The announcement of three quality incoming signings is great news but the additions of White, Lokonga and Tavares won’t count for much if we miss out on a versatile creative midfielder. The deal for a creative midfielder needs to be done fairly quickly to give the squad a chance to gel and whether it be Neves, Aouar, Locatelli, or Maddison, Edu needs to wrap it up before a ball is kicked.
The last campaign’s biggest mistake was not replacing the wavering contributions of Mesut Ozil with another capable pair of feet. Ceballos was never the answer over two drab seasons and Odegaard was a desperate last-minute attempt to secure a top-four place.
Arteta and Edu realised their mistake too late and by then, they could only rely on the emerging talents of Emile Smith Rowe, who along with Tierney and Saka were the highlights of a ridiculously ordinary campaign. My advice to Edu is to put down a marker quickly and conclude a deal for a good creative midfielder.
To be honest, it should have been done during the Euro’s, but once again, we have problems in offloading players such as Xhaka. Rumours are flying around concerning a swap deal for Maddison, but I’m not sure that idea will be a consideration for Leicester, a club that hardly has to count the pennies any longer.
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Then, there’s the suggestion that Jordan Henderson could jettison Liverpool to join Arteta’s revolution which begs the question, why? Why would he do that having won the Champions League title under Klopp and secured the first domestic title in 30 years?
Arsenal need to concern themselves less with selling to buy and start reinforcing and consolidating to show their ambition. The next two weeks could be crucial to Arteta and Arsenal.