Getting it right while rebuilding a club is a very tricky process because a little mistake could be the defining point of a rebuilding job that has been in motion for many years. It is a mammoth task for any new incoming manager to right the wrongs of the previous regime and that is the conundrum that Mikel Arteta has been facing ever since he was named as the manager of Arsenal.
Before the appointment of Mikel Arteta, the Gunners recruitment team have made a lot of mistakes in the transfer market. Thus, the new incoming manager (Mikel Arteta) is left to clear up a mess of more than five years old. Arsenal is a club that is known to keep their financial books healthy, they were able to recruit players at low cost and sell them for higher fees, thus getting performances from them and making a good profit as well. Players like Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas come to mind but for the past 5 years, Arsenal's recruitment team have been losing money in the transfer window.
It is very surprising to realise that Arsenal lost the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, and Mesut Ozil for free. This is an era where Liverpool got 23 million pounds for young teenage striker Rhian Brewster and 20 million pounds for Dominic Solanke. Chelsea also got 140 million pounds from Real Madrid, while Arsenal didn't get a penny for their players.
This has affected Arsenal in so many ways. Before the previous season had even concluded, everyone connected to Arsenal knew that the club needed to bring in new players. But it is very surprising that with the new Premier League season just a few weeks away, Arsenal have only announced the signing of one player, Nuno Tavares as backup to Kieran Tierney. Meanwhile three senior squad players have left Arsenal this window, William Saliba, Matteo Guendouzi and Konstantinos Mavropanos. The three players left on loan, which isn't a good source for the type of revenue the Gunners need.
Arsenal's biggest fee received for a player was in the year 2000 when Arsenal sold Marc Overmars to Barcelona for 36 million pounds. That happened 21 years ago. Whereas, other clubs have received more than 100 million pounds for a single player just like Barcelona received 222 million Euros for the transfer of Neymar to PSG.
Considering that Arsenal need to sell players before buying new ones, we have to look at the calibre of players they are looking to sell. Sead Kolasinac, Willian Borges, Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Eddie Nketiah e.t.c. These are not top-tier footballers, their value is very low and and they are on big wages that lower-tier clubs cannot afford.
Until Arsenal put together a squad that has enough value that other clubs can pay good money for, they will still continue to suffer for the mistakes of their previous recruitment team.
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