Will write a bigger blog on Tammy Abraham at some point but a quick few thoughts:
- Abraham is a good striker and would be an alternative option as 2nd choice
- He reminds me of Danny Welbeck in that he can play both as a hold up man and run in behind, but is not particularly spectacular at either
- Personally I would rather give Gabriel Martinelli and Folarin Balogun the chance to back up Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang if Alexandre Lacazette leaves
- But if Mikel Arteta decides to play either Martinelli or Aubameyang on the left wing, we probably do need another striker
- Just not sure we should be spending £40million on Abraham
Read an article yesterday which described Willian as a “prisoner” at Arsenal.
The story went that Willian wants out of Arsenal, but teams are reluctant to match his current contract of £220k a week.
Arsenal would probably be willing to let Willian leave for nothing. We are not forcing him to stay.
It is Willian (and his representatives) that will be demanding any new club match his current Arsenal contract.
If he really wanted a move away, he would accept a lower salary.
It is his choice to remain at Arsenal as a “prisoner” earning £220k a week then move elsewhere and earn half of that.
The pendulum seems to have swung back towards Aaron Ramsdale from Sam Johnstone.
At the weekend the feeling was Arsenal had switched their focus towards Johnstone, believing they could get him a lot cheaper than Ramsdale, but it seems that is not the case.
The rumoured price for Ramsdale seems to have dropped from £40m to £30m whilst the Johnstone price is hovering around £20m – certainly not the cut price Arsenal would have hoped.
As for André Onana, Arsenal have been put off by his drug ban and African Cup of Nations representation.
The Ajax keeper would not be available to play until November and would also miss 6 weeks at the beginning of 2022.
Whilst he is hugely cheaper than Ramsdale and Johnstone, we probably would have only done a deal for him if Bernd Leno left.
The English pair are seen as number 2s, whilst Onana would expect first team football.
With use linked with Ramsdale at £30million, a few critics have been saying “let Martinez go for £20m only to sign Ramsdale for £30m”.
Those saying this ignore the differences in the transfers.
Martinez had a year left on his contract, wanted to leave to be number 1 and only really Aston Villa were interested in him. Arsenal were not in a position to strong arm Villa into paying more.
The fact Martinez still talks about Arsenal in every interview whilst barely mentions Villa shows he probably regrets leaving us.
Ramsdale at £30million is too expensive, but the £20m we got for Martinez was a good deal.
Leeds and Villa
Seen a few Leeds and Villa fans “mocking” Arsenal in recent days, saying we are no longer a big club, etc, etc having finished 8th.
Reality is they would celebrate finishing 8th (would be Villa’s best season in a decade and Leeds United’s best in 20 years) as a huge success.
And that is what makes us a big club and them still having Championship mentality.
For us, finishing 8th is failure. For Villa and Leeds it is a success.