Arsenal is always ambitious in declaring their intention to go to the top four before every season, and this transfer window is no exception, spending more than 80 million euros to bring in three midfielders.
But after the defeat in the first match against the promoted Brentford, it is obvious that there is still room for substantial adjustment in the team’s performance.
Recently, Martin Odegaard is rumored to be returning to Arsenal to strengthen the attacking midfield. The team is currently in contact with Sheffield United’s goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, and it is believed that the transfer fee accumulated this summer will exceed £100 million.
The “unique” vision
Although the management is more willing to put money into transfers than before, the success rate of transfers in the past one or two years is quite low.
Among the more successful transfers are Kieran Tierney and Gabriele Martinelli. Nicholas Pepe and William, who joined at a high price, were unable to play the performance of the past, and the latter was regarded as the most failed acquisition in the history of Arsenal, which shows that the team management’s vision is indeed “unique”.
This business model is definitely beneficial to Arsenal, but unfortunately, there are a lot of puzzling points in the sale of the team. First of all, William Saliba, who came in at a high price, has never played for Arsenal and has been loaned out to three teams since he joined. And then there was the sale of Greek international centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos, who played so well for Stuttgart last season, for a low fee of up to £5 million.
The departure of these two players already baffled fans, after Arsenal were willing to bring in Ben White for £50 million, knowing that he only had one year of experience in the Premier League. Maybe the management and Mikel Arteta see his potential, but with his first game performance, he is definitely not worth £50 million (of course, I hope he will gradually improve). Compared to the 40 million euros United spent on Varane, it raises the question of whether Ben White’s transfer would be too high.
Recently, it was also rumored that Arsenal is close to signing Ramsdale for £30m. Is £30m too much to pay for a goalkeeper who has yet to fully prove himself?
It’s really puzzling to see Arsenal’s modus operandi. But the deepest problem must be solved to get the team back on track.
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