Confirmed: Xavier Amaechi joins Hamburger SV

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Hamburger SV have confirmed the signing of Xavier Amaechi from Arsenal.

The highly-rated young forward had just one year left on his Arsenal contract, and was not willing to sign new terms, leaving the club with little choice but to let him go.

The 18 year old winger had grown frustrated with his lack of opportunities at the Emirates, and his desire for first team football has taken him to the German second division.

“The conditions here really are perfect,” he said of his move to the Volksparkstadion.

“I’m really impressed by the team, the fans and the stadium. I think it’s a big chance for me to play for this club.”

It is believed that although there is no buy back option, Arsenal do have a sell-on clause inserted in the deal which could provide a windfall should Amaechi make progress and find himself transferred elsewhere.

Best of luck to him.

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TeddyT
TeddyT

Blogs have a quick question for you. Andy Robertson came out and said Tierney is a great LB and CB. Do you think there’s any possibility we are signing Tierney as a potential cover for CB until next season?

That could possibly explain why emery didn’t mention anything about Tierney in the news conference.

TeddyT
TeddyT

Mention anything about signing a LB in the conference**

henry
henry

I will take as, we are after an LB already, but also looking for a CB. 😉

Savage
Savage

Thing is we need a new left back anyway. Monreal is near the end of his Arsenal career, Kola is more of a wingback, and signing a left back also gives us the freedom to use Monreal as an extra CB option if needed.

Mpls
Mpls

And the fact that Tierney can possibly emulate Nacho by being able to cover in a 3 man back is good options.

Santori
Santori

Again…unlikely to have Tierney.

We were bidding for him bc they wanted to extend on Koscielny.

BUT with Laurent (rightly) taking himself out of the picture, the Saliba for the future with Koscielny one more season 9too long) deal was not going to work.

We either have the Lback OR the Cback or we have the Lback and heavily compromise on a lesser Cback.

The preference should be the BEST Cback we can get.

We have prob 40m spend plus 20-25m from sales so total around 65m

We have to pay 14m for Pepe (over 5 season installments) prob another 7m not 4m as reported by some for Saliba in frankly a high risk deal) plus another 4m for Cebellos loan.

So we are out 25m as is.

That leaves us 35-40m to get the Cback done which is not a lot considering the number of top Cbacks available at the moment is far tighter than for wingers.

The strategy should be to fix Cback NOW and add the best we can get so we need to maximise the money to dissipate it looking to add in an area Monreal can still cover for another season.

My Cousin Vinai

FFS why no buy-back option?
In either case, it’s a smart move for him. Whatever you think of him, I think he knows his chances are limited at Arsenal; with new wingers being bought plus Iwobi, Nelson, Saka Etc ahead of him.

I actually respect him for this. He didn’t just stay in the UK or went to whichever big name is out there, he chose a club for his development and playtime. It’s not far from what’s Bennacer anencephaly Guendouzi did to accelerate their careers.

Evaristus
Evaristus

Anencephaly? I do believe that they have heads and brains!

Pat Fried Rice
Pat Fried Rice

Announce Anencephaly

My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)
My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)

Bah, is it me? Or does typing on Safari on your phone leads to some very add spell check corrections?

Goonereality
Goonereality

Presumably Hamburger SV wouldn’t agree to one and the player wanted to go. Not a lot Arsenal can do in those circumstances other than keep a disgruntled player on the books for his remaining year. Not worth the hassle. It’s unfortunate he felt he had to go though.

Frog
Frog

Noooooooo! We’re doomed.

Devlin
Devlin

This is a good move on the boy’s part.Hamburg have enough quality to win promotion in the upcoming season and if he uses this campaign to acclimatise to German football, he could be a first choice player for a historical bundesliga club next season. I will definitely be keeping my eye on him.

Savage
Savage

So he’s 18 and he’s frustrated by the lack of opportunities to play first team football? Clearly has very realistic expectations of how football works…

My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)
My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)

As stated, I don’t think it’s just lack of current opportunities, but also future opportunities. It’s clear and obvious he’s not gonna be getting much playing time anytime in the near future, and it’s also obvious to all u23 isn’t enough for development, so why not go out there and take his chance?

We didn’t think anything of Guendouzi doing it, and it got him his career progression in a matter of 1 year after leaving.

NaanBread
NaanBread

Hamburger SV. Come on, blogs! 😀

Cowabunga
Cowabunga

This will come back to kick us in the face, just like with Gnabry. Should have done more to keep him, awesome talent. Very direct, very fast, technical, good on both feet, strong dribbler.. Imagine if this guy becomes better than Reiss Nelson..

Cowabunga
Cowabunga

I’m not saying Reiss Nelson isn’t a good talent btw. He’s a great talent.

Tek9
Tek9

Guys, please help understand Gnabry’s situation at Arsenal. if I remember correctly he got injured and he was out for a while, came back and went to Westbrom on loan, didn’t play too many games and came to us but he only had a year left on his contract. wasn’t he offered a new contract and refused? from what I understand he was offered a new contract but he wanted to leave. how is that letting him go?

My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)
My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)

We didn’t let him go, but it’s well known we utterly mishandled him, badly.
We sent him on loan to the PL manager who’s on record with the least amount of playtime to youth in the HISTORY of the PL, a man, who after his first game (where he was fantastic btw) condemned him to the reserves to rot and say he’s not PL-level material. We then left him there, with no contact whatsoever (so much so, the whole mismanagement of Gnabry is what led to us hiring a Loan Manager, a tactic admittance of their mistake).

Then in Jan when we had the option to bring him back and end his hell, we then decided to leave him there further for the whole season. All the while letting his contract whittle down without making an offer to renew (something we have become accustomed to doing for many players).
Without another offer for a new contract, he went off to the Olympics and absolutely smashed it. By then we tried to offer him a contract, but it was too late as clearly Bayern had approached him.

So overall, we didn’t let him go, but we utterly mismanaged him.
Saying that, I don’t think it’s the same with Amaechi. I’d say Bielik is closer to that situation.

Santori
Santori

Its just reality.

Competition is high in his position.

Nelson is ahead of him for good reason, we have Iwobi and Pepe on the wings, Martinelli and Nketiah are up front but have wide function. Young Saka is also pushing.

he’s made a sensible decision nothing to do with mistreatment.

The one we need to be looking at is Bielik.

He’s been good on loan and with U23. He has some time left on contract.

I don’t think we should be selling him too cheaply. If the offer isn’t great, we should consider one more year on loan or if we should get a really strong solution at Cback and can move both Chambers AND Mustafi, we can promote him into the first team set up with useful function (especially since he can cover as DM)

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Good luck to the lad, I hope it’s a decision he doesn’t regret later. Arsenal will always have talented youngsters coming through the Academy and it’s slightly ironic that at this time when the new team of Raul, Vinai and Edu have made it clear that more youth players will be integrated into the first team that Xavier has decided to move on. Thankfully we are getting a fee and a sell-on option. Personally I wouldn’t want a buy-back for a player who didn’t want to stay and fight for a place. Football careers are relatively short though so I get why an 18 year old might feel as though things were passing him by when you see the likes of Jadon Sancho at Dortmund light up the Bundesliga weekly.

My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)
My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)

Agree with everything except the whole “won’t accept him back cuz he didn’t wanna fight”.

Football is business, there’s no space for pride. You telling me if he became one of the greatest wingers in the world and we had a chance to sign him back for £20M when he’s valued at £200M, you wouldn’t just because of pride?

Cygans Parting
Cygans Parting

Good luck Xavier.
It’s a real shame that he didn’t feel that there was a pathway to the first team for him with us. I can only speak as I find and from what I’ve seen of him, he’s a real prospect. Getting injured last year when he did was awfully bad luck as that is when Bukayo Saka was able to show Emery what he could do. Then this summer he found himself behind Reiss, Bukayo, Alex and new signing Gabriel Martinelli. Plus there’s the potential arrival of either Pepe, Zaha or Everton Soares???
I hope he has a great season with Hamburg playing in front of 50,000 fans in their excellent stadium and then gets sold for a fortune to Bayern Munich then we can pocket a hefty %.

Arsenio
Arsenio

Probably gets sold for 9m, then later goes for 150m

allezkev
allezkev

It’s nice to see him with a smile on his face.

Santori
Santori

Good move for the young lad.

Its getting crowded now wtih Saka emerging, Nelson, not to mention Nketiah and Martinelli plus new winger (Pepe likely). Its a sensible move for him.

Wide area looks sorted if Pepe comes in.

We have Iwobi right footed cutting in from left, Pepe left footed cutting in from right add Auba up top you have The All African strike force fluid front 3.

Or Nelson to alternate either flank. There’s also Saka for more peripheral matches.

Nketiah may also have some wide function as Auba.

We now have plenty of choices to break teams down

Santori
Santori

https://www.arsenal.com/news/emery-responds-transfer-speculation

Again from what Unai mentioned – One Midfield, One Winger, One Cback.

which is what I mentioned going into the summer.

I think the transfer team were ‘distracted’ with getting Tierney bc they wanted to keep Koscielny (one season or two too long) and point to Saliba (a risky deal at 27m for a young player)

But since Koscielny has taken himself out of the picture and frankly done us a massive favour, its going to either be one Cback or if they try and do Tierney they will compromise heavily on the Cback.

I think we put the remaining money in budget into the strongest possible CBack we can get for Emery. Saliba is a distraction with no immediate impact.

Worse it may saddle us if he should fail to deliver.

Again he has ONLY played 19 games so his stats (touted by some) is over a very narrow width band. Contrast both Upamecano and Koyate who have amassed 50 plus matches each senior team in a team that has been stingy letting in only 29 goals all season.

And at 27m should he fail to truly deliver it will be a massive potential loss not to mention we will have difficulties moving him on.

I think they jumped the gun early on this now they are caught out.

It works out better IF we can get the solution at Cback. Tierney has a slim chance of happening if we are loaning a Cback. But likely we have pissed off Celtic and its too close to start of season for them as well.

More likely we should find a permanent addition. Then with Saliba likely joining a season down, there will be a cull likely Mustafi and Chambers (or even Sokratis) but we have to be prepared that we won’t move some of these players too soon. One Cback sold this summer likely but not a given either.

With Mavropanos and Bielik still around, I’m confused with the need for Saliba at such a high price. Bielik in particular we don’t seem to be giving enough opportunity since he is a much cheaper option than Saliba.