After an aggressive start to the window, Arsenal is not wasting any time. But how does their business do over the summer?
Arsenal fans may have concluded after the season that the team needs key players who can strengthen the current group. Since January, there has been much discussion about specific celebrities, with Declan Rice being a common name on everyone’s wishlist of prime targets.
They had no idea that Arsenal would adopt a combative stance during the window and set the ball rolling. With four players closely linked to moves, the Gunners are not up against any strong opposition for their rumored targets at this time.
— now.arsenal (@now_arsenaI) June 21, 2023
So far, the Edu Gaspar era has stirred up a range of feelings. The players the Brazilian has acquired have pleased his supporters. However, they have doubts regarding his ability to attract well-known players. During his tenure as technical director, Arsenal has not acquired a player for more than £50 million, and he has been unsuccessful in pursuing a number of top targets.
The failure to capture Mykhailo Mudryk was the turning point in Arsenal supporters’ understanding of Edu’s potential weaknesses. The choice to avoid engaging in a bidding battle may have been the best one all along, but seeing the Ukrainian international play for a terrible Chelsea team may have opened the door for retaliation.
In a similar vein, Arsenal resisted entering bidding wars for top targets Lisandro Martinez and Raphinha last summer. Manchester United and Barcelona were the winners when the two stars were sold for enormous sums. While some supporters believe that Arsenal was right to back out of those accords, others still doubt Edu’s authority and capacity to seal significant deals.
However, compared to previous attempts, Arsenal’s current strategy has been different, and they appear to be on the correct track. The Gunners have had two offers for Declan Rice rejected in the last week, and they are now advancing in negotiations for Romeo Lavia while also putting pressure on Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber.
Understand Arsenal are advancing in talks to sign Roméo Lavia. Negotiations ongoing with Southampton and player’s camp, still no official bid ⚪️🔴 #AFC
Southampton hope for their record fee for U21 player.
Man Utd interested but priority is Mount; Chelsea, keeping close eye. pic.twitter.com/Emu5XpmUkH
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 20, 2023
The fact that those agreements have advanced is not an accident; it is the outcome of clever strategy and execution. Since Edu and Mikel Arteta’s proactive attitude is starting to pay off, there is unwavering optimism that Arsenal can finalize deals for players they actually want, unlike previous windows and targets.
Here, we look at some prospective deals that are in the works as well as the nefarious plans Mikel Arteta has to make this squad even more competitive than it was the previous year. Arsenal is prepared to go the distance to challenge at the very top with the addition of a game-changing defense, an intriguing but unproven forward, and a midfield overhaul.
Romeo Lavia and Declan Rice will help Arteta restructure his midfield
For many months, Declan Rice has been the top target, and Arsenal has done their homework to gain a good start. Surprisingly, West Ham United has made every effort to ignite a bidding war, with claimed media leaks concerning Manchester City’s interest and Chelsea’s stubbed out admiration.
Structure of payment will be crucial to get Declan Rice deal done. Arsenal have been informed of that — West Ham also want easy add-ons and won’t accept a structure with difficult ones, as today’s £15m. 🏴 #AFC
Second bid has been rejected but won’t be the last one. pic.twitter.com/ZpzyyYB0Mc
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 20, 2023
None have prevented Arsenal from making a concerted effort to buy the midfielder, including by offering to pay an outrageous asking price. Rice has a reasonable market worth, just like every other player, and the Gunners are aware of this. They didn’t expedite the deal out of concern that someone else would outbid them for the England international.
Of course, there is a lot of pressure from the audience and the media, who alternately express joy and outrage. Although there have been differing reactions to the news of the two rejected offers thus far, in our opinion Arsenal’s negotiating tactics are perfect.
They will find their man, there is no doubt about it. But Rice won’t do anything until Arteta has finished a laborious chore. Thomas Partey has joined the issues in the departure lounge now that Granit Xhaka’s probable exit is all but certain.
Two of Arsenal’s starting and seasoned midfielders leaving in the same transfer window is something they just cannot afford. They might still be carrying Jorginho’s lessons with them. However, losing the Ghanaian international might create a significant vacuum.
Even though Rice wears the leadership hat at West Ham United, he is unable to withstand the burden of those two veteran players. Arsenal is therefore already preparing to add another body to the middle. Romeo Lavia, a 19-year-old who has proven to be more than adequate in the long run, appears to be Partey’s replacement.
Will there be a void in the team’s quality if Arsenal signs those two while letting their seasoned players leave? It’s possible, but there seems to be a clear plan in place, and who knows, if they can raise a sizable sum of money from Partey’s likely sale to the Saudis, they might even rekindle their interest in Moises Caicedo.
Are Jurrien Timber and Kai Havertz the adaptable monsters Arteta was looking for?
In particular positions, Mikel Arteta has come to favor versatile players more and more. He does not think that superstars who can play every position will exist. However, there are some instances where it is unavoidable for the Spaniard. Oleksandr Zinchenko’s acquisition made it crystal evident why he had previously desired Lisandro Martinez.
🚨 Arsenal have reached an agreement in principle with Chelsea to sign forward Kai Havertz. Deal for 24yo Germany international is worth around £65m. Personal terms are already in place, attacker’s medical will follow in due course @TheAthleticFC #AFC #CFC https://t.co/B24O9cCnhF
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) June 21, 2023
He has also coveted a forward who can play multiple positions. With Havertz almost signed, the versatile monster Arteta envisioned appears in the final third, and the decision will pay off. Instead of the Gunners overpaying for a subpar player, a prospective fee of £65 million, including add-ons, should be considered as a good deal.
On another day, we will go into greater detail on what Havertz brings to the table. From Arteta’s perspective, the German is likely what Emile Smith Rowe should have been, to summarize the signing. The Englishman can yet reach his full potential, but Havertz may have more influence on this team.
Arsenal is currently on the verge of landing Timber at the back. Although the linkages sprang out of nowhere, they were unanimously applauded by the majority of Arsenal supporters. Directly referring to the defender as a right-sided Zinchenko would be disrespectful to his abilities.
He serves as that backup for right-back, central defense, and perhaps midfield, should Arteta ever need to use him there. In any case, the management desired a different option for Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu, and with Timber’s impending arrival, he appears to have succeeded.
The characteristics of the Dutchman alter the dynamics in the back. Additionally, every player will see plenty of action because Arsenal is expected to contend on all fronts. Timber and Havertz are the adaptable monsters Arteta was looking for, and they will help this team become even stronger.
What window would be optimal for Arsenal?
Arsenal had already made plans for where they needed to strengthen as they brightly finished the season in second place. The number of players needed in the midfield will be determined by the demands of the market.
Arsenal have upped the ante in their pursuit of Mikel Arteta’s Fantastic Four – Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber and Romeo Lavia – as the Gunners seek to execute an explosive start to the summer transfer window in a clear statement of intent to Premier League champions… pic.twitter.com/yDIdQMoxOC
— Gunners (@Gunnersc0m) June 21, 2023
Rice will provide Arsenal the much-needed midfield base, but certain probable departures may make things more difficult. Budget constraints may prevent Arteta from signing Moises Caicedo again, thus he may be forced to settle for Lavia, who is less expensive.
Likewise, he would prefer to have two new full backs and perhaps a center back. However, circumstances could alter to concentrate on their top signings. As a result, Arteta might play shrewdly, making the connections with Timber more logical. With the Dutchman, he can occasionally use Tomiyasu or Kiwior at left back, especially if Kieran Tierney leaves.
Arsenal was still looking for a wide attacker to play in the final third, but Havertz’s impending arrival may change that. Gabriel Jesus might be used by Arteta as a wide player in a fusion front four. The attacking options might expand with the addition of a new winger like Moussa Diaby, but they are already at their peak in our opinion.
In conclusion, by signing Rice, Lavia, Timber, and Havertz, the four players that are currently connected to Arsenal, they should succeed. It advances them to the next level, but if some other stars start to leave as the window closes, they might start looking for more players. We may be looking at a 9/10 window if they are successful in bringing the four aforementioned talents, though undoubtedly at a cost.