On Monreal, Incomings and Mr Right Now

In a week’s time, we pass the halfway mark of the transfer window and no signings yet. It’s panic time; of course it is. Because if, in seven days, we’re halfway through the transfer window, that means seven days ago, it was two days into it. So, we’re just over a week into the transfer window so panicking is a really good idea.

By now, by now. Everything, in an ideal world, should have happened by now. But the world is far from ideal and nothing is signed, sealed nor it is delivered.

A lot of potential, of course. And it’s not as if we haven’t been busy. ESPN is claiming we’ve extended Nacho Monreal’s contract by a year, through to the end of the 2019/20 season. Future-proofing the transfer fund? Extend by a year then sell this summer for a fee? There was interest from Malaga and Bilbao in him during the summer and autumn…

That doesn’t solve our problems now. We face an intensive ten days or so. West Ham, Chelsea, United; the first game a new centre-back, for example, is likely to be ready for is Chelsea if signed today. And that’s unlikely to happen so we’re looking at the FA Cup. Strap yourselves in, the rollercoaster defensive ride is set to continue.

Not that the names of any central defenders surfaced. It’s all about Denis the Menace and Yannick Carrasco, the most Spanish-sounding Belgian there has ever been. Which given his mother is Spanish is hardly surprising.

£25m at today’s prices which given the pound’s propensity to plummet is likely to be £26m tomorrow. He would be an upgrade on all our wide attacking players, without question. Is his arrival a signal for a wider clearout than just Danny Welbeck

Nice Work If You Can Find It

Shipping Aaron Ramsey out in January doesn’t work for Unai Emery and unless we’re getting a fee of £20m+, doesn’t work mathematically. Not only would we be paying his contract bonuses up, we’d be paying his agent as well but nowhere near the £9m he is reportedly getting for negotiating a free transfer for Ramsey.

There’s free and then there’s free…

That’s even if Juventus want a deal this winter. No reports out of Turin of that being on the agenda; it seems unlikely an Alexis-sized fee is incoming.

Meanwhile, the Jan Oblak fan club is in full cry as he said, “I can see myself [in the Premier League], but I don’t know when – maybe next year, in two years, five or 10.”

Of course, we’re mentioned in despatches but at £90m? We can’t even muster £3m for Reece Oxford. Caveat: that’s according to the press.

This is the time of year where we play the footballing equivalent of “Snog, Marry, Avoid”. So far, I’ve mentioned four transfers and only Oxford falls into the ‘Avoid’ category. There’s a time for us to buy promising young defenders and this isn’t it.

The reality of our situation, if the financial death knells rung are correct, is that we’re unlikely to make any permanent signings this winter. Mostly loan deals with options to buy which makes sense. Six months for Unai Emery to decide how he wants next season’s squad to play, as well as the second half of this season to come. Mr Right Now might not be Mr Right next summer.

It will all play out in front of us for the remainder of this month, with a little bit of football thrown in for good measure.

’til Tomorrow.

16 thoughts on “On Monreal, Incomings and Mr Right Now

  1. Jonnygunner says:


  2. C says:

    Think if we grt Suarez and Carrasco, that will be the end of Mhkitaryan, Welbeck ans then naturally Ramsey.

  3. Jonnygunner says:


    And maybe the end of 3 c/b’s at the back-maybe a reverting to 4-4-2

  4. consolsbob says:

    “The end of Mkhitaryan…..”

    Seems to me that we haven’t seen the beginning.

  5. C says:

    Good to see Bellerin, Ozil, Mavrapanos, Mustafi back in full training. The Bellerin one is MASSIVE and it will be interesting to see how the CB thing shakes out now that they are all back in full training.

  6. C says:


    I wouldn’t mind but I also think we could see more of the rotating 433 that Emery is known for.

  7. buckagh says:


    Yeah when he went to United I thought he was another of the famous I could have signed him Wenger misses, but he struggled there, and has done nothing with Arsenal to warrant keeping him

  8. Ian says:

    Good pic’ from ‘An American werewolf in London’ I think……

  9. ferkov says:

    thought it was a howling at the gates of civilisation reference earlier on, but 3 days on I’m failing to accommodate all this info.
    Malcolm must be a bit shit eh?

  10. Blue Yonder says:

    A few short weeks ago, everything looked bright with top four thoughts and so on. Now, reality seems to be setting in and top four appears out of reach (as does a cup run.)
    If we had a full squad, things might be better. Ditto for everyone playing up to their potential. That’s perhaps my biggest concern.

  11. Blue Yonder says:

    Assuming Ramsey and Wellbeck leave for free, this has to be the end of the long-running “Arsenal Roulette” where the best that can happen is nothing bad happens and the worst is we shoot ourselves in the foot/head.
    Heck of a way to run a business.

  12. C says:

    Ramsey signs for Juve, not sure where he fits in that midfield or attack with Pjanic, Matuidi, Khederia, Dybala, Cuadrado, Costa, Manzudiac and Ronaldo.

    Will be interested to see if it affects him.

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