Unai Emery wants Liverpool flop and its not such a bad idea

It is being reported that Arsenal manager Unai Emery is interested in the services of Liverpool flop Alberto Moreno and I can imagine there will be some kneejerk reactions to that news, mainly negative.

But I am not so sure that it would be such a bad idea, for starters Moreno is only 26-year-old and therefore not a player past his best.

I will admit that Moreno has had a very inconsistent time with Liverpool and was prone to mistakes but a lot of that had to do with the way Liverpool play utilising wing backs flying down the wing and that compromised Moreno’s game.

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There are reports that Emery wants to use a back four next season as opposed to three central defenders complimented with wing backs and that would suit the Spaniard far better, he is not great at playing the wingback role and to be honest, there are not that many that are just look at the travails of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Saed Kolasinac and the same applies to our rivals who have also struggled in that area, only Man City and Liverpool have pulled it off.

Of course, if we do stay with the formation that we used last season then I would question signing Moreno, but as stated above that is not what Emery is reported to be doing.

Moreno would be a good addition for the left-back role in defence and let’s be honest, we have not had anyone consistent in that position for some time now.

Wages would not be huge and of course, there will be no transfer fee.

It should also be noted that Moreno worked with Emery in Spain and there he was a success, maybe the manager can get him back to his best.

For me, the risks are low compared to the upside and it would not affect our transfer budget and add a player to our squad that could easily get back to his very best with the right man management.

Updated: June 5, 2019 — 1:38 pm

40 Comments

  1. Moreno is trash, a complete liability. We already have one in Mustafi, don’t need another.

    1. He would not be a good acquisition for Arsenal.Very poor positional sense when played as a conventional left back.Very similar to Kolasinac who is also deficient in this area.

      1. We should let the coach do his job. He knows more than everyone.

  2. This article basically trying to rationalise a free signing like we’re a League One club. But hey, Liverpool signed milner on a free and still won football’s biggest prize so who am I to judge

    1. And there you have a great Topic Article-Free Transfers The Good and the Bad.
      In the Good Column we have Sol Campbell
      In the bad-Lichstiener being the latest in a long line.
      Just needs someone to write it

      1. Phil, WELL YOU HAVE FAR MORE ARSENAL KNOWLEDGE THAN MOST ON HERE, SO WHY NOT WRITE IT YOURSELF? ALSO HOW ABOUT A VALUE FOR MONEY PAID LIST OF PLAYERS FROM EXCELLENT DOWN TO RUBBISH? Mustafi at £35 mill would be bottom of MY list, just ahead of Xhaka, with Ozil near the bottom too(judged over his whole Arsenal stay) Then again a worst and best ever buy of players who started over 100 games, irrespective of money paid. Walcott would definitely be bottom of THAT list. Obviously Thierry and Dennis would be top.

        1. Well Jon I certainly left myself open for that didn’t I?I have yet to write a Topic Headline and have a blinding one lined up.Im away for 4 weeks soon and intend to submit it then.The title?Arsene and I.
          Hope that doesn’t give too much away and I CANT WAIT until you get hold of it.

  3. Arsenal want MORENO !!!! it can’t get any more pathetic than that , Kroenke is destroying our club. we should start the protests sooner than later , #kroenkeOut

    1. What on earth has Kroenke got to do with this story or has he recommended we go for him?
      You really don’t know how it works do you!

      1. I don’t need to know how it works , all i need to know is why it works the way it does and that reason is Kroenke , if you are still oblivious to the fact that our problems stem from Kroenke then that’s your problem , i hope most Arsenal fans have realized it by know and take the necessary action next season.

  4. Well he’d be an upgrade on Kola for sure. He has the right physical attributes/stamina for that position, whereas Kola doesn’t. Let’s not forget that he was playing pretty well in his early days at Liverpool. Overall we need better right now, but not a bad shout on a free.

    1. I don’t think so, because take a look at his assist stats:

      2014/15: 0 assists from 28 appearances
      2015/16: 4 assists from 32 appearances
      2016/17: 1 assists from 12 appearances
      2017/18: 0 assists from 16 appearances
      2018/19: 0 assists from 2 appearances

      He has never exceeded Kolasinac’s assist record in an EPL season and he was plagued by injuries. Kolasinac has his flaws, but he is certainly fitter than Moreno and he is a bully in the field

      But maybe Moreno could work well with Emery because both of them are Spanish and there will only be little risk because he is a free agent

      1. I wouldn’t look too much into assists, especially for a defender. E.g. Ozil’s job is to create, and he had a lot of assists which looks good on paper, but for anyone who watches him regularly, we all know he’s trash. Watching Moreno, his form has dipped for sure, but he’s definitely better than he currently his. Like I said though, we need better than him and Kola.

        1. Mind u,ozil is not thrash. He is underperforming doesn’t make him trash. Trash don’t earn that high. The tempo which he plays on is no longer in trend. The game is much faster and fierce. Certainly we need new central attacking midfielder but ozil is not trash

    2. @ThirdManJW

      Have you actually watched Moreno play? He is equally as terrible as Kolasinac, if we get him, we will officially have the two worst LBs in world football. They are both on Andre santos’ level and if we are tomove forward as a club, we have to stop going for cast offs.

    3. Absolutely correct TMJW, he was playing very well before Klopp got there.

  5. If Emery wants to use a back four, Moreno is not the answer to our LB problem. Because Klopp also use a back four and Moreno couldn’t create any assist nor was he able to defend well

    Emery’s and Klopp’s strategies are similar, prefer to use wingbacks or fullbacks to create crosses. That style requires tireless, courageous, skilled and speedy attacking fullbacks/ wingbacks, whereas Moreno doesn’t fit into that criteria

    Perhaps Moreno could do better under Emery’s guidance because both are Spanish, but I’d prefer Arsenal to gamble on another LB that has not flopped at other big club. If Emery uses 4-3-3 next season, we should have skilled fullbacks that can create easy chances for the inverted wingers that will play more narrow

  6. Thanks to Stan,we are officially an average club.The earlier we accept this the better.I remember saying that we would have been better off getting Carrasco and Ivan perisic in January on loan even if it meant paying some fee because we surely would have done better than we did,we would at least have earned champions league qualification through top 4 or Europa.People rubbished this citing weird reasons and it seems Stan listened to them.Now see where we are.We achieved nothing and we have no money to buy players.So let’s sign all the free agents including Sturrige and hope it works.This is how us Gunners live for the love of our beloved team.Thank you Mr stingy Kroenke.

  7. Loved his goal against the spuds & that’s about it..

  8. Moreno actually got me a lot of points in my fantasy football team. He was very cheap. My cheapest starting defender lol

    He may not be good enough but is NOT worse than Mustafi, Jenkinson so he would make a good back up defender

    Before saying NO to players, REMEMBER two realities
    1. VERY low transfer kitty so we can only buy who we can afford and quality players are not cheap
    2. No Champions league
    3. Most of our players are poor to average/decent.
    4. Wenger did this to us and will take years to fix

    Please think REALISTICALLY
    Don’t think we can get top quality players with £50 million plus funds from the sale of poor to average players

    1. Ahhh, that’s 4 Realities!!

      🙂

    2. How this for realism, i would rather play monreal next season than get moreno on a free transfer. Because a player is free doesn’t mean we should make our squad worse because believe me Moreno and Kolasinac is similar and are two of the worst fullbacks i have seen in a long time.

    3. So you want to sell poor to average players and replace them with even worse players.

      If Emery really wanted an idiot to play at left back he could just use Mustafi. He doesn’t need to go.out amd find someone else that’s rubbish – he just needs a look around his own team sheet

  9. He is free, not that old, the club is on limited budget with a squad that lacks left backs (especially if we ship Monreal away). I have not watched him enough, but I cannot imagine he would be a downgrade to Kolasinac. Unless a youngster step up or we get a good deal on a decent left back, I would sign him at a reasonable wage(because that have been a headache in Arsenal recently)

  10. He is awful just simply awful
    Anyone who thinks otherwise is a trump supporter
    If he signs he will get emery the sack he’s that bad

    1. Won’t be that bad then would it ✊

  11. How did we found ourselves in this mess? I was hoping we will go for Reguilion from Real Madrid, if they eventually sign the Lyon LB

  12. It was funny watching him after the CL final had finished. He was always after the next guy to receive the cup again and again… Like 20 times!

    Bless him. I think he knew his days at Liverpool were numbered!

  13. On the better side of news though..

    Eriksen open to Spurs exit!!! Then hopefully Son, Kane and Loris??

    Also, SkySports report “Freddie Ljungberg is to join Unai Emery’s first-team coaching staff as part of a major overhaul of Arsenal’s backroom structure.”

    Now that would be a great sighning!!!!

    1. You do know he currently runs the U23 team don’t you?

    2. And Alli… 🙏😂
      That’s brilliant news, regarding Freddie 👍

    3. Is the better side of the news Steve Bould taking over the U23`s ? 😆

      1. Perfect, Le Coq! No more gum 😄

  14. Off topic…. anyone else also wondering why four of our players have removed all references to Arsenal from their Instagram profiles?

    1. On thinking about it, perhaps it’s to do with the change from Puma to Adidas ?

  15. So Jeff, who Emery wasn’t keen on and sold for 4million is now on his way to Monaco for 22 million…..

    1. He was returning from a big injury, with one year left but gosh that guy is better than half of our midfielders. It wad dump to show him the exit door.

  16. I support this transfer

  17. OK to deal

  18. Rubbish player. Ordinary. If that is the direction we are going I would be shocked. He cannot get any better.



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