Defense is better but now the offense sucks - 2021 Jan Transfer Thread

Discussion in 'Arsenal' started by chjoak, Nov 13, 2020.

  1. chjoak

    chjoak Member+

    Jun 17, 2009
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We've never seen anything about a budget but we have been made fully aware that we would not be adding anyone until we trimmed the roster size.
     
  2. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
    United States
    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I've heard similar from other sources. I think after "tribulations" the likes of Pepe & Willian, I wouldn't be surprised if the owners said to Mikel & Edu: "look you basically need to generate your own funds this window boys"
     
  3. chjoak

    chjoak Member+

    Jun 17, 2009
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Seeing a report that the EPL Director of Football Richard Garlick is being hired by Arsenal. His responsibilities will include operational management for the 1st team & academy and all player contract management. You have to think this is directly related to our poor management of several contract renewals over the last several years as well as some stupid contracts we have offered a few that have hamstrung us with bad payroll.
     
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  4. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    This feels like a Tim Lewis move.
     
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  5. cooper7d7

    cooper7d7 Member

    Feb 7, 2001
    CT
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  6. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    We discussed it over the summer in one of the threads relating to Raul's firing, and that he was basically the Kroenkes' eyes and ears here.

    Plus, he's a partner at Clifford Chance, and many of us here are lawyers and recognize the name.
     
  7. casoccerdad47

    casoccerdad47 Member+

    Mar 31, 2006
    He’s the lawyer the Kroenke’s brought in to review the clubs operations, including the structure of Pepe’s transfer deal. He is assumed to be responsible for Sanllehi’s departure.
     
  8. daedalus

    daedalus Member+

    Apr 24, 2004
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    we also lost the contract guy so it might be someone to be put in place there.

    we don't know how edu will be as a contract negotiator but, so far, the reception from agents is they like him. and, well, if the agents like you and you're supposed to be negotiating with/against them . . . . . . .
     
  9. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
    United States
    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    EXACTLY What I thought.
     
  10. casoccerdad47

    casoccerdad47 Member+

    Mar 31, 2006
    https://apple.news/AuhvxdeypSbi4FclcnY2hIg

    This sounds like BS. But if true, the Ozil/Arsenal relationship has become very toxic and I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t arrive at a settlement and he’s still here in February.
     
  11. The Jitty Slitter

    The Jitty Slitter Moderator
    Staff Member

    Bayern München
    Germany
    Jul 23, 2004
    Karo Viertel
    Club:
    FC Sankt Pauli
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    LOL

    This is obviously silly.
     
  12. casoccerdad47

    casoccerdad47 Member+

    Mar 31, 2006
    Conspiracy theories are increasingly popular. This one originated in Turkey and may be a pre prepared excuse if Fenerbache don’t sign him this window. We’re currently experiencing something similar in our politics.

    But, to add fuel to the conspiracy, why is Sokratis’ free transfer taking so long?:rolleyes:
     
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  13. super gooner

    super gooner Member

    Arsenal
    England
    Sep 20, 2020
  14. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
    United States
    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  15. Tonerl

    Tonerl Member+

    Arsenal
    May 10, 2006
    Cincinnati, OH
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Ornstein is on record with it.
     
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  16. casoccerdad47

    casoccerdad47 Member+

    Mar 31, 2006
    Which means Arsenal have freed up one unregistered player slot, with a second likely to follow.:):) But they still only have one roster spot for a non homegrown player and with the buyouts for Ozil and Sokratis they likely haven’t saved that much money. So any incoming player this window is probably a loan, unless they buy young and cheap.
     
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  17. chjoak

    chjoak Member+

    Jun 17, 2009
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'd be ok with young and cheap or a loan with an option.
     
  18. CarlosKaiser

    CarlosKaiser Member

    Arsenal
    United States
    Jul 30, 2018
    Kansas City
    https://arseblog.news/2021/01/finding-a-back-up-for-kieran-tierney-using-data-and-video-scouting/

    This article suggests Lee Buchanan, a 19 yo LB from Derby County, as a backup to Tierney. He'd be homegrown and cheap, suggests he might only cost 3-4m due to Derby's financial troubles.

    The Sensible Transfers video on Youtube threw out Reading's Michael Olise as an option. He's played at LW, RW and #10 and tallied 4 goals and 8 assists in 22 matches. He's 19 and French but would be homegrown and supposedly has an 8m release clause.

    I'd be on board with signings like this. Low risk, moderate to high reward. Probably more so Buchanan as he provides cover that the squad current lacks. Olise may not be any better than Nelson but could still be a good investment.
     
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  19. casoccerdad47

    casoccerdad47 Member+

    Mar 31, 2006
    The last I looked Olise had played most of his games as a 10, so he could serve as competition/backup for Smith-Rowe.
     
  20. chjoak

    chjoak Member+

    Jun 17, 2009
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Last i heard Olise's name it was as a #10 option. I would be ok with he and Buchanan if we had no intention of spending much cash this window. Would also be nice if we could find another "Martinelli" with Edu's SA connections.
     
  21. The Jitty Slitter

    The Jitty Slitter Moderator
    Staff Member

    Bayern München
    Germany
    Jul 23, 2004
    Karo Viertel
    Club:
    FC Sankt Pauli
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    I can't see us doing much unfortunately.

    It is a great time to buy for a team with access to cheap money but likely the ownership is too stupid

    But at least offboarding payroll/bloat is positive for next season. Unfortunately the bad Willian contract hurts us in that regard, as now our two worst contracts are in a key position
     
  22. daedalus

    daedalus Member+

    Apr 24, 2004
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    andrew on arseblog was talking about how the 120M loan cannot be used for transfers but only administrative things . . . . like buyouts.
     
  23. casoccerdad47

    casoccerdad47 Member+

    Mar 31, 2006
    I suspect that means no transfers, you cant really separate the loan from other funds. If they use the loan to pay buyouts (probably15m max for Ozil and Sokratis) and salaries to free up money for transfers, they have essentially used it for transfers.
     
  24. chjoak

    chjoak Member+

    Jun 17, 2009
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Brazil Scout on Olise...
     
  25. chjoak

    chjoak Member+

    Jun 17, 2009
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    And the most recent Sensible Transfer - Arsenal


    I don't have an argument for anything they suggest.

    Summary...
    - Need and AM but someone with positional versatility would be ideal since we switch between 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3 & 3-4-3 at times.
    - Need an upgrade/competitor for Bellerin
    - Need a better MF partner for Partey
     

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