Transfers to Improve Our Squad

Every fan looks anxiously at the transfer window and starts to wonder who we will sign, when will we sign anyone and who is leaving the club.  For Arsenal fans this is more relevant this summer. We know from the rumblings around the dressing room, the stands and even in the board-room, that a failure to win something this season will see top players leave next summer and Arsene’s future will definitely be brought into question.

Arsenal are always linked with numerous players, but in all honesty we are not too many players away from challenging for the major honours.  Arsene’s problem is raising funds through sales and yet being able to strengthen the squad at the same time.  Arshavin was purchased in January and he probably came out of this summer’s budget.

There is no doubt that Gallas and Toure will not be at the club together next season. One will definitely leave.  My money is on Toure leaving to go to Manchester City for £14 million, unless Arsene will use Kolo’s presence to lure his brother to the club, in which case it will be Gallas going to PSG for £3 million or part of the Sakho deal. Wenger is already looking at selling Senderos for £6 million and Eboue could be bound for foreign shores for a fee of around £5 million. Arsene will also be look at moving either Denilson or Song.  Either player would fetch in the region of £8 million, in addition I expect Mark Randall to move this summer. Arsene has seen Gibbs play well this season and this could be the incentive for the boss to sell Armand Traore, even to Spurs for a fee of around £6 million. The big one is Adebayor.  Our favourite last summer, but the player we all want out following some lackadaisical displays. AC Milan are definitely a team that are interested or they were last season.  I doubt Barcelona will be interested any more, so we again are limited in avenue to dispose of the Togolese striker, at any rate we need to be looking at £20 million for the player.

Arsene could raise any where from £28 million (excluding Adebayor and Toure) up to £59 million (including Adebayor and Toure but not Gallas).  This will be a major transfer budget and would not necessarily weaken the squad. Wenger will be able to pursue four players that will make the difference.  

Arsenal have reportedly agreed a £10 million deal with Thomas Vermaelen.  Unless this is a great hoax, then the Belgium striker will be part of a new look Arsenal defence.  To follow Vermaelen will be Fulham’s Brede Hangeland for a fee of £15 million.  Brede claimed in the initial furore that he is happy at Fulham, but since then all has gone quiet, there is no talk of a bid or of a new contract for  Hangeland.  These two will form the basis of our central defensive partnership, with Djourou and Gallas / Toure to be used as back-up.

In central midfield, everyone’s favourite is Yaya Toure.  A deal was almost done last summer, but the board scuppered the deal with a refusal to offer Yaya a decent salary.  This could be the stumbling block this summer, plus if Arsene wishes to sell his brother, the offer will be less attractive to Yaya.   If Wenger went for Yaya Toure this will set him back at least £16 million, an alternative and one that I am touting if nobody else is is Real Madrid’s Mahamadou Diarra and he could be available for £10 million

With the departure of Adebayor, Wenger cold decide he has enough firepower with van Persie, Eduardo, Vela, Bendtner, Walcott and Arshavin.  In reality we know that we need another striker.  We have two options either Klaas-Jan Huntelaar or Edin Dzeko.  Either will give us the goals that we desire and either will cost around £16 million.

With these movements in the market, Arsene will have strong squad for next season:

 

GK      Almunia; Fabianski

Def       Sagna; Song; Clichy; Gibbs; Toure; Djourou; Vermaelen; Hangeland;

Mid      Fabregas; Diarra; Diaby; Wilshere; Ramsey; Arshavin; Nasri; Rosicky; Walcott

Att       van Persie; Eduardo; Huntelaar; Bendtner; Vela

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Posted on June 16, 2009, in Transfers and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Hmm. That’s a fair bit of speculation you got there, lol. I don’t predict as many moves. I think the only ones who will leave are one of Gallas/Toure (unfortunately), Senderos, and ‘maybe’ Eboue.

    Personally, if possible, I don’t want to lose any players but have a few coming in. Doesn’t seem very feasible, but I reckon just a little influx of board investment will go a long way. We’re not talking Real Madrid money, but give Wenger 20 million, let him use it how he wishes (and knowing him, he won’t use it all), and we’ll see a trophy in our cabinet next season.

  2. dud r u jokin…….but nevertheless good calculations….

  3. George Sourou

    NB Lege – I wish you was our manager!!!

  4. Good lord, where do you come up with these stories?!! This is not even plausible in Football Manager 2009!

    1) Denilson and Song will not be sold, the more likely movement out, and that is on a loan spell, would be Diaby. In an injury ravaged squad like ours, some forget that Denilson played all across midfield, fitted on the flank vs Chelsea with a good performance. Song has become one of the first selections for Wenger now, so there is no need to sell them.

    2) I am almost certain Hangeland will not arrive at Arsenal, he is too slow, Vermaelen is a slow player as well, and it seems he is the physical presence defender Wenger has chosen. I am almost certain that William Gallas will not leave the club, he has no ambition on leaving,and in training at Clairefontaine has stated that he will only return to France after the World Cup.

    3) £16m for Yaya Toure when Real Madrid bought Lassana Diarra for £20m, does that make any sense? Yaya Toure has a massive buy out clause, €80m, so why settle for £16m? More to the point, what sense does it make for him to leave a club that has a chance of winning titles every year, and being coached by Guardiola, the player who perfected the art of the position he plays, why leave for the Fourth best team in England? Any logic?

    4) The Board never made a bid for Yaya Toure at all, the only bids made for a midfielder was to Inler, and he played badly this season as well. The board is not stupid enough to bid for a player when they cannot afford him, it’s like asking Man Utd to sell Rooney for £20m, it won’t happen, Utd won’t even reply to such a bid, so why listen to a bid of £16m when they don’t need the cash?

    5) How much of Dzeko have you seen? Why would he want to come to Arsenal now he can play for AC Milan? Milan have had a stumbling block at €20m, we will not pay that amount for Dzeko assured.

    • northbanklegend

      Wenger will need to raise funds
      1. if we bring in Toure or Diarra, then either Denilson or Song will leave, my bet is that it will be Denilson. Diaby will be given one more season.

      2. If Gallas stays then Toure leaves, easy as that, both will not be at Arsenal next season
      3. Real Madrid are the real drunken sailor arriving at a port with cash to throw away, look at Faubert £8 million from West Ham and now?
      4. Arsenal made bids for Toure, Alonso and Veloso last summer. Toure fell apart over wages (Barca have Keita), Alonso we were not prepared to offer £16m (how studpi that was) and Veloso was too late.
      5. Dzeko and AC milan will not be straight forward. AC like Adebayor and are probably using Dzeko to force Arsenal to make a decision on Ade.

      At the end of the day none of us know what is happening behnd the scenes, we all speculate and try to come up with logical scenarios.

      • 1) We all know the insistence of Wenger, if he never had any faith in Denilson/Song, Ramsey would have been given a few run out’s, which he hasn’t. Remember we have the AFCON next year, we will need depth, we need a squad of 25 realistically, we have 24 at the moment, including younger players like Ramsey and Vela who again won’t see much action, we need to retain rather than let players go, we accrue many injuries and Wenger will not cull unless he replaces, with internally generated funds.

        2) I know Real will sell, but what does that have to do with Toure? M.Diarra will be a good acquisition, but he will be away in the AFCON in January, rendering selling Denilson implausible as Diaby has a track record of injuries.

        3) NO BIDS were made for either one of Toure or Veloso, the former confirmed this himself, he knows Wenger personally as Arsenal are one of the teams that ‘fund’ and oversee the academy at ASEC Mimosas, the latter, Paulo Bento has confirmed no one tried to buy Veloso. How could Veloso go from being in demand for Arsenal to being in demand for Bolton? He’s had a rotten season all across defence and midfield, he has gone backwards, he marks space then does nothing, this season has been a disaster for him, culled entirely from the starting line up.

        4) The deal to take Dzeko to Milan will be concluded very soon, all that hangs in the balance is finding a replacement for Dzeko at Wolfsburg, but he is all but a Milan player now. Even though Milan admire Adebayor, they have made the firm move for Dzeko, if they wanted Adebayor, they’d have done something by now, after all Adebayor was expelled from his national team training camp last weekend and is in Spain on holiday already awaiting transfer offers.

  5. GK Almunia; Fabianski

    Def Sagna; Song; Clichy; Gibbs; Toure; Djourou; Vermaelen; Hangeland;

    Mid Fabregas; Diarra; snider; Wilshere; Ramsey; Arshavin; Nasri; Rosicky; Walcott

    Att van Persie; Eduardo; Huntelaar; Bendtner; Vela

  6. inler played badly this season???? r u blind inler has had a wonderful season with udinese and was one of the best players in seria a and uefa cup last season.

    • Gaetano D’Agostino and Kwadwo Asamoah thank you very much for observing their influence over Udinese this season. Even Mauricio Isla has performed better than Inler this term. He has been poor compared the the heights he scaled last season.

      It is also important to understand why some players thrive at Udinese, the system is built for the collective, at a bigger club where the individual talents must augment thecollective, he may be found wanting, hence the much mooted move to Inter has fallen through and Inter have opted for Thiago Motta.

  7. gallas will stay & is beta than toure.yaya cant leave barca now so 4get him.songo,denilson & diaby wil fight 4 the holding role.
    eboue shud stay & b playd in defence his beta than sagna.

  8. Otabor Victor

    Good calculations on the players – in and the players – out!!!
    But the intrique is ONLY ARSENE WENGER knows what the team will eventually look like next season.
    We can do all the transfer calculations, but like they say ARSENE KNOWS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Vermaelen is a defender

  10. wow.. a regular premier league manager arnt u..

    dude think you should stop having wet dreams about arsenal doing all this buying..

    we are arsenal not real madrid..

    vermaelen/some defender and 1 DM .. thats what wenger is looking at.. keep rvp and cesc.. period.. end of transfer activity..

    if ade leaves then he might be tempted to go for a forward.. but u cant be sure..

  11. john flanderino

    at least we wont go bust.

  12. I use to love reading the transfer speculation but just got disappointed when time after time I watched good player we were supposed to be after go to other teams, I think bops has got the right idea, if we do buy anyone it will must likely be some obscure talent that need time to settling and a adapt to the English game.
    As for my personal wish list I would like to see both Bendtner and Adebayor go and use the money to bring in David Villa, (without a doubt the best striker in the world at the moment, my personal opinion yours may differ) he will give us the opportunity to go back to the way we use to play instead of have this big target man that is everywhere but in the box.
    I would love to see a holding player who is more creative than song, song is good at braking up play but his passing is bit to negative for my liking, Xabi Alonso would fit the game of Fabregas and imagine the passing coming from them two, RVP and villa will think they died and gone to heaven.
    As for defence, I don’t know who we could bring in I just know something has to be done, but I do know we do need a better goalkeeper than Fabianski, we need a goalkeeper that can challenge Almunia for his place, from what I saw towards the end of last season Fabianski is not of that level.

    Remember this is just a wish list.

  13. I use to love reading the transfer speculation but just got disappointed when time after time I watched good player we were supposed to be after go to other teams, I think bops has got the right idea, if we do buy anyone it will must likely be some obscure talent that need time to settling and a adapt to the English game.
    As for my personal wish list I would like to see both Bendtner and Adebayor go and use the money to bring in David Villa, (without a doubt the best striker in the world at the moment, my personal opinion yours may differ) he will give us the opportunity to go back to the way we use to play instead of have this big target man that is everywhere but in the box.
    I would love to see a holding player who is more creative than song, song is good at braking up play but his passing is bit to negative for my liking, Xabi Alonso would fit the game of Fabregas and imagine the passing coming from them two, RVP and villa will think they died and gone to heaven.
    As for defence, I don’t know who we could bring in I just know something has to be done, but I do know we do need a better goalkeeper than Fabianski, we need a goalkeeper that can challenge Almunia for his place, from what I saw towards the end of last season Fabianski is not of that level.

    Remember this is just a wish list and I am not in any way affiliated with the arsenal board

  14. arsenalfanboy

    Arsene should use the 25mil he got from adebayor and go out and sign Alexis Sanchez from Udinese beating out Man Utd and Liverpool for the new ronaldo

    Udinese confirmed theyll sell him for 28 million so Venger only has to spend 3 million from his own pocket

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