The squad that Arsenal need to win Europa League and Top 4 next season
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Arsenal 2022/23 Europa League Challenge by Sean OHara

This seasons end did fall apart but we have to look forward to next season. Ill start with good news in MARTINELLIs no11 number swap which is brilliant & he fully deserves it. The no2 is available, Saliba? We have to concentrate on this summer as soon as Monday morning arrives.

We need to prepare for next season with a few additions to this squad, who now have a years experience together in the league as a young team, the youngest in England, 4th in Europe.

Since it is Europa for next season then we should be smart in who we buy and let go of the ones that need to leave for us to move forward. I still think Leno, Xhaka, Elneny, Eddie, Soares, Pepe & Laca should all be allowed to leave.

Leno has a replacement in Turner already, Replace Laca with a top striker, Balogun can take Eddies spot with plenty of chances in Europe. Id love Nunez but no UCL its never happening. This is going to be the hardest choice to make!

Lokonga needs to step up and slot in like Elneny does & he can do it, but Xhaka needs replaced with a Bissouma/Kamara type or both men would be ideal & the latter is free.

White in my opinion isnt good enough for CB, RB could be an option to battle with the injury riddled Tomi who is super but unlucky.

“ Saliba has to return to this first team squad now and given that no2 & a spot alongside Gabriel as he needs someone to compliment him, and they could do that for each other.

With the Sales above we can afford a Top Striker to not damage our budget.

Roughly £80m+ in Sales, a lot of wages saved to pay the incoming player.

Kamara is free, Bissouma will cost £30m at least. Saliba, Turner, Trusty, and Marquinhos is coming too, but he may be loaned out, but we will see.

How could we not then go and buy a winger like Gakpo & a creative midfielder like Aouar? Thats not a lot of money spent and a possible squad.

Example.

Gk “ Ramsdale Turner Okonkwo

RB “ Tomi White

CB “ Saliba Gabriel Holding Trusty

LB “ Tierney Tavares

DM “ Partey Kamara

CM “ Aouar Lokonga

AM “ Øde Smith Rowe

RW “ Saka Gakpo

LW “ Martinelli

CF “ No9 Balogun

This is only a little scenario which 99.9% of these signings are not going to happen but we do need to get rid of the players mentioned above with suitable replacements. With a squad like this how could we not challenge for Top4 and possibly a great run in the Europa League, as winning it with this squad had to be the no1 priority.

Who would you fit into this squad instead? OR Do we talk about the complete collapse of our Top4 challenge & question if Mikel is the right man to take this squad Into the Europa League & Premier league campaign after his badly timed announcement of his contract?

Some light-hearted discussions until Sundays visit from Everton. I know the UCL is technically not over yet points-wise, but Norwich is not beating Spurs, and we may struggle against Everton who have nothing to lose but to enjoy their last game.

 

Sean OHara

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Published mine yesterday. There is currently 32 players in our first team squad if you include the 2 new signings from the States.

Arteta said the other day that he wants to work with a squad of 3 keepers and 22 outfield players. The first group is closed, it’s just about who he sells or loans out. IMO he will sell Leno and Runarrsson then rotate Smith and Hillson as his no.3 keeper whilst loaning out Hein and Okonkwo. Though I would not be surprised if he kept Runarrsson as no.3 keeper and loaned the other 2 out as well.

Leaving him Ramsdale Turner Runarrsson

In defence he will want 8 defenders I think those will be Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Bellerin, Saliba, Holding, Hickey.

His midfield 6, Partey Tielemans Sambi, Elneny or Maitland-Niles Odegaard, Xhaka or Kamara

His 6 forwards Saka, Nelson, SmithRowe, Martinelli, Jesus, Calvert-Lewin

That squad still has 4 under 21s so a few more could be added if he wants? I think Tavares and Balogun will be sent on loan if we sign 2 strikers and recall Nelson, if not Tavares could well become a winger, Balogun could be the back up striker.

Got the winner against palace didnt he? Hahaha but I still think hes all that good

Prior to that about 5 years ago 🤣 very underwhelming, imo…

Oooops meant to say I dont think hes all that good

Ffs haha I mean hes not all that good

You got there 😆ðŸ

Nope as I said IMO think Arteta might sell Xhaka and keep Sambi.

If it were me I would sell Xhaka, Elneny, Maitland-Niles and loan out Sambi. I would bring in 3 new midfielders, but have we got that money?

Fact is we need to win EL next season that is our easiest way of reaching Champions League again. Unless of course we beat Everton and Spurs lose to Norwich that is far easier, but most fans think that is harder than winning the Europa League or finishing 4th next season.

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Thursday vs palace

So you’d sell Xhaka and keep Logonga? What a coach you’d make.

Id sell xhaka and bring in one of those Japanese robots that can kick a ball

Completely agree we need to sign players who will hit the ground running. I would start with Bissouma and Maddison in the midfield and then Jesus and either Abraham or Oisheim to the attack. If we can still afford hickey that would be great.

Bench of Turner, Hickey, White, Xhaka , Bissouma, Nelson, Martinelli, Nkietah, Esr and Balagon

Fair assessent mate. Being too optimistic maybe I am

I expect us going into Europa to win it and win either QARABAO or FA cup to go with, while Finnishing 4th…

My envisioned squad.

GK: RAMS, TURNER, OKONKWO

DEF: TIERNEY SALIBA BEN TOMI

MF:SAKA PARTEY XHAKA TIELEMANS ODEG

FW: VICTOR OSIMHEN

Reserve;

Defense: Holding, Gebby, Umtiti (loan deal only), Tavares and our bologna hopeful

MF: elneny, Lokonga, Marcelo, partino, ESR, Arthur and Dybala

FW: Jesus and balogun

The problem with these sort of discussions is that just because you want to sell a player doesn’t mean anyone has to buy him. Nor is it possible to terminate a player’s contract, you have to pay him even if you don’t play him. None of this stops fans of many clubs assuming massive cash inflows from selling the players who aren’t good enough for their squad.

Just so you know, you have picked only 20 outfield players. This is a squad I could see making top 4 next year while having a chance at winning cups too. All of these signings are current targets. Obviously we won’t be likely to get them but I’m allowed to dream this time of year ;).

This would be just 4 signings with a 5th if we were to get in Bissouma. I understand people want Cedric out but he will battle Tavares for 4th and 5th choice fullback. So won’t get a lot of game time. Norton-Cuffy needs a year in the Championship and can then replace him after that.

Until we replace Xhaka in midfield with a B2B or true DM the midfield will still be weak.

Partey as DM with Maddison as B2B, or Bissouma / Kamara type DM with Partey as B2B would vastly improve us.

For striker we need a plan A with pace, creativity, and finish chances, and a tall, strong, holdup plan B who can finish crosses.

Improved midfield and class in striker position can take pressure off the back line, and hopefully limit the negative tactics we see because of a slow, peevish midfield and toothless players in the striker position.

My concern is we waste 50 or 60 million on Isak, who has shown he isn’t ready or the player we need.

Honestly, missing CL scrubbed many top striker options, and forced us to alter targets and scouting for the Summer.

6 players and some academy youngsters!

A super mid, a cf or kiss it goodbye!

You can sign all the players you want but if the tactics and management leadership or even having a “plan b” isn’t there then the same problems will be apparent next season…

Everything points to him leaving us permanently in the summer. Hope I’m wrong though.

🍠I hope you are too!

I know which team I would pick at the moment!

Yep, me too!!

MY DREAM REALISTIC SUMMER SIGNINGS.

Osimehn, Jesus, gnabry……….martinelli, Saka, Gakpo, odegard, smith, tielemans ,party,Bissoma, Aouar, Rice, white, Gabriel, saliba, umtiti, Tierney, holding,tomi….Ramsdale,turner, okonkwo. Plus tow lore additions for both right and left backs. With these players we will always make a statement in the domestic league and Europe.

Saliba is still contracted to us for 2 years. He will have to honour his contract if Arteta needs him.

MY DREAM FIRST 11 –

Jesus.

Gakpo. Aouar. Saka.

Bissouma. Partey.

Hickey. Gabriel. Saliba. Tomiyasu.

Ramsdale.

MY DREAM SECOND 11 –

Balogun.

Martinelli. Odegaard. Marquinhos.

Lokonga. Elneny.

Tierney. Holding. White. Cedric.

Turner.

This second 11 would receive a lot of trashing because of the difference in quality, especially in midfield and defence.

“If” being the operative word, SJ!

You can force him to stay next season but at the risk of him going into the last year of his contract which would be a continuation of past financial irresponsibility. For me it’s clear cut, either Arteta convinces him to stay and sign an extension or we sell him whilst his value is at highest and we can demand a big transfer fee for him

According to L’équipe and other sources ,Leicester have made contact with Lyon over Aouar, they see him as the perfect replacement for Tielemans.

Incomings: Turner Trusty Tapsoba(dependent on Saliba situation) Cucurella Phillips Grillitsch(free) Aouar Gakpo Toney Giouri

Sell/Contract Expired: Leno Runnerson Bellerin Cedric Holding Mari Dinos Maitland Niles Torreira Matteo Xhaka Elneny Nketiah Lacazette.

How about we all take a good look at what this club is set to become “ a Southampton-like footballer farm.

Players they bought are at the club to grow in value and move on as soon as their price meets the expectations of KSE.

I expect to see any performing/overperforming youngster in another club by 2024/2025.

I never bought that KSE actually has ambitions to compete for the top 4 or, God forbid, the title.

Last summer transfer window they did spend but they spent knowing they’ll get a bigger value from those investments in a few seasons. 0% footballing reasons in each of those transfers.

We need a miracle in the form of Salah and Mane if we are ever to see Arsenal achieve more than the top 6.

I honestly don’t expect Arsenal to ever make it into the top 4 and I’ve stopped hoping for the title a long time ago.

 
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