Wenger updates on Mustafi and Perez deals

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Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal are working on deals to sign Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi, but was a little less forthcoming about when they might be completed.

Nevertheless, the Arsenal manager confirming interest in actual, real life players is undoubtedly a positive development, and the squad looks like it’s going to receive the boost it needs in the very near future.

“We are working on the deals,” he said. “We are not close enough to announce to you today that they will sign for us.

“Will we sign anybody before the end of the transfer window? I am 99% confident.”

Pressed on whether he might be busy on deadline day, Wenger continued, “Today maybe I’m too optimistic, but I hope we will have done what we wanted before!”

With medicals booked for both players today though, unless something goes wrong there it seems we’ll be adding the two La Liga players to the squad, and all going well there should be announcements fairly soon.

It’s worth remembering though that Arsenal do not officially announce transfers until all the required paperwork between the two club is completed, and delays can come from the other side as well.

Having spent much of this summer in a state of stressed anxiety, our advice over both of these deals is to chill out and not give yourself an ulcer because it hasn’t been put on arsenal.com by midday today.

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GunnAlex
GunnAlex

ANS!!

gooner1981
gooner1981

Ha ha ha! Good one…. although ANS can only be counted as ANS when it is published on our website 🙂

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian

I’ll believe it when I see them play their testimonial match.

Fry
Fry

TNS – Two New Signings to be exact. Heh.

neutral
neutral

TNS, two new signings

King 14enry
King 14enry

Still LANS – Likely a New Signing

Goon
Goon
locksley444
locksley444

THank you for sharing. Wonderful insight

Mongolian Gooner
Mongolian Gooner

But I do love me a good ulcer!

Dan
Dan

“Today maybe I’m too optimistic, but I hope we will have done what we wanted before!” +ve

When Skies Are Grey
When Skies Are Grey

Really hope these go through and think we’ve done this the right way round, spending more on a long term defender and less on a forward who will not be guaranteed to start most games, but great to have a some variety up front now!

Bob Davis

Two players we definitely needed. Can’t wait to see them in action.

Flashmob
Flashmob

Well, if we would have signed an experienced defender (Ashley Williams cost 12 million for Everton) we could have spent about 40 million on an attacker…

Mkhitaryan – 36 M
Sadio Mané – 35 M
Leroy Sané – 42 M
Batshuayi – 33 M

Unfortunatelly… It seems to me that our guideline again was: Safety (a.k.a.: Top4 finish) first!

thebetterJFK
thebetterJFK

Signing Ashley Williams would have been pointless. Mustafi is clearly a signing for now AND the future with. Williams is just as old as kos and Mertesacker and we would have to have yet another transfer merry go round next season over CB’s. Mustafi should be good for years

Flashmob
Flashmob

…and we would have to have yet another transfer merry go round next season over CB’s…

1. …and easily: we would have to have yet another transfer merry go round next season over Central Strikers…
2. Chambers? Holding? Gabriel?

Bob's Mexican Cousin
Bob's Mexican Cousin

Glass half empty morning?

We all need to chill out, either one might still turn out to be the signing of the season or a Park; but either way, signing them is a good thing.

Coyg!

Flashmob
Flashmob

🙂

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Agree with you. Ashley Williams probably has two good years in him. Holding will definitely be ready by that time. We also have Gabriel. We did not buy a striker who will start games ahead of Giroud. Not even good for Welbeck when he is back. We have a new guy at same level ad Welbeck who will prevent Welbeck from having game time as CF should Giroud gets injured.

Flashmob
Flashmob

Just an interesting data:

In the last four years, as far as GA (goal against – so our Defense) concern we were better than the avarage of the top 4 teams two times (12/13 and 15/16), but…

As far as GF (goal for – so our Offense) concern we were inferior in every years.

AusGunner
AusGunner

I don’t get the ulcerisation, did lots of people really think we weren’t going to sign more players by the end of the window? Granted, our state of preparedness for the first few games of the season has not been good enough even accounting for the usual vicissitudes (tournament year, injuries etc), and if we had UCL qualifiers against tricky opponents then I could definitely understand some ulcerisation. But I’ve been pretty much certain that we would add new players by the close of the window.

Oops, jinxed it.

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

Have u forgotten last season already. Same issues. Had need of a striker, and a def and a def mid. Signed Cech and then no one else.

Wenger not being able to sign a single player was a distinct possibility.

ger

” and my Mama told me, therell be days like this”

Papyrus
Papyrus

I really want these transfers to work out well on the pitch. Especially the striker deal. We are the best at creating chances. I just want us to outscore our opponents. Predator football. And give Akpom a chance as well. Those would be three strikers inclusive of Giroud. Walcott can take a back seat or be shuffled to the wing… That is if the Ox wishes not to claim that position.

dayjahvoo
dayjahvoo

I like the perez signing for the fact that he’s clearly very different from giroud. We’ve been crying out for an alternative for a while.

However, don’t we need better than giroud to improve the team immediately as wenger keeps pointing out?

GunnerDareMACEDONIA
GunnerDareMACEDONIA

I thin Perez will be much more better buy for us than Vardy, Vardy is a runner and counter attacking player using his speed as main weapon, he can’t dribble or make a chance out of nothing and 90% of the teams against us are parking the bus which I don’t think that vardy would make any deference, perez has all, speed great feet and ball control dynamo of a shot and he can individually crate chances for himself. And I’m betting now he will score more than Vardy.

Cas
Cas

You spoke my mind . . . though I can’t guess how many he could score this season

CroGooner
CroGooner

The emotional rollercoaster Arsenal puts you on is unmatched.
It’s always fun, even when it isn’t.

Also, the CL draw has been pretty kind, it’s almost too much good news in one day, come on Arsenal, are you not going to break my heart today?

Norwegiangooner
Norwegiangooner

Please don’t jinx it. You know what club we’re talking about. Before we know it half the stadium has burnt down to the ground and Cech and Ospina has been abducted by aliens.

Colin hockeysocks
Colin hockeysocks

Im hopeful but i know nothing of Lucas Perez . Is he top , top quality ??

Matt
Matt

He is good. Not top-top quality. Better than walcott and campbell for what i saw of him last season in la Liga

Seaman stains
Seaman stains

But if he is not very quickly better than Giroud the whingers will be out……whinging……again!

BigDave
BigDave

Lucas…… Another striker that Wenger will probably try to play as a winger.

Matt
Matt

He can play anywhere up front

Frank
Frank

Is it done yet?

Frank
Frank

How about now? Is it confirmed?

JArghS
JArghS

I swear to god, I will turn this car around and you can forget all about going to Monkey World!

Frank
Frank

Wenger buys players like i buy used cars. Point out every little scar and fault you may find and ask for a cut prize.

So if the medical reveal a scar on Mustafi’s left shoulder from when he fell out of a tree as a kid, then he is probably going to want to shave a mill or two off the prize. This is not mint condition like the prize suggests. 😛

Matt
Matt

Would have loved it if the James Rodriguez rumours were true.

Guy is one hell of a player.

ger

Hi Bloggs……I love your site, but Im recently getting my thoughts moderated all the time…….can you explain?

Larry Grayson
Larry Grayson

It’s because he is a racialist

God is a DJ

Although these don’t seem like the marquee signings social media was crying out for there is something different about these 2 from our usual signings. They seem like solid professionals with a bit of backbone, or maybe I’m just trying to find the silver lining (sorry Rambo).

Chuffy
Chuffy

Never heard of Perez before this, but not the top, top quality Wenger is always harping on about for sure. To me it seems we mostly shop below what should be expected of a club our size. Ozil, Cech and Sanchez aside. I know players can come good given time and experience, but surely now we have the funds to buy proven players from our rivals to weaken them and give us an edge. How about bidding for players like Lukaku to weaken Everton, buying Coutinho to weaken Liverpool. offer the right deal and I’m sure these players would come to us. But we always seem to shop a bit below our rivals.

Roof attack
Roof attack

Oh dear.

Chuffy
Chuffy

Oh dear what? That we continually buy from lesser clubs because we don’t have the money to buy from our rivals? No, we have a manager who reacts too slowly to team deficiencies and don’t prepare for the season start. We’ve already dropped points meakly and now throwing 50 million at players who may or may not improve the team from last season that fumbled over the line. Our biggest rivals have strengthened are already 5 points ahead and look a lot more organised. When our fans are split over whether we want Wenger to stay as manager. Get a grip.

No.8
No.8

If I could multiple thumb you down I would. Your negative take on such a positive day for us is what is driving me away from this club. The social media platform maybe creating this poor atmosphere.

Chuffy
Chuffy

Your comment is indicative if someone who thinks putting on a shiny new coat of paint will hide the existing flaws. How do you explain Wengers comments about being fit and ready after beating Man City in a friendly, then after being nearly humiliated at home to a team that lost the week after to Burnley, he said we weren’t fit or ready? Is spending 50 million on two untested players is all it takes to satisfy you? 35 million on Mustafi. 32 million more than Holding who Wenger had to play because of being unprepared. Sorry, but this isn’t good enough.

heroku_arsenal
heroku_arsenal

Have you ever tried self pleasuring? Its a very good way to release pent up frustration.

Funky Gonner
Funky Gonner

Yes you are right. Buying that failed winger from Juve was a disaster. Not forgeting that under achieving midfielder from Milan.

What’s Wenger been smoking all this time?

Whisper
Whisper

that was 16 years ago talk about now

MrBrain + Ozil's vision
MrBrain + Ozil's vision

I’m happy atleast for one reason. The atmosphere at the Emirates would seize to be toxic in the near future, except if results prove otherwise. In which case I doubt so much.

wash_dc_gunner
wash_dc_gunner

This reminds me of a joke: What do an old man with a beard and a rabbit have in common? They both have a beard, except for the rabbit.

Indian Gooner
Indian Gooner

Listen not all top strikers reach their peak straight away, very early in their lives. For some of them they bloom late and get to be one of the top strikers in the world all of a sudden! Who knows what kind of a player Lucas would turn out to be! Let us give him time. Let us not judge him until we see him running around on the pitch! Add to the fact that there are not a lot of top strikers out there who we could sign! I would sign someone like him for 20 million than signing someone like Lacazette for 45 million.

With Mustafi, the player’s got a lot of quality. Top, Top signing this one. With Bellerin, koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal and Cech.. We could be having one of the best defense in the Leagues. Remember great defenses win you titles!
So personally I would be extremely happy with both the signings.

Diarra
Diarra

Agree with you but I think Lyon would have wanted 50-70 million for Lacazette (quoted 60 million) which added to a 100k+ weekly wage would have been an absolute waste of money on a player who wouldn’t even be a guaranteed starter for us. Happy with these signins, sensible choices and make the squad stronger.

PFo
PFo

Pretty sure Lyon would’ve taken 45 mill if we had offered it 2 months ago. The price hike was because of how late in the window it got. I don’t want to get into defending Lacazette’s quality on here (personally I rate him higher than most people seem to on here, but ultimately I can’t say for sure if he’d have been a big hit, obviously), but here’s the deeper point I think people are missing in their (understandable) optimism: if you were Arsene and had had the chance to sign one “bargain” unknown player for 10-20 and one “marquee” player for 35-50, would you have preferred to have gotten Perez and Mustafi or an expensive attacker (striker or even Mahrez type) and a cheaper defender? Our biggest need has been a striker worthy of Ozil, Sanchez, and Santi’s quality. I hope Lucas surprises me and becomes that player but can’t help thinking we’ve only signed a backup for Giroud (admittedly with different strengths). It seems we’re bargain hunting in the one area of the pitch where we absolutely shouldn’t be.

C J
C J

I’m a late bloomer meself.

tapps

I’m hoping to be. Otherwise, all this effort has gone to waste.

Hereford gooner
Hereford gooner

at the start of the summer (and perhaps for the last 5 summers) we needed a holding mid, a centre back and a striker. Looks like we now have those so that’s a big positive.. it’s just a shame we can’t form a habit of getting our business done before the annual dumping of crucial points in early August every season

Diarra
Diarra

Think the problem is the transfer window closing so late. Clubs are always going to keep their cards close until the end o the window, not much arsenal can do about it if they want to make the best out of the window. What many managers have been asking for is to end the transfer window before the season starts which would be good for everyone apart from the media.

dayjahvoo
dayjahvoo

You make it sound like we are the only ones that buy in the window.

Many clubs bought before the season started. If we can’t do top, top quality I totally understand it. Just don’t tell me that’s what you’ve been waiting for then go and buy an unknown

Marco
Marco

Maybe I’m biased, but I’m a real fan of Mustafi. Apart from the occasional blunder here and there (he’s only 24), I really like his positional play and think he can develop even further at Arsenal. Also he is terribly ignored in German media, partly due to the fact he played abroad for most of his professional career. Happy about signing him!

Matt
Matt

He’s good. And has Hummels and Boateng ahead of him for Germany and still managed to play a few games for them.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

Agreed. It’s no shame to be kept out of a regular starting role by Hummels and Boateng! Boateng may, at the moment, be the best CB in the world.

asiboy14
asiboy14

At the start of the season we needed a CB, Holding mid and CF. Wenger clearly stated from the start that the deals would be negotiated closer to the end of the window à la Poker Game. The man hasn’t lied once. He has never exaggerated once either. True almost every statement he makes is with a tone of calming down the fans, but can you blame him? Most of these idiots use the Mirror, Guardian, 90min, etc. as their main source and and fall for it every time. By doing so they tarnish the name of the management, board, and most importantly the club while giving maximum exposure to tabloid sites. Wenger is a team builder, not a person who buys team overhauls every couple of years to win shit. To my knowledge he’s the last manager of a top tier club who does this. Great young managers like Simeone would be lost if Wenger didnt prove to people that running a club in a financially responsible manner would be successful on a consistent basis. Also, lets not forget how the man can spot talent for 15-25 mill better than any other manager out there. I really hope the some fans realize that gullibility isn’t the same as following a club passionately.

TobyC
TobyC

Yeah, thank God we don’t actually win shit.

Jakemilla
Jakemilla

I wish I could give more than one thumbs up.

D
D

“Wenger is a team builder” Trouble is, his teams are never competitive at the top of the game.

Jijo
Jijo

Never competitive? It’s the same man who built The Invincibles. Even though I never watched them live because I wasn’t following much football that time , I respect and admire him for what he did. And I am sure he still has it in him. He is building something great again. Just have patience. I have been waiting for 10 yrs. And I am sure my patience will never run out.

Support your team. No matter what!

Trez
Trez

That was 13 years ago.

Rich

Which of course means it didn’t happen 😉

dayjahvoo
dayjahvoo

Wow! How long have you been waiting to post that?

You’re an idiot if you think “perez” was wenger’s plan all along. The dude hasn’t even kicked a ball and he’s the second coming of jesus. And wenger is a genius.

I’ve seen him compared to david villa, vardy, greizmann and eduardo. I’m gonna watch him play and judge.

meletios
meletios

I agree, yet he chooses to do it after we have already lost two games when the season had already started.
Not giving enough time for them to gel with the team.
Remember quotes similar to ‘They are not playing well as they did not get a full pre-season’,
if we go by this, this season would be a write-off as far the two potentially new players are concerned.

Nobody can say both of these are our first choice signings including Mustafi, which seems to be pertinent issue since the stadium move. We almost never ever seem to get the top dog.

Every good pundit and most of the Arsenal fans know that we need a spine, meaning few gaffers with attitude,aggression and physical attributes to match it up, not sure if we have got it. Mainly because Arsene cannot handle attitude. The players signed might turn out to be super signings but still I dont think we have any one who is a destructor, offensive or defensive, which is what we had in abundance during our title winning days.

Arsene’s match tactics and player management is whole another issue in itself…

Onenil
Onenil

We haven’t lost two games.

meletios
meletios

Going by the strength of the other teams this season, a draw this early is almost similar to a loss.

Rich

No, it’s not.

Matt
Matt

All nice words and I’m too happy with the new arrivals but at the end of the day we’ve been +10 years without a league title. Last season especially hurt with all top teams so poor

neutral
neutral

Wenger the builder, always building… next season, next season

I am quite happy with the transfers, if we can’t get the best striker, at least bring in some good ones that can refresh the attack. Mustafi is wait and see territory, worst case scenario is we bought ourselves a Mangala. Best case he is the top, top quality we need.

Arsenal fans must be the most fickle and deluded bunch out there, game week 35 or so it is full meltdown as spurs look to challenge for the title and Arsenal suffer the annual season collapse. Few weeks later we finish second (by pure luck according to Mert himself), we sign Zhaka, and everybody is happy, Wenger is a genius again. Then we fail to sign Vardy and the weeks tick by, suddenly Wenger is a useless dithering old fool. Then we buy two players and Wenger knows again. Come on, the truth lays somewhere in the middle. The fact is that we are only marginally better than 5 or 10 years ago, and our improved financial situation is offset by the improved finances of every club.

HamiltonGunner
HamiltonGunner

The transfers haven’t gone through, although hopefully they will, that being said I still think we need a new manager and there are several reasons for that.

1) We have again started a season unprepared. We can quibble about the lost points back and forth and how much they will be worth come the end of the season and that other teams will drop points but the fact is that as a team we weren’t ready. Period.

2) I am excited by new players, we all know we need new players but there should be a plan in place to bring those players in and it doesn’t feel like we have one. I might be wrong, but it seems that the best system would be to identify targets and buy them at the start of the window so that they can be ready and prepared for the new season…..(see point 1)

3) Our current playing style is pure stodge and has been for awhile.

4) We need to be a bit more ruthless and tell underperforming players to step up or do one. I understand that we need to be a cohesive unit but when that cohesive unit seems to be ok with being mediocre then there is an issue.

I could continue, but the point is that if we end up buying Perez and Mustafi I feel that we will still end up fighting for our 4th place trophy and our ambitions should be higher.

Piresrocks
Piresrocks

1.) I’m not quite sure this is Wenger’s fault. We had Ozil, Giroud and Kos at the Euros then Gabriel got injured in our last preseason game. Also, did you watch those games. It had as much to do with not having a defender as the whole team not playing well enough. Also, we scored 3 goals so you cannot blame it on the lack of a striker instead. Besides, we played Liverpool and Leceister. Man U, City & Chelsea lost those games last season. We got a point and almost drew the other game. Also, the transfer window closing after the season starts means that clubs play hard ball until the last moment. We do not know what is happening behind the scenes. It is a little presumptuous to judge like you do. What if we were interested in Griezmann or Lewandowski or Aubameyang and thus waiting for those deals to fall either side before pursuing alternatives. You never know.

2.) I am not sure what you mean by this. We have been signing young players for a while. Also, sometimes the best deals come at the end of the window. I am not sure your strategy of buying at the beginning of the window is the best. For, example we will not have signed Ozil if we signed someone else at the beginning of the window. The transfer window is not a supermarket. It is more fluid, dynamic and erratic with opportunities showing up unexpectedly. This is why managers say, “we are on the look out”…

3.)We made the most clear cut chances for a long time last season. I am not sure what else you want. I think we had the best traditional attacking side last season. We just did not have good finishing. I’m sorry but this assertion does not fit the facts/stats especially on the site.

4.) I agree in some ways here but even so there is a balance required. Ramsey came good, Adebayor came good, Kos came good, Monreal came good, Giroud became better… and so I believe Ox, Wilshere, Chambers etc can become much better players in time. I think Arsene sees talent a lot and tries to educate and form the product. I think that is a noble endeavor especially among such pressure as yours.

Lastly, the talk of 4th place trophy is unwarranted and spurious. Arsenal have finished in 4th much less than 1st, 2nd, 3rd. There was a good article on espnfc about that last season. Anyway, this is my reasoned response.

HamiltonGunner
HamiltonGunner

I respect your points but I also disagree.

1) Wenger himself stated that we weren’t prepared so I don’t see how this is point can be argued. We can talk about signings and what we lacked, how there were the Euros (I feel this is a straw man argument but I won’t get into that) and all sorts of other excuses but at the end of the day they are excuses. I feel that no matter how you look at it that it is clear we weren’t ready.

2) Your system sounds like a complete and utter gamble and based on other people’s actions. I understand your approach if your team is complete and well functioning and you want to see if you can add a bit extra but we aren’t that team. We have glaring holes that needed to be addressed. Waiting around to see about a deal until the last moment doesn’t seem the best way to conduct business and ends up with summers like last year.

3) Do you think we look great when we play? I don’t. I think we look fragile and every time a set piece or corner comes along I worry. We look more likely to implode than anything else.

4) I understand you want to have faith in your players and that is a great quality to have but it can be a detriment. How long have we had Theo on the books for substandard performances? How long did we keep Diaby? I want the players to come good as well but at some point if it isn’t happening wouldn’t it be better for both parties. If you were dating someone and they weren’t doing it for you how long would you wait until you cut the chord or would you marry them for their “potential”?

Piresrocks
Piresrocks

I would like a brief rebruttal/clarification. Thanks for a courteous response.
1.) I agree, we were under-prepared and the manager confessed so as well. My point though is that, it is more down to the loss of crucial 1st team players. How about we take out Aguero, Silva and the 2 central defenders from city. Will they have won in the late minutes against stoke… I’m not quite sure. My point is that it is not mainly the manager’s fault. I’d like to hear your straw man argument’s rebruttal, if you will acquiesce.

2.) I am not advocate chaos without planning. I’m just saying rigid planning is not always the best way. I gave a couple of examples too. I am saying we should plan and identify positions and targets but also be open minded. Also, in the former, you may have to wait to acquire your first choice which will mean that you appear to be doing nothing. For example, Wenger had publicly acknowledged a liking for Hazard and Cavani (before they moved to their current teams). The behind the scenes reasons for not signing these players could be for many reasons some of which may be moving too quickly on other targets. Open mindedness is also important when a player in a position that you were not searching for becomes available. e.g United signing van Persie. What if Hazard or Bale or James become available to us and we had already blown our cash on Lacazette or Lukaku.
3.) I am just speaking of the stats. Whether I think we look great is a subjective reality and I should not really bring that to an argument. Yes, I think we can be frail at times but the big picture stats are more important. Defensively and Offensively we are often more efficient than commentators will make you believe. I think actually being an arsenal fan may bias our opinion further because it gets etched into our memory when our team plays badly. On that note, I’d advise you to look up stats on how we did on set pieces last season.
4.) Thanks for admitting that point. From my estimation, most fans agree that Diaby was a special laudable case. This underscores the point that the decision is actually relative. Also, concerning theo, Wenger likes him and believes in him. Unfortunately, I do as well. He does have a lot of ingredients to be a useful player. I understand that you disagree but it is an opinion. As your example of romance shows, choosing people is a subjective thing. Wenger makes his mind up and he does have more info than we do. I think I can respect his preference until it is completely crazy. It’s not- theo did score a good goal against Liverpool and has been useful to us in the past. He does need to be more consistent. Wenger believes he can teach him that. I’d rather not argue about theo though.

HamiltonGunner
HamiltonGunner

Not a problem at all. We both support Arsenal and while we might not have the same opinions about everything it doesn’t mean we can’t have a conversation and discuss our positions in a civil manner. I am sure I will get downvoted for my opinions, especially when we are potentially on the verge of signing players but I think we have to have open discussions about our club so we can move forward as a whole.

1) While I agree that you cannot control when or how an injury will happen I think how you react and handle the situation is more important. After Mertesacker’s injury he knew all we had was Chambers, Koscielny and Gabriel, I can’t recall off the top of my head when Holding was added but we can throw him in the mix too. He knew then that he would be giving Koscielny a longer break due to the Euros and thus we were looking at starting the season with a central defensive pairing comprised of players that either haven’t played for the club or failed to convince when given the chance. Knowing this he didn’t address the problem and took a gamble. The gamble didn’t pay off and Gabriel was injured two weeks before the season. He didn’t address the issue and he gambled again with Holding and Chambers in the first game and that also didn’t pay off. That leaves in the situation we are in now where we are going into our third game and we are already trying to play catch up to everyone else. In regards to your Man City example, if we had lost all our players the week of our first game of the season then I understand that. We can’t control that. But that didn’t happen. The injuries happened well before the season and we knew we needed players but still we gambled and were unprepared. If this was a one off occurrence then you can understand, heck I love a good risk or a gamble, but when it happens almost every season it starts to look like that is the norm as opposed to the rare occurrence and that is an issue.

In regards to the Euros, I don’t see how we can use it as an excuse to be unprepared. It’s not like the Euros are new and we haven’t known about them for years ahead of time. We should factor that into our plans and preparations for the upcoming season. Why rush Ramsey back but let Giroud and Ozil vacation? If you don’t think they are ready then rest them all. It smacks of favouritism and coddling players. If you didn’t get a promotion at work would your boss give you time off to recover from the emotional setback or expect you back at work performing the next day? We can also explore the fact that a large number of players that played at the Euros, including the finals, started the season for the respective clubs without an issue.

2) I still think your approach to transfers is reactive instead of proactive. If he wanted Griezemann or Hazard then get in there and make an effort. We might decry how Madrid and Man U do business and the prices they pay but they identify a player and then go and buy them. If we want to be a big club we need to start behaving like one and that includes taking the lead in the transfer market. I think that waiting for something to happen is exactly that, waiting. It feels like we wait and wait and wait and then when nothing happens we don’t take responsibility for our own inaction we just wait for the next window for it to happen all over again.

3) In all honesty I am not a stats guy so you could be completely right and I am sure that statistically we are much better than I give us credit for. For myself, I comment on our performance and how we look and it just isn’t cutting it for me. I remember in 2008, 2009 we weren’t winning anything but my god did I love watching us play. We just had something that made me feel we were always in a match and we could find that extra gear to nick a win. Right now it just feels like we have one gear. We look shaky and concede comedic goals. Maybe Perez will help us find that extra gear, I don’t know. But I know that when I watch the team we look predictable, pedestrian and our will to compete just isn’t there. Unless we play Barcelona or Bayern Munich.

4) I don’t mind taking a chance on a player and giving him a chance to work out. However it seems that we have a bunch of players in our squad that I would consider “works in progress”. The problem with these players is that we are all convinced they have a high ceiling in terms of their potential and that they need game time to reach that level. We give them game time ahead of other players to help them reach their potential but then they squander it and don’t put in an effort, there are no end results or they get injured. At some point you have to wonder if these players will ever come good and how far you can get with a team that has a core or “work in progress” players. This is what is also so infuriating about the Campbell situation. Campbell wasn’t perfect and he alone would never solve all our problems, but you knew what kind of performance you would get from him. Theo might arguably have a higher potential ceiling but he is like a box or chocolate, you never know what you gonna get. One game he is brilliant and the next five he disappears. A team can carry one or two players like this but we are carrying multiple players like this and we need to determine who we move forward with and who we don’t.

I just want to say thank you for such a fun and invigorating conversation. This has made my day.

EZD
EZD

Oh just call each other cunts/plastic fans/nazis and be done with all this polite reasoned conversation!

Major
Major

Its so sad that we have signed the two players that we needed in the correct positions. what are poor old wingeing Paul Merson & Piers Morgan “so called fans”and all the other moaners going to talk about now.

Arsne
Arsne

Mustafi also knocks in many headed goals. It’s all good.

neutral
neutral

With him and Kos we don’t need a new striker!

Funky Gonner
Funky Gonner

And Perez can take a good corner.
Defiantly need that as well.

HM
HM

I hadn’t heard of either of these players until very recently (yesterday in the case of Perez) and I am UTTERLY CONVINCED they are the answer to all our problems.

Signed,
Half of Arsenal Twitter

The Horse
The Horse

I hadn’t heard of either of these players until very recently (yesterday in the case of Perez) and therefore I am UTTERLY CONVINCED they are NOT the answer to any of our problems.

Signed,
The Other Half of Arsenal Twitter

Blahblahblah
Blahblahblah

When it comes to players we’ve never heard of,were all UTTERLY CONVINCED that wenger has had far more misses than hits recently and almost seems to ignore our immediate problems

Signed
The rest of the known world outside of Arsenal Twitter

glory hunter
glory hunter

At last we may have found how to make Arsene spend, the fans have to moan loudly, the media have to keep harping on about it, key and not so key players get injured, we start the season poorly, ensure the transfer window is still open and most importantly have money to spend.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

I don’t think the ‘fans’ or the media make one iota of difference to the managers purchases.
Otherwise we’d have bought more last summer.

Bringbackthearses

We can stop berating Wenger now and get on Blogs’s case about not fixing the arses!!

Dial square
Dial square

99% sure
That 1% is haunting me.

Paul
Paul

It worries me as well but having listened to the presser I think they are definitely on their way!

Big sheezy
Big sheezy

Why do people keep saying that there aren’t any top strikers out there to sign? Mourinho seems to keep finding them. Ibra might just win them the league. Seems like atletico can find one every other transfer window. This club needs another deal maker like dein because the current regime seems an embarrassment when it comes to finalizing deals.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

Ibra may win them the league if he turns up often enough. But as a 34 year old striker with an enormous ego, he may only play when he feels like it (as he did at PSG) and his body allows him to.
We’ll find out this season which.

el-bahja
el-bahja

Let them come #coyg

Jeffrey
Jeffrey

This could be the end of Walcott? Lucas seems to be a pretty similar player – speedy and can play on the wing if/when needed.

Winterburn 87
Winterburn 87

Once we mention medicals. .they’ll run away

Samgunz
Samgunz

Lucas Perez is more a 2nd striker if anything, not a box striker, he will come deep looking for the ball, will work best with Giroud, which is unlikely to happen unless placed on the wing, I like him though, but he’s the winger we were after, not the striker.

Samgunz
Samgunz

watch him play wing when giroud plays, fools.

heihaci
heihaci

is this Lucas guy any better than Girioud? Looks like we will never be able to sign an Aguero type striker.

I do like the Mustafi signing but overall we won’t be able to compete with the Manchester clubs for the title.
I would love it if we signed James Rodriguez as well but that is just pure fantasy!

Matt
Matt

What the heck do you see in Rodriguez, he’s worse than Ozil and was on the bench for Real as deemed not good enough. Too much money for a kind of player we already have enough in our team

heihaci
heihaci

yeah of course…Walcott is a better player than James
Go watch his performance at the last world cup!

Trez
Trez

Rodriguez is better than all our AMs and WF bar Ozil and Alexis.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

Not many (if any) ‘Aguero’ level strikers available.

Gooner
Gooner

I love the way five days ago nobody knew who Perez was. Today everyone knows what his mam had for breakfast. He looks good on his YouTube montage. Time will tell.

PhoeniX
PhoeniX

Shhhhh!!!! Let people enjoy things.

Rohith J
Rohith J

I think I will be very happy if we get these kind of deals done much earlier in the window. Instead of big money, high profile signings, Wenger clearly has identified what we are missing in the team and invested in those qualities. Yes please.

London
London

Always left feeling underwhelmed by the way we conduct our transfers.

Lucas signing seems down to the fact he has a cheap buy-out clause.

broken red army
broken red army

werent these deals doable the past 3 mounths? we had a much bigger chance with a better centre back for Liverpool and a real striker at Leicester.
maybe they werent our priority (esp. Peres)
maybe injuries fans pressure and bad results forced us back into do the market, finally
and maybe Wenger believed he could get better bargains in final days if window

either way should have done it way sooner. although we wont be favorites for the league now, still we have a better chance making it to the top 4 now.

HamiltonGunner
HamiltonGunner

I am trying to get excited about this, even though it hasn’t gone through as of yet, but I am struggling. I feel that this is due to the fact that we have been told all summer that we are only looking at top top quality and our signings have to meet certain “criteria” and I don’t know if this guy ticks all those boxes. If we are talking about him as a 27 year old prospect then maybe ok, but if he is still just a prospect then why not then just give Akpom a run instead. I feel to accommodate Perez we will need to move to a two striker system and I don’t know if Wenger will be able to do that. All I have seen of him is YouTube clips and based off that I don’t see where he can play in a single striker system. Realistically he has had two seasons in his entire career where he scored double digit goals. If this was our man why didn’t we have him in when we bought Xhaka? I am sure that I will get down voted because I haven’t pronounced him as the next Messiah and guaranteed he will outscore every other striker in the PL but shouldn’t we rationally examine every deal we make, even if we all really really want new signings to happen?

ger

Thanks for the answer Bloggs re “moderation”!
Meantime Im “pushing hard” for a big Zero Poo on the txfr prospects.

Paul
Paul

I hope Theo can come good for the next few months, so we can get more money for him in January!

Bergy's big toe
Bergy's big toe

So as earlier stated, we came in to the summer needing a central defender, a holding midfielder and a striker. It now looks as if we’re close to completing the deals so that all three of those boxes are ticked. I’m not pretending to know loads about Lucas but it sounds to me like he has similarities to Vardy, who we all know Wenger tried to sign. He obviously feels that’s the type of player we need as an option up top so I’m happy if the deals go through. I agree it’s a shame we couldn’t do it earlier but as Wenger has just admitted it’s been very hard to get deals done this transfer window. Now lets do our part of the deal and give them the support the need and see what we can achieve together

HamiltonGunner
HamiltonGunner

For me it’s never an issue of supporting the team. When they play I throw my heart behind them and whoever is on the field at the time I wish then nothing but success and eternal glory and fame. For example, while I don’t always think Walcott is the best player we have seen, when he pulls on that shirt I am not sitting at home hoping he does his knee or disappears, I hope he scored a hat trick and puts some poor bloke on the other side to the sword. I want us to win and I want our players and our team to do the best they can to win. The issue happens when after numerous years of the same issues appearing without being fixed it begins to feel that we aren’t doing everything we can to win. It feels that we are accepting mediocrity and I have an issue with that.

Onenil
Onenil

Agree.
Unhappy when not signing anyone.
Happy now it looks like we got the players we need.
Simple.

Paul
Paul
AndyMcH
AndyMcH

Any transfer to any club can go good or bad. As fans we get excited when we are linked with big names but we don’t know for sure that they will adjust to the new club and be a great signing. We could have signed Higuain for £80m and he could have failed to adjust to the Premier League or to Arsenal (I present Shevchenko, Torres and Benteke as three, of many, examples). However, he could have scored 40 goals and taken us to the title. We just don’t know.

Alternatively we may have been forced to rely on a strike force of Akpom and Sanogo and they rise to the challenge. Or we unearth an unknown from Bolivia for £2m and Wenger is again hailed as a genius.

As it is it looks like we’re ending up with a striker who has done well last year and has a lot of good attributes at a reasonable (for this day) cost. He may not be the dream signing – few of us even knew his name until yesterday – but he gives us added depth where we need it. We now have attacking options of Giroud, Alexis, Walcott, Perez, Iwobi and, from the end of the year, Wellbeck.

It could go either way but as supporters we need to support him and give him time, not raise expectations too high or be on his case from the start. Remember: it took Henry 8 games and Bergkamp 6 before they scored.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

It took Vardy 3 years before he started scoring properly at Leicester 😀

Boris Rados
Boris Rados

What a Goal from our new striker :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H0P9Z0K4pA

Goon
Goon

I’m hoping to have a drink today

santori
santori

A bit naive to think this is a new trend…Arsene announcing deals early.

All it is is indication as to how close we are and how confident we are that we will close with these deals soon.

Otherwise he won’t nominally talk about transfers.

Why would he? Why would anyone who has any experience hanggling?

You leak it to the press early, they announce it, the cretins in the fan base start to make a lot of noise, the selling club will use this to leverage further on price and it can all get more complicated.

Best to keep it quiet.

So the fact that he is ‘bold’ enough to mention them surreptitiously means we are very close on both signings.

Mustafi’s deal obviously not helped by press interest. The selling club talked a big talk and stoked the media to pressure a higher price but expect price to come down to less than what the press reported (50m rubbish about us missing out again like Mangala)

As mentioned, the high price in fact worked somewhat to our benefit because it deterred would be competition. Now they have to climb down because they need to meet FFP and the player himself will have already had his mind set on leaving.

So a compromise price will likely emerge with Wenger giving Valencia a bit of face for future dealings.

But all the crisis talk in the press typical of how little the press understand the market.

We were always going to bring in a Cback and CF.

As I mentioned since end of the last season, this summer will be complicated by Euros and likely some deals will happen late on (as per usual). That does not mean work has not been done to cross the “T” dot the “i”s before hand. It has to be worked out so once the final decision has been met and agreed upon on pricing, the trigger can be pulled quickly in the closing hours of the window.

17m for Perez, 35m for Granit and (we don’t know quite yet) 30+m for Mustafi is a decent spread of risk and addition of capabilities into 3 positions across the spine at 87m total (not the 100m rubbish the press is spewing)

Plus the two players at 35m mark are both highly promising players with reputation enhance by positive EUROs and good mileage ahead at 24yrs.

Perez if signed is a bit more of a dark horse signing and reflective of how difficult the striker market was this summer. I doubt he is Wenger’s first choice but at 17m a good price and with ready to go experience already converted into a CF role from a winger for a season with productive result (17goals)

So I simply do not understand (well I do) the comical hysteria by certain segment of the fan base every transfer window.

Since 2011 we have added 3-4 players on average every summer bar the Ozil summer (which was our first foray into the premium price bracket) and last summer.

People simply do not bother to think and are prey to the media.:D

Alas.

Dan D
Dan D

Been a grumpy so and so of late when thinking about Arsenal but Arsene did put a smile on my face today during his press conference: “And now you accuse me of being a money splasher.”

In or out you can’t dispute the fact that he’s a clever chap.