SAKA SIGNS AND PEOPLE DON’T LIKE IT – Le Grove – The Arsenal Opinion Weblog

Nicely good night my darlings, we’ll be speaking principally about Bukayo Saka and a few switch bits at the moment.

He’s signed.

It’s a 4-year deal.

No phrase on the choice for the fifth.

He’s being paid round £350k per week with bonuses included.

We’ll be renegotiating with him in 2 years time – so the hope is we’ll be successful league titles by that point.

That may be a monster deal for somebody who’s 21 years previous, however regardless that masses will attempt, it’s arduous to disclaim he’s completely value each penny.

He delivers on the pitch > He’s a job mannequin and an precise mannequin skilled > he’s extremely strong > actually each membership on this planet needed a chunk of him and would simply have matched the cash we put his method.

Bukayo is generational – generational native boys get the generational money/cash.

TalkSport ran a very unsavory piece the place they spoke in ‘recreation’s gone’ phrases about that type of contract going to a VERY younger participant. Their worry was ‘may find yourself having a profession like 4 time Premier League winner Raheem Sterling.’ Fairly an expensive worry there, wouldn’t you say?

Manchester Metropolis pay Erling Haaland one million euros per week, he joined them at 21 years previous, I don’t bear in mind fears about who he hung round with being outstanding within the media?

Phil Foden signed a £250k per week deal and he’s hardly began this season – the participant has had some points prior to now which are effectively publicized, however once more, I don’t bear in mind there being considerations about how he’d find yourself?

It’s very easy to level at this problem and name it racism, however I don’t suppose that’s it – the issue Bukayo has is he performs for a membership that rankles individuals. It’s an Arsenal factor. We’ve had points with Granit, with VAR, with referees, with Gary Neville, with Richard Keys, Noel Gallagher, with the celebration police. Arsenal has all the time been a cultural phenomenon – however we haven’t actually mattered for 15 years. Now we do and any likelihood to have a pop is all the time taken.

So don’t get riled. Don’t hearken to the idiots claiming he’s not well worth the cash. Simply bear in mind this – if he’d left, the tales can be ‘Arsenal lack ambition.’

We will by no means win within the media as a result of nobody desires us to win.

The one factor that unnerved me about this deal was that William Saliba nonetheless hasn’t put pen to paper. My suspicions are that his brokers are asking for a similar cash. Rightly so, that’s their job. Is there a greater younger central defender in world soccer? No. So I’m afraid we’re going to must pony up once more.

These are Rolls Royce issues to be coping with – we’ve got been immensely profitable at making younger gamers ship massively above their paygrade – and also you don’t get away with that for lengthy. CityAM have our wage invoice at about £110m this season – degree pegging with Spurs – to see Arsenal in second with a wage invoice that’s principally the sixth highest within the league is excellent. It gained’t keep that method after this summer time. All the highest gamers shall be out with the gold-plated begging bowl and so they’ll deserve no matter they get.

Switch rumours are beginning to warmth up.

Mason Mount is leaning in direction of Manchester United this summer time – they plan to supply £55m for him. That’s the quantity listed on Transfermarkt (golf equipment use this website as a reference level for switch charges). So they’re principally paying full value for a participant with 1 yr left on their deal. Fairly unbelievable how a lot cash they piss up the wall.

I like Mount, he’d be an excellent Xhaka substitute, however I’m unsure we’d be prepared to deal at that quantity. His identify was being put across the coaching floor which might often insinuate brokers are gossiping with one another.

My hope is that if he’s off the agenda – somebody like James Maddison might be on it. He has extra output than Mount, however perhaps lacks the positional flex, and the robustness. However he’s nonetheless a prime participant, a real shining gentle in a really drab Leicester season.

John Cross dropped the story confirming my weekend suspicion – Thomas Partey goes to be shifted on this summer time. An unbelievable participant on his day, however unreliable, and he pale badly on the finish of the season. If we are able to get somebody to take his monster wages in Italy, we’ve pulled a masterstroke – however it might solely occur if Caicedo is coming into our midfield. I don’t suppose Lavia goes to chop it if we want a 6 to come back in and do the job from day 1.

As I stated in my final submit – I’m type of resigned to this summer time being concerning the longterm – versus making strikes on Metropolis subsequent season. We’re going to reboot our complete midfield in a single go. That can include inconsistency and dips. We wanted two gamers earlier than promoting. We would have to signal 4 midfielders in a single go. That’s loopy disruption to the engine room of our group.

However – if we get prime, high quality – we’ll be cooking for the season after when Metropolis hopefully lose Pep and must make some massive upgrades.

Proper, that’s me executed, see you within the feedback.