by Tony Attwood
All managers bring in players they rate and want to work with – and that leads to a fairly full squad. Which means Arsenal’s next permanent manager will have to get rid of some before he can bring in more.
Which many supporters might feel is ok except that there is also a budget to be considered. Buying clubs look for good deals, obviously, and so when there is a managerial change at a club, many other clubs come looking for a player or two who might be going cheap. And as a result of that there is a downward pressure on prices.
Add to that the normal to and fro of buying and selling and what you have is a situation in which the club with a managerial change has a financial problem. They have just spent a small fortune (in footballing terms) paying off the manager and all his staff that he insisted he bring in, and there might well be compensation to be paid to the club the replacement manager is currently at. Now add to that the new manager saying “well, we need at least four new players so I’ll have to have that budget too” and changing managers gets more expensive than Christmas with a demanding girlfriend.
So who will the next man keep and who will go – bearing in mind not just the needs of the team, but also the budget?
Here is a list of the players that have come in during Mr Emery’s reign who I really think we would be crazy to get rid of.
1: Matteo Guendouzi
If you don’t feel that Emery needs thanking for anything else, you can surely thank him for Guendouzi. He cost £7m, impressed in the first ten minutes of his first friendly game, and is now rated by Transfer Market at £40.5m. Not least because he is still only 20, and so will go on improving for at least another five years. And of course he has now been called up by France.
2: Gabriel Martinelli
I still can’t believe how Man U and the rest with their expert view of what makes a good footballer turned him down, or how we could have bought him for just £6m from Ituano. OK he’s only risen to £7.6m so far, but give it another year and a new manager who has eyes wide open instead of eyes wide shut (an approach that some managers seem to have) and this guy will be a mainstay for years to come. The only problem will be is that every time Brazil play, he’ll be missing for a week.
And don’t forget it is seven goals in ten games.
3. Bernd Leno
I also can’t believe that some scribblers doubted Leno at first. Every keeper going to a new club has dodgy moments because of the new instructions and the new full backs – and life has been harder because of the injuries and changes made to our defence.
He cost £19.2m and is now quoted on Transfermarket at £27m, and that, like the two players above, can only increase. This guy is not only super talented but also Mr Cool which gets the respect of the defenders around him.
And we look much sounder than we did in the last couple of years with Cech in goal.
4: Lucas Torreira
Virtually all players have dips in form at some time – and the fact that the three players mentioned so far have got is what it takes, keeps them at the top of the list for players who must be retained no matter what.
Any new manager who comes in and gets rid of any of those three would be in danger of losing all support in the club immediately.
And I would have added Torreira to that list at first, but he’s not maintained that standard. So the issue will be, does the new manager see this recent dip as down to Emery or down to the player, or just one of those things that happens to everyone. (Even Thierry Henry had off days).
TransferMarket is in no doubt however – he cost £26m from Sampdoria and they have him valued at £49.5m. That might be stretching it, but it confirms what a lot of people who really study player form say; there is nothing wrong with this guy that a few weeks under a new manager won’t put right. And indeed it could well be that the playing slighty further forward simply isn’t what Torreira feels good about.
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