- Mar 24, 2008
But seriously, does anyone know where this spending came from? Ownership finally realizing that failing to make CL is more expensive than the cost to make sure they qualify?
Well Elneny cut his hair and is maybe on the way out of town, so about the same amount of Sideshow Bob jokes?wow, only 8M for David Luiz. Does that mean no more Sideshow Bob jokes - or ALL the Sideshow Bob jokes?
And they can still sell guys to non-English teams, so some surplus guys like Elneny, Mustafi, and maybe even Kolasinac now that Tierney is in hand can be sold. If not, they're all valuable to some degree as depth.Assuming the Luiz and Iwobi deals go through, this was the best Arsenal transfer window in forever. I hope Raul Sanllehi is jogging down the hallways of the Emirates doing the Sam Cassell big balls dance.
That was one of my major frustrations with the Wenger era..at least at the end. I'm not sure if it was the owner or Wenger that was making decisions not to bring people in. At times it felt like Wenger was too comfortable coming into the fall with a similar team that he had ended with.. with the hope that players like Ramsey, Walcot, Wilshire would come back healthy and play the whole year.. and they never did.So, when did Arsenal last have a summer transfer window like this one, as far as plugging holes is concerned? A few possible answers:
2014: Alexis, Debuchy, Ospina, Chambers and Welbeck coming in (Vermaelen was the only player of note going out)
2003: Fabregas, Lehmann, Clichy and Senderos coming in (van Bronckhorst to Barcelona, and of course the immortal Oleg Luzhny leaving on a free to Wolves)
2001: van Bronckhorst, Campbell, Richard Wright and Frannie Jeffers came in (Sylvinho left for Celta Vigo that summer)
And that's basically it since the modern summer transfer window came into force in the late 1990s, I think it was. There have been other seasons in which holes were plugged that were of Arsenal's own making, like 2012 (Cazorla, Giroud and Podolski came in along with Bellerin on a free from Barnsley [!]...but van Persie and Song both agitated for and got moves that summer) or 1999 (when Anelka left and Henry and Suker were signed, and Sylvinho's arrival heralded the writing on the wall for Winterburn). But really, if you go back and look through the Wenger era, the squad rarely received a summer transfusion of talent like it has this year - certainly not since 1997, when Petit and Overmars headlined a class that also included useful bit-part players like Grimandi, Manninger and Ian Wright doppelganger Luis Boa Morte.
If you actually map out the spending and the player sales, Arsenal only spent like 45m THIS window.But seriously, does anyone know where this spending came from? Ownership finally realizing that failing to make CL is more expensive than the cost to make sure they qualify?
I'm with you on Luiz. I've never been a massive fan, but I think he's the perfect stop gap to Saliba, and allows them to sell Mustafi. Not to mention he's an absolute steal at 8m, comes from a rival for the top 4 l, who's unable to replace him. He also absolutely excels at the long transition ball. One of the best in the league, which could be wonderful linking up to Pepe, Aubamayeng, Lacazette and Ceballos this season.If you actually map out the spending and the player sales, Arsenal only spent like 45m THIS window.
They're on the hook for more with Pepe and I believe Ceballos being deferred but all we heard was they had about 40m to spend THIS window and it looks like Raul kept it around that figure. And the net spend could still go lower as we could still sell Mustafi or Elneny to a continental club because their window isn't closed yet.
Honestly amazed at the business Raul managed to get done in such a short time frame. He must've had a lot of irons in the fire before the US preseason tour. Not crazy about old ass Sideshow Bob being a mainstay in our backline but he does have 3 UCL winners medals so how bad can he REALLY be?
I've never been a fan of Luiz either...but to be fair, he's always played for clubs I've hated.I'm with you on Luiz. I've never been a massive fan, but I think he's the perfect stop gap to Saliba, and allows them to sell Mustafi. Not to mention he's an absolute steal at 8m, comes from a rival for the top 4 l, who's unable to replace him. He also absolutely excels at the long transition ball. One of the best in the league, which could be wonderful linking up to Pepe, Aubamayeng, Lacazette and Ceballos this season.
Great post - spot on both re: Wenger and also working with Mendes/Joorabchian. When the old "better the devil you know..." discussion was being had at the end of Wenger's reign, this was one of the prime arguments against Wenger staying. And while it's far from certain that this summer will be the positive turning point that Arsenal fans have all been waiting for, it's exactly the sort of transfer business the club needs to have been pursuing.Suffice it to say that there is no way Wenger would have ever sold Alex Iwobi. He just didn't have it in him to be ruthless when a homegrown player wasn't good enough.
Its also notable that bringing in Pepe and Luiz involved working closely with two superagents with whom Wenger swore off doing business, Jorge Mendes and Kia Joorabchian. And if we succeed in selling players like Mustafi and Mkhi, you can bet that these guys or similar folks are going to be essential to the process. Joorabchian in particular is apparently quite close to Sanllehi and Edu. His specialty is Brazilian players and he has facilitated a lot of deals with Chinese clubs. I would not rule out him paving the way for Mkhi or Ozil to eventually go to China or MLS and/or brokering some kind of arrangement that brings Coutinho to Arsenal in the future.
These guys are arch scumbags but the reality is that they control where players go, both in terms of incomings and outcomings. If you're not willing to work with them, you're cut off from a big part of the transfer game on both ends.
Its definitely a new era in terms of how business is conducted.
I think we'll probably have to brace our belief in the new roster against the getting 0-1 points out of those matches, cuz both squads are still a little better and seem to be starting in form.This is probably the worst lineup they'll have out there all season, so to come away with 3 points on the road is a great result.
Two big matches early in the season in weeks 3 and 4 away vs Liverpool and then home vs Tottenham. Need to get the first time players gelling together.
Well Pepe, Lacazette, Ceballos, and Luiz should all be ready to start by that time, and there is an outside chance that Holding could too. This team could be considerably improved over the squad that was out there against Newcastle.I think we'll probably have to brace our belief in the new roster against the getting 0-1 points out of those matches, cuz both squads are still a little better and seem to be starting in form.
If we get more than three points out of those two, though, were obviously winning the treble.
Yeah, but it's a quick turnaround for those guys to be fully integrated, especially under a manager who trains for about two dozen formations. I'm not saying don't be optimistic, I'm just saying those games are more likely to be an early litmus test of that optimism than a validation of it.Well Pepe, Lacazette, Ceballos, and Luiz should all be ready to start by that time, and there is an outside chance that Holding could too. This team could be considerably improved over the squad that was out there against Newcastle.
Just found a link to this thread, which may be helpful (click the link and read the series of tweets):But seriously, does anyone know where this spending came from? Ownership finally realizing that failing to make CL is more expensive than the cost to make sure they qualify?
That lot at Burnley is the new Stoke. Just thuggish behavior across the board, with Barnes the leading man.It was a pretty good showing today, incorporated the new guys a bit more and showed that when everyone is fit and ready, this really should be a better team than last season.
Ceballos was excellent. I was disappointed at the loss of Ramsey, but Ceballos looks like an ample replacement. His ability to control the ball in tight spaces is mesmerizing. Two assists in his first start, not bad at all. If this is how he is going to play, I hope they can find a way to free him from Real Madrid permanently.
Luiz looked okay mostly. He had a beautiful deep, diagonal pass to Aubameyang. On the other side of things, he made a dangerous pass across his own net early (worked out fine) and appeared a bit flat-footed and out of position on the Barnes goal.
Ashley Barnes may be one of my least favorite players currently. The constant complaining, the knee to the back of Torreira (making a gesture that the sun was in his eyes, ha), the hand to the ear after his goal... Very dislikable guy for an opposing team’s fan. I was hoping for a second yellow for him at the end when he was aggressively complaining about his yellow.
Good piece. This bears watching against Liverpool:Good read on Arsenal's tactics and limitations over the first couple games. The issues with width really underline how much we should benefit from getting our first choice fullbacks into the mix over the next couple months.
Arsenal have won the two opening games of a Premier League season for the first time in a decade. Things are about to get a whole lot harder, though, with Liverpool and Tottenham up next. The first two games shouldn’t be too instructive with regards to how we’ll play at Anfield and in the first …arseblog.com
The Pool back 4 have not been as organized and efficient as most of last season. Some of this is losing Alisson, but some of it is also lapses in midfield coordination while pressing that leaves the CBs exposed.If Arsenal can work on baiting the opposition into pressing them, we’re only likely to see more and more of this sort of pass. Particularly now Luiz is playing in defence. With the pace Arsenal possess up front, this could become an incredibly dangerous means of attack, though it remains to be seen whether other sides play such a sloppy high line while failing to pressure the ball as Burnley did at times on Saturday.
Interesting point. Some more route one football seems like a good idea for Arsenal, both for the reasons you state and because we're still just not that reliable at playing it out from the back, even with a better set of midfielders this season to execute the strategy. I'm glad that Emery wants to build a team that can play confidently from the back and pass neatly around its own box. But I'd rather we not test it out against Liverpool at Anfield.Good piece. This bears watching against Liverpool:
The Pool back 4 have not been as organized and efficient as most of last season. Some of this is losing Alisson, but some of it is also lapses in midfield coordination while pressing that leaves the CBs exposed.
In their final of 3 meetings least season, Wolves were able to continually get Matip isolated on Jota with balls over the top. That created some excellent chances, but Wolves didn’t have enough quality running with Jota to convert. But if this is Pepe/Nelson going 1v1 on Matip/Gomez with Lacazette and Aubameyang crashing down into the box...that’s going to be a real test of how well Adrian & VVD can keep the backline plus Fabinho organized.
So far this Liverpool squad has been a lot more like the 2017-18 vintage than last season - somewhere in the match they will have a ferocious 20 minute stretch, the rest of the time will be good quality attack with some lapses in the back. With no midweek game, maybe Klopp has been able to iron out some of the wrinkles..If Arsenal are still in the match after 30-35 minutes, I think it'll be pretty tight the rest of the way as the pressing gets less frenetic, with a result not out of the question. But I'm afraid we're just going to get our doors blown off early, which tends to happen to us at this ground.
Has he started the same lineup twice in his time at arsenal? He’s brought in a lot of decent players, but he never plays the best ones all together seemingly ever.. and his lineups for big games have been atrociousWell one thing is pretty clear to me: Emery is not the guy who's getting Arsenal back to the glory days.
I dont think he's bringing in any players. It's formerly Sven, now Raul and now Edu doing that.Has he started the same lineup twice in his time at arsenal? He’s brought in a lot of decent players, but he never plays the best ones all together seemingly ever.. and his lineups for big games have been atrocious
Elneny's agent is talking up playing in England again, so maybe the loan is for a year, and he'll try again next year to drum up interest from British teams, with Besiktas as the fallback. I think he could play for another EPL team, he's solid but unexciting. He's not going to be a starter in the top 6, but he could play for a lesser team in the league on a regular basis. It's not great losing Monreal right before the North London Derby, but we know one of he or Kolasinac has to go now that Tierney is coming in. Monreal is more flexible, but we know there's not much tread left on those tires. I'm ok with him going, but I'd prefer he play tomorrow.Theres an option to buy on that Elneny loan. Please exercise it.
I imagine, even though they’re pros, that it’s difficult to find form when your lineup and formation changes on a weekly basis. I just dislike how often Emery uses formations as an excuse to not put his best players on the field at the same time...especially in big games. Against Liverpool the main problem was Luiz.. but also that their offense was playing 2 on at least 4 almost all game.With Monreal leaving, I am worried that Emery is going to go with a 3-4-3 today and get Kolasinac in there as a left midfielder. He did not start Kolasinac as the left back in a back four frequently (I think about 8 Premier League games) last year and I am not sure he really trusts him in that position. He tends to get caught too far forward and can become a defensive liability. If he plays in a 3-4-3 and one of Lacazette, Aubameyang, and Pepe start on the bench, I will be pretty disappointed.
I’d like to see them just embrace their strength and go out there with an attack-minded approach. Emery is interesting as a tactician and how he approaches games. I think the game plan against Liverpool was a thoughtful approach and actually was decent at crowding the box and limiting (relative term) Liverpool’s unstoppable front three. He chose to sacrifice the wide lanes that the (also unstoppable) Liverpool fullbacks took advantage of, but the crowded middle led to a ton of blocked shots (most blocked shots in a Premier League game so far this year... of course this also means they gave up a ton of shots). Liverpool is amazing and a quantifiably better team, so I think that is why they lost and not just Emery.
Regardless, today, I just want the best players on the field and I think that means a 4-2-3-1 that includes Aubameyang, Lacazette, and Pepe.