Good evening guys, I hope you all had a good weekend.
Not much has happened this weekend on the transfer front, however there has been another appointment in that the club confirmed Per Mertesacker will become the Academy Manager at the end of this season following his retirement.
I’m a big fan of the German, he certainly understands what it means to be an Arsenal player and that’s something which has diminished over the years.
Oxlade-Chamberlain also spoke about him as the father figure at the club before the end of last season which shows how the players view him.
We also had the squad confirmed for our pre-season tour to Sydney. Newbies Lacazette and Kolasinac have made the plane as well as Ozil and The Ox whilst Scszesny, Gibbs, Jenkinson and Debuchy were missing for no apparent reason.
It looks increasingly likely that they will be leaving the club this summer and it makes absolute sense. The only player I would like us to retain is Scszesny but I’ve accepted he’s going to leave, it’s just a matter of when.
With the manager suggesting Monreal is more likely to feature at left centre back rather than left wing back suggests Gibbs could still play back up to Kolasinac but I still expect him to be sold.
My thoughts on Debuchy and Jenkinson are that they should both go. However, with Ox wanting to play centrally, we can’t really expect him to play back up to Hector at right wing back. As such, selling the aforementioned pair would leave us short of cover at right wing back.
I think Ox holds the key to a lot of what happens in the transfer market. If he stays and signs an extension I’ve no doubts he will do so with demands to play centrally.
With rumours of us being in the market for a central midfielder it would seem counter intuitive to do so as well as signing an extension with the Ox.
I understand the need to sign a central midfielder because beyond Ramsey and Xhaka we don’t have much to offer. I think Ox is a very valid option in there but feel Elneny and Coquelin are far too limited in their play to be seriously considered options.
Ideally we sign Ox on again, sign another central midfielder and sell on either of Coq or Elneny (preferably the latter) whilst using Chambers or one of the Academy players as back up at wing back for Bellerin.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.