Welcome to a brand new week, a brand new summer’s day (hopefully) – the only thing that will stay the same is the crazyness surrounding the Arsenal team and the transfers in and out of the club. Which at the moment is seeing a massive list of players leave and hardly anyone come in… but of course, one thing to remember is that this is all speculation. A lot of speculation. Some warranted, some not.
Arsene Wenger always says the most important thing to do every summer is to keep our existing players. Every year, the boss says it’s the most important thing and if he can add to it, he will. But we always think that it’s a bit of a rubbish transfer policy just to try and keep what you’ve got – this year, however, it would be the ideal policy. If rumours are true and we do see the departures of Nasri, Cesc and Clichy do happen – then we lose three first teamers. Three players that we don’t want to lose and three players, who in all honesty will be very tough to replace.
Arsene has always adopted a policy of “no more than 3 changes per summer”… and if the aforementioned three do leave, then it may be a massive change of personnel this year – more than any other summer under Arsene Wenger. Through in the also very possible departures of Denilson, Vela and Bendtner and we’re shredding quite a lot of the playing staff. Rumours around Van Persie, Arshavin and Walcott are also rife, but I think the latter three are just tabloid rumour mill stories…
ESPN reported this a while ago:
Gael Clichy’s transfer from Arsenal to Manchester City has moved a step closer after the left-back travelled to the north west to undergo a medical.
The fee is quoted at anything from £5m to £10m but I don’t think anyone really knows – people are settling on £7m as the kind of “makes sense” fee. A lot of people have said that Clichy is error prone and it’s good that he’s leaving – but I don’t view that way – for me, it’s very disappointing that he is going. He is our best left back out of the three we have (Clichy, Traore & Gibbs). He is the most experienced player at the club in terms of PL appearances for Arsenal and he’s one of the very few who have won any silverware – at a time when we need experience, surely his departure is a step in the wrong direction?
Fellow WOA writer, @j1mm7t said this morning:
Thanks for everything Clichy. Part of the greatest PL squad of all time in 2004. Now we need to buy a LB – Gibbs and Traore still not ready!
Do I think Arsene will buy another left back? No I don’t. I really don’t think he will.
Nasri is a player who I will also be saddened to see leave, and we all have read what he said in the papers, which from any Arsenal fan or even a neutral is also a sign of intent to leave.
“I don’t want to sign for a club where I wouldn’t be playing the football that I like, where I wouldn’t feel happy, just for the sake of money. We already earn huge wages. The priority is to make a big career and to win titles. We all need to get out of our comfort zone to grow up and test ourselves. I am hungry for titles. I play football because I love this sport and want to feel the emotion of winning.”
The bid from Man City, which I think Chelsea are also matching is around £19m – and if Nasri refuses to sign a new contract, then I suppose we’ll have to sell, right? But to sell to a Premier League rival will be painful. At the moment, there is a massive feeling that Arsenal are becoming the youth team for the “bigger” clubs – which seems no longer to be us. We’re training kids and then selling them on after they’ve had their educating, after they’ve made their mistakes – and often we don’t get what they’re worth either. I mean, next season, Man City will possibly have a team including Toure, Clichy, Vieira, Nasri and Adebayor! That is just plain ridiculous… the amount of players we’ve sold to Barcelona is just funny, and Cesc is a player who will only get better. The two 16 year olds we’ve signed from Barcelona youth will only want to eventually return, surely?
If we do sell these players, based on the record of the last few years, can we really trust Arsene and the board to get in quality replacements? Gallas and Toure were replaced by Koscielny and Squillaci (and Sol Campbell for a while too), I mean, what the hell is that about? Adebayor was replaced with Chamakh, and Eduardo and Henry haven’t ever been really replaced, have they? Even Vieira hasn’t been replaced, Cesc, Wilshere and Song have just been promoted from the youth team…
We’ve been in for a few players, but we’re unable to attract the top players… we can’t even attract the random unknown players that no-one has ever heard of – such as case of an unknown South American called Ricky Alvarez has been cleared up by the same source that broke the news… the chairman ofPalermo… It’s a very strange series of comments to make from the chairman
We were close to signing [Ricky] Alvarez for half the price they will now pay for him but my colleagues took it easy and no agreement was reached. Where he will go? He was going to sign for Arsenal but Inter Milan made a move and that is where I believe he will go.
Yes, the random players from the Championship and League 1 will sign (Jenkinson and Oxlade-Chamberlain), but they’re rubbish and have zero experience in the Premier League.
At a time when Arsene wants experience, we seem to be selling our best and replacing with randoms from the lower league and rubbish teams like Blackburn (cite Samba)…
And let’s not get started on Kevin Doyle or Stuart Downing… that’s just a complete joke I think? Like a media funny one… right?