Young, hungry, talented players as a target for AFC…

In his latest interview, our sporting Director Edu has indicated that as a club, we are definitely focusing on young, hungry and talented players. He has emphasized that the plan is to have this group of young players to play together at the club for a couple of years (he said 4 to 6 years). The strategy is definitely one that is aiming for a medium to long-term gains, which is fine…BUT:

  1. We need to do well already now as other clubs are also strengthening and next thing you know, clubs like Brentford, Brighton…also get bought by rich Emiratis…
  2. It is unlikely that all our exciting young players stay with us for sure for more than 3 years…

So although, I like the strategy and the goals. We also need to ensure that we do purchase “EPL-ready to perform at a high standard players” and that we also mitigate our expectations with regards to long-term commitment to our clubs from all the players, especially the young ones that want to get playing time…

Besides that, it is a very exciting plan and if the players develop as Edu-Arteta expect them to, we are in for a fun couple of years…

Ramsdale -24

Tomy – 23

White – 24

Gabs – 24

Tierney – 25

Partey – 29

Fabio – 22

Saka – 20

Ode – 23

Gabi – 21

Eddie 23

That is young and talented and we still have Turner (28), Saliba (21), Holding (26), Lokonga (22), ESR (21) and that’s not including AMN, Tavares, Marquinhos, RN, Balogun,

I would have liked to see Raphinha join us but many are correct, he plays on the right and we already have Saka…so maybe this one is a fake one…In terms of Nr.9, we are still linked with G. Jesus (25), T. Abraham (24), Scamaca (23) and Richarlison (25) so still very young…

Out of the bunch, I am more and more inclined to make a push for Abraham or Richarlison because of their presence in the box…they also try to support defensively and both contribute with some assists…

Ramsdale – Tomy, White, Gabs, LISANDRO – Partey, FABIO – Saka, Ode, Martinelli – RICHARLISON

Turner – Cash?, Saliba, Holding, Tierney – El Neny, Xhaka – Pepe?, ESR, Barnes? – Eddie


16 Responses to Young, hungry, talented players as a target for AFC…

  1. I love Arsenal. Please do the needful by bringing players who will play with speed and hunger for success

  2. LBG says:

    Mika and Tyreece gone out on loan for 22-23.

  3. Chris says:

    “That is young and talented and we still have Turner (28), Saliba (21), Holding (26), Lokonga (22), ESR (21) and that’s not including AMN, Tavares, Marquinhos, RN, Balogun, ”

    So reading you, it means you expect Xhaka to leave or you think he ain’t good enough ? Or too old ? Or did you just forget to add his name ?

  4. LBG says:

    Norton-Cuffey does it again for England. Watch out Soares there is a new attacking right back on the block to test your second place berth next season.

  5. LBG says:

    We are all praying he is slinging his hook.

  6. VP says:

    Saka, Fabio, Ode, ESR, Martinelli
    Jesus, Abraham

  7. pbarany says:

    RC78, you are definitely a hoarder. 🙂

    A couple of questions (not challenges):
    – Even in case of a new LB signing, why did you demote Tierney to team B?
    – Putting aside that all these additions would make academy players (like Azeez, Patino, Salah, Hutchinson, Flores, etc.) impossible to even get a sniff to competitive football, did you assign Lokonga #5 in the current CM pecking order, which further sends him down the line if Tielemans, Neves or Ruiz joins?

  8. fred1266 says:

    Seems Jesus will be with us next season not sure how I feel about that

  9. LBG says:

    A second Jeus coming! Our Brazilian contingent is ever expanding. Hope the English boys will push them hard and make this the start of another 1996 rebirth of our Club.

  10. allezkev says:

    Rejoice Fred…

  11. LBG says:

    Alleluia, Fred. A new King is born today ( or this week sometime)!

  12. fred1266 says:

    Imagine city main striker left and instead of taking the position he was shifted to RW boy really hope it works out but I have my doubts
    But we shall see

  13. LBG says:

    What a left foot Martinez has! Long range shooting, 40 yard passes. No wonder Ajax want to keep hold of him. Seems pretty tough in the tackle too. Get him,Edu.

  14. RC78 says:

    Hickey to Brentford and Grimaldo to AFC…Grimaldo has an amazing left foot, is decent going forward but not the best defender. I like him as a back-up though – he s more reliable than Nuno…so maybe let s loan out Nuno 2 years and in the meantime use Grimaldo…

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