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Media unites on six players who are leaving Arsenal

By Sir Hardly Anyone

The greatest fear of the football journalist is that he or she should be out on his/her own when it comes to a story.  With no one doing any proper research they are anxious that their inventions should be backed up by other media.  Which is partly why every possible transfer includes a citation of some other publication that has mentioned it first.

It is in fact the reverse of journalism, where the “Exclusive” is craved above all else.  With football news it is being part of the herd, running the same tracks as the rest, that is wanted.  Exclusive is used as a last resort when the paper decides to publish, but knows no one else is running the story.  It is a plea to the rest of the industry  to take up the idea, not a boast of the work of their research team.

So we have a general agreement on who is leaving between now and the restart…

1: Matteo Guendouzi, for disciplinary reasons.  A great shame as he is a fantastic player in my book, but as we have noted before, the discipline was why we got him so cheap in the first place, and is what will undoubtedly make him harder to sell and keep the price low.   He really is a bit of a silly chap because with a regular session with a psychologist he could overcome these tendencies, and earn a lot more money as well as being happier.

2:  Mesut Ozil seems next, but much depends on him.  Would he sooner get his pay each month and not play, or would he sooner play?  I suspect there is something going on that we know nothing whatsoever about, which could be trauma from the attack he suffered, or an injury that is proving impossible to fix.

If either of these are the cause then Arsenal will have to reveal the situation to any potential buyer, and that could well put most teams off, unless Arsenal let him go for next to nothing, and Ozil has very modest pay requests.

The UK is notoriously awful at handling psychological problems, and although there have been efforts to bring the country at least into the 20th century if not the 21st on such matters, we remain a long way behind much of western Europe in handling this.   Sympathy for any person with psychological difficulties is often hard to find.

3: Sokratis played 40 games in his first season with us, but only 29 this season, leading to suggestions that he has fallen down the order.  That might be true but we do need back up defenders especially as we have just booked what I hope will be at least a dozen extra games in the Europa.

The question therefore is who else can step in if we run out of players in the centre of defence.

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We do know that Tierney (despite all the Daily Mail’s nonsense) can readily slip into that position.   And we have Chambers, Holding, David Luiz, Mustafi, Saliba, and Pablo Mari so a reduction of one is possible even if Chambers doesn’t recover from his injury.

4: Mkhitaryan has shown no sign of wanting to come back and Arsenal haven’t been making big noises about him coming back, so he seems likely to make the new season.

5: Mailtland-Niles is tipped in many quarters to go, but the flexibility we saw from him in the cup final makes me think otherwise.  It is not just that he can play in a range of positions, he can also switch positions during a match, which can be quite confusing for defenders and is a difficult skill to pull off.

6.  Pierre Emerick Aubameyang could go, if he is determined to go, and some suggest that has been his history, but he did survive five campaigns at Borussia Dortmund.  His scoring rate, although good, is not at the level it was (39 goals in 49 games in 2015/16 and 40 goals in 46 games in 2016/17), so he might well think that staying is probably his best bet.

Above are the six the media are talking about.  But we might also consider…

7.  Anyone whose contract has just one more year to run.   Running down the contract is bad news for any club that wants a bit of cash from a transfer, so the one-year-to-go scenario is always a sign of a player leaving.

Unfortunately that does include Aubameyang.  The other members of the “last year” group are Sokratis (another reason for him going as he is 32), Ozil, David Luiz, Mustafi and Macey.

Matt Macey has had the pleasure of being the sub in a cup final, but assuming neither Martinez and Leno is demanding a departure, Macey might think that it is time, at the age of 25, to set sail for pastures new (to mix the metaphors).

Mustafi would have every reason for wanting to leave behind the sort of support that Arsenal has had over the last two years, much of which has been directed against him, and many other teams will have noted his extraordinary ability not to be beaten by the opprobrium he has suffered from those who think booing and jeering one’s own team is a good idea.

But, there is a universal problem.

Every club has suffered through the pandemic, and no one knows when all this will end.  Yes the clubs are talking about letting part of the crowd back in, in October, but given the way our government is behaving they will also know that they could make all the arrangements to have, perhaps a third of the ground occupied, and then have the government cancel the arrangement half an hour before the gates open.

We might well put players up for sale, but that doesn’t mean anyone will buy them, no matter what the price.

 

1 comment to Media unites on six players who are leaving Arsenal

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    I think the only Arsenal player at the moment that one can point his or her finger to is Aubameyang to say because of his still been at the level of the top European League 20 goals per season scorer striker, he’ll remain a hot cake in the transfer market this summer window. And who can command the sum of £60 – 70m in transfer fee for Arsenal FC if they sell him despite his having only a year left to run on his current deal at the club. And I think the rest of the top-five PL club sides will not mind paying Arsenal the above amount to get him signed this summer if after all that Arsenal have tried to keep him didnt work thus forcing them to sell him to prevent him going on the free next summer. The La Liga’s giants club sides: Real Madrid&Barcelona, the Bundelisga’s Bayern Munchen and the Ligue 1’s PSG can equally buy him for this fee or more.

    But as the article posting has said, it’ll be in the interest of both Arsenal Auba if both parties worked out an agreeable deal that will see Auba agreed to put pen to paper to stay at Arsenal on a £250m/week wages, which is quite a hefty amount of salary earning that Auba should accept with no delays if that’s what Arsenal have offered him to extend.

    Looking at the rest of the Arsenal first team squad players, i think Guendouzi for his indisciplined track records at the club should be sold this summer to leave AFC to wherever he wants to go to. But let him know that at Arsenal FC, player comes player goes but Arsenal FC remains. Therefore with or without him, Arsenal will continue to win matches and titles, just as they recently won the FA Cup. Us Gooners don’t want another lord Brentner at AFC Who else should leave Arsenal this summer? Well, Mesut Ozil has become a financial millstone on the neck of AFC for quite some seasons now. And I think the time has come this summer for Arsenal to remove him off their neck by all possible means. If Arsenal succeeded in getting Ozil off their playing squad list this summer which they should if the club is to sign a regular playing productive goals creator midfielder to replace him, then his reported £350k/w wages should be freed from the club’s wage bill account. But to not free the financial cost burden of paying Ozil his out of proportion weekly wage earnings will continue to cause problem at the club. For, Arsenal player like Aubameyang will be eyeing this huge amount of wages that are being paid to Ozil who has increasingly becomes for AFC Abu Diaby or Thomas Roscisky who at a time were at Arsenal but pampered to continue to remain at the club even as they outlived their usefulness on the field of play for the club far beyond necessary.

    I think Torreria who is increasing looking cannot be an Arsenal top quality DMF should be sold this summer. But a top quality DMF should be signed to replace him since Willock hasn’t look to have the right pedigree yet that will make him to be doing the needful job in conjunction with Xhaka in the base of the midfield for Arsenal. But I am not advocating for his sale this summer. I think Arteta should keep him in the 1st team squad for next season’s summer campaign to see if he’ll come up to start performing better to meet up to the required Arsenal playing standard demands for next season which is to win the PL title.

    If it is financially possible for Arsenal to sign the Brazilian winger William at Chelsea on the free this summer, they should please do it. This is because I think William is far ahead of any of the current specialist wingers that are at the moment on ground at Arsenal. Therefore, Arsenal should stage a coup on Chelsea by capturing him early to prevent Chelsea succeeding at extending his contact at the Bridge that will soon time out of deal this summer.

    Defence: I think Arsenal current defenders at the club can successfully withstand the barrage of assaults that they’ll face in the PL campaign next season and come out from them unhurt. Salliba who joined Arsenal from St Etienne last season will next season report for Arsenal duty in their defense-line. At there I can’t see any urgent necessities in the current Gunners defence that could warrant Arsenal to bring in another new defender for next season’s summer campaign. For, by and large, these current on the ground specialist defenders at Arsenal are all still very good to stand the incredible rigour demands in the the PL long campaign. But however, Kolasina could probably be sold and replaced with a better than him at leftback/wingback defence in the squad.

    Where I think the major problem could be in the Arsenal first team squad next season’s summer campaign is in the front line section of the team. Which if the club don’t sign a new senior top quality striker no 3 to Auba and Lacazette but of a top League 20 goals per season goals scorer kind. So that the Arsenal front line goals scoring firepower capacity will become immensely increased especially in the PL which is geared toward to win the title.