It’s a little laughable the rumours making rounds. Arsenal it seems is keeping players they don’t necessarily need, and selling players they desperately need.
This brings me to the Keiran Tierney transfer rumours.
Will Arsenal Make A Mistake Selling Keiran Tierney?
Accepted, he’s been injury-prone, so was Robin Van-Persie. On his day, the Scotsman is one of the most promising left-backs in Europe. Why would anyone want to mess that up?
No offence to the fact that Saka is class and versatile. I, however, see Arteta building a young squad with Martinelli and Nketiah as forwards and, Pepe and Saka on the wings. He might have Emile-Smith Rowe in Özil’s role and, Guendouzi (with more discipline) in Xhaka’s role.
Why then, would Arsenal want to sell Tierney while leaving ageing players like Sokratis (I like him still), David Luiz and Özil?
Now, I’m not one of those fans who think it’s as easy to buy as it is to sell. But I do understand that sometimes, in business, you need to cut your losses.
One passage of the Bible which posits this theory aptly is Luke 16 v1-8a:
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’
Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as their manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’
And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly . . ..” [Luke 16:1-8a. NRSV][Emphasis mine]
For example, if it’ll cost me less, I’ll pay off Özil to free up wages to keep Aubameyang. And maybe sell Mustafi (even though he’s been excellent these past matches) to free up wages to keep Saka and maybe Ceballos if the latter wants a deal.
The servant in the parable is like Arsenal. Arsenal doesn’t have the financial muscle to compete with Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool or Manchester City. So, let free up some wages and take what monies we can if we can afford to.
The goal should be building a young, vibrant team with pockets of experience here and there. I don’t know if Arsenal can afford it, but if they can, they should.