Arsenal are still in a rebuilding phase and it could last a few seasons, so the most important thing for Mikel Arteta is to find the right team balance.
At the end of the day, what you want is to recruit players who are young, cheap, and who can be developed before moving on at a high cost, but you still need to have experience and quality to stay competitive.
This has been a problem for Arsenal recently as they continue to fall into the trap of giving big contracts to players like Mesut Ozil or Willian – players who don’t improve the squad, have no resale value. and who do not contribute enough.
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Sergio Aguero will be in demand this summer as he leaves Man City for a free transfer, and a report from Goal has linked him to a possible move to the Emirates.
Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn also recently spoke to Freesupertips about this potential move, and you can see he’s not a fan:
“Look, I don’t have any age issues with the players and he’s proven himself, but in the last season and a half he’s had a lot of injuries. That would be my big concern and it would also depend on how you want to play.
“You cannot doubt its quality from what we have seen. In the Premier League, it would be a free transfer, but then salaries. Are you going to get this money back? Are you stopping the progress of other players? “
It’s also worth remembering that it now looks like Folarin Balogun will stay at the club after agreeing to a new contract, so they really need to give playing time to someone like him instead.
Aguero turns 33 this summer and Aubameyang is 32, so if we assume that the Argentine has joined then they would be paying a lot of money to two aging strikers who have injury issues and their pace will start to go downhill. abandon them soon.
Two years from now they would probably be leaving for nothing, so two high-quality players need to be replaced, while Balogun will likely move on because his playing time is limited.
Arsenal need to make sure Balogun can play and I hope he will be there to take over from Lacazette and Aubameyang in a few years, so it’s hard to disagree with Winterburn on this one.
Aguero is a legitimate superstar, but it’s not like he’s the only missing piece that keeps Arsenal from being a contender again, so they have to play the long game to rebuild themselves.