Yacine Adli signing shows Arsenal’s broader transfer strategy

Yacine Adli signing for Arsenal part of broader transfer strategy

by Arsenal Blogger

One of Europe’s hottest young talents looks like he is going to make his way to the Emirates Stadium this summer as new manager Unai Emery looks to raid his old club and secure the signature of 17 year old Yacine Adli.

As we move from one era to the next we can’t help but think back to the last time we signed a youngster from PSG. That guy’s name was Nicholas Anelka and while he didn’t stick around for too long, he certainly made an impact. Now the new manager is looking to something similar and we can only hope it is a sign of things to come as he looks to bring the kind of success Wenger had in his early years.

Another reason why this signing is important is the early signs we are seeing in relation to new arrivals aren’t exactly looking towards the future. I can fully understand why we do need some experienced players to come in as a sort of stop-gap solution while we go through the transition era currently, however, the likes of Lichtsteiner,  Papastathopoulos and Fellaini aren’t exactly ones for the future. There still needs to be that Arsenal value of developing young talent and Adli certainly fits the bill.

This move is also something that will help prove the doubters of Mislintat wrong. He’s been fantastic so far but that’s mainly because of his Dortmund connections. He needed to prove his worth for spotting talent outside of these deals helped through personal contacts. Adli certainly fits the bill.

The post-Wenger era does need to be a lot different to Wenger, but it is not to say some of his methods of developing raw talent should not be retained. Under the right tactical guidance a mix of youth and experience is exactly what Arsenal needs to succeed in this coming season.

The broader strategy will now be to have experienced players come in for the next few years, all the while the likes of Holding, Mavropanos and Adli develop. This is a fantastic strategy to become competitive again.

Onto the player himself, immensely talented, a tall tricky player who can play all across the midfield. Dare I say it, when he’s on the wing his height and quick feet make him look like a young Cristiano Ronaldo. He is these days used more in a deeper role, given free reign to dribble and pick a pass. He has all the ingredients to be a big name player in the future.

The immense potential is there, and the biggest thing for Emery is where he will be deployed this early in his career, how much first team football he will get, and more than anything he needs to keep him injury free so he can fulfil his potential. Sounds harsh but under Wenger we had more injuries than most of the other big teams. Not just Adli, but reducing our injuries alone, will help us immensely to be successful.

A new era. Youth and experience to secure our future and help us become great again. Get it done Emery.

This was a guest post from Arsenal Blogger of http://arsenalblogger.com


  1. Eddie Hoyte says:

    I’m waiting to see of we’ll ever have a player like the mould of Ronaldo, Messi or Neymar

    1. Innit says:

      Even Spurs had Bale before he BAILED

      Hahahaha ????????

    2. sarsfieldNY says:

      have you ever heard of Thierry Henry?

      1. tas says:

        Dennis Bergkamp

  2. gotanidea says:

    Arsenal are getting defenders and a youngster, but no new DM yet. I guess they are waiting to offload one of their current DMs before buying the new one

    Ndidi would be a good option, but Doucoure and Torreira seem to be trending now. Regarding the box-to-box CM, Tanguy Ndombele could be excellent, watch his performance against PSG:


    1. Adam Criniti says:

      Granted it was a mere 2 minute highlight reel, but
      Good Lord this kid has BAGS & BAGS of talent and
      wouldn’t instantly slot in to the first 11

      For all those desperate for Ramsey to sign another
      RIDICULOUS contract, spend a few minutes and watch this lad DOMINATE the midfield against PSG.

      This is the B2B midfielder that AFC DESPERSTELY need.

      Nice work Gotanidea!

      1. John0711 says:

        Can u imagine him Torriera and dacoure get rid Xhaka ozil
        We would be awesome

        1. Adam Criniti says:


          Just mentioned this in a below comment but
          prefer Ramsey leaving over Ozil. I REALLY rate
          Doucoure, but Ndombele from Lyon is a few years younger and a few pounds cheaper than the Watford man. Both players are athletic, technically astute and have the ability to break forward in attack with pace and close control
          The YouTube highlights of the Lyon lad against
          PSG was mouthwatering, something on his best
          day RAMSEY doesn’t have the ability to

          Hell Arsenal could afford all three of Doucore,
          Ndombele and Torreria if they said goodbye
          to Xhaka, El Neny, Ramsey and Welbeck and
          would still have money left for Rico and
          possibly the Turkish youngster Sonycu.

          1. John0711 says:

            I agree Adam a fast moving high pressure three could really work and wouldn’t cost much
            There are good players out there let’s hope we try at least

          2. Adam Criniti says:

            I just don’t think AFC has the BALLS to play
            hard ball with Ramsey. Although I do rate
            him as a player, I just can’t see him fitting
            into the style of futbol most Arsenal fans
            expect from the club. I personally have
            never been impressed with his goal tallys
            or lung busting runs into the box for a true
            B2B midfielder in my humble opinion should
            athletically dominate the middle of the pitch,
            provide link up play to the attacking players
            (not suffocate them) and assist the DM with additional cover for the back four. The Welshman does have assists in his bag but
            AFC need a midfielder that excels in all
            three areas.

          3. killamch89 says:

            I said this in another thread the other day. All we ever hear about is Ramsey’s goal-scoring ability. We never hear about his ability to control the tempo of a game because he doesn’t have that. We never hear about his ability to track back and help the dm because he doesn’t do that. We never hear about his great dribbling skills because his dribbling is average. His passing and final ball is terrible. Ramsey lacks the basic skills that make any player in his position a Top-Class player. Ramsey also lacks one other thing: consistency. Ramsey has only been consistent for 1 season which was the 13-14 season.

          4. Ozziegunner says:


          5. John Ibrahim says:

            saying good bye to Xhaka, Elneny, Ramsay and Welbeck??

            so whos gonna be the squad players?

            whos going to come in when theres injury and suspension?

          6. Lance says:

            Adam, I think we can get £40m for Ramsey, £25m for Xhaka, £15 for Welbeck and £10 for Elneny. That gives us £90 plus the rumoured £70m already provided. With £160m we can get Doucore. Ndombele, Torreria, 2 CBs and a GK. And we are good to go.

    2. ThirdManJW says:


      We have ZERO DM’s to unload! Haha

      1. Jeremy says:

        ??Position of DM is vacant since donkey years ago.

        No DM, the rest of transfer just a make over. Root cause remains….

        1. Ozziegunner says:


  3. BenardoM says:

    I actually don’t understand why arsenal seems to be behaving the same way it used to behave during Wenger’s era.Signing players is taking too long while other teams are actually completing deals ASAP.

    1. Abu says:

      Ain’t you playing FIFA mate ? Transfers in real world do take time. It’s not that easy as in video games. Plus he hasn’t turned 18 yet which doesn’t allow him to transfer abroad. He turns 18 next month. So it might take a while.

      1. Break-on-through says:

        Yeah, and we’ve signed three players. I do think Arsenal need to improve the long game though, with talking to players, tapping them up and such over an entire season. But hopefully we were doing that and will start moving onto bigger players from here on. If not then I hope we start looking for next seasons targets while in season.

    2. Angello says:

      Really? Two players signed already and you are still moaning? SMH.

    3. ClassyGunner says:

      Yeah mate. Lets just go to Tesco and pick up really quickly whatever players we need.

  4. Abu says:

    Young Ronaldo ? I guess it does ring a bell. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain . Guy had one good season and then he just left us for half the wages that we were offering.Just because he was tried of being a mediocre. That shows how delusional our management had been. Really hope unai brings the best out of him and others who had been left behind just because lack of discipline. Exciting times ahead. Fingers crossed. I would be more than happy if we put in a good fight against the top 6 and finish in champions league. Even without a trophy I would be pleased.

    1. Angello says:

      Even though we haven’t signed those big names we are hoping to see, I feel positive about our beloved club.

      1. Ozziegunner says:


    2. Sal says:

      a fantastic singing very happy with this one! had a good season last year in the reserves and looks so dangerous running at players , hope we can turn him into a superstar. get in!! COYG

      1. Break-on-through says:

        One thing I noticed besides his frame is that ball he lofts over the top. We haven’t had anyone good with that stuff in a long while. The strikers we have make that ball a necessity. Only seen short clips so we don’t know the overall picture, similar with Granit, but this one is different because of the interest in him and him being a top pick from a very wealthy clubs academy. Am very happy!!! with this signing, future French nationals is a great way to go for when it works out.

  5. The signing of Yacin Adli is a very good move. Currently, we really need experience in the backline as that’s being done with Litch in already and expecting Soks as well. If the could add Johny Evans, N’zonzi, Fellaini for some of his nuisance value, Doucoure and if we could go all out for Anthony Marshall, Gelson Martins and Ousmane Dembele then we could become the Spartans with potent armoury. However, the likes of Caglar Soyuncu, Matijs De Ligt, Stephan De Vrijt should also be considered as a near future replacements of Kos, Soks and Litch whose time is already at the verge as we will be relieved from the pressure of looking for standings in their stead.

    1. Abel says:

      Someone is obsessed with football manager.

    2. sanmi.marvellous says:

      Johnny Evans is reportedly closer to Leicester city than Arsenal

      1. Sal says:

        and we wish him all the best, now we can focus on real quality!

    3. ClassyGunner says:

      while we are at it we should try to bring in Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar as well. Delusional commenter, waste of reading space and time

  6. RSH says:

    seems like a good signing then. I do hope we go in for a second round of players after World Cup. Seems Sokratis/Lichtsteiner/Aldi will be pre-World Cup, and honestly that’s not near enough to get back into top 4. Need quality starters in midfield. Only June so plenty of time, but we’ve done this dance before as well.

    1. Adam Criniti says:

      I agree with your sentiments but unfortunately
      I just don’t see Arsenal adding any more quality
      to the midfield with the exception of maybe
      Torreria or Nzonzi @ DM following the WC.

      It seems Arsenal and Emery have decided to
      reward mediocrity with a ridiculous contract
      and build the future of the club around Ramsey.
      With the same amount of weekly wages he’s demanding AFC could pay for both
      Ndombele (Lyon) and Torreria and dramatically upgrade BOTH the midfield positions.

      Out: $60M

      IN: $50M

      Saving $10M and improving both midfield positions, what is AFC waiting for?

      1. JJPawn says:

        For your to take over as the Manager!

        1. Adam Criniti says:

          Emery is the man for the job.

          In Ramsey We Trust!!

          1. Break-on-through says:

            That defending from the front people are always going on about, Ramsey is gonna be a great asset for Unai.

      2. Ken1945 says:

        Please let me know how you are privy to such intimate contract agreements?
        As far as I know, Ramsey hasn’t even signed a new contract yet and how on earth you can say what your suggested players will cost and agreed salaries for them is beyond me!
        Perhaps you could enlighten me?
        What are Arsenal waiting for? Their new regime to earn THEIR salaries and sign the players the club have identified and need.
        In my opinion they are not doing too badly so far!

        1. Phil says:

          I agree Ken-it’s still early days and we MUST trust these guys to get it right.The signs are there that they seem to working on targets and they will I’m sure prioritise the CB and CDM positions.Anything else is a bonus but if Wilshere leaves then another CM and/or pacy winger and we won’t be too far off

          1. Ozziegunner says:

            Offers are apparently on the table for both Wilshere and Ramsey. Wishere can leave on a free at completion of his current contract. Ramsey, with only one year left on his contract, will be sold if he doesn’t sign the contract on offer. Therefore there is plenty going on; Arsenal should be strengthening midfield, particularly a DM or two, given Emery’s preference for 4-1-4-1.

        2. Adam Criniti says:


          I applaud the signing of SL and soon to be
          additions of this young Frenchman and the
          Greek God Socratis?. It seems Emery and
          co. are attempting to address areas of concern both on and off the pitch with these players.

          The only point I was trying to make is that
          IMHO Arsenal could drastically improve the
          steel and athleticism of there midfield by
          selling both Xhaka/Ramsey and signing Ndombele and Torreria. One doesn’t have to
          be an MIT grad to calculate that the transfer
          fees spent/weekly compenastion for the new players wouldn’t come close to xceeding the same fees and saved wages if Ramsey and Xhaka were sold.

          Never one to enlighten, simply formulate

          1. John0711 says:

            That’s how I took the comment

          2. Adam Criniti says:

            thx John,

            I guess we’re definitely in the minority crowd
            when it pertains to Ramsey being at the
            epicenter of Arsenals revival.

            I’ve played and watched alot of soccer over
            the years and I guess I just don’t understand
            the Arsenal fans infatuation with the Welshman.

            Agree to disagree I reckon. ?

          3. Rkw says:

            Happy to join the minority … As previously with the whippet arsenal fans are too easily persuaded that their young talent will eventually deliver greatness even when years of reality suggest otherwise … Ramsey is a decent bench player nothing more or less … Keeping him on as such is fine by me as long as he accepts appropriate wage bill and quality DM is purchased as a starter

          4. Adam Criniti says:

            Arsenal giving him a bumper raise baised on years of average form and countless
            months on the trainers table is absolute
            madness and a big mistake by Emery and
            co. His current $100K is an accurate
            reflection of what his status @ the club
            SHOULD BE, a bench player that should feature in domestic cups and rotated in to
            spell Ozil when he doesn’t feel like playing. ?.

          5. Sue says:

            Soccer, Adam? What’s that? ??

          6. Ken1945 says:

            Not trying to be critical mate,but all your calculations and formulations fail if the following happens…
            Ramsey doesn’t sign a new contract.
            We spend the transfer kitty in a new goalkeeper..
            We could sell the naming rights to our training ground for £500 million and buy Messi and Ronaldo.
            Let’s try and be realistic and not quote salaries and transfers just to justify ones point
            I have no idea what salary Ramsey will be offered,or histransfer value, just believe he is a top class player for our club, now that’s a point we could discuss using facts and opinions.

          7. Adam Criniti says:

            No worries Ken, agree to disagree. I respect
            your opinions on this site and look forward
            to further discussions of our beloved club

          8. Ken1945 says:

            Agreed and that’s what adult debating should be about.
            Look forward to seeing your future posts my fellow gooner.

  7. John0711 says:

    I actually enjoy Kev’s updates he doesn’t get everything right but most of it

    1. TBLAZE says:

      yes, Kev is really trying, yet people will still criticize him

      1. Phil says:

        Where would we all be without Kev?

        1. Ken1945 says:

          Completely agree, Kev is really trying!!!

          1. Phil says:

            Now now Ken-let’s not be too naughty with Kev.He is the “You heard it here first” go to guy on this site.How do I know that?Kev told me.

          2. Ken1945 says:

            Boom Boom!!

  8. Break-on-through says:

    Emery is behind the Adli signing, like Mislintat used his knowledge and relationships so to has Emery here. I really like the looks of this lad, very promising and is probably why Wilshere was cut loose. Mislintat, nobody is writing him off, he has been good but I want to see him lean towards future greats rather than rely heavily on his Dortmund connections anymore. Auba and Mkhit are fine and we needed them, we’ll soon find out about Sokratis. But now I want to see why he’s named diamond eye because he has had it easy so far.

    1. Enagic says:

      Mislintat is something arsenal has been needing for over last ten years

      1. Ozziegunner says:


  9. GoonAR says:

    Buying or acquiring youngsters from France is what Arsenal have been doing for the past 20 years… Henry, Nasri, Sanogo, just to name a few. However, with a different manager and backroom staff in place and a different player (Adli) being the subject, I support the move if we spend more on quality players ready to compete for trophies now.

  10. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    This isn’t just any youngster though. The incoming manager was at the club where he is so obviously knows more than just superficially about him

  11. Innit says:

    If Ramsey has rejected £100,000 per week and if it’s true he wants closer to £200,000 per week then I say sell him.

    We can use the funds to get someone as good for less salary or better for the salary he supposedly wants.

    1. Ozziegunner says:


  12. Wiggy says:

    This is just like the Wenger era. Why are we signing up kids who we will never hear of. Why isnt the board signing up world class players like the other 5 teams above us are doing in a haste??? manu, city, pool etc.

    1. Declan says:

      Fabregas was Signed at 16 and played at 16.

  13. Ronny says:

    I hope it’s just the writers who like to whip negativity amongst us that are getting busy but all I’m reading today is we may not sign a gk this window which worries me abd also that we may settle on AMN as our converted dm player. I love the player but let’s not ruin him we need a ready made mf general / warrior
    I think we’ll end up signing Nzonzi if Sven let’s Emery have his way.

  14. Ronny says:

    Let’s be clear this kid is 17 but he’s com3 from a top club and is well known by Emery who is unlikely to put his neck on the block so early unless he thinks he’ll deliver.
    Also he had offers from RM and Bayern. It’s upto us now to ensure he maintains his level and lives upto the hype at such a young age.

    1. Ozziegunner says:


  15. Jeremy says:

    Supporters are demanding the club battle Liverpool for GK and CB.

    Klopp knows players in German League well too so if we drag our feet… players will be stolen from right under our nose.

  16. ruelando says:

    I am quite happy with the signing of young talents, i hope they are given the opportunity to play in the senior team and are managed properly.

    On to other points Ramsay is not my favorite midfielder, but he has done more for arsenal than Ozil who people find countless excuses for, first he did not have the quality forwards to provide ammunition (that does not exist anymore), second he is played on the wings and not the center(if you are a player of quality it does not matter which position you play) and third he has too much of a work load on the wings (name one player in the top six who does not have defensive duties).

    Messi the worlds greatest player is constantly seen harassing players trying to win the ball high and even on top 18 yards box trying to make tackles, so what is so special about OZIL.

    Ramsay was our top rated midfielder even with the crap he had done throughout the season, i know there are far better midfielders out there and i would gladly see the back of him, but if we are criticising Ramsay criticise OZIL who has not done anything for arsenal of note and stop being HYPOCRITES

  17. wenger says:

    Niles has proven to be a pretty good player last season. Will see how Adli performs in the EPL.

  18. Angello says:

    Yaya Toure to Arsenal please

    1. Lance says:

      Yes Angello. Why don’t we go for Yaya Toure and Maroune Fellaini. Both are free and can still do a job for at least a season or two. Our youngsters can learn a thing or two from them too.

  19. ENOCK says:

    Mesut Mesut ball to Yacine, Yacine Yacine tricks and drops his shoulder through ball to…… GOOOOOOALLLLLLLLLL Laca…Lacaaa oh Lacaaaa *Insert Arabian reporter voice
    Can only dare to imagine.

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