Are Arsenal’s actions over Ozil and Aubameyang making transfers harder?

By Sir Hardly Anyone

The notion is beginning to circulate that Arsenal’s willingness to freeze out Aubameyang and Ozil before giving them away to other clubs is coming back to haunt the club.

Certainly, the way in which Ozil and Auba were treated was very unusual, with each player effectively being removed from the squad while the club was of course obliged to continue to pay their wages. But in the end this approach appeared to be justified by the fact that the players did leave, their salaries were no longer a burden on the club, and Arsenal were able to move on.

But because this approach over not just one but both players was so very unusual, the suggestion is now being made that other clubs who are interested in buying an Arsenal player are willing to wait and see if they can get the player for nothing.

As is common at this time of the year just before the transfer window opens (which is tomorrow as it happens) most of the focus is on the multiplicity of players Arsenal are thinking of buying (according to the media) but we might also note that the same media has suggested that the club is preparing to sell much of its squad at the same time.

Of course most of the focus has been on the alleged sale of Saka, but there is also a growing interest in players like Hector Bellerin.   He earns £5.7m a year and has one more year of his contract to go.  Given that he went out on loan last season to Real Betis, it is generally agreed that Arsenal have no more interest in him, and can of course leave on a free after one more season.

But if he can’t get a transfer at a salary he wants he could come back to Arsenal and just sit out his time, as Ozil and Aubameyang did.

Of course, many of these tales of players leaving never come to pass.  Elneny for example has signed a new contract for a year having been expected by most of the media to leave at the end of last season.

Matteo Guendouzi is still an Arsenal player, Rob Holding is said to be waiting to be off loaded somewhere, Bernd Leno is still on the books, as is Maitland-Niles, as is Reiss Nelson.  Nicolas Pepe appears to be stuck as a bit-part player, and Luca Torreira is also still an Arsenal player.

This is the sort of problem that can happen of course when a new manager comes in and has his own ideas on how to the club should continue.

So while the major headlines are of this type…

… there is the suggestion that one reason that players are reluctant to consider Arsenal is the policy of “freezing out” players who are no longer wanted by the manager.

Of course, the media never help, as when the Mirror ran its infamous story on 19 December 2020, “One year on from his appointment as Arsenal boss and it seems the Spaniard is facing more questions than he’s delivered answers.”

Because the media refused en masse to look at the tactical changes the manager was making they focussed entirely on the fact that Arsenal were 15th in the league.   However from that point on Arsenal’s results changed dramatically, and over the last two-thirds of that season (remembering it kicked off late because of covid restrictions) they were the second-best performing team in the league.

But this summer it seems we might actually have an off-loading issue, and fixing up the loans for unwanted players may well be the main task for the transfer team rather than looking to bring in all the players being hyped in the media.

5 Replies to “Are Arsenal’s actions over Ozil and Aubameyang making transfers harder?”

  1. Depth was a serious issue this season, with a bunch of extra fixtures on the schedule for next season, bringing in quality reinforcement had better be the number 1 priority for management.

  2. yes it was a legitimate concern but in the same time we should not focused on the negativity the media said about our club and don’t let ourselves being sucked in by their speculations especially in transfer window period. sure the club will find the best solution and protect their interest first and foremost. we should not act like the media is the one who dictate our transfer business and like you mention transfer window is not even officially open yet. plus if Bellerin is willing to sit out, it will reflect more on his attitude toward the club and i’m sure he rather going out on a good terms

  3. We have just under 12 weeks to go in this window so a lot can happen, btw the Guardian says that Guendouzi has already joined Marseilles, just saying.

    There seems to be a few clubs in for Torreira despite Fiorentina trying it on and Bellerin has a few interested parties other than Betis but it’s looking like Niles is coming back, so far.

    I think the fall-out at Fenerbahce shows we were wise to move on Ozil.

    Arsenal aren’t the only club we see players running down contracts anymore, it’s a scenario Arsene Wenger predicted and as usual with Le Prof it’s coming to pass.

  4. I was quite satisfied at the way the club and MA handled the players discipline over the last two seasons. And as Tony put , we saved quite a bit of money on it , thus freeing it for the use top buy other players. While at their time said players did impress , but time waits for none.

    Apparently there are many ways that some disgruntled and very dissatisfied player may react to his future prospects .
    We have on the one hand the interesting case of Winston Bograde of Chelsea .

    On the other hand we have the tale of a player so unwilling to play , but rather threatening to score into his own net if not allowed to leave the club. It was of course , William Gallas of Chelsea . That he left us for the Spuds says much about him . And his taste for more punishment !

  5. Tony this article has phrases like… “The notion is beginning to circulate..” and “there is the suggestion that one reason players are reluctant to consider arsenal…”etc. In the spirit of untold’s demand for evidence, it would have been nice to furnish us with some evidence, I personally believe it’s your opinion you’re just trying to amplify

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