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Six Free Agents that Arsenal should consider

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It is reported that our transfer budget this summer will be between 50-70 million. Why/how we have so little to spend is a debate for another day and one we will probably revisit throughout the next few months. Most Gooners have long realised our current owner does not have the ambition to give the cash it would take to make us championship contenders. That means our recruitment team have to think outside the box and find value elsewhere. Evaluating who is out of contract may not be fans first choice but considering we are run by Stan Kroenke we don’t have much choice. The club’s policy seems happier to have a large wage bill then pay inflated fees so throwing thousands at a free agent is more realistic then paying millions to a club.

Here are a few names whose deals are about to expire who might be worth us thinking about?

Giroud – Chelsea
While many say you should never go back, this makes more sense when you look closer. Along with Ramsey and Cech, Welbeck was given a plaque on our last game at the Emirates, thanking him for his contribution. So, we will be looking for someone to be back up for Auba and Lacca, and with a limited budget this is an area where a freebie might make sense. We know more than anyone that Giroud can be an effective plan B and doesn’t mind spending time on the bench. The reason he went to the Bridge was his family wanting to stay in London so this deal would make sense.

Godin – Atletico Madrid
I don’t care how old he is, you cannot convince me he would not improve our defence. Not only would you acquire one the best defenders of his generation but someone who would immediately be a leader. We probably have a policy not to pay so much to someone over the age of 30 but for what he can bring to us in the short term it would be worth it.

Kompany – Man City
Okay first thing is that I can’t see City not offering their captain a new deal, if there is one man their owner might show sentiment towards it would be the Belgian. The second, the moment it became clear he was willing to leave, a who’s who of clubs would be ringing his agent. Again, it comes down to ambition. We have the money to entice a man who would bring leadership qualities to our dressing room, but would we pay over the odds for someone in his thirties.

Luis – Atletico Madrid
A left back might not be our priority but I’m tired of us having to play 5 at the back just to accommodate Kolasinac. I’m sorry if you’re a full back who can’t play in a back 4 that tells me you are not good enough for our level. Coached by Simeone, Luis knows how to defend and has strong game management. We can’t ignore when these types of players are out of contract.

Juan Mata – Manchester United
The irony being that we so nearly signed him when he first came to England, he visited the Emirates before choosing Chelsea. He wouldn’t replace Ramsey in terms of being box to box but in terms of someone who could come in keep the ball and bring experience. As a squad player, he’s worth it

Sturridge – Liverpool
I have argued this before.
This would be a natural replacement for Welbeck just someone who can finish better. Yes, he’s equally injury prone but remember we have to save money where we can.

Dan Smith

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Laurent Koscielny reprehensible behaviour has done Arsenal a massive favour

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Laurent Koscielny going on strike has done Arsenal a massive favour and forced the club to change its plans.

It really does appear that Unai Emery and the board had no intentions of bringing in a central defender. not going by the credible transfer reports we have been receiving.

It is fairly accepted that Dani Ceballos, Kieran Tierney, William Saliba, Everton Soares and Wilfried Zaha are the players the club are targeting.

Of those, only one is a central defender and he will not be available for a year.

Anyone watching the Arsenal mini-tour to the USA cannot fail to notice that the defence is still a shambles and that a central defender has to be the priority and it beggars belief that Arsenal has not clicked on to that.


Koscielny effectively going on strike leaves a huge gap at the back, he may not have played every game but he would have been significant throughout the season and he does need replacing.

If the club does not sign a central defender and goes with what we got then the consequences will be harsh and the fans will not forget, it would be negligence of the highest order.

Basically, the way I see it, if Koscielny would have stayed for another season the chances are no new central defender would have been brought in, that simply cannot be the case now.

So, in effect, the 33-year-old has done the club a massive favour even if they have not realised it yet.


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So what should Arsenal do about Aubz and Laca’s contract situations?

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Anyone Else Worried About This? by Dan Smith

While I don’t believe the seriousness of the rumours linking Aubameyang with a move away it did remind me about his current situation. Maybe gooners are distracted by transfer talk, or maybe we want to pretend it’s not happening, but our two best players have less than two years left on their deals. It means this time next year Auba and Lacazette can either run down their contracts or be sold for a cut price fee.

Essentially, we will be back in the Sanchez/Ramsey saga, one which we promised would never happen again.
In Raul Sanllehi ‘s own words, the recruitment team will be stricter with those with less than 24 months left on, unwilling to lose any more value on assets. So, by that criteria, if the Gabon and/or French striker chose not to negotiate we would have to sell now?

It would be a PR disaster to send one of our stars to a rival, but fear of criticism was the reason we preferred to lose Sanchez for nothing. The notion was having the Chilean for one campaign was better than any money we could have received. By the next January we were all taking about the 60 million we turned our backs on for 4 months work.

So, should we pay over the odds to keep the duo? Most gooners would say yes but how much stick have we got for doing exactly that for Ozil? The German has had supporters turn against him for his salary of 350,000 when he has zero resale value. Our forward line is 30 and 28 respectively and will be fully aware that someone the same age deemed not as important as them is the highest earner.

So, do we continue to write cheques North of 300,000 pound a week or (like Rambo) insist on a threshold? We either cash in now (fans will be unhappy), let them leave as free agents in the future (fans will be unhappy), or give them a raise (which upsets your wage structure). I was just wondering if anyone else was worried about this, and if so, what’s your preference?


My view is if Auba don’t say yes in the 2 weeks we have to sell, don’t we?

Dan Smith


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