Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Arsenal transfer policy and why they always struggle in transfer business.

Arsenal transfer policy and why they always struggle in transfer business.

We are just a few of weeks into the transfer window but it looks like Arsenal are already struggling to make up ground on their rivals.

With London opponents Chelsea winning the Champions League, one would imagine that alarm bells should have been sounding at the Emirates.

The first and quickest way to show some true intent would be the transfer window but as typical, the north Londoners are falling out of the blocks.

Teams all over Europe are identifying, going after, and getting their targets. However, they began the window by missing out on Emi Buendia to Aston Villa, which to be fair, was a little awkward to put it nicely.

Now the Gunners are being linked to just about every player who plays football and it seems that their transfer plans are all over the place.

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Supporters should be calm and ‘Trust the Process‘, as it is too immature to be fair but when you see other clubs moving with competence and quickness in the window, it makes you think why such a big club cannot do the same.

One of the most frustrating things about the club is their transfer exertions and that too under different managers and leadership.

A lot of enthusiasts, some Arsenal some not, seem to have this feeling that recent struggles in the window are due to the point that the club don’t have Champions League football.

This couldn’t be right because Arsene Wenger had Arsenal in the Champions League for 19 years uninterrupted from 1998 to 2017 and in about nine or ten of those years, the Emirates club have missed out on targets by moving too late or by being cheapskates and not wanting to pay for players who would have probably put the club back at the top.

This was apparent in the final years of Wenger’s tenure, he along with Ivan Gazidis and the Arsenal board were never capable to acquire the striker that would have put the club in a great position.

We can talk about the £40m and one pound bid for Luis Suarez or the many links to Gonzolo Higuain and Karim Benzema.

A defensive midfielder was another spot that was ignored over those years. Or how about the year Leicester City won the Premier League and the north Londoners finished second, but they were the only club in Europe’s big five leagues not to buy an outfield player. Seems as though that turned out to be an enormous mistake.

The Emery, Sanllehi, and Mislintat era didn’t fare to be more useful. Although they seemed to do more business than the former regime, the majority of the signings have not worked out.

Most of the signings are gone like Sokratis and Stephan Lichtsteiner and others such as Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi will almost certainly be sold this summer while we are still waiting to see William Saliba play his first game for the Gunners.

They did get a couple of signings right with Kieran Tierney and Nicolas Pepe but even still, one is demonstrating to be injury-prone while the other seems like he may be just finding his feet at the Emirates club.

The Arteta and Edu marriage is not off to the best of starts but it’s been nice. Gabriel seems like a good signing but the terrible signing of Willian cancels that out.

They did manage to bind down some of our young talents with the deal prolongations of Saka and Martinelli while getting rid of some of the deadwood and freeing up some of the wage bills.

However, there is still infinite work to be done as far as that goes. The signing of Thomas Partey hasn’t had the demanded impression but there is a feeling that the best is yet to come from him.

At the end of the day, there is enough responsibility to go around for Arsenal’s poor transfer windows in recent years.

The Kroenke’s, the Arsenal board, former managers, and the current director of football Edu along with Mikel Arteta all can take their share of the responsibility.

There is a belief that this summer, Arsenal can examine themselves like a proper big club in this transfer window. It has been beyond disappointing in recent years seeing the way the club has handled itself when it comes to transfers. Josh Kroenke told supporters to ‘be excited’ so hopefully the Kroenke’s will stick to their word.

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Arsenal transfer policy and why they always struggle in transfer business.

Arsenal transfer policy and why they always struggle in transfer business.

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