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Transfer fees set to become obsolete?

Twelve months ago a lot was being made in the press about the contract is Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

“1 year left, how have Arsenal got themselves into this position” were the cries at the time.

An interesting interview with Arsene Wenger gave a glimpse into what he believed was the future.

With dramatically increasing transfer fees, the former Arsenal boss was of the opinion that the future would see a lot more players winding down their contract and leaving for no transfer fee.

That clubs would offer shorter term deals to players 2 to 3 years, a player would do his time and move on.

It would provide security to the club – knowing that if a player signed a 3 year deal he was likely to see it out – and security to the player – knowing that if he fell out of favour, he could spend a year away on loan before moving on.

For those scoffing at the opinion, writing it off as a way Wenger justifies the clubs handling of the Ozil and Sanchez contract situations, let’s look at those contracts set to expire within the next 2 years:

Manchester United


David de Gea*, Anthony Martial*, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian*, Antonio Valencia*, Ashley Young, Andreas Pereira


Marcus Rashford*, Nemanja Matic*, Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini*, Lee Grant

*Contract contains option for a further year



Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck, Nacho Monreal, Petr Cech, Stephan Lichtsteiner


Laurent Koscielny, Carl Jenkinson

Manchester City


Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala, Brahim Diaz


Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva, Fernandinho, Fabian Delph, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Claudio Bravo



Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Fernando Llorente, Michel Vorm


Christian Eriksen, Vincent Janssen



Cesc Fabregas, David Luiz, Olivier Giroud, Gary Cahill, Lucas Piazon, Willy Caballero, Robert Green


Eden Hazard, Willian, Cesar Azpilicueta, Pedro, Marco van Ginkel, Ethan Ampadu



James Milner, Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno, Lazar Markovic


Adam Lallana, Joel Matip, Nathaniel Clyne, Divock Origi

If you disregard the guys expiring in. 2020, you could easily build a competitive team with players whose contract expires in 12 months.

De Gea

Alderweireld Kompany Vertonghen

Milner Herrera Fabregas Shaw

Martial Ramsey


I do not think transfer fees will become completely obsolete in the future. Teams will still want to sign players under contract. But what will happen is the majority of transfer will be free, or loan deals, and fees for players under contract will become astronomical.

The future could be upon us.



JW Diaries: 4 more games & meeting Smudger

Following 5 days without any football, last Saturday saw me going to Hale End to watch our U15’s, followed by a mad dash home, drop the car off and head over to West London.

When we play Chelsea Away, it’s one of a few grounds where I drink mostly with good friends who are not Gooners. I arrived to my usual pub around 2:15 and spent nearly 3 hours there before the 15 minute walk to the stadium.

I thought that we played well in the middle and top end of the pitch; with better finishing, we would have got something from the match. Once again the defence was suspect but I felt it was a vast improvement on the previous Sunday.

Having got back to the pub, all of my Chelsea friends thought we played well and was unlucky-praise indeed!

Having left the pub around 10 pm, I should have been home just after 11. Wrong! I fell asleep on my train from West Brompton and was awoken about 11:45 at Clapham Junction which is completely the wrong direction and must have meant I went up and down the line! With the help of all night tubes and buses, I eventually got in just before 2am.

On Monday, I went to the Emirates to watch my first reserve match of the season where our U23s drew 1-1 against Brighton, both goals were in the last 5 minutes of the match, we went 1 up on 90 minutes with the visitors equalising deep into stoppage time, I thought it was a fair result.

Thursday saw a visit to Waterstones in Leadenhall Market, where I was able to spend 10 minutes exclusively speaking to ex Arsenal legend Alan Smith who was there signing his new book ‘Heads Up’.

Alan spoke to me about his thrill of signing for Arsenal, as well as his experiences of both Anfield ‘89 and Copenhagen ‘94, which incidentally are my top 2 matches that I have witnessed live!

‘Smudger’ also gave me his thoughts on the new set up; I will start to write these up and a series of blogs will be posted starting next week.

Today will see me watching the U23s for a second time in 4 days with a trip to the London Stadium, the home of West Ham, where last season we managed to win the U23 league there!

Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but the team need our support, make sure you sing & shout, loud & proud!


Match Report: Chelsea 3 – 2 Arsenal

Chelsea (2) 3 Arsenal (2) 2
Premier League
Saturday, 18th August 2018

(4-2-3-1) Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal; Guendouzi, Xhaka; Iwobi, Ozil, Mkhitaryan; Aubemeyang.

Substitutes: Elneny, Lacazette, Torreira, Ramsey, Lichtsteiner, Welbeck, Leno.

Scorers: Mkhitaryan, Iwobi

Referee: Martin Atkinson

When the fixture lists were released a little while ago, this match (hard on the heels of Manchester City) really left me cold. As we know, the boys have only been victorious in two Premier League visits to Walham Green since 2008, and meeting Kensington Spartak this early in the season doesn’t exactly fill my heart with joy, especially as we are now deep into a period of transition. Nowadays, an N5/SW6 match is more than just a derby, more than just bragging rights, it’s a true power struggle between the two leviathans of football in the capital; between us we have won everything worth winning in the professional game – nobody else in London’s fair city comes even close. No pressure then, chaps.

As far as we were concerned, the first half hour was complete and utter chaos. Time and time again the defence was found wanting with our opponents capitalising on the lack of positional sense and mobility from the centre backs, which found us 0-2 in deficit after just twenty-one minutes on the clock. Woe. Amazingly, somehow we saw a light at the end of the Spartak tunnel – it was actually on and through their channels and on to their flanks, as time and time again we encountered a weakness which the boys were able to act upon. Although our forwards squandered three clear goalscoring chances, it became evident that our time would come, and sure enough it did, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi redressing the balance within three minutes of each other just before half-time, which couldn’t come soon enough for Spartak, as our star was firmly on the ascendancy now.

Returning to the field of battle after the break, our chaps started to play with renewed confidence, much to the chagrin of the Spartak coach, who could be seen agitated and nonplussed at the spirit and skill of the Islington men. Defensive errors were abound on both sides, and after a crucial substitution from the home side, our boys started to flag a little; it was during a period of fatigue that a lapse of concentration occurred in the defence, and Spartak administered the fatal coup de grace with just nine minutes left of the match which meant that our brave chaps left Walham Green empty-handed.

All in all it was a truly thrilling match, and one that we certainly deserved something from. We can now see that there are major issues with the defence, which is slow, indecisive and cumbersome with no apparent communication skills between the players, which left our goalkeeper exposed on several occasions through the match. Mr. Emery needs to address this situation very quickly indeed as a matter of priority; after all, as a club, we have always prided ourselves on a rock solid back line and to see the defence as it is at the moment fills us all with dread. There are still issues with the middle of the park, which needs to be tinkered with, as a fluent midfield will always lead to a confident strike force. The lads generally played with fire in their bellies and an indominitable spirit at Stamford Bridge Grounds today, and had they played another side other than the professional and ruthless Spartak, we undoubtedly would have chalked up our first victory of the campaign. Early days, long way to go, although signs of success can be seen already; from tiny acorns mightly oaks do indeed grow, so remember everyone, get behind the team and the manager, as this is crucial for our future success. Stick with the winners. Victoria Concordia Crescit.


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