Kia Joorabchian's Transfer Targets: January 2020

Discussion in 'Transfer Rumours' started by American_Gooner, Dec 17, 2019.


Which area of the pitch is the biggest priority to improve in January?

Poll closed Jan 30, 2020.
  1. Full-back

  2. Centre-back

  3. Central Midfield

  4. Attack

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  1. The_Playmaker

    The_Playmaker Established Member Trusted

    Upamecano has a lot to learn. Both him and Konate has massive positional issues and have the tendency to make errors and lose concentration. He is good on the ball, but I have a feeling that there are better young centre backs out there. Probably alot cheaper too.
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  2. Mitch

    Mitch Bellerin Upgrade Advocate

    I thought Koulibaly was very in the 15/16 season ( if I recall correctly). Then the following season he was extremely error prone, I havent watch Serie A regualrly for a season or two now. Koulibaly Reminds me of Mustafi, wins a lot of headers and challenges but always has a brain fart in him.

    As for the Upamecano he looked woeful for France under 21s during the tournament
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  3. El Duderino

    El Duderino 99 Problems But A Mitch Ain't One Trusted

    Need @rich 1990 to start his usual "29 is not old ffs" routine up in here.
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  4. Slartibartfast

    Slartibartfast CIES Loyalist

    If Upamecano and Saliba are your center back pairing entering next season, you'll be looking at a combined age of 40. Two CBs who are works in progress. Not sure that's a good idea.

    I've been saying for awhile that Arsenal needs to emulate Liverpool and sell strategically in order to replenish the squad, but Liverpool didn't buy Suarez, Coutinho and others just to turn a profit on them in the future. When that's your priority, you've become a selling club. Future value is important, but it should only be a factor in a comprehensive determination of what a player can bring to a team. Sometimes an established veteran with limited resale value is a better fit. Arsenal needs to look at both the near and long-term futures.
  5. Malky

    Malky Established Member

    I'm pretty confident we're not even considering Koulibaly, we can't afford him even if we mange to offload all our CB's (except Saliba) If there was a chance of Napoli selling at an affordable price we'd need to join the very long queue.
  6. Idiotologue

    Idiotologue Well-Known Member

    Bringing established stars in their prime to a young team with potential has more impact than just the contribution the player himself brings to the table. Young players value having figures on the team that they can rely on as they are improving, and the elevated level of competition gives them more confidence.

    I don't know if you guys follow the NBA or not, but the NBA team I support, Miami Heat, has been a textbook example this season of what I referred to. They had talented young players on the roster but no established star to lead the way. Then they acquired Jimmy Butler, a 30 year old Top 10-15 caliber player and he's completely unlocked the potential of the young players on the team and the team improved immensely, not just because of the value added by Butler himself but because of his elevation of the young players on the roster.

    A sports team is a curious blend of a business environment and a family. Coaches, regardless of their age, being father figures who'll show the way, give you insights, push you but still pick you up when you are down, is obvious - but also important is having older brother figures on the team, who'll both compete with you and pick up some of your slack as you make mistakes and show you the way. Your father figure may not be your actual father, and your older brother figure may not be your actual older brother, for some people the 'father figure' is actually the mother, but what's true is that they are very relevant in the development of young men.

    Sorry for the tangent, I tend to do that.
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  7. Idiotologue

    Idiotologue Well-Known Member

    That's very, very disrespectful to Koulibaly. Mustafi isn't the quarter of the defender Koulibaly is.

    Koulibaly is one of the world's best at headers and challenges, not merely decent at it, his positioning is very good and he's much better on the ball than he's usually given credit for. Just gives you confidence in defense, similar to VVD in that sense.
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  8. TakeChillPill

    TakeChillPill Well-Known Member

    When you sign Koulibaly, even if you don't sell him for a profit, a player like him wins titles, cups and gets you back in the CL.

    Upamecano, looks a serious talent but his injury record hasn't been great.

    We really missed a gem by not signing VVD, who was the scout that said he wasn't good enough ... Steve Rowley?
  9. StefanB

    StefanB Well-Known Member

    I'd rather get Konate than Upamencano tbh.
  10. SingmeasongSong

    SingmeasongSong Rarely Right

    We won't get either now.
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  11. MikeVinna

    MikeVinna Well-Known Member

    I’d rather get a lefty in. If Umtiti is fit and unhappy with Barca in the summer he’d be my ideal signing. But I realise how unrealistic that sounds.
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  12. Underhill

    Underhill Well-Known Member

    What is the main benefit of having a left footed left CB over a right footed one?
  13. Dutch D

    Dutch D Well-Known Member

    Different passing lines, always easier to defend on your strong foot while guiding an attacker to the side. Not to mention all our defenders are right-footed currently.
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  14. Judasviking

    Judasviking Active Member

  15. kopzilla

    kopzilla Always Negative

    I remember Luiz played as a CDM or CM for a while in Chelsea...we can do the same ...replace Xhaka with Luiz in midfield & get a new CB or loan one.
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  16. yybecause

    yybecause Formerly known as ArsenaLover

    Could Arteta be in any of that Spaniards? Torres, Nunez?
  17. 6gunner

    6gunner Active Member

    Saliba is left footed
  18. al-Ustaadh

    al-Ustaadh Leave Mikel Alone!!

  19. yybecause

    yybecause Formerly known as ArsenaLover

  20. TheEconomist

    TheEconomist Well-Known Member

    Any chance of us getting Ndidi?
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