brain and knew when to go and when to stay back. I do not ever see us paying that fee for Jamie Redknapps twin brother, Isco.

      1. Sean says:

        You are correct jon as Vieiras defensive skills,though being a box to box CM, was brilliant at tackles, recoveries, passing out from the back but he could bomb forward with the best of them & then he had to as Gilberto Silva had him covered when he did. He was the complete midfielder for me,had it all!

      2. Goonerboy says:

        Chief Jon,

        How is the day going for you, am enjoying every bit of it on here…

        Am afraid Bellerin will leave Arsenal seeing as you almost always get your wish with those you want out of Arsenal. ???

        Guys like Wenger and Walcott are now gone…please lets give Bellerin another chance…smiles*

        1. jon fox says:

          Thanks for the good wishes. I return them to you , gladly. If only it were true that I “almost always get my wish.” It took my wish for Wenger and Walcott to leave , around a decade to happen in both cases. I did wish for Arteta NOT to be our manager , so that one HAS come true, though I was almost convinced he would be, like many of us. I see the chance of Emery being able to find some defensive ability in Bellerin so remote as to be in “I will be the next Pope” type of thinking. Admittedly, it is just possible that Emery might get him to stay in defensive positions and not near the half way line when we are under threat, I suppose. BUT FAR BETTER TO SELL HIM , WHILE HE IS STILL YOUNG AND WHILE SUCKERS WILL STILL PAY DECENT MONEY FOR A MAN WHO, HOWEVER LUDICROUSLY, HAS BEEN A REGULAR STARTER. I am hopeful that Emery will sort out the embarrassing non defending that Wenger allowed, even encouraged, for so many years. But proper defenders need strength of both body and character. Especially character, which Bellerin has not.

          1. Goonerboy says:

            Couldnt agree more

          2. I really hope the speculation regarding
            Arsenals interest in Klosterman from RB
            is legitimate. Upgrading the position with
            a younger, better, and cheaper option
            would be a wonderful piece of business
            by AFC and a statement by our new gaffer
            that nobody in the lockeroom is beyond

      3. Ozziegunner says:

        jon, I was trying to be an optimist, that given the opportunity (despite the fee) Arsenal would show ambition and Emery would build the team around Isco rather than Ramsey!

    4. Amidewa says:

      Yes, Arsenal’s DMs were Petit, then Gilberto Silva and Flamini as the back up, then both sold to be replaced by Denilson. That was when we went downhill…

    5. AshburtonGrove says:

      Sell Ramsey and buy Isco – everyone w**s about Ramsey but Isco eats him for breakfast! We can still get 40mil for Aaron so trade up quick before he ends up wearing sky-blue or even worse!

  3. gotanidea says:

    My wish for Arsenal first team:

    ……………………………….Nick Pope
    Maitland-Niles . Jose Gimenez . Kalidou Koulibaly . Lucas Hernandez
    ……………………………..Wilfred Ndidi
    ………………….Jean Seri ……………… Denis Suarez
    …………………………….Julian Draxler
    ………….Gareth Bale ……………………… PE Aubameyang

    But in reality, we might get:

    Lichtsteiner . Sokratis . Soyuncu . Monreal
    …………….Ramsey ……….. Ozil
    …Mkhitaryan ………………… Aubameyang

    1. Goonerboy says:


      Thank God there is another person who observes Nick Pope…
      That said, your team is toooooo far from being realistic, almost a complete overhaul?? Easy bro!

      1. gotanidea says:

        I know it’s highly unrealistic, but it’s my wish

        1. Goonerboy says:

          Lol @ “my wish”

          This “wish” may not come true, thats about NINE new players

    2. jon fox says:

      Glad I am not alone in thinking Nick Pope is England’s best keeper. Straight in as our number one keeper in WC , in my opinion. Though I shall personally be boycotting this corruptly awarded , to a corrupt country, competition. Though I do not blame players, who are largely not interested in politics from going and playing. Nor fans either. Purely my personal decision .

      1. The more I contemplate the keeper position
        the more Nick Pope makes perfect sense.
        After recently watching his performance
        highlights from last year I rate him more
        than Butland, Leno, Lafont or Rico.

        Would be a homerun signing for the Gunners

      2. Rudy Garcia fan says:

        I also boycotted sporting competitions in countries that destroyed Iraq, those that support the vile ME apartheid state, and those that support Saudi wahhabists, and all other corrupt states.

        So I don’t watch sports LOL


        1. Ozziegunner says:

          Rudy, I agree with your sentiments; only watch with one eye closed and boycott all advertisers.

    3. jon fox says:

      If we are in Dreamland, as you clearly are, why not Messi and Ronaldo too? A “wish” is just a dream unless there is any substance or possibility to it. I would also like your team; in my dreams! But when it is light I wake up and have to face the REAL world. My wish or dream, though, very much includes Cech playing elsewhere by August.

      1. gotanidea says:

        Messi and Ronaldo would much more unrealistic, like almost no chance at all 😛

        1. jon fox says:

          Forget the “almost.” I don’t see many Gooners thinking Messi and “Narcissus” are both keen to join us and wake up each morning thinking “Oh, I must play at Arsenal before I retire.” I used to think that personally though. Then I had my tenth birthday. I remember my Dad got me a pet dinosaur. I called him Arsene!

  4. Goonerboy says:

    The goalkeepers you mentioned are either too expensive or not better than what we have.

    I would never want us to pay the kind of money that is rumoured to be the release clause of Oblak…about 70m plus…NEVER!
    As for Leno, i read alot about him just yesterday, he has a lot if improving to do, he makes a lot of mistakes would rather give Martinez his chance
    And if we must buy a GK, i like the idea of Nick Pope (Burnley) or Schmeichel of Leicester.

    I agree Holding needs to be loaned out while we keep Chambers and Konstantinos
    As for Mustafi, i still wanna count on him, i think he will come good, he was good for us initially.
    Have you ever wondered why many defenders dont really flourish at Arsenal, it is our general defensive system( if we even have that at all) not really the personnel.

    And i wanna ask, from those that know better, between Otamandi and Mustafi, who is better? Cos in my opinion, they are similar and i also think Mustafi edges him a little. He has really improved under Pep, much better than when he first joined…

  5. Phil says:

    Another issue to address is the winger we so desperately need and have done for years.Its been proven that just because you have pace does not mean you are quality and Walcott is the prime example of this.A wide player must offer more than just pace.We have had nobody to consistently deliver from a wide position since the days of Marc Overmars.Nobody.
    Wenger played players out there to get them in the team-Welbeck is a prime example and Oxlade Chamberlain another as too was Arshavin.All these preferred to play on the middle and not out wide.This is a specialist position and we need to get a Sterling type in.

    1. Goonerboy says:

      We certainly need a winger at the very least, it will go a long way in making us direct, unpredictable and stretch the opposition BUT can really afford plug all these holes this summer??

      1. Goonerboy says:

        Can we really afford to***

        1. Phil says:

          I know-it’s back to the budget again and what our expectations are fot this season.If we cannot afford top top quality then let’s leave it a season until we can.Next season we will (hopefully) have a Champions League kitty and the income from Adidas to bolster funds.If Emery can get us top 4 then I will take that as the first positive.A cup win will be a bonus.There is no doubt Champions League will attract better players to the Club.If Emery gives us that this season then it will be a good forward step

          1. Ozziegunner says:


    2. jon fox says:

      WHAT HELD WALCOTT BACK WAS HIS COWARDICE. THERE IS NO OTHER MORE APPROPRIATE WORD TO USE ABOUT A MAN WHO CONSISTENTLY HID FROM THE ACTION ON THE PITCH OVER SO MANY WASTED YEARS. I wanted him out about the same time as Wenger, around 2007, and like Wenger, every moment since too. Even slightly before , actually. I could see after a mere handful of games that he had no backbone , no guts, no heart and waged an almost one man campaign (at that time) to remove him.

      1. Phil says:

        JF-He believed his own hype.Ots as simple as that.Im all for buying young players with potential but for me Walcott was moly coddled from the beginning and allowed to be paid far too much for his wages by a Manager who refused to admit that the player was simply not good enough.
        I agree with you about Walcott desire.He simply never made the most of what little ability he had.Players only succeed at the highest level if the desire is there.Walcott was happy picking up his overpaid salary and being known as a nice boy.Compare him to say a Lee Dixon who was MADE into an International player by a Manager who knew how to get the best from a very raw talent when he first came to the Club and a player who simply drove himself to reach the highest standard that he could.Walcott simply NEVER had that same desire

        1. jon fox says:

          Interesting and correct use of “nice boy”. Wouldn’t you rather have player with something of the devil about him when playing, against having a “nice boy”. I know I would. I can think of no nice boys in the ’71 Double side with McLintock in charge or George Grahams teams up to 1992. Bob Wilson was a truly nice, even an exceptional man but hard as nails and the bravest, “stupidly” brave actually, keeper I have ever seen at Arsenal. But Wilson has (and still has) character in spades, as many players did before the obscene money came into the sport. You wouldn’t mess with Frankie Mc , even though he was only 5 feet ten. And “so called” hard man Peter Storey was only about 5 feet nine. I say “so called” because virtually ALL players in that era had guts. Storey was a wicked b…ard but God, how we could do with him now! Dixon and Winterburn were small in stature but you did not mess with either, or you did so at your peril, as Ginola often found out with Dixon. All our great teams had guts galore, something that was almost entirely absent under Wengers last decade. This importing of guts MUST be the biggest change we now need. I admit to being old school but cannpt stand gutless playera. Arshavin was a player I despised despite all his obvious talent, as he was gutless too.

          1. Phil says:

            You know what JF? You are so correct.Those teams and players you highlighted were full of desire and guts.It dosesnt mean they can’t be nice people OFF the pitch.Its ON the pitch we want to see it.
            I once had the pleasure of being in the company of Francis Benhali ((Southampton player for those who have not heard of him) and you could not wish to meet a nicer or more sincere man.I know through a good pal of an act of kindness this player showed that would make anyone proud of him.Such is this man.But on the pitch he was obviously not the most talented and gifted player but that did not stop him becoming the sort of player his team mates wanted alongside them.He was hard as nails and not afraid to put his foot in.He had the desire to play professionally and made a name for himself as a one club player who now (I believe) coaches at the Club.
            Desire is from within.Players like Walcott NEVER showed that desire because he NEVER had it and NEVER strived for it.

          2. Ozziegunner says:

            Phil and jon, I too miss the days when Arsenal players had a touch of “mongrel”. Hopefully, Unai Emery and his assistant coaches can bring it back.
            Responsibility also rests on Sven and Raul to ensure that prospective signees have this attribute and will to win.

    3. gotanidea says:

      True, Arsenal’s most consistent winger with world class dribbling and crossing abilities plus the bravery to take on the defenders is Marc Overmars. Even Ashley Cole, Henry, Pires, Sanchez, Wiltord, Eboue and Ljungberg could not match his consistency in the wings

      Sometimes Walcott and Chamberlain had his guts when taking on the opponents, but they are very inconsistent. Maitland-Niles showed some talents in the left and right wings, but I feel it is Nelson that has to step up to take Overmars’ role

      1. jon fox says:

        Spot on about Overmars, who is by a distance the very best winger I have seen at our club in 60 years attending. If you can regard Pires as a real winger, instead of a wide forward, then he would be second. But he was really a wide forward. So was Freddie really, as true wingers were already becoming rarer by that time. I consider George (Geordie) Armstrong our next best out and out winger but you need to remember dinosaurs, as I easily do(I am one myself!) to remember wee Geordie in the 1960s and 1970’s. We oldies used to say he could play on both wings at once. He worked hard enough for three people and never stopped running. Lovely man too! My dear late Father used to talk of Joe Hulme and Cliff(boy) Bastin in the 1930’s. I don’t suppose they ever mentioned him though!

        1. Ingleby says:

          What about Johnny MacLeod?

          1. Ozziegunner says:

            I loved Marc, but also have a real soft spot for George Armstrong.

    4. Karl frank says:

      For the issue of Goalkeepers, cech iz aging and i think an addition to ospina would be great if Leno iz similar to ospina then lets spend to sm1 much more better

    5. Mudassir says:

      Walcott was a clinical finisher of curse.

      1. Declan says:

        Yeah, some people forget that sometimes…. cue some instant abuse……

        1. Phil says:

          Declan-I will refrain from the abuse but clinical finisher? Never

  6. Sean says:

    We need; (going with links)
    CDM (Torreira)
    CBs (Sokratis & Soyuncu)
    RW (left footed, no links as yet)
    GK (Young but all links have went cold)

    Wilshere & Ramsey both sign New deals.
    Ozil, Mhikitarian, Auba & Laca on long term deals.
    Cech becomes no2, Cup Keeper, guides newby.
    Mavraponas, Chambers, Boss & Mustafi 2nd CBs.
    Lichsteiner already in, RB with Hector sorted.

  7. It will be interesting to see which players Emery
    decides to extend a second lifeline to but
    personally I have reservations about far to many
    of the players you have listed.

    Ospina will be moved on but Arsenal will never
    spend £80+M on a goalkeeper where so many
    other areas need immediate attention. Rico,
    Leno or Lafont make the most $ sense here.

    I do think Mustafi has the physical ability to
    be a 1st choice CB for the Gunners however his
    mental lapses and horrific decision making at
    times has to be a concern of the new gaffer.
    The Greek God is an older version of Mustafi
    and pairing them together would be
    catastrophic. If AFC can get most of what they
    paid he will be off this summer and Sonyucu
    will be brought in to pair with he Greek. Mavro,
    Chambers and potentially Klosterman(If bought)
    will rotate in until Boss returns in January.

    I have less issues with Saed than Bellerin,
    Although Klosterman from RB is better than
    both. If Barca is still interested in bringing the
    Spaniard home I would sell in a NYM!

    Xhaka and El Neny are not DM’s and neither are
    good enough to be starting in the midfield @
    AFC. Torreria is the answer and should be
    snatched up immediately. Ndombele from
    Lyon would be the perfect compliment to the
    Urugyran and would surely result in the Swiss
    international seeking new futboling pastures.

    Emphatic NO on Fellani.

    Welbeck and Perez should be sold ASAP and
    there transfer fees used to acquire either Pavon,
    the kid from PSV or Dembele (2 yr loan). Emery
    could also apply $ toward purchasing
    Draxler, Martial, Martins or Bailey.

    I wish I shared your enthusiasm about the
    collective talent @ Arsenal but sadly other
    than the first choice attacking players I find
    more questions than answers about how many
    in the current 1st 11 are the needed quality to
    bring Arsenal back to prominence.

    1. Pope from Burnley is an interesting option @
      GK as well.

  8. CannonSpike says:

    I don’t understand the hype around “speedy” wingers playing upfront. Players upfront need to be clinical and clever to be successful, speedy wingers aren’t a must, I mean look at Gervinho. Speedy wingers only become affective once they master their decision making and footballing brains, that speed becomes an added advantage, but it is not necessary for us to have “speedy” wingers when we have smart attackers and overlapping fullbacks

    I’d be perfectly happy with this Arsenal squad




    1. Goonerboy says:

      If you say Gervinho, then i will also say look at Mahrez, Sane, Salah yo mention a few who are all exceptional wingers for their respective teams

      Ozil hates the wing and he is ineffective there, an absolute liability there especially on the left wing

      1. CannonSpike says:

        Those three players are all effective because of their smart decision making and football brains. Look at Zaha, he’s matured his football brain and is reaping the rewards.
        Plus Özil given the right coaching can succeed on the wing. We need workhorses in the midfield not players given licence just express themselves and not deal with defensive duties.
        I’d rather have a clever Özil playing up front than an Özil forced to also defend in a midfield 3.

        1. Cannon,

          Torreria would be a wonderful addition to
          the midfield ranks, a true workhorse that
          has the passion and ability to boss that area
          of the pitch. The Urugyans biggest potential
          stumbling block is being paired with Xhaka
          and Ramsey, two “expressive” players that
          seem to collectively bring disorganization
          and imbalance to the middle of the pitch.
          Either Doucoure or Ndombe would be a
          perfect compliment to the Urugyian, both
          providing the technical skill, pace and
          athleticism to dominate the midfield for
          years to come.

          For those detractors I genuinely respect
          your opinions but how many of you would
          remain obstinate in your stances if Arsenal
          could realisticslly acquire the likes of ISCO,
          simply selling Ramsey, Xhaka, Welbeck
          and Perez?

          1. Declan says:

            A winger needs to be speedy, I.e. have acceleration, be able to take defenders on from both sides and deliver a decent cross into the box.

          2. CannonSpike says:

            OK after reading your comment and processing it, I can actually see what you’re on to

        2. Sue says:

          I’d love Oblak… but think he’ll be too pricey

    2. jon fox says:

      Really we need speedy wingers who can ALSO cut inside and score, like Sane. Or Pires. I find it truly ASTONISHING that Sane is not going to the WC with Germany. They will look pretty silly now, unless they win it

    3. Alkali says:

      There is no width whatsoever in this squad, that is the reason why we struggle when teams sit back. We need proper wingers that’ll offer something else.

  9. Innit says:

    Well let’s assume we wont upgrade GK
    We have following positions sorted
    GK: Cech, Ospina
    RB: Litchsteiner, Bellerin
    LB: Monreal, Kolsanic
    CAM: Ozil, Mktharyan
    Striker: Aubameyang and Lacazette

    So in my opinion we need
    2 Centre backs (any top CB)
    1 Defensive midfielder (ie Gueye)
    1 Box2box central midfielder (ie Seri)
    1-2 Wingers/attacking midfielders (ie Draxler)

    We need to sell a few to fund new acquisitions Maybe Wilshere, Xhaka, Iwobi, Ramsey, Welbeck, Chambers, Campbell, Perez, Akpom etc. Obviously not all but some.

    1. I’ll play along with these additions:

      GK: Pope….Ospina sold
      RB: Klosterman(RB Leipzig)….HB sold
      CB: Socratis & Soyuncu…Mustafi sold
      DM: Torreria
      B2B: Ndombele(Lyon)…Xhaka sold
      LW: Dembele(2 year loan)…Welbeck and Perez

      Apprx financial breakdown:

      Pope: £15M (less £5M on Ospina sale) -£10M
      Klosterman: £20M (£35M for HB sale) +£15M
      S & S: £55M (£25M for Mustafi) -£30M
      Torreria: £25M
      Ndombele: £25M (£25M for Xhaka) £0
      Dembele: £20M/2 year loan (£15M for Welbeck
      £8M for Perez) +£3M

      Apprx £47M spent for this squad


      *Ramsey would sign a reasonable extension and
      backup both Ozil and Ndombele in the midfield.
      If he attempts to play hardball on this next
      contract ship him out and bring in Doucoure.

  10. Declan says:

    Theo was a speedy winger who could score goals. Unfortunately he wasn’t very good at beating s defender one on one from a standing position. Give him a ball to run onto yes but as much as I liked him, he had major limitations.

  11. Peter says:


    Litchstiener Soyuncu Sokratis Monreal

    Ramsey Nzonzi

    Ozil Mhkitaryan Isco


  12. Abu says:

    The most unrealistic article I have read today.

  13. Abel says:

    Can we please stop counting our chicks before they hatch. Toriera is not an Arsenal player and is unlikely to be one no matter how much folk here wish he were.

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