Miyachi gains work permit as Champions League squad is announced…

Arsene Wenger promised that he’d give us some good news this week and on Monday we signed the prodigy that is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and then today we’ve heard that Ryo Miyachi has been granted a work permit to play for Arsenal this season. And that makes it an exciting two days down at the Grove. It also brings further excitement to what else could happen this week!

We’ve effectively added two wingers to the squad, and if you throw in Gervinho, we’ve suddenly got some exciting attacking options. It’s one in and one out down at the Grove, so for each signing, we can presume someone is leaving… let’s take a look at who is replacing who…

Gervinho replaces Niklas Bendtner

The arrival of the Ivory Coast International Gervinho has been widely known as a signing to replace Niklas Bendtner. Although the destination is not known, Bendtner is believed to have agreed terms on several contracts – the Danish International has never quite made it at the top level.

“Yes. I have done my part as well as I can and it’s up to Arsenal now to sort it out, I can’t do anything more. Hopefully it will be sorted soon but as I said to the Danish press, when I know something they will. I would like to play at a place where you are happy and play every week, that is the most important thing for any football player and hopefully that will happen soon.”

It’s disappoint ing to see a young player who has been afforded so much time and grace in the first team end up leaving the club. After all, all those horrible misses by Bendtner were all part of his education – I do believe he will go on to be a good player somewhere – but I do back his departure too. He’s let us down way too much and never really managed to break himself into the first team – his Carling Cup outings and inability to score against lower sides shows that he’s not quite there. His replacement, Gervinho, looks much more like an Arsenal player – he is tricky, mobile and has pace – surely a perfect fit for the Arsenal…

Carl Jenkinson replaces Emmanuel Eboue

As with Bendtner, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Emmanuel Eboue is talking to several other clubs. His lack of appearances last season showed us all that Arsene had lost his faith in the Ivorian and realised that defenders need to be solid. Carl Jenkinson was brought in to replace Eboue – albeit from a lower league – but he does look like he has a good future ahead of him – he’s come in as backup to Bacary Sagna and the good thing with Jenkinson, is that he looks like he is up for it – both physically and mentally – and he also seems very versatile – reportedly can play left, right or centre.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Samir Nasri

Whilst Samir Nasri has been a class act for us – especially last season – he’s determination to move means Arsenal have no choice but to sell. He looks like he will be on the way to Man City for a reported fee of £25m, but only time will tell. AOC has come in and I think he will play this season – I don’t think he will play in the reserves or go out on loan – he looks like a very decent prospect, and with Walcott injury prone, AOC could come in to the squad more often than he expects this season…

Joel Campbell replaces Carlos Vela

Neither deal has been confirmed by the club, so it’s reallly… Joel Campbell (unconfirmed) replaces Carlos Vela (unconfirmed) who may go on loan… Campbell has been linked with Arsenal all summer and we have now had unconfirmed reports that the player has signed. Carlos Vela, on the other hand, looks like he’s staying one minute, but then going the next – we’re really not sure whether he will be an Arsenal player next season. Campbell may not be one for the first team – he may not even get a work permit, but in terms of squad numbers, he replaces Vela who himself was on loan last season…

Miyachi replaces Denilson

Denilson, as you already know, has gone on loan to Sao Paulo, and although Miyachi and Denilson play in different positions, in terms of the squad, one replaces the other. With Ramsey, Wilshere, Lansbury, Song and Frimpong all able to hold their own in midfield – oh yeah, and Diaby – the need for Denilson has reduced, and the fact that Miyachi’s work permit has come through and he’s in the squad this season, adds to our wing options as well as the “Cesc” role, just ahead of the two central midfielders.

Who replaces Cesc?

The Cesc saga continues, and if the player does leave, then we will need to replace him – we don’t have enough experience or ability to cover his departure and many people think that the deal to sign Mata is directly linked to the deal to sell Cesc. Personally, I’d be happy if Cesc stayed AND wanted to stay – but if his heart is not in it and he wants to go, then we have to replace him with quality.

And finally….

The Champions League squad was announced today, and it saw both Cesc & Nasri included – and I agree with that inclusion. If they don’t play, then can still leave without being cup-tied, but there are no deals in place for either, and a slim possibility that they may stay – yes, very slim – but if they do, then surely they will be part of our Champions League qualifiers? Many believe that including them will also force the hand of the clubs after them – also a possibility!

The full squad list is:

Manuel Almunia
Andrey Arshavin
Nicklas Bendtner
Marouane Chamakh
Abou Diaby
Johan Djourou
Emmanuel Eboue
Lukasz Fabianski
Cesc Fabregas
Gervinho
Kieran Gibbs
Carl Jenkinson
Laurent Koscielny
Vito Mannone
Samir Nasri
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Tomas Rosicky
Bacary Sagna
Alex Song
Sebastien Squillaci
Armand Traore
Robin van Persie
Carlos Vela
Thomas Vermaelen
Theo Walcott

The reason we have Oxlade-Chamberlain in the list despite his age is because he has not been at the club for more than two years, whereas Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Szcznesy and Frimpong are included, but as part of the B list of unlimited youth players!

Okay, that’s enough from me – I leave you with my fingers crossed that we hear even more good news tomorrow!

  • senham

    what is wenger doing with this 2 uncommitted players?!?!?!

  • senham

    wenger’s biggest problem since he has been manager is pretty simple-defence, defence,defence.now he inherited the best back 4/5 in prem lge history. seaman,dixon,adams,bould/keown,winterburn,and build the foundations that became successful at arsenal.while i love his football princibles(attacking football)but you do need a solid defence to build your attacking philosopy. when you think that he turned 2 midfield players into defenders,lauren & toure and both did pretty well,well infact they were in the invincible team so they go down in history.but what frustrates me about wenger is why isn’t he willing to splash big money on defenders.he got campbell on a free,cole came through the youth system and i believe vermaelen is our record buy under wenger for a centre back 10m.see you don’t finish in the top 4 season after season,you don’t get to a european cup final and 2 carling cup finals and blow the prem lge if you are a bad manager,i don’t buy that one bit. wenger has bordered being a genius as well as losing the plot all on not getting a solid foundation (defence) right,it baffles and frustrates the hell out of me.wenger gets the defence right then i think a lot of us fans would have fancied us to have won a few more trophies by now,all on a budget that small change to other clubs,so i don’t buy that rubbish thats hes a bad manager all of a sudden.he has taken risks on too many defenders,senderos, squillaci,djourou,stepanov,etc.if i could have onw wish in this coming weeks is that wenger buys a couple of centre halfs that will make us competative this season.surely he must see that has been his biggest problem since the invincible team,and since he has been manager.so wenger start buying defenders-please.

  • Domhuaille

    Finally a positive review from DevDay! One oversight though, since Campbell’s father apparently holds an EU passport (his father was Irish),Campbell should be able to get Irish citizenship as well apparently.
    Has anyone noticed that Wenger has brought in, or promoted 5 British players over the transfer window and only 2 foreigners (Ryo,Gervinho)so far? Cx-cham, Jenkinson, Frimpong, Lansbury,Afobe are almost a backbone of Brits with each capable of playing in different positions – striker,defender, defensive midfielder,cb and attacking midfielder.

  • Berth

    Aluminium again?

  • agentsmurf

    The “new signing” has already arrived in the form of Miyachi and his work permit.

    In Arsene’s mind:

    Cesc leaves – no problem we have Ramsey, Wilshere and Song as the preferred middle three with the options of Diaby, Frimpong and Lansbury all to come in there

    Nasri leaves – the Ox and Miyachi are wide players. We have strengthened. Gervinho plays wide too.

    All sorted – £50m transfer window profit coming up. Reasons for Stan to be cheerful and hopefully Ivan gets a nice bonus too for all his efforts in this “busy window”

  • Berth

    Are u being sarcastic or real Mr agentsmurf?

  • yemi

    @ Berth:
    sarcastic of course !!!

  • yemi

    Arsène Wenger said: “We are absolutely delighted that Ryo has been granted a work permit. This is almost like a new signing for us, as we weren’t completely sure we would be given the authorisation.

  • devday

    Rado – Please don’t copy and paste articles from other blogs, thank you!

  • devday

    @ Berth:
    We haven’t seem to got rid of Almunia yet!
    Fingers crossed

  • devday

    @ senham:
    I think both Cesc & Nasri are leaving as suggested – we’ve seen a few possible replacements for Nasri – AOC, Gervinho and Miyachi can all play in his position – but in terms of Cesc and central midfield, if he left, then we would definitely need to replace.

  • yemi

    France Football says Lorient defender Bruno Ecuele Manga, who was watched by Fiorentina at the weekend, could be a target for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

  • Kodjo

    Chamakh cliams both Cesc & Nasri are on their way out…only problem is the lack of ready replacements.

    Pls dont tell me Ox & Miyachi are the replacements for both players…and excuse me Wenger may be stubborn but not stupid…how do you replace the players with combined premiership exp of 10 yrs with youth who havent played in the premiership before???

  • Kodjo

    My beef with the Board is allowing Nasri’s contract to run down to the last year???

    Was Wenger unsure about him??? Offering a contract last xmas was too late in my opinion. I do not know the inner workings of the club, but i believe the club should have had a contract on the table before the start of last season.

    Anyhow Nasri’s mind appears to be elsewhere…so we better get rid of him for straight and hot cash! 25 million!!! take it or leave it citeh!

    No player is bigger than the club….my problem is that Wenger has not had a stable midfield since the invicibles….whether its his fault or not i do not know. Its difficult winning anything without a solid and consistent group of players.

    Check out the # of midfielders who have been in and out of the club since that time

    Hleb, Flamini, Rosicky (injury), Reyes (personal reasons), Cesc (probable), Nasri (probable), Denilson (loan)

  • Berth

    Guys this video is insanely cool.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDBLSUKJiDY

  • yemi

    @ Kodjo:

    Same for defenders too

  • Bonathan

    I’m quite keen to see arsharvin given his chance in the middle. If we sign mata as well, then he can play out on the left or in the middle if required.

    I think it’d be a bit foolish to hope ramsey can step into the boots of fabreags and be a world beater all of a sudden. don’t get me wrong, i think he could be, but i don’t think lumbering that sort of pressure on him now would be a good idea. this is how i see us lining up

    Chesney hawks
    Sagna Cahill/jagielka vermaelen gibbs
    song wilshire
    gervinho arsharvin mata
    rvp

    that would still give us plenty of good back up options:

    gk: fabianski/manonne
    rb: jenkinson
    cb: djourou/squillaci/KOS/miguel
    LB: traore (as well as vermaelen)
    DM: frimpong/diaby
    CM: ramsey/diaby/henderson/lansbury
    AM: ramsey/rosicky/lansbury/chamberlain (as well as mata)
    wide: walcott/rosicky/ chamebrlain/vela/miyichi (& arsharvin)
    cf: chamakh, vela, walcott (& gervinho)

    we have never consistantly seen the best of AA, and perhaps playing him centrally is the only way we will.

    the main weakness for me (assuming we sign mata and a CB) is LB. I know I keep saying it but please sign Jose enrique. money isn’t an issue for him, compared to waht we’l get for fab and nasri, so take no chances. gibbs will be injured in a months time for a long spell, it’s almost guarenteed. that’l mean playing TV at LB, or playing the useless traore. we cannot afford to be playing traore for long spells, we’ve been there, it’s a bad idea. and moving TV about isn’t a great idea, not when we can just sign a perfectly good LB, possibly the best in the league (certainly the best under the age of 30), and espeacially when we do not know how injury free TV will stay after his long lay off.

    why would we take this chance???

  • AmriGooner

    News that the departure of Fabregas will be announced
    yonight. Anyone can confirm that?

  • AmriGooner

    * tonight

  • salom

    People go on and on about Wenger inheriting Adams et al, and yet it was Wenger, not Graham, who assembled the Invincibles back four of Lauren, Campbell, Toure, and Cole. This was a greater feat than anything George Graham did.

    In short, Wenger DOES know how to put together a defence, but for a variety of reasons–not least of which financial, and having to compete with sugar daddy clubs for Europe’s top players–has found it difficult to do so in recent years. “Replacing” the Invincibles with players of equal quality was a difficult task made almost impossible by the building of a new stadium in the midst of an economic meltdown, all the while trying to operate in a self-sustainable way.

    I’m not saying I like the team as it is, and my posts on here often reflect concerns I have with personnel and managerial decisions, but the level of vitriol aimed at the club is baffling. I completely understand the frustration experienced by supporters. I, too, am frustrated, and there are times I want to bash my head against the wall, particularly when we seem to continue to prioritize the signing of potential in a summer which demands proven experience, but I cannot see the sense in people then calling Wenger a “cunt-faced wanker” (as some have done here and elsewhere), not now nor ever, and certainly not before the transfer window has closed.

  • ZimGooner

    This is gonna be one hell of a scary season. I’m usually an optimist but unless Wenger buys a world class defender and striker by the 31st of August then we’re damned. I don’t think the likes of Squillachi deserve a first team jersey and Rosisky’s form has been suspect since his injury. Part of me tells me Cesc and Nasri should go coz we’re better off with committed players than one who aspires to be in Spain playing for his boyhood club and another who values glory and fame in Manchester City. The Arsenal is bigger than that but perhaps there is a lot of behind the scenes actions as I don’t seem to get Wenger’s vacillation in spending a respectable amount for world class players. In Wenger we trust but what’s point in losing a world cup winner (Cesc) and replacing him with untested players like Oxtail Chamberpot or whatever? As a way forward Wenger must sign Per Meterseker, Juan Mata and a good back up for the great but injury prone RVP. Another part in me tells me Wenger is stubborn like a gambler who raises the stakes when he’s lost all consecutively. I wish the club the best but I have doubts we’ll clinch any silverware by the look of things. We should aim for the no. 4 spot this season.

  • hemash

    Why is everyone so broken up about Arsenal selling Cesc and Nasri? If they truly are, that means that they have found replacements. At least that’s what they promised us.

  • hemash

    People go on and on about Wenger inheriting Adams et al, and yet it was Wenger, not Graham, who assembled the Invincibles back four of Lauren, Campbell, Toure, and Cole. This was a greater feat than anything George Graham did.

    In short, Wenger DOES know how to put together a defence, but for a variety of reasons–not least of which financial, and having to compete with sugar daddy clubs for Europe’s top players–has found it difficult to do so in recent years. “Replacing” the Invincibles with players of equal quality was a difficult task made almost impossible by the building of a new stadium in the midst of an economic meltdown, all the while trying to operate in a self-sustainable way.

    I’m not saying I like the team as it is, and my posts on here often reflect concerns I have with personnel and managerial decisions, but the level of vitriol aimed at the club is baffling. I completely understand the frustration experienced by supporters. I, too, am frustrated, and there are times I want to bash my head against the wall, particularly when we seem to continue to prioritize the signing of potential in a summer which demands proven experience, but I cannot see the sense in people then calling Wenger a “cunt-faced wanker” (as some have done here and elsewhere), not now nor ever, and certainly not before the transfer window has closed.

  • agentsmurf

    I really don’t understand Wenger. You obviously needed the money early to buy a replacement but he tries playing hard ball with a player that Barca clearly new wanted to go to them and them only. To have bargaining strength over the fee you have to have other clubs competing for his signature. So in this situation dragging it out to nearly the end of the transfer window absolutely worked to Barca’s advantage. Why? because Cesc had told Wenger he didn’t want to play for the club and Barca new this. The only option open to Wenger would be to keep an unhappy player who would underperform. So why oh why didn’t he sell him early because the whole saga has had a bad effect on team morale and Wenger has not come out of it smelling of roses either. Totally baffled.

  • sharad

    Regarding 1:1 spending.. It depends. What are you spending it on. Like for like replacements for Cesc and Nasri? Nasri perhaps but I really don’t think there is a like for like replacement for Cesc.

    I’d like to see money reinvested in the squad. But depending on if we have enough money for it or not, some of it should certainly go towards extending the contracts of RVP, Walcott and Song. (who are apparently all out of contract next year) You know I agree on us needing a striker. I have a feeling though, that it’s going to be Joel Campbell. A 1m signing isn’t anywhere near 1:1, but I don’t care about that, as long as he can perform at a level required of him. Would a marquee signing be prepared to sit on the bench behind RVP? Bendtner’s leaving for the same reason anyway. I’d like a defender, a striker, and a creative replacement for Cesc/Nasri if/when we sell them.

  • gareth

    Hi all first time on here – nice work on the blog by the way Editor. There seems to be a lot of concern about replacements for cesc and nasri. Well, I think in wilshire and ramsey we have two exceptional talents who will be able to take responsibility in central midfield. I know they are young , and in ramsey’s case especially, lack experience, but I think they are good enough. Also they have not been part of the recent debacles, so psychologically they will be stronger perhaps. We still have arshavin, walcot, song and rosicky who are all capable players, and I’m looking forward to seeing frimpong and oxelade chamberlain. Overall, even without cesc and nasri, it’s a pretty exciting looking midfield. What is absolutely paramount however, is that wenger strengthens the defence. With the money we get from cesc and nasri, wenger will be able to do this. So, no excuses arsene, we need two centre backs a left back, a midfield destroyer and especially since bendtner’s leaving, another striker.

  • Bonathan

    i hope these scott dann rumours are not true. surely we can’t be picking him over cahill, jagielka, hangeland.

    Is he even as good as JD? probably not