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Why haven’t Arsenal signed a senior centre back?

“We need defenders” is the reply by many to posts about Nicolas Pepe.

Some Arsenal fans are confused as to why we are spending big on one of the most exciting attacking players in Europe whilst neglecting a creaking defence which still contains Shkodran Mustafi. The answer is simple.

Arsenal need to sell before they can buy.

We do not need to sell because we need the money; we need to sell because we have too many defenders.

Sokratis
Shkodran Mustafi
Rob Holding
Laurent Koscielny
Calum Chambers
Kostadinos Mavropanos

As it stands, we have 6 central defenders in our senior squad.

Now you can moan about the quality of those, and any moaning would be justified, but the problem Arsenal face is were we to buy a new face without selling, it would leave us with 7 centre backs. Last season we had 5.

In a balanced squad, you do not need 7 central defenders. Five is probably the maximum.

Last season we went into the season with 5 centre backs: Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding, Koscielny & Mavropanos. Chambers spent the season on loan at Fulham.

Mavropanos played just 4 games all season, despite Holding & Koscielny both having long absences and Arsenal going to 3 at the back at times. Holding started just 9 Premier League games.

We clearly do not need 7 centre backs.

So Arsenal need to sell before they can buy, which is easier said than done.

Before pre-season started, Arsenal would have been looking to move on Chambers and Mustafi – the pair would have commanded over £40million between them.

This would have left Arsenal with 4 centre backs – Sokratis (who would start), Holding (who is injured), Koscielny (who is a faded force) and Mavropanos (unproven), leaving us plenty of space for a 5th choice to partner Sokratis.

Fast forward a year, Koscielny leaves and William Slaiba comes in to replace him.

And then Koscielny decided he no longer wanted to play for Arsenal, leaving the best laid plans in ruins.

With Koscielny likely to leave, it means Arsenal have to keep hold of either Chambers or Mustafi. The clubs preference is likely Chambers as he is:

  1. Home grown
  2. Younger
  3. More versatile

The problem is no bids have come in for Mustafi, and this is what is causing the club staff a head ache.

If Arsenal could get rid of Mustafi, they could then go ahead and sign a new central defender. That would then allow us to give Koscielny his wish – a return to France.

As it stands, Mustafi is going nowhere, which will leave Arsenal having to sell Chambers or, worst case scenario, keep both and lose Koscielny

Keenos

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In memory of Jose Reyes; let’s stop abusing footballers

The death of Jose Antonio Reyes has hit everyone in football. Shocking news to try and digest on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

It is a reminder to everyone how fragile life is.

Bill Shankly was wrong. Football is not more important than life or death.

Reyes death should be a reminder to everyone to be kinder. He had a tough time at Arsenal. After a solid start he was booted out of a game against Manchester United and never really recovered. After this game he became one of those players the crowd loved to get on the back of.

Were he to be at Arsenal in the current era, he would have received a lot of abuse on social media from fan.

Criticising players is fine. Nothing wrong with it. But abuse is wrong and often crosses the line.

It was not too long ago that fans were standing outside the Emirates singing about wishing death on Arsene Wenger. Following the loss to Chelsea, I saw one fan post up a picture of the Munich disaster with the comment “we need Arsenal’s version of this, with Emery and Cech in the front seat”.

Granit Xhaka recently came off social media due to the volume of death threats he receive. Shkodran Mustafi has also received death threats in recent weeks.

Whilst I am sure these death threats may not have been made with the intention of carrying through, it is still clearly wrong. I remember a few years ago someone said they would “find me and slit my throat”. I did not take it seriously but it still was not very nice.

We have also seen a lot of online abuse aimed at Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Iwobi and more. No one seems to be immune.

If you do anything in memory of Reyes, be kinder.

Criticism is fine; abuse is not

RIP Jose Antonio Reyes

Keenos

Mesut Ozil: 5 Best Moments as a Gunner

The 2018-19 Premier League season hasn’t been kind to Mesut. The creative midfielder has rarely featured in the Premier League. Ozil is on pace to provide his fewest number of assists as a Gunner in the league this term. His previous low came in 2014-15 when he tallied six. This term, Ozil has just one assist in 14 Premier League appearances, which is far from his usual performance wearing an Arsenal shirt.

He has missed a lot of the season due to injury. Even when fit, manager Unai Emery has left him on the bench on occasions. Ozil has been challenged by Emery to prove he deserves a place in the team. The 30-year-old may be struggling through the Premier League season, but there is no doubt he has had some memorable moments as a Gunner since arriving in 2013.

  1. Free kick vs. Liverpool

Arsenal were humiliated against Liverpool 4-0 at Anfield in August 2017 and Ozil was heavily criticised for his poor play against the Reds. Four months later, the two teams met at the Emirates with Ozil putting in a classic performance. The next time Ozil takes the pitch, this website will give supporters the chance to back their team. The German inspired an Arsenal comeback and his classy free-kick gave the Gunners a 58th minute lead. The goal reminded football fans of Ozil’s quality.

  1. Volley goal vs. Newcastle

Arsenal met Newcastle at the Emirates just before Christmas 2017. The Gunners picked up a 1-0 victory thanks to Ozil’s 23rd minute volley. The midfielder perfectly tracked a poor clearance from Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot as he backpedaled inside the 18-yard box. Ozil then rifled a brilliant left-footed volley into the Newcastle goal. Arsenal fans can visit https://williamcode.co.uk/ ahead of each Gunners’ game, to benefit from exclusive offers, to wager on the goal-scoring ability of their favourite players.

  1. First goal vs. Napoli

Ozil’s first goal was a thing of Arsenal beauty. It was classic Gunners under the management of Arsene Wenger. Flowing, perfect passing finished off by a goal provided by the entire team. The strike came against Napoli in the 2013-14 Champions League group stage. Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina had no chance of stopping the well-placed strike as Ozil finished off a finally weighed pass.

  1. 2015-16 Assist King

The one thing Arsenal supporters will always remember Ozil for is his ability to create goals. The 2015-16 Premier League season saw Ozil at his creative best. The midfielder tallied 19 assists to lead the league. It was a fantastic return for the German as he was the catalyst to all of Arsenal’s goalscoring during the season.

  1. FA Cup Glory

Since arriving at the Emirates in 2013, Ozil has helped the Gunners win three FA Cup trophies. The first came in his debut season for Arsenal and the second came 12 months later. Those first two FA Cup tournaments saw Ozil play a combined 10 times scoring twice and adding four assists. Arsenal collected a third FA Cup in 2016-17. Although Ozil only played three times as the Gunners took the trophy, he still added a key assist to lead them to the cup final. The German has been at the heart of Arsenal’s most recent success and will go down as an unforgettable part to those teams.