Arteta and Edu Transfer Targets: Summer 2020

Discussion in 'Transfer Rumours' started by DanDare, Feb 3, 2020.


Which signing would you prioritize of the two?

  1. Partey

  2. Aouar

  1. Toby Andrl

    Toby Andrl Part Time Stuttgart Fan Trusted

    I'd rather look at who you'd build a new squad with or around. You take in individual quality, position, consistency, character on and off the pitch, importance for the team on and off the pitch (as far as you can tell from the outside), wages, contract length, potential, and maybe take into account who has been affected by the fallout in recent seasons too much.

    Aim should be a multiple season overhaul and to change the face and demeanor of the team as quickly as possible by keeping those fulfilling certain requirements and injecting fresh blood - not necesarilly by trying to bring in a "star player" every year, but by first building a solid foundation that can compete and perform every matchday, then topping it off with higher profile signings on the back of consistency in the club.

    Bare in mind you cannot change the whole squad in one or two windows and you gotta rely on longstanding players, even if just for off the pitch team chemistry.

    My core would probably be (+/- 1 or 2 players):


    David Luiz




    There's a good core age- and experience wise. A good chunk of youngsters. And two "oldies". What that core lacks imo is of course more quality and instant consistency.
  2. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Al Jazeera Correspondent

    Leno, Martinez
    Cedric, Bellerin
    Saliba, Mari, Chambers
    Upamecano, Luiz
    Tierney, Kolasinac
    Xhaka, Torreira
    Partey, Willock
    Saka, AMN
    Auba, Martinelli
    Depay, Nketiah
    Pepe, Nelson

    With just 3 signings and the correct trimmings it starts looking pretty good. You could easily sign a Szoboszlai or someone in that sort of bracket as well to compliment the midfield.

    We aren't too far away from having a very good team.
  3. bingobob

    bingobob Fan of Technicians Who Show Great Character

    See a few Celtic sources saying Fraser Forster to Arsenal.
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  4. dashsnow17

    dashsnow17 Established Member

    Is Ajer any good? All I know about him is that he's bloody huge, but sort of looks like he'll be part of this new Norwegian generation along with Berge, Odegaard and Haaland.
  5. dashsnow17

    dashsnow17 Established Member

    Incidentally Berge just scored against the spuds.
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  6. benjamin86

    benjamin86 Well-Known Member

    Don't think he'd suit Arteta's pass out from the back tactic very well!
  7. bingobob

    bingobob Fan of Technicians Who Show Great Character

    He is. I would have loved us to go in for him but this season he has been ropey. I'm not sure if his head has been turned. His agent kept talking about a move and then he changed agents a few months back. He is one to keep an eye on for sure and if he gets his focus back he could be a monster.

    Very good generation of players coming through as you mentioned.
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  8. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Froster at southampton was always have amazing game against us. Signing a GK make no sense unless Emi is leaving.
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  9. Mitch

    Mitch Bellerin Upgrade Advocate

    Messi said Forster produced the greatest goalkeeping performance that he ever played against.
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  10. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant

    Is Martinez leaving?
  11. Zazu

    Zazu Active Member

    Really like the look of that but would defo have ESR in over Willock or AMN
  12. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    i think a nice increase of his salary i read it's about 3k a week he earning.
  13. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

    Here's the full article which has a lot more info:
    Mikel Arteta has a huge rebuilding job on his hands at Arsenal and limited finances to work with. Gary Jacob assesses the scale of the task that the head coach faces.

    Who are Arsenal likely to sign this summer?
    This will be Arteta’s first summer transfer window and he looks likely to have to make do with loans and free transfers unless he can generate his own spending kitty.

    The club were already facing a significant financial black hole stemming from a bloated wage bill and failure to qualify for the Champions League for three straight years — a problem that has become more acute due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Some of his targets at the turn of year, such as Dayot Upamecano, the 21-year-old RB Leipzig defender, would seem to be no longer viable. The Frenchman is attracting interest from Bayern Munich and Chelsea — both of whom are likely to be in next season’s Champions League — and while he has a year left on his contract he could command a £45 million transfer fee.

    There should be more money if Arsenal qualify for European competition next season and Arteta can raise further sums by trading wisely and saving cash. The process has begun with Henrikh Mkhitaryan set to move to Roma on a free transfer, saving the club £10 million in salary, and ideally Mesut Özil, who earns £350,000 a week, would follow him out of the club

    Arteta wants to sell Mattéo Guendouzi and potentially Lucas Torreira to reshape his defensive midfield. Arsenal have had talks with Thomas Partey, the Atletico Madrid midfielder, and there is the potential to use Alexandre Lacazette as a bargaining chip in a swap deal. The forward was set to move to Atletico before they were banned from signings and he joined Arsenal.

    Dominik Szoboszlai, the Red Bull Salzburg midfielder, is another target. Arteta is expected to sell some of his seven centre backs as well as Sead Kolasinac, the left back. Should Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Lacazette leave they would also need a striker.

    The unknown is whether Stan Kroenke, the owner, will try to inject money, potentially via a share issue.

    Who calls the shots with signings?
    In theory once Arteta identifies the positions they need to replenish a committee discusses the targets at those positions and decides who to pursue. Arteta’s voice carries weight but it is not clear if he has the power of veto over any signings. Edu, the technical director, and Raul Sanllehi, the head of football, are both on the committee. Edu, in particular, is understood to have close relations with the super-agent Kia Joorabchian, who represents David Luiz and Cédric Soares, both of whom joined the club on short-term deals in the past year and signed new contracts last week. Jorge Mendes, who has a relationship with Sanllehi, helped bring Nicolas Pépé to the club in a record £72 million deal last summer.

    Arteta did want Luiz and Soares and pushed to sign Pablo Marí, also a defender. But the concern is that, for a number of reasons, he may be shopping in a limited market. This transfer strategy represents a clear shift from the days of Arsène Wenger, who rarely dealt with the biggest agents in the final ten years of his reign. Wenger was seen to wield too much power and his indecision over signings was one reason why Arsenal wanted to modernise their transfer structure.

    Can Arteta keep hold of Aubameyang?
    Arteta seems to have won his major battles on player contracts so far. After saying that Arsenal might not be able to afford to keep Luiz — against the wishes of the manager — the defender signed for another season.

    He also persuaded Bukayo Saka to reject the advances of bigger clubs and rewarded the 18-year-old with a lucrative, £40,000-a-week contract. Gabriel Martinelli, the 19-year-old striker, is expected to sign a new deal which underlines a commitment to youth.

    The big question is whether Arteta can persuade Aubameyang to stay and if Arsenal can afford his wage demands. The forward, 31, has entered the final year of his contract, worth about £190,000 a week. Aubameyang has wanted to leave for a European giant, such as Real Madrid, but many club’s finances have been changed by the pandemic. Now he says his future is undecided.

    What about the unrest in the dressing room?
    Arteta has stated that players will be welcome at the club if they are “on the boat” which appears to have been a dig at Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Özil.

    The relationship with Guendouzi began badly and has barely improved since some coaches were unhappy with his attitude during a training camp in Dubai in February. There were also issues during the discussions about players talking about a wage cut in April.

    Guendouzi, 21, has not been given a new contract since he joined two years ago and he is one of the few players at the club who could fetch a significant transfer fee.

    Arsenal have tried and failed to shift Özil in the past year and he has said he wants to see out the final year of his contract, worth £350,000 a week. Moving to North America in future seems an obvious destination for Özil and his representative had talks with DC United this year. However it is unclear if the Major Soccer League side remain interested.

    Who is Arteta likely to build his team around next season?
    It is likely that Kieran Tierney, Cedric Soares and William Saliba — returning from a season-long loan at Saint-Etienne — will be integral to the first-choice defence next season.

    Granit Xhaka, who could have left the club in January after he was stripped of the captaincy following a spat with supporters, has improved his relationship with both the club and its fans and is now a player Arteta counts on. The midfielder wore the captain’s armband in the second half of Wednesday’s 4-0 victory over Norwich City.

    Saka seems to have got his wish to play farther forward in an attacking trio including Nicolas Pépé.
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  14. 9jagooner

    9jagooner Well-Known Member

    On a separate note, I didn't know Jeff Rene-Adelaide had moved to Lyon. Doing well at the club actually
  15. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    I stopped reading when Gary say we have to with Free and loan signing.
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  16. African Flair

    African Flair Well-Known Member

    Was player of the month early in the season then blow his knee.
  17. Oxeki

    Oxeki New Threads, Old Tweets

    The club is being proactive now, which is a very positive thing. It seems the days if Ivan's reactivity to the transfer market is long gone long
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  18. Idiotologue

    Idiotologue Well-Known Member

    Signed him in my Arsenal career in FM 20 recently after all my attempts at signing left-footed center back targets failed. Would be funny to see it happen in real life.
  19. The_Playmaker

    The_Playmaker Established Member

    Been thinking about the Koopmieners link. Seen as a like for like for Xhaka but he is more press resistant. He can actually turn and has played significantly at centre back. I was thinking of a formation that would allow us to move from 3 4 3 to 4 3 3and be flexible, while getting most players on the pitch.

    Out of possession we could adopt a 343 or 433.

    --------Auba--------Target man------Pepe

    Auba-----------Target man----------Pepe

    In possession:

    Tierney----------Auba--Target man-----Pepe




    Trying to guess what Arteta's plan is.
  20. Camron

    Camron Established Member

    Exciting summer. This window will prove if this narrative is dead and can finally be buried.

    As it's stand it's perfect clickbait to rile up Arsenal fans and entertain opposition fans.
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