By Bulldog Drummond
Unai Emery has said Arsenal will not be able to sign players this month but just take them on loan. So all this talk of Barcelona’s Denis Suárez and Sevilla’s Éver Banega means loan deals not transfers – if the talk has any basis in fact.
And all the other chatter about £50m players being ready to sign is just piffle. And who’d have thought that?
This mention of loans strongly suggests that the issue is not one of the new FFP rules operating in the Premier League as those rules are based on salary increases – and salaries for loan players are normally paid by the borrowing club, so buy or sell, it doesn’t make any odds.
Rather, our lack of buying is, as a number of publications are now saying,s because the manager is not being given funds by the owner. It was a point that Untold made multiple times last year as the “Wenger out” campaign was avidly promoted by the media. One might be able to change the manager, but that alone didn’t mean that new players would be turning up by the shedload.
If the idea was that Mr Wenger was a poor coach then fine, a new manager might be able to turn the squad around. But if the idea was that the squad was no good, then changing the manager would not help – at least not for several years.
Anyway, Héctor Bellerín, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal are all back in full training and Mesut Özil is also fit again.
Konstantinos Mavropanos is particularly thought to have a bright future at the club – and indeed Goal.com has an article on him stressing the value that the club places on the player. He is due to play for the under 23s against Manchester City on Monday.
Meanwhile, looking ahead to tomorrow’s game, West Ham at home are a mid-ranking team…
Home matches only…
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…still with more defeats at home than victories, and a negative goal difference.
Arsenal away were notorious last season, winning just four games all season through. This season while not setting the world alight away from home we actually do have a better away record than West Ham have a home record…
Away matches only
Recent results haven’t been exceptionally wonderful, but then we have had so many players out injured. This weekend’s match may mark out a continuance in the improvement in away performances, not least because away from home this year we have scored six more goals than West Ham have scored in their amusingly called “London Stadium” (better known as the Tax Payers’ Stadium).
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