For a young lad expected to be nothing more than a squad player, Mateo Guendouzi is proving an astute buy. His signing is a tick in the box for
Guendouzi is the youngster we’ve been waiting for and the one we had better get used to. He won’t be at the club long if he continues his stellar progress because our business model demands that we sell him.
Paris St-Germain’s reported interested in him comes with a mooted fee of £50m. For a £9m signing, that’s a healthy profit. His sale at that level would double the summer’s budget or if Ornstein is to be believed, take it to a squad reorganising £150m.
FFP is a sinking ship. Galatasaray won their appeal to the CAS against UEFA and the retrospective action taken is a 21-man ‘A’ list, €15m withholding of prize money (€9m suspended) and restricted transfer budget. We’re experts in the latter and operate frequently with the former. We’d take four times that from the Champions League; a risk, in my view, worth taking.
I know about The Arsenal Way but staging a one-team sit-in on the moral high ground is getting us nowhere. Don’t forget, the top four places face their most competitive battles yet. Six teams fighting for the places. The weak will fall away and right now, that’s us.
Have a summer FFP-busting spend and do what the rest of them are doing. Take the punishment in two years’ time when we’re in the Champions League. It’s a gamble but one worth considering?
Let’s not forget that we’re losing a hatful of players for nothing and will find that some others we overspent are worth nothing like the fees we paid. And when the transfer window closes, we’ll still have Shkodran Mustafi in the squad.
Where will our morals get us? Sixth, unless there is an influx of cash. Mesut Özil holds some influence in this. Whether he wants to go is irrelevant to this point; presume he does.
There’s a limited market for him and the reality is that his best chance of leaving comes with Jose Mourinho getting a new job. The Portugeezer admires the German, referring to him in glowing terms recently; can he be tempted to dip his toe into the market for a bargain?
Ultimately, all our problems won’t be solved by Mesut Özil leaving nor as I said before, he isn’t all of our problems. He must contribute himself; hard work, knuckle down, perform consistently and make himself indispensible.
I’m guessing that he’ll play on Thursday and probably both home games immediately after. However, beyond that I wouldn’t be so sure.
Looking at his and Alexis’ fortunes, it’s an incredible turnaround. Resolution of their futures, i.e. transfer / new contract, caused more turmoil than being in dispute. The pair of them would like nothing more than turning back the clock, I’m sure. Would we have been better served by selling Özil and keeping Alexis on a big deal?
Elsewhere, the club is set to be made to wait for Sven Mislintat’s replacement. Marc Overmars is staying with Ajax until the end of the season with Monchi’s candidacy stalling as well. That’s what the papers say, anyway. Whether it’s true is another matter. It will all come out in the wash.