We all know that something is dramatically wrong on the field and with all the reported shenanigans going on off the the field, it is difficult to see how Arsenal will turn this disappointing start to the season around.
One of the most shocking bits of news, if you can believe it (and I can) came from David Ornstein. I’ll let one of our correspondents, Ojo, take it from here:
Arsenal’s beloved ITK David Ornstein have provided the fans with a breakdown of their disorganised transfer window, in which the BBC journalist confirmed two current Arsenal first team stars asked to leave the Emirates.
Ornstein has a reputation with the Gunners fans that has seen him earn a rather colourful set of nicknames from Gooners across the world.
He shed some light on what is seen by many as a poor summer transfer window, despite the club confirming the record signing of France international Alexandre Lacazette and Bundesliga Team-of-the-Season full-back Sead Kolašinac.
Here, the BBC man points to the wages new boys Lacazette and Kolašinac are earning as part of the reason a third summer singing wasn’t made, with the north London outfit needing to comply with the Premier League’s salary control regulations.
It was revealed that Héctor Bellerín and Shkodran Mustafi asked to face the exit door at the club this summer, with Mustafi almost agreeing to a deal with Inter Milan late in the transfer window.
Ornstein also mentioned out that although it may appear Arsenal Wenger’s side made a net profit during the transfer window, a large portion of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s £35m transfer could be owed to his former side Southampton as part of a sell-on agreement.
It was revealed late in the transfer window that the Gunners had no more money to make any major signings, however, it appears they were sitting on roughly £30m before the transfer window shut.
When £60m appeared to be on its way through the sale of Alexis Sánchez to Manchester City, Arsenal saw a £92m offer accepted by Monaco for Thomas Lemar, although they were unable to convince the player of a late summer switch.
Ornstein ended by discussing the ambitions of controversial owner Stan Kroenke. Despite being “hungrier than ever to win trophies”, Kroenke will not invest his own money into the club, instead relying on Arsenal’s self-sustaining business model to help them claim domestic glory moving forward.
Written by Ojo Olayiwola A and edited by Bertrand Francois
The Loose Cannon Editor: Thank you for your article Ojo and Francis. For what it’s worth, my take on the Ox is he must have listened to his dad and maybe his heart. Quite honestly, has the Ox developed much as a player at Arsenal? I’d have to say: ‘no, not really’. You have to put it down to coaching.
Something is so rotten at the club that a number of the best players want to leave: Sanchez, Mustafi and Bellerin. If it’s a question of money, just give them what they want, as long as it doesn’t break the bank. If it’s a question of coaching, bring another one in. Bring in someone who’s that good that he could potentially takeover from Wenger one day. Somehow, I can’t see Wenger agreeing to that. Some people don’t want to bring in coaching talent becasue they feel threatened by it. I wonder if that’s what’s going on at Arsenal. In fact, I’ve never known the Gunners to be in such a parlous state before, or maybe I’m just not thinking back far enough. There was a brief flirtation with relegation once at the start of the season in the 70s, if memory serves. However, given the fans’ feelings, if Wenger does not start winning games again soon, starting against Bournemouth, the ship will be rocking so much it will be impossible to steady.