It is a bit quiet with the good sort of transfers at Arsenal right now. Should we be worried?
I guess it all depends on what happens in the next few days. There is no doubt Arsenal are in negotiations with a few clubs but as long as there is no real pressure it can be hard to clinch a deal, unless of course crazy money is being offered. Negotiations need a firm wall, or ideally a tight corner, and the TW deadline date usually does the trick. We need the now or never moment, with clubs needing the money and Arsenal outbidding any competition. So let’s see what happens.
Was it a good idea to let a number of good squad players leave already this month? I guess it also depends on how the TW will finish. The club can now focus fully on strengthening the team which is a good thing. But if we fail to buy a couple of quality additions, then it will not look good and we could be left with an underresourced team.
It could of course be that Arteta is planning to promote a few young players and has simply been making space for them. Let’s wait and see and trust the management.
Arteta is looking for players who can play his sort of football: good stamina, hard workers, at ease with receiving and passing the ball in tight spaces and being strong team players. I think it is fair to say that all those who have left recently are missing one or more of these vital attributes.
I also think that it is the right thing to do to let those players go, as they are unlikely to make it now at Arsenal, and their football lives are short.
So let’s sit back, relax and see what will happen in the next 80 hours or so.