There are certain aspects of the game that we’d all probably change if we could, but one that fans consistently seem to enjoy is the summer transfer window. It creates a great deal of uncertainty for pretty much every club that chooses to participate, but beyond that, there seems to be a consistent stream of intrigue in regards to who might go where. Most of the stories have no real backbone to them, but fans won’t allow that to get in the way of proceedings.
According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are looking to offload Armenian attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer in order to lower the wage bill.
The 30-year-old is one of the biggest earners at the club, earning a reported £180,000 per week at the north London club. The Mirror report claims that Arsenal boss Unai Emery believes his wages can be utilised on signing players for a different of the team.
Arsenal set to offload a number of players this summer
As we all know, boss Unai Emery has not exactly been handed a massive transfer kitty since his arrival in north London. One of the theories behind the club’s caution is the clubs massive wage bill.
When Alexis Sanchez made the jump over from Arsenal to Manchester United, there wasn’t all too much of a ‘shock factor’ that came alongside that. Most of us were expecting to see him make the jump, and to be honest, I think a lot of Gunners fans are happy for him. The guy had to put up with a lot during his last year or two at the Emirates, and he deserved a move to a club that would (logically speaking) give him more chances to succeed.
According to a report by the Express, Arsenal are set to get tough with players who refuse to sign new deals with the club. Director Josh Kroenke, Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham and director of football Raul Sanllehi spoke to Gunners fans about the club’s future, as one of my colleagues earlier reported.
Kroenke reportedly stated that the club will change its stance on selling players who are near the end of their contracts. He stated that the club will no longer allow players to leave on free transfers and will do more to protect their assets.
Former Arsenal players certainly aren’t shy of voicing their opinions about the current fortunes and future prospects of the club they once played for.
Former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars recently revealed his belief that Alexis Sanchez, who left the club just over a year ago, could yet return to the Emirates after an unsuccessful spell with Manchester United.
Could Alexis Sanchez return to Arsenal? It’s fair to say it doesn’t really look likely. The Chilean left the club in circumstances that can only be described as unpleasant.
He arrived to the Emirates in a different era, back in 2014 when Arsenal were still a regular Champions League club, and that was probably the biggest factor that swayed him towards north London. According to a number of fairly reliable reports at the time, Barcelona had an offer from Liverpool, one they were willing to accept given that they had taken Luis Suarez from them practically by force (by activating his buyout clause). It was apparently a bigger offer than the one subsequently made by Arsenal.
Arsenal’s FA Cup fourth-round tie with Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Friday was always going to be difficult. It turned out too difficult for the Gunners, who suffered a 3-1 defeat to exit the competition. In truth, United exposed Arsenal defensive vulnerabilities with some superb counter-attacking football.
Deadly on the counter-attack
In reality, Manchester United underperformed this season prior to the hiring of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as temporary boss. Former boss Jose Mourinho’s cautious tactics stifled the immense attacking talent at the Manchester club.
According to the Daily Express, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Italian giants Juventus. The news will come as no surprise to anybody, as the move has been mooted for the past month or so.
Arsenal were reportedly attempting to sell the midfielder to the Bianconeri in the January transfer window to claw some money back for the midfielder. However, that was always an unlikely prospect.
Ramsey such a frustrating player
I have to admit I find Aaron Ramsey such a frustrating player to watch. The Wales international has undoubted talent and can be such an influential player. However, he has a tendency to be inconsistent.
There have been many, many reports linking Ousmane Dembele with a move away from Barcelona since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in 2017. The French international had an injury-plagued first season with the Catalan club. This campaign didn’t get off to a good start either as a number of disciplinary issues arose, and the links only intensified.
When Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal Football Club, the reaction from many fans was relief. That sounds a little bit harsh but we all know it to be true, because we all just wanted the saga to be over and done with. Of course, there was also an element of fear and trepidation, because we knew that the Chilean was their best player and there are no two ways around that. Now that he’s spent almost a year at Old Trafford, though, it’s interesting to look back and reflect on what could’ve been.