With just hours remaining of a window that has last months, Arsenal and their recruitment and sales department could be about to repeat the mistakes of a year ago. At the end of 2020 window, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Mesut Ozil and William Saliba all remained with the club.
The trio were not registered to play in competitions and did not play a minute of senior football. They all departed the club in January with Saliba joining Nice on loan, Sokratis moving to Olympiacos, and Ozil signing for Fenerbahce.
However, during the period of September through to January, there was clear unrest in the squad. The presence of these surplus players coincided with an awful start to the campaign. Arsenal were in the bottom 6 prior to beating Chelsea on Boxing Day, a turning point of the Gunners’ season.
This time around players such as Sead Kolasinac, who himself left on loan in the January window of 2021, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Eddie Nketiah and Alex Runarsson still have unresolved futures. Hector Bellerin could yet leave the club today.
Maitland-Niles in particular draws comparisons to the vocality of Ozil having posted to Instagram yesterday a message asking pushing Arsenal to move him on Maitland-Niles featured twice as a substitute last week against both West Brom and Manchester City.
‘All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play,’ finished off with three crying emojis and directly tagging the Arsenal account
Maitland-Niles featured twice as a substitute last week against both West Brom and Manchester City.
Mesut Ozil spent plenty of his time away from matches in his final 6 months on social media himself. This has continued after his departure too, the former German international tweeted ‘Trust the process’ with a broken heart and sad face in the wake of Arsenal’s 5-0 defeat to City.
Nearly one year on from the close of the previous summer window, Arsenal are showing little progress in getting their business done.
The worry will be that this could prove a correlation between a failed transfer window and another poor start to the season. Arsenal have already lost their opening 3 matches and sit bottom of the table; the club’s worst start to a Premier League campaign ever.
Technical director Edu will face the most scrutiny with it his responsibility to move on the players necessary in the window. The Brazilian is still considered an inexperienced figure for his role, similar to a number of executive individuals at the club.
This lack of years in the job is starting to show with successive struggles in his opening two windows. As the primary decision-maker at the club after Raul Sanhelli left his role as Head of Football, he has failed to convince.
Unrest in the dressing room, players wanting moves away and form the worst for a generation, Arsenal had to steady the ship and based on what still needs to be done on Deadline Day, history could end up repeating itself, again.
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Source by Football London