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He's also very young, so that's natural. He's not an Mbappe or Haaland, but he is very well off for his age, and I don't think he's far from a level where leading the line for Arsenal would be a sound decision. It's his second full season in Serie A (third season playing, but extremely limited in the first) and the growth between the two seasons has been massive. He's a big striker, with so much to his game. I think we're missing a chance to get something unique if we don't go for him, but doesn't seem like we are. He could definitely be brought in, and then allowed the first season to just settle, and then hit the turbo in second season.
RB, CM and ST(in Arteta's system) are bigger problems than AM.
I disagree, because if something happens to ESR we are f*cked. I fear it goes back to relegation form in the first half of last season.RB, CM and ST(in Arteta's system) are bigger problems than AM.
Without a doubt.
The entirety of AM agreed with it by voting a Xhaka replacement top of the list and a RB as an urgent necessity was something almost all wanted.
Think the striker topic has become so vital since too many expected Auba to recover his old best whereas this is starting to look less and less likely. I also didnt expect us to be in for a big signing like Martinez.
No ****ing ****, what's your point? People wanted an upgrade on Xhaka, just because the club decided otherwise we should be like you and eat up the **** they serve?
People are bringing up lack of Xhaka upgrade to criticize your jokers running this club, you are essentially asking on a football forum what the point of criticism is.No, but Xhaka isn't leaving so what's the point in talking about signing another CM. Be realistic, we probably want the AM as the main signing now.
People are bringing up lack of Xhaka upgrade to criticize your jokers running this club, you are essentially asking on a football forum what the point of criticism is.
When/if we are done wasting 70mil on a subpar AM and go nowhere next season, are we allowed to criticize our transfer activities or should we continue staying realistic about our midtable stature?
From the players we were linked with it was obvious we were never seriously intent on upgrading Xhaka. As for where the biggest problem in the squad was, majority agreed at the outset he was one of the main problems going by the poll result. Pretending his position isn't a major problem just because your manager gave him an extension is simply a bit of an agenda.From the players we were linked with the only huge upgrade on Xhaka was probably Locatelli. Xhaka is certainly not the biggest problem in this squad, if you think he's the be all and end all of all our problems then there's something wrong and its simply a bit of an agenda.
I've high hopes for Lokonga too. There's no basis for the hope, just a feeling inside as with Henry all those years ago. So many are saying he's too young to do this, that etc but if you're good enough...No idea how White will turn out but Ramsdale and Maddison don't raise my level of excitement. Let's hope my pessimism looks stupid by year's endAgree except for Lokonga, yet, mind that we seem to have a golden youth academy on the rise, there are many more ESR'ish/Saka'ish youngsters to come.
Patino probably the most exciting one, but Azeez looks to be quite impressive and closer to actual competition just yet.
Might be too soon for Flo, but he looks to have great all around traits. JJ maybe after this season loan as well..
Many potentially exciting things from the inside
Yep. The issue at this club is not that we don't have money to spend, but not spending the money effectively. That's why we're in such a mess in the first place. I think most fans would've preferred we kept Saliba and invested the £50m on a CM. The £70m for Maddison would be better spent on a RB and cheaper #10 imo.Small club mentality is to not just take the hit and give Bellerin, Mari, Elneny and Laca away cheaply to free up space and get massive players in there first.
That is what your "big club mentality" do and never ever have those continue past this window.
You dont have to spend 70m on Maddison when you can get a very very strong backup for ESR to compete on top of the priorities.
The biggest issues in our squad are for all to see, we just wont take the financial hit, but rather keep Bellerin, Elneny and co, which Chelsea wouldnt do.
From the players we were linked with it was obvious we were never seriously intent on upgrading Xhaka. As for where the biggest problem in the squad was, majority agreed at the outset he was one of the main problems going by the poll result. Pretending his position isn't a major problem just because your manager gave him an extension is simply a bit of an agenda.