Arsenal fans aren’t really enjoying the off-season at the moment. Their club hasn’t been making any sort of moves. I know we’ve just got to June and the transfer season has just started, but there are still many clubs that you hear about in the papers. They’re rumored to constantly being in talks with other clubs regarding players or managers.
Arsenal really aren’t doing that, and if they are, they’re not doing it well.
Aston Villa recently signed Emi Buendia from Norwich City. He’s a sought after attacking midfielder who has impressed a lot of Premier League clubs during his season with Norwich in the Championship. He scored 15 goals and assisted 15 more in the season, and has been one of Norwich’s most important players.
Have Arsenal made a mistake by not signing Buendia?
According to multiple reports, Arsenal were supposedly in the race with Aston Villa and other clubs for Buendia’s signature. But, renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted out that they were out of the race long ago, since their first bid got rejected, and it seems that was really it.
He would’ve been an excellent addition to Arsenal. They’re clearly in need of goal-creation and playmaking, and even though they have players for it, they’re either not performing that well, or their output isn’t as much as they would want.
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Last season, Zinedine Zidane was the manager and he supposedly didn’t think that the Norwegian would get game time with players like Modric and Kroos playing as well as they were.
But that might change with Ancelotti’s return to the Real Madrid hot seat. We’ve seen before how well Ancelotti uses his number 10s. If he goes for a 4-2-3-1, Odegaard might be really useful. If he goes for a 4-3-3, he might use Odegaard the same way he used Di Maria in 2014.
There’s a lot of things that Ancelotti can do with a player like Odegaard, so I think he will go back to Madrid and stay there.
If he does, who else is left? Emile Smith Rowe is a very good player with a lot of potential, but can you rely on him for a whole season being the primary playmaker for the team? I’m not sure. I’m not doubting his quality, but him being the only playmaker sounds like a lot of responsibility and a lot of minutes.
Will he be able to keep the consistency and stay fit throughout the season?
He can create for his teammates, but can he score a good number of goals?
If the answer is no, then Arsenal have potentially made another mistake by not going for Buendia. I’m sure there are other players like him in the market, but will Arsenal go for one of them?
Are they better than (or as good as) Buendia?
This Arsenal team needs a lot of recruitments, and they need to act fast if they want the good players, since they’re not the only ones going after said players.