By Sir Hardly Anyone
Yesterday we noted that Mr Wenger had told the press that they might be surprised at what will happen at the end of this window, and that every club still had transfers to do before the closure of the transfer market on wednesday night.
Now we see the story, which is replicated in most papers, that Jack Wilshere could go out on loan. The idea seems to be not so much that he will go for a season long loan but rather that he will have a shorter loan spell in order to get more match experience after so many interruptions through injury. Valencia has been mentioned, and several papers are suggesting that it is Jack himself who has come up with the idea.
Arsenal have so far spent £89.4m, mostly made up of the two £35m deals for Grant Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi and the Daily Mail is claiming that the club has another £70m available. But what neither the Mail nor anyone else does is balance in terms of numbers the ceaseless suggestions of who else Arsenal will bring in, with who will go.
As we can see below, the names of players coming to Arsenal and those going on loan are all listed, but not the maths of meeting the requirements of the “25”.
As Andrew pointed out in his recent analysis on Untold, Arsenal’s issue is not home grown players, but the limit on 25 players over 21 in the squad.
Once again here is the list as it stands – first the 10 home grown
|Player||Internaltion Reg||Squad No||Position||DOB|
|Kieran Gibbs||England||3||LB||26 Sep 1989|
|Aaron Ramsey||Wales||8||Mid||26 Dec 1990|
|Jack Wilshere||England||10||Mid||1 Jan 1992|
|Theo Walcott||England||14||Forward||16 Mar 1989|
|Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain||England||15||Mid||15 Aug 1993|
|Danny Welbeck||England||23||Forward||26 Nov 1990|
|Carl Jenkinson||England||25||RB||8 Feb 1992|
|Emiliano Martinez||Argentina||26||GK||2 Sep 1992|
|Francis Coquelin||France||34||DM||13 May 1991|
|Matt Macey||England||49||GK||9 Sep 1994|
Secondly we have 16 overseas players
|Player||International Reg||Squad No||Position||DOB|
|Mathieu Debuchy||France||2||RB||28 Jul 1985|
|Per Mertesacker||Germany||4||CB||29 Sep 1984|
|Gabriel||Brazil||5||CB||26 Nov 1990|
|Laurent Koscielny||France||6||CB||10 Sep 1985|
|Alexis Sanchez||Chile||7||Forward||19 Dec 1988|
|Mesut Özil||Germany||11||Mid||15 Oct 1988|
|Olivier Giroud||France||12||Forward||30 Sep 1986|
|David Ospina||Colombia||13||GK||31 Aug 1988|
|Nacho Monreal||Spain||18||LB||26 Feb 1986|
|Santi Cazorla||Spain||19||Mid||13 Dec 1984|
|Yaya Sanogo||France||22||Forward||27 Jan 1993|
|Granit Xhaka||Switzerland||29||CM||27 Sep 1992|
|Petr Cech||Czech Republic||33||GK||20 May 1982|
|Mohamed Elneny||Egypt||35||Mid||11 Jul 1992|
|Shkodran Mustafi||Germany||CB||17 Apr 1992|
|Lucas Pérez||Spain||Forward||10 Sep 1988|
Put it together and that is 26 and it is interesting that newspapers are constantly running articles and commentaries from supporters about why Campbell has gone on loan. Mr Wenger has said that he needs regular games to get up to the next level of his ability. But there is also the fact that with him we have 27 in the squad so the deal makes sense.
Now we have to lose two more. Sanogo is one whose name often comes up given that he had little engagement pre-season despite being in the early training sessions with the first team squad. The other most often mentioned is Mathieu Debuchy, on loan.
That would take us down from the current 26 to 24. If Jack also went it would be 23, leaving two places available without having to drop Danny Welbeck from the squad because of his injury. That is an option, but it still leaves a problem for January, and players can be much harder to move in January. So the plan simply to leave Danny out of the counting this time could simply build up a bigger problem for next year.
We also have to remember that if players are forced out of squads, or pushed into moves they don’t want the story reverberates around football, and players become more reluctant to move to a club that gets a reputation for that.
Which brings us back to the point, we must drop one player from the list to meet the 25, and if we want another player to come in, a second has to go. If the Debuchy loan deal isn’t emerging then Jack could be the next out on loan, either for the benefit of regular games or to give Arsenal that extra space in the 25 list.
The rumour that is going around is what is called an “esclusiva” in Tuttomercatoweb. Now there is a bit of a problem with this because it comes from AllArsenal.com who say, ” According to Italian newspaper Tuttomercatoweb, Arsene Wenger is in the process of bringing Almiron to Arsenal despite suggesting there will be no further signings.
“The source suggests talks are ongoing between the two clubs for the midfielder and a deal is expected to be completed. A bid of £9.4 million has been launched by Arsenal but Lanus is holding out for a fee of £11.1 million for the Paraguay International.”
Now as it happens Tuttomercatoweb actually runs an English version of its web site, and as far as I know is not a newspaper at all – but is the Italian original version of the the site http://www.transfermarketweb.com/ And the story did indeed hit a few days back with the headline:
According to news collected in exclusive through TMW sources of ours, Arsenal management are working on Paraguayan international winger Miguel Almirón (22).
While Gunners have already submitted CA Lanús a €10/£8.4m offer, the request on him amounts to €14/£12m. Playing for Granate since August 2015, Almirón, who had been linked to a Zenit Saint Petersbourg move before, achieved last Argentinian championship title as a player of theirs.
And it is just possible there is something in this since in the last few hours the Sun has added to its website this screaming headline
Arsenal transfer news: Gunners set to move for £11m Paraguay attacker Miguel Almiron after completing deals for Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez
He is an attacking midfielder who can play central or on the wing. He is 22 and was born in Asunción, Paraguay and currently plays for Lanús in Argentine Primera División. Here’s the Wiki information on him
Back to TransferMarketWeb, since I haven’t run their rumours before… this is what they are running at the moment (some of the translations go slightly awry but since their English is a damn site better than my Italian you are better of with their version than mine).
ARSENAL & JUVENTUS don’t giving up on INTER’s BROZOVIC
This story says that Liverpool, Tottenham, Juventus and Arsenal are all trying to buy Croatian international midfielder Marcelo Brozovic. He is 23 and plays for Inter who value him at around €35, but all the clubs are offering a fee of around €22. However the Daily Mail says that Chelsea are close to a deal with him.
He again is a box to box midfielder and here are his Wiki figures
|2015–2016||Inter Milan (loan)||47||5|
As for the rest – here they are with links to their English language versions.
So there we are – another possible Arsenal transfer just before the end of the window, and a bit of shuffling of the numbers to keep us within the 25 limit. If the Jack deal does go through it might be worth staying up late on Wednesday night.
- Wenger hints at one more big transfer before the end of the Window.
- Great Arsenal Transfer Index (28 Aug) reaches 111 players we are signing, with no apologies for errors to be seen
- Arsenal 25 Man Senior Squad – Update. A hint of more to come but with one in, two out.