by Sir Hardly Anyone
“The six players Arsenal must sell this summer to give Mikel Arteta the squad he needs” is a challenging headline. Six? I mean really six? More than half a squad??? All sold at once???
Of course, some of them might be youngsters or players who are already out on loan, but even so, selling six all at one go, at a time when no one knows if there will be any value left in the transfer market, and most players will not want to leave since leaving is going to mean a cut in salary.
Time for Untold to investigate!
Player 1 is Konstantinos Mavropanos
The opening phrase is “Arsenal are not exactly short on promising centre-backs” and that is certainly true. And in that list we have to include William Saliba and quite possibly Pablo Mari.
“He was highly-regarded, but has spent the second-half of the season out on loan with Nurnberg in the Bundesliga…”
Now note the word “but” – meaning “was highly-regarded and something went wrong”. Well, actually what happened was he had an awful injury that took a lot longer to come back from than was expected. Yet he worked solidly and hard with the under 21s and under 23s before going on loan and playing five times in the first team in the league in Germany before football was abandoned.
Even the knocking text agrees that he’s been good but says, “and while he has shown some impressive performances in Germany, it would be best for all parties if the youngster was moved on.”
And why is that? Oh we are not told. Seems we have to take their word for it.
Player 2 is Shkodran Mustafi
“Mikel Arteta has done admirable work to salvage a playing career that looked finished for Shkodran Mustafi. The German went from something of a joke among supporters to a cult hero in the space of weeks such were his improvements under his new head coach.
“Mustafi is imposing himself on opponents again, showing confidence in possession and fearlessness when he needs to defend. At 27 years of age there is still reason to believe his peak may yet arrive.”
Wow, sounds like he is just the man we need – and besides when has the judgement of the fans been the defining factor? The rampant negativity of the anti-Arsenal-Arsenal reborn under Emery and still there under Arteta will mock anyone and everyone.
So why should we sell him? Because he will get a good price! And for what? To buy a replacement. But why? We are not told.
Why not sell Sokratis if they think Mustafi is very good? Oh because Sokratis will bring in less dosh.
So we sell our best player, to get the most money to… buy another player while keeping a less good player????
Player 3 is Sead Kolasinac
Now Kolasinac is the other way around. While Mustafi is good and so must be sold, Kolasinac is not good and so… must be sold.
“Arsenal’s interest in Layvin Kurzawa in January tells you everything you need to know about their view of the Bosnian international.” Actually no, it tells us that rather than take note of the financial crisis in football journalists are just making stories up again. Remember only 3% come to pass. Most are just journalistic fantasy. So what a journalist says is everything we need to know. Really?
Player 4 is Mohamed Elneny
Every report from Besiktas is that the player is flying, but apparently, because he didn’t look on top of his game before he went on loan, we should sell him. Err… isn’t sending him on loan a way of giving him game time and getting his top form back? Nope, apparently not.
Player 5 is Henrikh Mkhitaryan
While Elneny should go because he has been playing so well for Besiktas, Mkhitaryan shuold go because he has “hardly pulled up trees in Roma”. While some players are sold because we can get a good price for them, others have been injured and their value has declined so we should sell them.
“Simply finding a way to get Mkhitaryan off the wage bill would be a significant boon to Arsenal.” And that means another club willing to pay him the same if he is that bad. Is that likely?
Player 6 is Mesut Ozil
“There is always speculation around the German’s future at the club and this summer is set to be no different.” Which means this website will be on his back, again, all summer.
The argument here is that he earns too much and isn’t good enough. So why would he ever agree to leave for a lesser club on a lower salary?
Indeed the whole saga is bonkers. We sell players because they are very good, or because they are not good enough, because we’ll get a lot for them, or we won’t.
And who produced this gibberish? Football.London.
And why? Either because the writers at FoLo are idiots, or because through this collection of contradictions they are wanting to undermine Arsenal, and encourage the supporters to get on the players’ backs. I don’t think FoLo finances AFTV, but it would not surprise me if they did.
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