Wenger open to more arrivals

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Arsene Wenger says the club are still on the lookout for new faces this summer, but says deals don’t only depend on what Arsenal do.

Speaking in Singapore after the team’s arrival for the Barclay’s Asia Trophy, the manager was asked about the possibility of further signings following the £11m capture of Petr Cech from Chelsea.

“That doesn’t depend only on us,” he said, “it depends on whether we can find them, but if we can find one or two players we will do it.”

It’s a relatively familiar refrain from a man who likes to give as little away as possible, but it’s probably a further indication that any transfers will most likely be both opportunistic (e.g – a top player becoming avaiable as the market progresses), and one that will improve on what we already have.

Arsenal’s squad, in pure numbers terms, is certainly not lacking in any area, and squad fodder is not the kind of signing we should be making to bridge the gap to the champions.

Indeed, the club have spent quite freely since the arrival of Ozil in August 2013 so it’ll likely be something special that sees us get the chequebook out again.

Spending since August 2013

Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid) – £42.5m
Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona) – £32m
Danny Welbeck (Man Utd) – £16m
Calum Chambers (Southampton) – £16m
Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle) – £12m
Gabriel (Villarreal) – £11m
Petr Cech (Chelsea) – £11m
David Ospina (Nice) – £4m

Total outlay: £144.5m

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Temi
Temi

Loving the picture…very “professorial”

Exiledgooner
Exiledgooner

I’ve always thought he looks more like a doctor than a prof. ;

http://www.radiotimes.com/uploads/images/original/48758.jpg

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

when it comes to spending, AW’s handbrake is well and truly off over the last couple of years.

and not a single rip-off or duffer on that list, either. Nice work!

God is Bergkamp, Bergkamp is God
God is Bergkamp, Bergkamp is God

Basically agree, still a little surprised we dropped as much as we did on Chambers (brace for downvotes). But thinking back, a lot of add on fees were involved there and any English player costs minimum 10m plus your first born son, so perhaps we did catch a break.

RoyaleWithCheese
RoyaleWithCheese

Long term I definitely think Chambers will be worth the fee, and then some. Can see him taking over for Mertesacker in a few years time. It’s easy to forget how young he still is, I think he did a very good job last season all things considered.

God is Bergkamp, Bergkamp is God
God is Bergkamp, Bergkamp is God

Completely agree, think he molds some of the best of Kos & BFG. All I’m saying is he had only 25 total PL matches & was 19 when we paid in. That’s just a lot to invest for that much risk, in particular for le Prof. However, it’s good to see it end well & definitely was a signature signing I’m terms of our, I won’t say changed but, tweeked approach to acquisitions.

Arsenalista
Arsenalista

Yes, he lost form as the season progressed and he could even use a season on loan. But we forget so quickly how good he was as a makeshift player early on. The kid’s talented.

Anonymous Physicist
Anonymous Physicist

He was especially impressive at centre back I thought. Did he have a single poor game in the middle? It’s just once we started playing him at RB that he became less impressive, especially when retrospectively compared to Bellerin.

assistantref
assistantref

He doesn’t work well at RB with the way we like to play, the fullbacks give us the width so they gotta be quick, and he isn’t. He may not be quite the “berserk giraffe running up and down the touchline” that someone here memorably described Per Metersacker as in his one-and-only appearance for the German national team as a RB, but it was pretty ugly.

Nic
Nic

He needs to learn to not give cheap fouls and cards away. Kos had a similar problem when he was younger.

Big Chief from Antarctica
Big Chief from Antarctica

ha, first born son, you made my Monday, good sir.

H18ury
H18ury

Nice bins.

CB
CB

Two signings tops, striker and DM.

But only if they can make a difference, which doesn’t happen all the time for new signings. Pires took 6 months to be decent.

Arseblood
Arseblood

Why do City, Chavz and Utd get their signings in early and not us? Their signings have time to bed in and acclimatise, where as we are the last minute trolley dash club!
We need a top striker and a defensive midfielder.
Podolski, Diaby, Sanogo, Flamini, Rosicky, Ospina….thank you and goodbye. Hello Carvalho and Higuian!! Come on!!

Tom thumb
Tom thumb

Cech?

Thierry Walcott
Thierry Walcott

Not this crap again.

gooner
gooner

we couldnt get Ozil until after Bale signed with Real (on deadline day), but last year we got Alexis relatively early, because the Suarez move was done quickly – as arsene said, deals don’t just depend on us!

Rjl93
Rjl93

Man City haven’t signed anyone yet. Sterling is close but it took 2 months for them to buy a player whos wanted to leave. chelsea have signed kids from Brazil and begovic. Liverpool are signing average players and manu have just started buying a bit of quality but they’ve let virtually all their strikers go Including the Dutch skunk. Arsene doesn’t go all guns blazing he’s always got a deal in the wings. Stay patient COYG

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

City have signed one player. Same as us.
Chelsea have so far signed Falcao (meh) on loan and Begovic (who replaced Cech) so they’re not exactly super gungho in the market either.
United had a shite squad last season so they’re signing a ton of players because they’re desperately behind.

SB
SB

‘Desperately behind’ – well they finished 5 points behind us!

RoyaleWithCheese
RoyaleWithCheese

Thanks to their goalkeeper, who seems to be wanting a move to Madrid. Apart from De Gea and a few other players, their squad isn’t all that great. Even with the signings they’ve made so far I still think we’re looking better than them if they lose De Gea.

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

At any rate, regardless of how much ‘time’ they have to bed in, they’re midfield is going to be an organizational mess for 3 months probably – fresh blood everywhere.

EuripidesMac
EuripidesMac

Not just De Gea, but the support that they consistently receive from the third team on the field remains unparalleled.

That’s a conspiracy theory that the Genius Moan-inho should look into. At least he’ll be able to uncover copious amounts of evidence and expose it for what it is. Then he’ll become more Holmes than Clouseau.

Springbank 1962
Springbank 1962

They only need to be one point behind us to be ‘behind’.

And they’ve been ‘desperate’ for two seasons now.

Do you really think their current signings are part of a cohesive well-considered plan of integration or holy-fuck-we’ve-got-the-money-so-let’s-spend-it-and-see?

AW has always said the maximum number of new players you can properly integrate is three. When you see how Liverpool and Man United performed last season you can understand why.

United and Liverpool are not going to improve this coming season no matter who else they buy.

Alexis' Right Shoelace
Alexis' Right Shoelace

If we start the season as we ended the last, which we should given our current squad’s:

1. cohesion (established team)
2. fitness (fingers crossed)
3. belief (all cup winners)
4. hunger (competition + desire for more)

… We should have gained too many points by Dec for the Mancs and Liverpool to have a chance.
Remember, it’s a short window – by the time their shiny, new, disjointed team is limping into a rhythm, we should be well clear.

Of the established teams then, that just leaves Chelsea. Bring it on.

So overall, chill! Would love a new singing if one comes available, were the pieces to fall in place, that would add to the excellent dynamic and quality of our squad, but that’s what the boss already said… So all good.

Like Sanchez becoming available… It took other movements. Benzema would of course be ultra sweet – but not a requirement.

We got your keeper, now for the cup. Bring it Chelsea

Rohith J
Rohith J

They spent 66m on Di Maria, 35m on Mata, 27m on Shaw and have De Gea at the back. They spent a lot and still look like crap.

Fabulous
Fabulous

City – only Sterling so far and that have yet to be official. Chelsea – fucking Asmir Begovic and some shithole of a striker on loan. Stop being so dramatic and be optimistic for a change. The windows a long way to go and as it seems Wenger has been looking at those two positions to strengthen.

Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III

This time last year we had already added Alexis and were a few days away from adding Debuchy, and this year we’ve already added Cech. Just, shut the fuck up. Really.

Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III

I’m sorry, that was probably over the line, sounded a bit more jokeish in my head than it does in text, and now there’s no going back. But man, am I sick of this crap.

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

With all due respect, had AW acted earlier last summer, in the positions we were short in we may have had a better season. Alexis, Debuchy, Chambers, Ospina were great additions. But as always a DM would’ve been great (thankfully Coq was a revelation from Jan), a striker who would’ve challenged Giroud during pre-season, and back up for Koscielny. Instead we went into the season with only two recognised CBs, Arteta as our DM (great player but aging and top opposition knows how to beat him), and a last min deal for Welbeck. It created a terrible start to the season which within weeks ruined our shot at the title.

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

Thimbs down seems rather harsh. I’m not slagging AW off, just pointing out that whilst there were success stories to last summer’s business, there was still some areas of inaction which lead to early dropped points. That’s not even opinion, it’s what actually happened.

David Hillier Handled My Luggage
David Hillier Handled My Luggage

I more or less agree with that but you have to admit that our squad looks a lot better this summer than it did the last.
I would, like everyone else, love us to add another DM and CF to compete with our Coq and the HFB….. but only if they’re an improvement or there abouts. I feel we already have cover for those positions, now we need genuine competition for those places….. if the right quality players become available.
Of all the players that have moved so far, I can’t think of one that I’m gutted we haven’t bought. As someone’s already alluded to re: Manure – they’ll have to get pretty lucky for all their new foreign signings to slot into the team seamlessly….. we know from our own experiences that it can take 2, maybe even 3 seasons for foreign players to really make an impact…. just look at Di Maria last season.

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

I think Di Maria was just burnt out from La Liga then a long WC then going straight into the United squad. This season he may be lethal with a proper preseason behind him, post Copa America.
I do agree with you though, especially regarding a quality striker, we have alright back up in Welbeck, but a true game changer would be massive. Giroud is great but he can afford to be complacent and let criticism get to him. A proper rival for CF and he’d only have time to focus on competing for his role. I’d go for Lacazette but I understand I’d be contradicting myself slightly as although he looks great, he’s untested at a true level. However the Ligue 1 is far stronger now than when Gervinho and Giroud were baging them in over there.
DM however is a big worry. It’s been unaddressed for too long and Coquelin proved how badly a team that plays our style needs protection. Should Coq get injured or suspended I think we’ll struggle against the big teams. I’d like a ‘top, top quality’ player there but I’m not sure who’s left, maybe Krychowiak? Kondogbia seemed ideal sadly.
I do think we’ve got our best squad in years though, and good things seem so close.

God is Bergkamp, Bergkamp is God
God is Bergkamp, Bergkamp is God

The Immobile move (loan, 10m euro option) to Sevilla sounds really good right about now…

David Hillier Handled My Luggage
David Hillier Handled My Luggage

I totally agree regarding Di Maria, I reckon he’ll come good this coming season. Still, regardless of world cup burn out etc, it still takes a lot of players time to adjust to a new team, new league, new country and new home etc. We’ve witnessed it ourselves with some of our foreign players that have needed time to come good. I also feel that this is probably the strongest squad we’ve had under winger, including 2004. Please note that I said squad, not starting 11.

Dan Hunter
Dan Hunter

Why has this comment been thumbed down? This us EXACTLY what happened last year

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

For the internet is a coward’s paradise.

David Hillier Handled My Luggage
David Hillier Handled My Luggage

Manure are rolling in money and spending obscene amounts in an attempt to firmly reestablish themselves….. we don’t have that kind of cash, need or desperation. Other than (pounds£££)Sterling for stupid money and a failed attempt at landing Delph – seriously? who have they brought in so far? And the Chavs, as far as I can tell, have only brought in 3 players and 2 of them only replace players they lost at the end of the season…….ahem, cech, ahem etc. Then there’s Livershite where Brenda, once again, seems to be doing his very best impression of the spuds by ensuring the Saints never have a liquidity problem. We’re in a lot better position than people give us credit for…. of course I’d love to see 1 or 2 quality additions but only if they are actually better than what we have. I’m not at all interested in stocking fillers just to ease the boredom of a long and very dull pre-season/transfer window. Stay strong, pretend to like cricket etc and it will soon be over. COYG

Paul
Paul

I think “Liverpoo” is much better than “Livershite” …just mho.

David Hillier Handled My Luggage
David Hillier Handled My Luggage

I totally agree. Thanks for letting me know that you don’t like it….. lol

Paul
Paul

We are all one team mate, no problem… 🙂

not deluded
not deluded

Yawn.

Arsenalista
Arsenalista

We also have less money so we quibble.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

Do we ‘quibble’ or are we firm in our valuations.
Would you prefer we’d bought Shaw for ‘how fucking much?’
Maybe you go through life paying exactly what every salesman asks for but most of us know their first price is rarely the real price.

gooner4lyfe
gooner4lyfe

Get in there, wenger. Splash the money on top player with worthy money!

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

I’m please for any salesman that has to sell you something (do they call you Mr Monthly Bonus’?).

Sean
Sean

I do love Arsene but those glasses make him look like the Demon Headmaster from the TV show of what I believe was the same name.

Dreamy
Dreamy

Wow…hold your horses there, blood….this is the Arsenal that we are talking here, go support Manure or Citeh if your wish is to see early useless, big money spent

heihaci
heihaci

yes let’s hope Benzema is available!

Guns & Gooners
Guns & Gooners

We have heard it a thousand times before, but Arsenal should sign Vidal and Lacazette. Yes, the current squad is big, but there will be injuries. Why not prepare for it?

Reggie
Reggie

Was hoping for Schneiderlin :/

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

We were never going to sign Schneiderlin. If we were it would have happened already given how long the media linked us with him.
I suspect there was a touch of the Sebastien Frey’s about that one. He’s a decent player but not really what we needed. I wouldn’t have been up in arms if we did sign him but I’m not really bothered that we didn’t. I think we need someone more aggressive than him. Basically someone who does exactly the same job as le Coq so we don’t have to adjust our style of play.

GOONERSMURF
GOONERSMURF

Knowing Wenger, if he wanted him he would tried to sign Schneiderlin. there was never an attempt, hes a French international and we never even tried, that’s telling. I trust Wenger.

Joblow
Joblow

Don’t worry Isaac Hayden will be there!

Nosike
Nosike

Ohh I don’t think we missed much…

Rich
Rich

Some one missed maths class.
Points to anyone who finds the irony of this comment!

bow legged mountain man
bow legged mountain man

I dont think we will sign any more first teamers. Maybe a few players for the u21 or academy teams. Unless we have any significant departures, which I don’t think we will have.

assistantref
assistantref

If we can find the right striker we’ll sign him. Other than that, I don’t think we’re going to sign anyone first-team unless some amazing chance drops into Wenger’s lap.

Good Omens
Good Omens

That is one MASSIVE game of Jacks going on in the background there.

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

I’m certainly no ‘Wenger Out’ knobhead, but I am always concerned by our slow activity in the window, especially when teams so often buy the players they need, and far quicker than us. United for instance, in just a short period, have gone from 2015/16 dreamers to potential contenders, they just need a striker or two, a CB, and a GK if De Gea leaves, and given their history (except Moues’ summer) it’s hard to imagine them failing to fill those gaps.
Kondogbia, sold. Schneiderlin, sold, Carvalho, probably not ready for PL. Who’s left that would be as good for us as Schneiderlin? Neither Bendner have PL expertise, at a push Krychowiak perhaps. Just seems like typical Wenger favouring the french spine. If Koscielny, Coquelin or Giroud get injured we lack adequate back-up, yet have loads of options in other positions. And to be honest, as good as Coq and Giroud are, if we are upgrading GK we should be just as ruthless with each position. Buy van Dijk, Schneiderlin (not Topal!) and Lacazette, well within our budget and adds great depth and quality… Hopefully some nice surprises await. Hopefully.

*scratch that, Schneiderlin is confirmed at United.

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

It’s a shame people find it easier to thumb down than actually have a calm and mature conversation where each individual tries to understand the others point of view.

Trez
Trez

Your comment was too negative. You were supposed to pretend that manure signings do not improve the team; it does not make them challengers and we certainly didn’t need schnederlin.

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

Haha sorry mate, here goes…
Arsenals iz da gr8est! Me luv Arsenals! Dis seezan we will again sho all teemz in world socca that we iz da best by winging everytin! Arsenals club footbal number one! I am top Goner!

FLAMIIIIININIIIINIIIII!!! ⚽️

greg
greg

Your opening sentence is why your an oxygen thief/waste of skin

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

I’m an oxygen thief because I’m not a ‘Wenger Out’ knobhead? So I should want him out? Is that what you’re trying to say? Or is it because I think that shouting ‘Wenger Out’ makes someone a knobhead?
Gooners these days… people either wear rose-tinted glasses and think alls perfect forgetting it’s been a decade since we’ve bagged the title, or they are ‘Wenger Out’ idiots who fail to see what we’ve built.
In between the extremities of ludicrous opinion lies this wonderful haven where I and many others live. It’s a place where people can have balanced opinions based on evidence and educated assumptions, and there’s no need to have extreme opinions and get personal when people don’t agree with you 100%. You’re invited, though I fear you’d struggle to adapt to such evolved ways of life.
I guess I should take ‘waste of skin’ as an insult, you know, considering you must be a ballsack 😉

Trez
Trez

Ignore him. He’s a “positive fan”.

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

He’s a ray of sunshine is what he is. Criticism really turns me on.

Paul
Paul

Leave it chaps! We’ve all had a drink…:-)))

David Hillier Handled My Luggage
David Hillier Handled My Luggage

Not too botherd about the snidey one to be honest….. I think Ushited are doing a certain amount of straw clutching, the way they’re going about their business……. you’d never of seen Fergie snatching at overpriced potential or overpriced stars at the end of their careers, he would’ve preferred to develop young talent and create new superstars for the longer term. What they’re doing right now is worrying about one the immediate, one season at a time. They haven’t signed anyone to make me envious so far. I really love this mythical 30 goal per season #9 everyone’s talking about(without offering names/examples) and I’m sure Wenger would too…. Do we all really believe that Wenger and the gang are just sat with their feet up or do we believe that the same thoughts we have possibly consume them all summer too, and that there’s probably a lot of boring fruitless negotiations that go on every window that we are just not privvy to? Fingers crossed for 1 or 2 quality additions eh!
#WengerOut (that’s a joke by the way)

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

Haha if Wenger doesn’t sign exactly the players I want I am going to do something crazy, then you’ll see! You’ll all see!!!
(gets so angry has to lie down, punches a wall, deactivates Twitter account… then starts a new account)

I do think United will improve on last season. In the end they weren’t far behind us, and they had a few bad patches. And worryingly, barring FA (soon to be renamed AFC) Cup, we still struggled for important results against them. And Monaco, and Chelsea. We’re looking good, but there’s still work to be done.

I think Schneiderlin is seen as a replacement for Carrick eventually. Whilst Schweinsteiger’s best (injury-free) days are behind him, he’s still effective and a true leader. Depay is a gamble, he’s taking a massive step up, but if it pays off… Darmian will improve their RB issue. Admittedly the only one I’d have wanted is Schneiderlin, but it’s hard not to imagine them improving, especially now its LVG’s 2nd season. True, Fergie had a different approach, but that’s because under him you knew you’d win things, whereas now it requires a bit more convincing.

To be honest, the only thing I want is for us to do great, regardless of anyone else. But each pre-season since 04/05 I’ve been saying we’re a few players short of truly challenging, and unless I’ve really missed something, it sadly tends to be the case.

David Hillier Handled My Luggage
David Hillier Handled My Luggage

They will definitely be better next year…..but I don’t think they’ll win it. All I’m saying is I think they’ll be lucky to integrate all their new foreign signings to the point where they all hit the ground running in their first season in the prem. If I’m wrong you can remind me at the end of the season…. Plus if wenger doesn’t bring in the players you’ve requested and you’re still unhappy about it come the end of the season, then I’ll help you throw le proff in the Thames.

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

C’mon everyone knows Wengers don’t sink! Born floaters.
Nah I’m the same, they won’t win the PL, but if we go through a turdy patch next season we may be fighting them for 3rd. They will be challenging in 2016/17 though. I do think whoever finishers higher than Chelsea should win it. And I hope someone does as that little Portuguese Thunderbird-looking chap forces me to question my faith in humanity far too often.

Me So Hornsey
Me So Hornsey

I don’t want Benzema or Higuain or Carvalho and I didn’t want Schneiderling.

What I want more than any of those players is for Arsenal to have as few injuries as Chelsea had last season.

I honestly believe the squad we have are strong enough, now we have cech, to challenge without any new arrivals, as long as we aren’t hit with a crippling injury list like last season.

Ed

I can get on board with this. Don’t got me wrong, if we turned around tomorrow and signed a world-class striker I wouldn’t complain, but I think this squad is genuinely great and I’m really betting on Theo to come good this season, if he can stay injury free. Was superb before he did his cruciat, was great when he regained full fitness. Welbeck could still be really good as well – still young, had an OK first season. All in all I’m pretty happy.

Trez
Trez

Chelsea has a better squad than we do.
We choked against Monaco with our full team.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

Not quite our full team but agree it was pretty close to it and should have obliterated them.
However every team has bad days. Did the Chavs win the CL or the FACup?
With a team that should have easily seen to Bradford, they lost.
The only team that didn’t choke was called ‘the invincibles’.
The Chavs have a lot of attacking depth but less back 4 than we do (ok, maybe the same)

Goonerratic
Goonerratic

We will win the league if Benzema comes in. He is just the most complete striker out there after Suarez.

lordgunner
lordgunner

you clearly havent see him play then

Me So Hornsey
Me So Hornsey

Ok maybe i’d take Carvalho but only for when our Coq needs a break.

God is Bergkamp, Bergkamp is God
God is Bergkamp, Bergkamp is God

Carvalho costs a starters worthy fee if we match anywhere near asking, which is too much if we keep using our Coq as habitually as we have.

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

Never keep a good Coq cooped up.

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

Sorry, was a tad foul…

AntiSpud
AntiSpud

Wenger should come and read some of our post on here. We know exactly what he should do, who he should be selling and who should/must buy. But never mind

Paul
Paul

You are joking right?

Paul
Paul

Yeah we know the players far better than Arsene does..

Wenger out!

God is Bergkamp, Bergkamp is God
God is Bergkamp, Bergkamp is God

Don’t get me wrong, I love this club, but knowing I would have that kind of influence would lead to a massive conflict of interests as a commenter. It’d be like giving the asylum to the insane.

The Only Olivier is Giroud
The Only Olivier is Giroud

Must admit I’m getting a little nervous at what’s cooking in Manchester. United are building a monster fucking squad, you can’t lie.

Stewart Robson's therapist
Stewart Robson's therapist

Really? I just think they needed a hell of a lot more than we do, to be honest. Most of our points that we dropped last season were in the first half and we found long-term solutions to some of the problems that caused that in the second half. Would they have been so close to us at the end of the season had Coquelin been rediscovered sooner? Doubt it. And we alleviated our lack of centre-backs in January – United still have yet to find a single decent one and their back line will be further destabilised if De Gea goes, without whom they would have finished about 8th last season. Furthermore, I’m not scared by Depay, Darmian and Schneiderlin when we have better players in all those positions, and the winning authority and experience than Schweinsteiger brings to the table is equalled by us signing Petr Cech.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

Really? Schweinsteiger is 31 and has spent half of the last three seasons injured. Schneiderlin is grossly overrated. Di Maria can’t hack the English game. Their best centre back is Smalling, for smeg’s sake! They have only two strikers, and one is out for two months with a broken collarbone.

Not so much a monster as one of those annoying little yappy dogs that just won’t shut up.

JJGilheany
JJGilheany

Only getting someone in if one of Giroud/Walcott/Welbeck go. Squad is MASSIVE as it is. I would go for another striker, but I have no idea who that would be.

assistantref
assistantref

Walcott and Welbeck can play on the left and right if required – I’m not sure it’s even clear that CF is either of their best position. It really isn’t as “massive” a squad as you seem to think, at least not in the main striker position. We’ve got one dedicated CF and two (maybe three if you count Alexis) others who are sort-of half-strikers.

We could easily sign one more striker, whether a dedicated CF or a more versatile type, without ending up too unbalanced.

goonernim
goonernim

I’m bored of this now. Hurry up charity shield so that my life has meaning again!

WengersNoseHair
WengersNoseHair

Wenger should wear his glasses more often. What a stud.

Anyway, looking at our recent signings, and the prices of players these days, Gabriel is looking like a real bargain.

Samrat
Samrat

To be honest we haven’t really seen that much of Gabriel……. You know its weird the players linked to us this summer all are half arsed. We all knew Cech was gonna happen, now it’s so quiet in the media, it’s almost unbelievable, the biggest stories about us are paying 63 million for Higuain, which we all know no one is gonna pay

Alexis' Right Shoelace
Alexis' Right Shoelace

Bah, with the exception of Chec, Wenger likes our signings to be hush hush before they are announced (Gabriel, Calum)’ I wouldn’t read too much into that… Just enjoy the summer and watch some best of Wimbledon!

leo124
leo124

Comment: I’ll be more than happy if we can embrace the service of Higuane, a very good DM, relying on Coq is not good enough for the team remember there’re injuries along the line, what if we don’t make the signing of a good DM like W.Carval and things turn out bad for Coq along the season, its gonna be bad cos Flamini or Arteta are no match for Coq now and we need his replacement or sub.

AW you got to look ahead of everyone, everyteam and make that great signing we’ve lacked since the service of P.Viera.

Giroud needs to be on his toes if a new striker comes in. He’d still relax and play only with his head for us, if the likes of Higuane is in the team he’ll sure get a great competition on his goal head.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

Higuain had the chance to force a move to us but he chose to go to Napoli and take the €uros. It’s unlikely he’ll get a second chance with us and there’s zero chance of it happening at the price reported. He’s a €25m to £25m price player, not €90m-£60m player.

like a red head Ljungberg
like a red head Ljungberg

we have a nice squad already, good players in every position, some superstars, good depth with good young upcoming gooners… so to get the team to the next level (final one it is, but not an easy step) I’m not sure what kind of players are needed, actually we arent in a situation which we need a particular player or position to strengthen. we may bring in a top quality young leftback, that seem to ne plenty for once, so it wouldnt be wise to miss out, amavi is top class already, there is baba, ghoulami… we can buy di maria and do a bayern munich with our wings and a big giroud in middle, we can sign lacazette and have options and more quality allover the front three…
still I feel I’m John Snow on this, hope Wenger knows…

Trez
Trez

We need a striker and a dm…don’t care if Arteta just signed a new contract.
Manure adding schweni and schnederlin has closed the gap in quality in midfield. We’re only considerably better than them in defense.
They’re a striker away from really starting to worry us.

JJ's Bender
JJ's Bender

Agreed it has closed the gap, they now have 1 quality (and aging) midfielder

….we have 8

Trez
Trez

Yeah lets pretend herrera and mata are shite…schnederlin is even worse.
There…I’m positive.

JJ's Bender
JJ's Bender

I’m not one to usually to this but..

Ozil > Mata
Sanchez > Di Maria
Ox > Young
Coq > Schnei
Ramsey > Herrera
Gnabry > Januzaj
Santi > Carrick
Wilshere > Fellaini
Schweini is class but aging and injury prone
Need I go on?

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

Arsenal DO have a better squad, but your view is terribly rose-tinted.
Where’s Rooney?
Gnabry hasn’t played for a year, whilst I think he’s going to be ace, you can’t compare him when he’s been injured for so long.
Comparing Santi with Carrick? I know Santi ended up playing deep but they’re such different players, can Carrick operate on the wing? Can Cazorla play in defence? No, they aren’t the type of players one should compare, if being fair.
Given Schneiderlin’s slightly different role to Coq’s, and his wealth of experience in the english leagues I certainly wouldn’t say Schneiderlin is worse than Coq. Equal in their own way, yes. But Schneiderlin has been the lynchpin of a steadily progressive Southampton that have wowed everyone, with great displays and big wins that even we have failed at on occassions. His stats proove he was again one of the PL’s top midfielders last season.
I notice you also omitted Rojo, Smalling and a few others, not saying they’d get in our squad, but they are certainly not crap either.

We are better, but acting like we’re incredibly beyond a team who finished only 5 points behind us, had a manager in his first PL season, and are doing pretty well to strengthen, is sadly delusional.

Trez
Trez

Coq is NOT better than schnederlin! I repeat he is not better than schnederlin.
Not only did schnederlin have a better season, but he has been doing what coq has done for us for 3 seasons now.
Ramsey vs Herrera is very debatable. So I’ll put that asat least a =. So do you see that manure has more than one quality mid.

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

Trez – I’m glad you’ve also got a realistic head on your shoulders mate. People acting like Schneiderlin isn’t a decent player really mustn’t watch much football. He does a superb job of doing the Arteta and the Coquelin roles at the same time. People forget how good Southampton’s defensive record was last season, especially before Schneiderlin got injured.
Genuinely think there’s a fair few Spurs fans troll this site, I hate to think that some Gooners are so deluded/ill informed.

Mark
Mark

When you look at the difference Coquelin made in how we played and the results after getting his chance you’d think Wenger would look to get another player in that mold as we are just a tweaked hammy away from Coquelin being out for a long period. Even last year he battled the broken nose and concussion (which as we all know concussions, especially multiple ones, can keep players out for long stretches). If he’s healthy and plays most matches great, but if he is out at all we don’t have a true backup for him. Arteta, Flamini (if he stays) and Wilshere really are the ones in the squad now that would have to fill in as it doesn’t appear Belik is ready to play a big role yet. Of course there is Chambers, but I don’t see him above Arteta or Wilshere now. Best buy is a versatile player that can play DM in Coquelin’s absence while also providing cover and competition in other positions (kind of like Song was able to do at DM and CM and players like Carvalho, Alaba, Lahm, etc. can do, of course not saying we are or should buy them).

I love Wenger’s faith in his players and agree that the young ones we have need an opportunity to play, but we are sorely lacking in the top flight striker (though of course those are hard to find and you have to break the bank for them) and DM (for depth).

assistantref
assistantref

DMs don’t tweak hamstrings. Not normally anyway.

Oh shit, now I’ve gone and said it. :\

Man Manny
Man Manny

Cech signing and Shad Forsyth are worth 15 extra points this season. Any more top class signing (striker mainly) makes us real title contenders.

Arseblood
Arseblood

I can’t believe I’ve got a pasting on here…
Welbeck, Walcott, Ox, Arteta, Wilshere, Rosicky….always fuckin’ injured.
Alexis isn’t going to play till Sept…Coq and Ozil irreplaceable in our team….we could be 6-9 points behind the leaders early doors again. We need two first team players to be brought in….
Ok, we won the cup…but in league and Champs league we were miles behind.

Noblegunner
Noblegunner

So you’re saying that we should bet on our players getting injured and stack our squad with new players even though we’ve made huge investments in the injury department?
So what happens when such investments improve and we have overpriced acquisitions not even able to make the bench?

gunner1905
gunner1905

Sell them for a profit, like any good football club would. Why would you risk a season over money? Why are Arsenal increasing their revenue in the first place if not to stack the team and make it better.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

So you’re telling us that a player that’s sat on the bench because he’s not good enough for our 1st 11 increases in price. Thanks for that insight.

Paul
Paul

I think you got a pasting because the other top clubs haven’t acted quickly this window as you suggested.
Also we trust Wenger to bring in the right players (the list speaks for itself) and bringing in the right players depends on other stuff as Wenger said which can take time.

Chin up mate it’s not personal.

DuckandChips
DuckandChips

I suspect we’ll do most of our business at the tail end of the window. It’s too chaotic now in the sense that some players are either still on holiday or being pimped out to various clubs in order for their respective clubs to get the most cash out of them.
By the last week of the window, the ‘big’ clubs would have assessed their squad and homed in on their targets. At the moment, it’s all enquiries and rumours. I have doubts we’ll sign a forward when you consider Wenger spent the best part of £50m on Alexis and Welbeck last year.
Who knows? But I think any major signings (should we make any) won’t happen till the end of the window.

Seabass
Seabass

Top site Arseblog, keep up the excellent work!

I love the set-up of our squad right now. If anything I think we should look for a pure finisher to give our attack a different option. Regardless of incoming transfers though, the season ahead is shaping up to be a good one!

Eleventhdoctor
Eleventhdoctor

Let’s face it, our current squad is not strong enough to impose a serious challenge on the title. It is also ridiculous to expect Coquelin to play all 50 something games (champions league, EPL, FA cup, even if we rotate our squad for the Capital one cup) and stay fit and not tired. We need another strong DM to rotate and compete with the coq and play double DM when facing a stronger side (basically like what Chelsea did when they play against top teams, with matic + zouma/mikel/ramires in midfield). I have always think Schneiderlin is a good fit to the arsenal squad as his technical ability seems to be even better than coquelin and is a bit more all-rounded but now he is off to old trafford. We will need to go for another option who can at least impose a genuine challenge to coquelin so as to force him to develop into a world class DM. Honestly I can’t think of many names who can adapt to the PL quickly (perhaps Cavalho who has great potential, or simply someone like wanyama)

Just imagine if coquelin get injured/ or a red card suspension (which is not unlikely given his fierce style of playing), we will have to stick with the ageing arteta/flamini. These 2 are rotation players at best and will not fence of attack from teams from the upper table, leaving our back 4 extremely vulnerable. I also cannot see chambers/chamberlain making it at the DM position. They simply don’t have good enough positioning.

As for strikers, it would be the best if we can get a world-class one but it is obvious that there are not many world class ones out there available in the market. Benzema will be a great addition but I honestly don’t see RM releasing him. Lacazette is a gamble and I’m not so sure if he fits the system of arsenal. Pedro can play central forward but I think he is better as a winger. I do think that with the current striker mix (Giroud – if he stays in good form, Welbeck – he needs to improve, and possibly theo) is rather enough if we just aim a top 3 finish. We will need a world class striker to go for the title though.

Liverpool and United have been spending a lot of money to bring in quality players they actually need. Due to the large TV deal middle and lower teams (e.g. Swansea, Stoke) are also investing much more on quality players compared to the past. It is dangerous for us not to try and further improve our squad. It would be ideal if we can get a good DM and a world class striker. We can also invest on players with great potential in order to prepare for the future (e.g. Draxler is a player I really like and I would really like to see him at Arsenal in the future)

DuckandChips
DuckandChips

It’s not as easy as that – we need world class players so we just go out and by them? Unfortunately, every other club (and clubs with more money than us) think the same thing. Also, it’s difficult when there’s not enough available quality out there. Barcelona play Mascherano in defence – that suggests that there’s not a lot of quality centre backs available (otherwise they’d be playing for Barcelona).

Also, with the emergence of Coq it’s easy to forget that we still have Arteta (it’d be harsh to write him off based on his performance last season, as he was injured). Also, whether anyone here likes it or nor, Flamini can do a job there and if need be, we can play Chambers there. Lets also not forget we bought Bielik last January.

I think it’s rather short sighted to say we have no chance to win the title in 2016 (in July 2015) when we were probably the most inform team in Europe (in 2015). Does that mean we’re going to win the title? No, but I think it warrants some optimism, surely?

Cagooner
Cagooner

I agree with Eleventhdoctor that Schneiderlin would have been the perfect it. cover for Coq in case he gets suspension or hurt and viable option as second holding midfielder when away at top EPL teams or CL. I also have to believe he would have chosen us over LVGs arseholes had we been in play. But that is now too late. I really hope that AW has another DM in mind. Arteta can provide occasional cover and leadership, but Flam needs to be moved on. I think $30M for Schneidelin would have been god business for us.

I would also like to pick up a next level big strong CF. Maybe Lacazette is that guy. I’ll get thumsdowned for this, but I would also be happy to see us spend $35M on Benteke is no one else is available.

Paul
Paul

“Let’s face it, our current squad is not strong enough to impose a serious challenge on the title.”

Disagree!

All we need to do…. is combine the start of the season before last, with the finish of last season.

Injuries have cost us and hopefully they will not be at the level we have suffered before, and our squad is better than ever!
COYG!

JOEL
JOEL

We were terrible in the first part of last Season;Alexis almost single handedly kept us in the top half of the table.People seem to have very short memories…or certainly selective ones.Then as a result of a chronic injury list, Coquelin ended up playing in a role that had been largely ignored since the days of Gilberto.Suddenly we had someone in the side capable of shielding the back four;someone who could stop an offensive player walzing straight through the centre of our team;someone who brought a greater confidence and desire into a team that previously seemed all too keen to roll over when the game became too difficult.
I certainly wouldn’t characterize Le Coq as the “Messiah” but his impact meant that Arsenal were able to get themselves “back on track”.Unfortunately we have absolutely no-one else in the entire squad who is capable of fulfilling a similar role.Unlike the CF position there has been the prospect of finding additional competition or,indeed,improvement in this role,out in the market.Those options,however, are reducing all the time.I’m a firm believer that Schneiderlin or Kondogbia would and should have ideally suited Arsenal.If Schweinsteiger was available then Arsenal certainly should have taken more that a cursory look after the fact.I have a horrible feeling that the only addition to Arsenal’s fragile “spine” will be Czech and in my opinion Chelski have just brought in a better goalkeeper as their new “back-up”. Wenger’s problem is that he doesn’t have any idea of how to fit Ramsey,Corzola,Ozil,Wilshire,and the Ox into the midfield together.The protection that the Le Coq gives the team means that he can “perm” any three from 4!!However,this means that Arsenal are one injury away from falling back into their “old ways”.Neither Arteta nor Flamini are capable of fulfilling that role and whatever Roy Hodgson thinks…neither is Wilshire.This really is frustrating…Arsenal are only a couple of signings away from really competing once again for the EPL.I’m not advocating the premise of spending for the sake of it, but I certainly don’t believe that transfer dealings should be left to the last day of the window.New additions need to be bedded in early and players who were unfit during the latter part of last season,are NOT the same as “new signings”.

Paul
Paul

So we need a DM then?…Ok but don’t diss Dad!

Stewart Robson's therapist
Stewart Robson's therapist

Please stop throwing the word “spine” around. It’s just a word pundits and journalists use to sound like they know what they’re talking about, nothing more than PR guff.

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

Sorry but no. We use it in coaching to identify the focal point in each layer of the formation. Traditionally it refers to a GK, CB, DM/CM, and ST, but in recent times it can encompass a more continental flavour in utilising SW, CAM and SS into it. It’s centralised players who are not only quality but can take responsibility/show leadership within their line of attack/defence.

qatharow
qatharow

lacazete, his top strike..

bob
bob

Wengerbluff – reus

naijagooner
naijagooner

Carvalho and Lacazette!! What do we think?

like a red head Ljungberg
like a red head Ljungberg

we think we love that 😀

naijagooner
naijagooner

Cheers, or if we want world class experience, go for Vidal and Benzene or Cavani. Personally though, I’d prefer the youngsters.

God is Bergkamp, Bergkamp is God
God is Bergkamp, Bergkamp is God

Speaking of which, when does FIFA16 come out?

God is Bergkamp, Bergkamp is God
God is Bergkamp, Bergkamp is God

Ok, I wouldn’t normally, but let’s address the thumbs here. I mean, we can buy these with the profile we have now, but do we really want to spend excessive amounts of money on these guys just because of the name? Vidal has a drunk driving charge he’s dealing with back at home, plus we already have Ramsey & Wilshere who are of a similar mold, so no need to duplicate and halt progression. Benzema struggles to really rack up the goals he ought to as the 9 at Real so he’ll not only be expensive but I can’t imagine it’s any easier in the PL (just as Robbie Soldado, I believe he’d agree that’s pretty (penalty) spot on). Cavani maybe,… but I don’t know I’d throw that much money at someone I’m not convinced will really move this team that much further ahead.

Alexstratz
Alexstratz

Yep, this confirms it, we’re in for a big signing that depends on other big signings. He always says that when shit gets real.

SDB
SDB

there’s no excuse not to bring in DM cover. funds are available. i really feel an injury to coquelin will derail our season without an additional signing in this position. this should be prioritized over a striker.

David Hillier Handled My Luggage
David Hillier Handled My Luggage

Leicester have just signed Claudio Ranieri………..if only we’d acted quicker!

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

Damn you Tinker Man!!!

Hank Scorpio
Hank Scorpio

Has he managed since guiding Greece to defeat against the Faroe Islands?

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

He’s managed to get himself down the Job Centre every second Thursday. Bless him, he’s been applying for all sorts.

Stewart Robson's therapist
Stewart Robson's therapist

Not even halfway through July and people are complaining, to the point where they’re dismissing the major signing we actually have made. For the love of God, chillax.

SDB
SDB

i’m surprised how many people forget the start of last season when we trusted wenger and he decided to start the season with only 2 centerbacks. and then he only stumbled across the impact a true defensive midfielder would have on our results after an injury crisis forced him to play one. and how long did he put up with szcz letting the first shot of every game in before he finally benched him (but not before he cost us another 3 points at southampton). and the season before when we were in first spot and desperately needed additional cover in the january window and he brought in kim kalstrom?

i like wenger, but i can’t forget that easily…which is why i’m not convinced he’s not going to leave us short again this season.

Alexstratz
Alexstratz

So what happened to this Ozcan dude who promise us more info on the “transfer of the season” by Arsenal? Silly ITK.

He's got no hair but we don't care...
He's got no hair but we don't care...

Decent cover for our Coq and a striker who’s an out and out goal scorer please…unless of course the boss throws the kitchen sink at Theo playing there this season?

santori
santori

There’s nothing ‘opportunistic’ about transfers.

Fortune favours those who are prepared.

Luck + preparation = Opportunity.

We have our targets.

Whether some materilise depends on others in market.

At the moment the market is HOT. City and PSG have been given green light to spend. United are also in market as are Italian clubs free of spending curbs that have plagued them for several years now.

Demand for certain players (Strikers and DMs namely) is HIGH.

Supply is low.

Prices therefore are upward.

We do not have to spend to plug gaps in the squad for the first time in a long while. We are able to add quality and bid at higher prices for fewer more select players.

BUT we have the other issue which is salary to consider.

So we have to wait it out.

Wenger moved early on Cech with De Gea issue holding up certain other clubs.

BUT he will have to wait likely closer to end of market to see how the cards fall on some other targets.

meanwhile it makes sense for him to assess some of the hopefuls and fringe players in Singapore and pre-season Emirates cup.

But if you think say an Ozil signing is just opportunistic knee jerk stuff, you have to have your head examined.

It doesn’t work that way.;)

myu
myu

i believe we have a very strong squad and are really close but not there yet and that is what worries me.
new signings or not i really want us to win thia seasons pl and show our real quality in cl. i wish wenger will take us to next level.

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

This yearly ignorance is somewhat frustrating…

2013/14 – Ramsey carried us through the first half, in emphatic form, as he showed something the rest of the squad generally lacked. “What if he gets injured?” Our squads big enough to cope… He gets injured, nobody fills his boots. Title challenged derailed.

2014/15 – Start the season with 2 genuine CBs, a unique and highly effective bond between Per & Kos. “What if they get injured?” The weight of every game wears Kos thin, Per’s head still hadn’t adjusted from the WC, cover was brought in from fullback, efforts were admirable, but just not to the standard we required. Title chance gone by Xmas.

Admittedly these weren’t the only factors, but they played major roles.
Can we for once not just cut out the gamble of being unprepared?

Aamir
Aamir

I just love how Arsene looks during pre season with his glasses on. Complete stud.