Agree + you should post more often! Member since 2004 and <100 posts. Just pulling your leg!Sometimes you have to take stock and accept a step back before moving forward. I think people underestimate what a big job it is to totally change the culture and get the right squad balance. I also think people underestimate how good/competitive it is in the EPL . Im confident if we support & stick with the manager we will see improvement in consistency and in a couple of seasons be challenging top 4 again. The problem is nowadays many people have NO PATIENCE and lack the required insight or perhaps intelligence to see the bigger picture.
100k a week plus a fat signing bonus which balances out to 220k.
Not exactly a lie is it
Even if the base wage is 100k, that's just too much for a player of his age and profile. Specially when he had Pepe, Nelson, Saka (later when moved to the right) as options for RW.
Imagine paying 200k a week for a rotational player or thinking that he'd be better or have more upside than Nico.
The point is: We can't have players like him and Cedric on high wages. Soares has not been as bad as Willian, but that's 70k on a player that will be impossible to move if his legs go. We need to do better than this.
A younger option to Soares, on lower wages, would at least give us a chance to move said hypothetical player on, something that just won't happen to neither Cedric or Willian. They'll be here until the end of their contracts.
100k a week for willian at the time was excellent business, coming off the season he had nobody can deny that. Hindsight is wonderful but I actively dislike people who simply use hindsight on a constant basis when players don't perform.
Like at the time it was a good deal, end of story, not a reason to lambast the club and Arteta.
Tell me what is wrong with having Cedric as backup to a starting right back for 4 years?
No it wasn't, literally 99% of the fan base were against it. Of course it's a reason to criticize the club, the writing was on the wall there and we still pushed through and now are stuck with him.
There's a reason why Chelsea and other clubs did not want to give him a 3 year contract and we were the only suckers that did.
Absolute load of tosh. The only thing that people were against was the 3 year deal, and that's the only way we couldve got him. As a player and coming off the season he had for Chelsea nobody can deny it was a good addition to the squad. End of story bro, look at the season he had for Chelsea and tell me its a **** signing at the time. You cant.
As for Cedric it's different to the players you mentioned due to Cedric being a competent backup at full back. Mustafi isn't a competent anything.
Let's be real you'll just say anything to bash Arteta and the club because you have an agenda. Why not just chill out, support the club, stop being a poo bag.