The January transfer window is officially open and thus begins the month-long speculation surrounding just about every player in world football. That’ll especially be the case in the Premier League because, as we know, it is so often regarded as the very best division across Europe – and potentially even the entire sport.
The next few weeks are going to be really important for so many clubs but we feel as if that’s especially the case for Arsenal. After a dreadful run of form back at the start of December, they finally seem to be putting the right pieces in place for another run at the top six. You could argue that may even be pushed up to the top four, but we wouldn’t suggest getting ahead of yourselves.
We’ve heard the news of two specific loans in the last few days with William Saliba heading over to Nice and Sead Kolasinac making his return to Schalke. Both are supposedly making the jump in the name of improving their first team aspirations, but in reality, there doesn’t seem to be a future for either at the Emirates. That may be a little bit harsh on Saliba but there have already been a few signs that things aren’t working out, whereas with Kolasinac, he serves as one of the many representatives of the ‘deadwood’ era that need to be shipped out.
That may sound a little bit harsh but if manager Mikel Arteta is serious about maintaining this nice run of form he’s been on, then he needs to implement some stricter measures in the transfer window. We have to start seeing a fresh stream of players coming through the door, and they can’t just be your Average Joe. They need to bring something different to the table and, most importantly, they need to have passion.
These shouldn’t be the only loan moves we see between now and the start of February and while it may be foolish to put our faith in the club, we trust that they will continue to make some tough decisions between now and then. We want to see every single player on the pitch scratching and clawing in the name of claiming victory, because this team has been gutless for far too long. Arteta needs to shake up the status quo and these last few wins should give him the confidence to do that.
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