26 Jan 2022 | 10:28
The fact that Dusan Vlahovic and his agent wanted to negotiate with Juventus made Arsenal unable to keep up. In the remaining 5 days of the winter transfer window, they have to find another striker to share the responsibility of scoring with Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka.
It sounds funny, but really, those two midfielders are the main drills of the Gunners, and Aubameyang and Lacazette combined have only scored 7 goals in the Premier League this season.
In Europe today, there are not many good number 9s like Vlahovic and of course, no team wants to lose a key player in the context that the market is only a few days away from closing.
Having only 1 month to review goals and transfers makes Arsene Wenger less interested in the winter market. He told beIN Sports in 2017: “Players who don’t play or aren’t exploited in October will think about where I have to go in January. That’s not the way to join a football club.”
The French professor more specifically describes the inadequacies of buying and selling in January: “You can’t let a player play a football game at 4 p.m. with the phone ringing: ‘I go or stay, Price is how much, do I have to go?’, That’s impossible.”
In addition, Wenger also said that the urgency of the winter transfer market always makes the deals inflated and not easy to succeed because it is difficult for the parties to find a replacement.
Apparently, Mikel Arteta and his team ignored Wenger’s warnings. In the context of Vlahovic’s contract with 18 months left, they should have been more aggressive in the summer. Of the 6 rookies returning to the Emirates Stadium, only Ramsdale, Tomiyasu and Odegaard are having a solid foothold in the starting lineup. If they made up the rest of the money on the Vlahovic deal, they wouldn’t have been as disappointed as they are today.
The Athletic revealed that Arsenal are considering the possibility of signing two strikers Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Alexander Isak if Vlahovic is missing. However, with that said, neither Everton nor Real Sociedad are under pressure to sell the two strikers in January. To own one of these two, Arsenal was forced to use a huge amount of money to break the contract (with Calvert-Lewin more than £ 60 million, and Isak more than £ 75 million). And even if there is a successful negotiation, the problem of adapting to the new team is also a big question mark.
In short, spending money in the winter is never a wise choice, except in the case of force majeure. It was too late when Arsenal hesitated until the winter to do everything for the Vlahovic deal. That has never been the Gunners transfer style before, under Wenger.