Sacrificial Truth – Torriera, Holding and Nelson out = Partey in.


Tough calls to make this window

Having just been asked to write my newspaper column on which of the current Arsenal squad we should ‘Keep, Loan or Sell’ it is very clear to me that Arteta and his staff have a huge task ahead of them in the Transfer Window, made that much harder because they know they need to sell in order to buy.

Decisions that we as supporters make in our own minds quite easily are entirely the opposite for Arteta, Edu and co. Getting rid of the deadwood, which for us is a simple as throwing it, (or them) on the bonfire, is a laborious process, fraught with barriers and angst along the way. Of course, it is made even harder when the buying clubs have less money, due to the pandemic, and the ‘so called’ deadwood, are International footballers on absurdly high wages, agreed in more affluent (or more stupid) times.

The belated summer window is upon us, the media are full of transfer stories, imaginary or otherwise and the betting websites are happily offering transfer specials. It is a fun time for us fans to dream, speculate and discuss what we would love to see but I feel perhaps we need to take a breath and consider what is practical and likely, over what we want. That way, as with Pepe last summer, a pleasant surprise can be just that, and much more enjoyable as a result.

In addition, I think we need to remember that whilst to us the players, out of favour, are purely marketable commodities in one sense, they are also humans with emotions and families as well. It is simple to demand that Arsenal offload players not in the coaches plans such as Ozil, Sokratis, and quite probably Mustafi and Kolasinac but only possible if the players themselves are happy to be sold, move their families and indeed if there are buying clubs with the cash to buy and afford their inflated wages.


Holding and Torreira = £35m

Sadly I think it more likely that Arsenal might have to sell some players who have been in the first team squad, but not perhaps regular starters, such as Lucas Torreira and Rob Holding, purely because they will attract reasonable offers and their wages are not off putting to interested parties. The combined fees for these two popular, yet not integral squad members might be as much as £35 million, which Arteta could put to very good use, knowing he still has Chambers and Maitland-Niles covering those roles.


Sacrifice Reiss?

Moreover, unpalatable as it might be to fans, who are always desperate to see home grown youngsters break through, if the senior unwanted here are also unwanted elsewhere, some ‘young’ sacrificial lambs might need to be found. Much as we all want Reiss Nelson, to succeed, the truth it seems that he is behind, Pepe, Saka, Martinelli and potentially Willian in Arteta’s mind.

It is our Spanish coach, who has earned our trust, who watches the youngsters each day on the training ground and knows all their attributes and frailties.  Nelson is a young talented footballer with huge potential, with the added advantage of being ‘homegrown’. As a result, he might command a sale price of £15 million, although Transfermarkt, have him at £11.25m.


3 out for One he wants in?

The simple reality is the we have players we want to leave who may not wish to or we cannot find buyers for on one side,  and three players we all like in Torreira, Holding and Nelson who may not wish to leave but are marketable. We equally know that they are not first 11 players for next season, but their combined sales fees would buy Thomas Partey, who certainly would be

Over to you Arteta and co, I don’t envy you.

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5 Responses to Sacrificial Truth – Torriera, Holding and Nelson out = Partey in.

  1. Graham Perry August 5, 2020 at 4:57 pm #

    Very good summary Dave
    Embraced the financial, the personal and the squad needs
    I agree with you these things are not easy – I was always surprised – and impressed – with the way most former Wenger players spoke about him.
    Last point – if there is to be a push on Kroenke to support Arteta now would be the time – he may yet produce. Happy for you to use a a comment point

    • Dave Seager August 5, 2020 at 9:48 pm #

      Cheers G

  2. Omar August 5, 2020 at 6:30 pm #

    Excellent read, Dave, spot on and unfortunately sadly true

  3. Paul Mac henry August 7, 2020 at 2:08 pm #

    Nice thought but we need to keep torreira and holding. Their future is still bright. If the club owner could pump in some cash to acquire party.

    • Dave Seager August 7, 2020 at 2:12 pm #

      Why would he. Not the model

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