I watched some of the England Under 21 match last night. It was a toss up between Bukayo Saka or ESR and and Flo Balogun and the latter won. Balogun scored two of the three England goals with one being assisted by ESR. The win ensured England have reached the Euros with two games to spare.
I know Albania are hardly the best footballing nation, just as it’s obvious the level at under 21 is nowhere near the kind of challenge the Premier League offers but for footballers, much of their game is about confidence in their own abilities. We know how good ESR is, yes, I’d prefer him to be Mikel Arteta’s first choice number 10, but Flo Balogun still has it all to do. Scoring for the England Under 21’s is no guarantee for a place in the Arsenal first team, just ask Eddie Nketiah, but with Arsenal back in Europe, there’s a chance he might be involved in the group stages of Europa and the domestic cups. The more he plays and scores for England, the better it is for him and Arsenal in my opinion. Remember last season when he was thrown in at the deep end against Brentford?
Are Arsenal likely to sign two strikers this summer? Probably not in my opinion and if I’m right, we’ll need Eddie Nketiah (if he stays) and Flo Balogun to bulk up the squad. Even Mika Biereth must fancy his chances of making it into the squad at some stage during the season.
That’s harsh reality of not having an owner who’ll invest heavily in the squad. So what that the club spent £150 million on transfers last summer, Chelsea, City and Utd have been doing that for years which is why they have strong and deep squads which can cope with injuries and suspensions. Arsenal lose one, two or three and everything goes belly up.
Even if Stan Kroenke rubber stamped another £150 million budget this summer, would it be enough? How much would Brighton expect us to stump up for Yves Bissouma for example? £40 million? What about a top top striker, £50 million plus? Aaron Hickey, £25 million?
My point is, £150 million doesn’t go very far in football if a club wants to be challenging for trophies. Look at how much City has spent over the years and they still haven’t managed to win the Champions League yet the have the best manager in the game. Allegedly.
The club have a few players to sell of course which will hopefully go towards the budget for new players but history tells us that won’t be much. Probably a strikers right leg. Lol
The idea of signing a top quality striker, let alone two, is in my opinion, fanciful. It’s what we need but not for one minute expect us to get. Same goes for the midfielder the team is crying out for. I expect there’s more chance of Sambi Lokonga stepping up than Yves Bissouma stepping in.
We’ll see I guess but experience tells me to expect very little because at least then, the disappointment is low.
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