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Should Arsenal Target Manchester United Trio


So after the 1-1 draw with Man U, I kind of drifted off into a dreamy world where I pondered a lot of things. The majority of time was spent thinking about my own drinking problem, that for away days I really do drink too much, after work I drink too much, during work I drink too much, and that I really should stop.

Getting back to London, I went to the pun to drink some more, and the pondering continued. This time my mind took me back towards Man U and the seemingly unhappiness of many of their players, and whether Arsenal should try and take advantage.

Jose Mourinho upsets players. He does it everywhere he go’s. Usually by the time he does it, a title is already in the cabinet, and he is already looking for his next job. This time it is different, however. He is upsetting players less than 6 months in. Could (or should?) Arsenal take advantage and launch bids for 3 of those alienated?

Luke Shaw

Still just 21, Luke Shaw is still an undoubted talented left back. Able to cover a lot of ground, good in defence, quick and able to put a ball in. If fit, he is England’s best left back. But then that is the problem, his fitness.

Since joining Man U for £30 million, he has started just 26 league games, having suffered a double leg fracture early on in his 2nd season.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Luke Shaw of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on November 8, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

He has returned fit this season, but looked a tad over weight and was recently singled out for criticism by Mourinho which left the youngster baffled.

Arsenal have conceded a lot of goals this season from the left hand side, with Nacho Monreal looking a weak link.

Signing Shaw would see Arsenal have arguably the two best young full backs in the league, both home grown, and both set for a decade in the 1st team.

But then has he really recovered from his injuries?

Anthony Martial

Like Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial has struggled to nail down a place in the Man U first XI this season. A mixture between injury, poor form and Mourinho baffling preferring Jesse Lindgard over the Frenchman has seen the £36-50 million pound Frenchman have a difficult beginning to this season.

He has struggled to adapt off the field, reportedly finding living in the Manchester pressure cooker hard. This lead to him breaking up with the mother of his two children. It is a lot easier to be anonymous in London.

2303992_heroaLast season’s return of 17 goals in 51 games was a decent return for a 19 year old, despite his crazy price tag. This season he has been reduced to just 5 Premier League starts, playing just 385 minutes. He has also lost his number 9 shirt number to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

He could certainly put pressure on Theo Walcott on the wing and, at just 20, still has a lot of time to improve.

A long term replacement for Alexis Sanchez?

Memphis Depay

When Man U signed Memphis Depay in 2015, they were supposed to be getting the next big thing from Holland. I had seen him a few times whilst laying in a Thailand hotel room and he looked an exceptional player. Albeit flawed.

He had a bit of the Andros Townsend about him. His game was about cutting in onto his stronger foot and shooting. He would do it, every game, 5 times in 90 minutes. Odds dictated that a couple of them who force the keeper into a save, or go in the top corner, whilst the majority flew harmless over or wide, hit a defender, or pea rolled into the keepers arms.

In his last 2 seasons for PSV, he scored 42 goals in 83 games. Since joining Man U for £25m and he has been a massive flop. So much so that he is now being linked with a move to Everton.


He is a selfish player and suffered from anger issues early on in his career. He is arrogant and cocky, but the talent is clearly there. He just needs some direction, some proper coaching.

Strong, quick and with a trick, he can beat players in more than one way. More importantly, he once beat up Robin van Persie.

In his early days at Arsenal, Wenger gained a reputation for turning players struggling in a side to world beaters once more. Could he do the same with Depay?


Arsenal Fans: Keep Calm The Seasons Not Over

The league season had barely concluded 24 hours before, an FA Cup final still to come, still to prepare for, but it has already started, the madness of summer transfers.

We are SheWore have not even started our A to Z of Transfer Speculation, where we usually start logging every player we are linked to, starting a month before the window opens. And yet, the craziness has begun. Not in the players we have already been linked to (although in a single day, we were linked to 10 players, and that was before the season had ended), but in the impatience of fans.

Reports are Liverpool have big for Adam Lallana, the Manchester United have bid for Luke Shaw, that Chelsea have agreed a deal for Diego Costa and, despite this being little more than paper talk, and Arsenal have an FA Cup final to prepare for, fans of the club are already questioning why we have not signed anyone.


Yes, business can be done early, and it has its benefits – allowing a player to get a full pre-season under his belt with his new club being the main one. And yes, Arsene Wenger was wrong when he said reportedly said “Big deals are impossible to be completed before the World Cup” (The real quote is “in a World Cup year, it [business] has never been done early,”), but completing your deals early, and before a World Cups is also fraught with danger.

A perfect example is with Manchester United. In 2007, they did their business early, signing Anderson, Nani, Hargreaves and Kuszczak by July 2nd. Whilst they actually had a successful year that year (League and Champions League double) the 4 players they signed have been relative flops.

You then get the injury factor. Imagine we go and agree the deal for Julian Draxler for £37.5m tomorrow. He then plans in the World Cup, picks up a knee cruciate ligament injury, and is out for 12-18 months. We would be wondering why we signed a player before the World Cup.

Yes, there is business to potentially be done before the World Cup, but it will always be a bit of a risk, and anyway, our season is not over yet.

As for the players that our rivals are linked with Lallana, Shaw & Costa, would I even want Arsenal to be in for them? The answer is no.

Adam Lallana is a player I have liked for a long time, due to a friend being a Southampton fan and never shutting up about him, even when playing in League One. But lets look at things. In his position, we have Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey & Jack Wilshere. Two players are infinitely better than Lallana and the third, Jack Wilshere, is 4 years his junior and, were it not for another injury hit season, would also be considered superior.

People also seem to be getting confused over Lallana’s age. A lot of talk is about him being a rookie in the England squad. Whilst this is correct, it is wrong to lump him in with Sterling, Barkley and Stones. Adam Lallana is 26. He is older than Mesut Ozil. Add in Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky, where would the sense be in spending £25m, early, on Adam Lallana. Keep calm Arsenal fans!

Diego Costa is a player I simply do not rate. Yes, he has had an electric season this year, but it is his first year of doing anything special. Before this season, he had never scored more than 10 league goals in a single campaign.



Whilst Costa’s record is slightly better than both Negrado’s and Soldado, it is not massively. Considering how these two have struggled in the Premier League, a £35m deal for Diego Costa is over priced. It is £10m more than what Spurs paid for Soldado, and £20m more than what Manchester City paid for Negrado. It is a massive outlay for a one season wonder.

As for Luke Shaw, his talent is not in doubt. Whoever he joins, he will be their 1st choice left back for potentially 15 years. A high price (reportedly £27million) for an 18 year old full back, it is justified if he remains at the club for a long period. And even if he does not, he will have sell on value. However, despite saying this, Arsenal have Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal. It would be gross misconduct if we competed for Luke Shaw. Spending £27m in a position which is perhaps our strongest in depth, a long side attacking midfield.

Gibbs especially is a class full back. Had he not once more been hampered with injuries, it would have been him, and not Luke Shaw, on the plane to Brazil. Whilst Shaw’s talent is not in doubt, Arsenal certainly do not need a £27m left back. Now if he could play right back…

So calm down Arsenal fans. We have an FA Cup to play for. We will do business this summer, so stop getting your knickers in a twist that we are not currently bidding for players that we do not need.

Keep calm, the seasons not over.