English football is knocking on the door with clubs reinforcing their squads for a highly anticipated Premier League campaign. North London team Arsenal had a chaotic exit last season and a change was expected at the Emirates under the leadership of inexperienced coach Mikel Arteta. But an inconsistent transfer window for Arsenal has pointed to another clearly evident downside in the preseason.
When talking to Inter Milan about Bellerin, Arsenal asked about Lautaro Martínez. The 23-year-old forward (contract 2023) is up for sale and #AFC I thought I had mentioned Lacazette, but #Bury they need cash + hope it helps them keep Chelsea targeting Lukaku @AthleticUK #CFC https://t.co/ldSuW48a0f
– David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) July 31, 2021
Weather The last approach of the Arsenal of the Argentine striker Lautaro Martínez explains how Mikel Arteta and company do not have a roadmap in front of them and are inventing new problems instead of solving existing ones. The search for Martinez indicates that confidence in Aubameyang and Lacazette’s attacking battery is being lost, and while Martinez could grace any roster across Europe, it may not solve the Arsenal mystery.
Considering that Arsenal were fighting for a place in the European Super League (a breakout league involving European elites) in February this year, this inconsistency displayed by the Gunners is a questionable matter. Will the inconsistent transfer window turn 180 degrees or will Arsenal continue with the same approach in the remaining time?
THE QUESTIONABLE SUMMER
The summer window is nearing closure, and the Gunners have yet to identify an exceptional signing. Consider the situation in Barcelona, they needed a replacement for Luis Saurez, they bought Sergio Agüero, they wanted a replacement for Gerrard Piqué, they captured Garcia’s autograph, while the arrival of Emerson and Depay solved their other big headaches. And most of the aforementioned names were free or entered the Camp Nou at the price of pennies.
This is a perfect example of how you can enjoy delicious summer shopping without spending millions of dollars. And even if the gunners are willing to shed pounds, they never went looking for solutions to their problems. England center back Ben White was bought from Brighton for a whopping 50 million pounds without a second thought. Although the Seagulls’ defender is a brick wall, the Gunners could have weighed their options before signing the paper.
Sorry we’re late …
Traffic was a nightmare 😉 pic.twitter.com/sO1T9981Rw
– Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 30, 2021
Manchester United and Raphael Varane agreed to a contract and, in addition to Varane’s iconic defensive techniques, the Frenchman brings a championship pedigree to the theater. And given the Gunners’ history, two or three disastrous starts for the center-back and his debut campaign could be ruined.
The pursuit of Lautaro Martínez points to Lacazette’s departure from the Emirates with numerous hitting options at the club. But the real question is did Arsenal need a forward like Martinez? Secondary to Lukaku’s heroic acts, Martínez prefers to operate from the bands allowing his partner to take center stage. And when he was given full attack responsibility with his national team, he showed flashes of confusion and hesitation.
If Aubameynag’s catastrophic summer continues for another summer, the Argentine forward would be expected to reunite the Gunners and his chances of failure at the club could be increased by throwing millions of investments out the window.
THE ‘CENTRAL’ NEEDS
While Gunners viewers would say that since Emery’s arrival, Arsenal have been particular about their signings, an inconsistent game plan is evident in the rumors surrounding the club. One day you could hear that Emirates needed a defensive midfielder to replace old and outgoing Granit Xhaxa and the next day Xhaxa was seen wearing the captain’s armband.
AS Roma is preparing its new bid to sign Granit Xhaka. Now they feel confident as personal terms are agreed, Xhaka is pushing to join Roma as a priority … and he knows how much Mourinho wants him 🔴🇨🇭 #ASRome #AFC
Arsenal are open to selling Xhaka after signing Lokonga.
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 20, 2021
While unpredictability can be a manager’s powerful weapon, wearing it in the summer window puts question marks on the club’s long-term roadmaps. The horrendous summer under Mikel Arteta ended with the Gunners experiencing a trophyless campaign. And after a chaotic departure, a renewal was expected in the Emirates, but Mikel Arteta and company have shown signs of thinking in the present rather than planning for the future.
Doing what I love … ⚽😃💛💙 pic.twitter.com/0eaZjgCwM5
– Mesut Özil (@ MesutOzil1088) April 22, 2021
Arsenal’s top priority has been to fill the void left by Mesut Ozil’s departure from the Emirates. Ozil’s jail time with the Gunners ended when Germany’s world cup winner parted ways with the North London team in the most embarrassing way. And since Ozil’s departure, creativity has been lacking at the center.
Unai Emery’s army thrashed the Gunners, kicking them out of the Europa League in the semi-finals and Gunner’s midfield difficulties manifested themselves in London and Spain. The lack of quirkiness and creativity is visible with Arteta possessing a technically talented player but lacking playmakers who can outsmart a defender.
🗣 “Everyone thinks it is a step down, I think it is a step up in my career”
– Daily football (@footballdaily) October 3, 2020
Another big concern for Mikel Arteta is the reputation that surrounds the Gunners. Aston Villa snatched Arsenal’s goal, Emi Buendia, while Emiliano Martínez exclaimed that his move to Villa Park is a step forward in his career. Rivals feared the Gunners while players waited years to join Arsenal’s roster, but at this point, issues surrounding the club have forced players to leave the club rather than entice them to join the roster.
A YOUNG GANG
Every time a club hopes to rebuild, there are two important ways to the brilliant process. Either you choose the Lampard ideology of buying big names across Europe or you endorse your grown and grown youngsters in your own backyard.
🤩 A week in the life of Bukayo …
🗓 Friday June 4
🥇 Win Arsenal Player of the Season
– Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 4, 2021
Although Arteta’s Arsenal chose the second option, their full eleven consisted of an injection of fresh blood. Without the support of seasoned activists, ‘it became quite difficult for the younger generation to show their talents on the bigger stage. Lacazette and Aubameyang had a catastrophic summer, while Xhaxa’s fights with the Emirates audience did not take a backseat for the entire summer.
Sergio Ramos has finished his medical studies in Paris as a new player for Paris-Saint Germain. Contract already signed until June 2023 with his brother René Ramos. 🔵🔴 #PSG
Now will be the time for the official announcement. Sergio Ramos joins PSG.
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 7, 2021
And while Arsenal should have been looking for seasoned names who could calm their nerves in crucial competitions, this summer they started looking for the young again. Look at PSG, Los Blancos’ most decorated defender Sergio Ramos may be reaching the twilight of his career, but the experience under his belt reinforces Paris’s European aspirations. And the absence of leaders in the locker room is another reason Arsenal have been inconsistent in the transfer window.
Nowhere would I rather be ❤️ pic.twitter.com/dQKHd3D2oF
– Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 22, 2021
The Gunners captured the signatures of Albert Sambi Lokonga, but the young Belgian is seen as the replacement for Granit Xhaxa in place of Ozil. Martin Odegaard and Emil Smith Rowe were considered the heirs to Ozil’s throne, while Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka might have solved the defensive headaches, but the Premier League is no piece of cake.
The largest European sharks are ready for breakfast and you can’t expect the youngsters to carry the weight of one of the ‘Big-6’ participants.
DEAD WOOD WITHOUT LOAD
Imagine being a Gunner enthusiast and not solving the biggest problem surrounding your club’s future: “Getting rid of Deadwood.” The North London Army has an immense pool of players who could move to smaller clubs across England and the Gunners could make some profit.
BREAK: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that midfielder Granit Xhaka will NOT leave the club this summer ❌ pic.twitter.com/YfbUNwoVse
– Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 1, 2021
But due to the Emirates’ incredible transfer tactics, none of these players have been forced to leave the club for either income or playing time. Cedric Soares, Saed Kolasinac and Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Willian, Granit Xhaxa and Hector Bellerin the catalog of unproductive gunners in the Emirates arsenal is quite extensive.
But neither the deadwood has been sold nor has Arteta made any effort to come up with ceratin names that hint at an inconsistent transfer window for Arsenal.
Today there are more reports linking Arsenal to a play by Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martínez. 👀
The latest reports suggest that Hector Bellerin could be included as part of any potential deal … 🔄 pic.twitter.com/UUo9h8X7Bm
– AFTV (@AFTVMedia) July 29, 2021
And it is difficult to understand the fact that Mikel Arteta and company were not using Héctor Bellerin, Inter’s defensive interest, to discount the price linked to Martínez. Although Bellerin entered the equation, the initial offer proposed by the Gunners surprised many experts.
These factors clearly explain why Arsenal have had an inconsistent transfer window. Failing to unload the players, putting immense and unnecessary pressure on the shoulders of the youngsters and not understanding their goals, the Gunners must buckle up for another top flight roller coaster in England.