Unai Emery says it’s difficult to find players who can give the team better performances than the players we currently have, but that the club are working on bringing in maybe one player before the end of the January window.

Perhaps reading from the Arsene Wenger handbook on how to deal with questions about transfers, the Arsenal head coach seemed to be talking about the difficulty of finding quality players in mid-season, but after a few weeks in which our form on the pitch has been pretty poor, those are words that might well frustrate some fans.

Speaking ahead of the crunch showdown with Chelsea on Saturday, the Spaniard was asked about potential arrivals – this despite the fact he said last week that the only incomings would be loan deals.

“It’s not easy to take players who can help with more performance than the players we have now,” he said.

“The club is working. I spoke with Sven, with Raul about different possibilities for players. They are working but it’s not easy to take players who can help us a big performance now.

“Transfers with something special can help us, and we are looking, with the possibility of one player and if we can take him to help us in one position on the field, maybe we can.”

He refused to be drawn on whether or not Barcelona outcast Denis Suarez was that player, insisting that conversations about transfers were a private matter for club officials, but it is widely believed that he is the main target.

The sticking point of the deal appears to be Barcelona’s desire to sell the player, whereas Arsenal do not want a mandatory purchase option.

Whatever happens, it won’t be done in time for this weekend, so it’s up to the players we have to produce better performances than they have been.

Ornstein: Unai Emery has suggested to Ozil it’s best for him to leave (audio)

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iGooner
iGooner

“The club is working. I spoke with Sven…”

That’s the only notable thing I read. Deep down I still hope he stays.

Timsh
Timsh

Same here man. My thoughts exactly. Or maybe Raul told him to mention Sven in his presser 😁

215Arse
215Arse

Especially difficult when we have no money.

Badaab
Badaab

There’s plenty of money- just none of it is being made available to improve the team.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

If it is because of financial fair play, Kroenke’s own money can’t help. New commercial contracts will.

Leemillion
Leemillion

I don’t know what basis I really have, but I’d prefer Carrasco to Suarez. Something about Suarez doesn’t really do it for me, he looks light weight and I’m just not excited about seeing him in an Arsenal shirt.

All this of course because we’re not getting a defender.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Because Suarez is not a proper, natural winger. And we have been screaming for a winger

215Arse
215Arse

I couldn’t agree more with the Suarez assessment. He has the build of a 14 year old boy. Not ideal for the PL.

Thomas b
Thomas b

Yes, just like David silva

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Suarez I unknown quality to me but I know of Churascco from Monaco, the player is undisciplined and inconsistent. He has moments of brilliance but they come too rarely ( not unlike a German dude who’s in our book)

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Carrasco played for Athletico Madrid didn’t he?

Fiers d'être Bleus
Fiers d'être Bleus

Played for Monaco before that.

Lucas Sam
Lucas Sam

I think we used to have a small statured two footed spanish player that did well, I wonder if you consider him lighweight too.

215Arse
215Arse

Cazorla had a low center of gravity. Suarez runs upright and is easily knocked off the ball.

Timsh
Timsh

Also seemed to have quite a chore.
Was well built for his size but too quick in his thinking anyway 🙂
Oh Santi…

Ourchildrensworld

…whereas Cazorla dragged his knuckles, on all fours, like Tarzan?

I jest.

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

Haha, and Cazorla runs…downright?

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

“January transfers are not easy”

Specially when you publicly admit that Arsenal has no funds and there’s an ongoing situation with the professional responsible to identify potential transfer targets.

Dan Gunn
Dan Gunn

And freezing out your 2 best attacking midfielders.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Does it really look as if he’s freezing out Ramsey? He’s using Ramsey as an impact sub. He would probably do the same with Ozil but he won’t track back. Having said that none of our bloody players track back!

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

We have money, just not to buy players.

Red n white Les

FFS, thought loan players be queuing to join club eh, need to get rid of deadwood expense pay decent players perhaps they’d stay instead of leaving for free. Think hard to find players better than we got Lmfao, try watching team ya love going backwards

Izuu
Izuu

What if this Suarez come in and have the same impact Paco Alcacer is having in Dortmund?

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

You’re right. We should have gotten Paco Alcacer.

LEFT08
LEFT08

The club is only …working for Stan. This isn’t our Arsenal. I would get behind any serious action by fans to pressure Kroenke to go. Can’t seen any way out of this utter mess, but I think we have to give it a go.

High gooner
High gooner

Come on lets do something about it.. Start with signs is a small thing we can start doing by the next home game. My favourite sign would be “#fuckoffkroenke”. Make our unhappiness known to the cameras where Kroenke (if that mf:er even watch our games) will see us! Im afraid he will never see our comments here at arseblog

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

He would never see them at matches either. I highly doubt he watches our matches.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

Any truth in Ramsey having signed the Juventus pre-contract? Apparently it’s just happened… If true I wish him all the best, sad to see him go. I hope the majority of work going on right now is to bring the right players in, rather than finding ways to get decent players to leave.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

I’m not having a go at you when I say this, but I can’t understand the mindset of a lot of Arsenal fans. I know the club has been run really poorly, but the people largely responsible for that have now left. We have to have faith in Raul and Unai and even Sven whilst he’s still here to try and do the right thing. What we think is right and what they think is right might not be the same thing, but these guys have more experience doing their jobs than we do.

The ability to believe any negative story about Arsenal is an absolute disgrace and a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves.

Badaab
Badaab

Sorry, but most of us are irritated at the complete (and perhaps willful) ineptitude of kse to do anything but extract profit from the club as opposed to building it into something better. Regardless of how things are actually going, the optics that the Kroenkes have allowed into the public present these negative stories- they are not challenging them in the media, not presenting a case for their strategy, nothing. And when you allow things like this to fester, people will assume the worst, which only undermines the club’s position further.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

@SharpasFc
Clearly this is an opinion you had before reading my comment, but wanted to fit it in somewhere, and felt it could be placed as a valid counter-point to my simple and harmless message. For you to encapsulate my 30+ years of support to Arsenal both as someone who has made large physical and fiscal sacrifices (relative to my livelihood) to the club, to simply fit a narrative you had premeditated is somewhat insulting, especially given that you chose my comment to reply to, and ended it with:
“The ability to believe any negative story about Arsenal is an absolute disgrace and a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves.”
Starting a message “I’m not having a go but…” and then going on to speak so condescendingly is oxymoronic… no offence.

I feel you would benefit from a brief summary of what I said, in case you have a touch of Imaginative Subtext Syndrome orbiting your mindset.

“Any truth in Ramsey having signed the Juventus pre-contract?” I’m questioning the legitimacy of a claim made from a moderately reputable source – by no means affirming its a part of our reality.
“Apparently it’s just happened…” Again, questioning, not confirming the status of the aforementioned headline.
“If true I wish him all the best, sad to see him go.” Stating a hope he goes on to do well and regret in him leaving, IF the report is correct.
“I hope the majority of work going on right now is to bring the right players in, rather than finding ways to get decent players to leave.” At present there is, should you decide to merely do the slightest research into current affairs at the club we support, a degree of uncertainty regarding the futures of several aspects, players and backroom staff that could have substantial effects on the club as a whole. It’s not a case of reading tabloids and getting excited because Raul Sanllehi once lent Messi a copy of Timecop on VHS, and now Raul thinks he can bag Messi on loan with subsidised wages, its a delicate procedure in sifting the potentially credible minimum from the grotesque cesspit majority of news articles available. Treating people as though they believe everything they read (or don’t read…) is hugely insulting, and in making such a brash and sweeping comment you have unjustly (possibly unintentionally) ridiculed the rest of the fanbase you’re supposed to be a member of. For what it’s worth, I too believe people can often be quick in believing what they read, but if you’ve come to this site before, you should know that, generally, we frown at the ‘AFTV’ wishy-washy mentality, not endorse it. Furthermore, there are actual comments regarding tabloid-spun transfer shenanigans (which they are very welcome to do) you have chosen to ignore to instead reply to mine… why so?

In reply to your message:
“I know the club has been run really poorly, but the people largely responsible for that have now left.”
How do we know that? How do you know that? Surely, given our positions all we can do is speculate? Hence the fact the vast majority of us research our club and what goes on within, and then discuss such information to collectively filter out the tripe. Personally I think Stan Kroenke (who alongside Steve Gibson at Middlesbrough is the only other PL club owner to not use a single penny of his vast wealth to benefit the club) is by far the real problem at present. Love him or hate him Arsene adored the club and when you look at the full 22years he put into Arsenal its hard to say that overall he was a negative. Personally I was not a fan of Ivan Gazidis, but at the same time, I don’t think he was ever really in a position to make huge change, he was merely a Kroenke-buffer. And given Stan’s lackadaisical approach to other sporting endeavours he was clearly happy to give Arsene a little too much control in later years and that’s when we began unravelling from the backroom outwards. I don’t blame AW for his ambition in trying to take too much on whilst working on comparatively poor budget, he loved(/s) the club, unfortunately there wasn’t enough people with presence around him to guide him through the more unfamiliar terrain.

“We have to have faith in Raul and Unai and even Sven whilst he’s still here to try and do the right thing.”
You know what… I agree! Though with news coming out of a possible Sven departure (baring in mind we apparently have no money, and with his expertise being in uncovering gems at low costs, he seems perfect for us) due to Raul taking over (a man who was tasked with getting expensive/big name players to sign contracts for the most sought-after club in world football – can this logic apply to us…?) I do worry that given where AFC currently finds itself we are potentially losing the wrong guy, and that COULD be devastating for us.

“What we think is right and what they think is right might not be the same thing, but these guys have more experience doing their jobs than we do.”
They absolute do, but that doesn’t make them guaranteed to be correct on everything, all of the greatest minds in history faltered at times, and with no ill-intent I wouldn’t say we can currently boast any of the greatest minds in history within our ranks. Never make the mistake of assuming that those above/beyond your own capabilities are going to get things right, we’re all entitled to worry about issues that are out of our own hands. Look at what happened with LFC. Initially they were taken over by Americans and it was a total wreck. The owners were stubborn, selfish and the club lost direction, players, fans… even if you can’t stand the club, it was still appalling to see. So how did those that stayed on board react? They listened to the fans, they set up meetings with trusts, had researchers/staff come in to read fan feedback online and do polls/questionnaires, they addressed the protests. Although success wasn’t immediate it set up the building blocks for where they are now, which begrudgingly I have to say is as one of Europe’s elite clubs that are being exceptionally well managed, enviable to all and possibly even City fans (given their lack of self-sustainable potential). So never doubt the collective power of an educated fanbase, fans are more than people who just buy tickets, we can be anything from engineers to doctors, contractors to counsellors, or even someone who has a basic, unglamorous job but a mindful of potential that for all anybody knows could save a club… and that could even be you 😊

I’m sorry if my opinion doesn’t fit into your generalisation of Arsenal fans, but I’m going to go one step beyond… I’ve clearly stated I don’t throw my blame at AW as much as some, I merely found IG underwhelming, and although I can’t stand the Kroenke regime do I place full blame on him/them? … No. What with all the media manipulation in regards to making Arsenal a negative quantity people have often got carried away with whatever name seems popular. But by and large they forget it was the FA who set up the ‘Fit and Proper Ownership’ programme which allowed people such as Stan Kroenke into British football, and have subsequently gone on to destabilise and in some cases completely destroy certain clubs within the UK, not only to the loss of fans but the thousands of employees who have lost life-long positions due to the actions of chancers and playboy (m/b)illionaires. And if you’re accustomed to modern economics you’ll be aware that for most clubs, things are going to get much worse before any chance of improvement. Had the FA properly enacted their protocol they would have been alerted to KSE’s repeated failure to create successful sports clubs, Stan’s inability to invest personal wealth in times of crisis, how the divide between club and fans has come about due to KSE’s business (not sporting) strategies, and so on.

But then again what would I know, I’m simply a generic Gooner who must only read the Sun and listen to TalkSport 😂
I’m not having a go, but try having a bit more respect for a) your fellow Gooners, and b) people you know nothing about.
Enjoy your evening 😊

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

Hahaa wow, reading that back… one thing is clear… I need a Snickers!

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule

I don’t see us signing anyone worthwhile this window and without any money, the summer window is probably going to be a washout too.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

For pity’s sake we have money. It’s down to FFP that we can’t spend money on buying a player this window. Come summer we will buy. We’ve brought tons of players recently Auba and Laca both in the region of £50m, not to mention some of the other players we brought in this summer.

trev
trev

I was hoping i wouldn’t have to hear garbage like that once AW had gone. Difficult to bring in players that could help and are better than what we have…is he serious? The kids down the local park have more commitment and put in more effort than that team. Im sure they’d love a go. Can put up with defeats as long as there us 100% effort and commitment every week. Sadly this overpaid excuse for a team doesn’t seem to understand that.

SB Still
SB Still

Yes, this sounds straight out of Wenger’s handbook but he was such a visionary. His approach of playing youngsters in the League Cup seems to have become the blueprint for many teams now.

However, if there are no movements in/out of players (not Mislantat/Edu), then this transfer window will be a failure.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Some teams won’t even bother with this window. I hate the Spuds but when they bought no one in the transfer window everyone laughed but they are above us in the League because they believed in their manager and their players who didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Hopefully without Kane they will plummet down the table, but I actually think their ethos will help them rather than the doom and gloom one that pervades our club right now…thanks to the fans.

Alex
Alex

Please, Mesut, once in your Arsenal career, do something useful: leave and let us take this Suarez (who is apparently the next football God). Please, we’ll be forever grateful.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

there is a distinct difference between a winger and a no.10. Suarez if brought will be an addition to a role where we have only Iwobi
I get that Emery has angred the Ozil fanbase, but this point is not s hard to understand.

Badaab
Badaab

We are seeing the impact of failson josh on the club here- not just in terms of poor business management, but also poor sporting side management, just like all the other clubs of his parents’ in which he’s been allowed a more active role.

santori
santori

There will be 380K at very least freed up in the summer with Cech (100K), Koscielny (100K), Welbeck (90K), Lichsteiner (90K) all likely to leave.

Also Perez, Ospina and the next to valueless Jenkinson still on the books.

Meanwhile we need to sell In January to make room for wages of a new player.

It will either be Ozil or Ramsey.

Of the two, Ramsey appears more likely Ozil being on astronomical wages. who would want to take him?

BUT at 140k per week offered by Juve over 5 seasons, if I were the club,. I’d consider revisiting negotiations.

We have 3 players in Ozil, Ramsey and Mhkitaryan who perform similar function. Ramsey at 27yrs has most upside and it would be difficult to replace him with someone home grown of similar experience and calibre, particularly with potential increase home grown ruling coming in from Brexit likely to inflate prices.

The club may want to realise the 16-20m they are asking Juve for him in transfer fee of course. BUT IMO that may be pennywise pound foolish given wider implications.

We can surely go back in and table say a slightly higher offer at 160K per week for Rambo but over a shorter duration (say 4 seasons)

And remember, Wenger bought Rambo for a paltry 4.75m so all this hysteria about him going for free, well the cost has MORE than been ammortised over the years.

Instead I feel we should consider strongly selling Mhkitaryan.

He’s on the mend, shortly available and will be more than a decent playmaker for the likes of say Inter at a much more attractive price than an Ozil or Ramsey.

That would free up 120K per week for us. Plus Elneny at 55k, we have a bout 175K to play with to get in a decent winger, something we have needed for 3 seasons now but instead mslintat neglected and through some other agenda elected not to sell Alexis to City and instead lay us prey to Raiolla and United. Mahrez was itching to leave Leicester back then for London until of course City (ironically) came back in for him late in window inflating his price.

January is never an easy market because there will be less players in the market and less buyers.

This has ALWAYS been the case.

Wenger told you so but you refuse to believe it.

Ealing
Ealing

Ramsey’s gone and ain’t gonna come back

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

I work with a hardcore Barca fan, and he swears Suarez is a phenomenal player who’s self confidence is low at the moment.
So maybe we’re what he needs, and he’s what we need…..
But then again, he swears that pretty much all the Barca players are phenomenal. Even Busquets!