There was a time when Arsenal could field the likes of Arshavin, Van Persie, Nasri, Fabregas and Walcott and stike fear into the opposition before the game even began.

Those days however have sadly passed. Poor management and a clear desire to save money rather than re-invest it, has left Arsenal looking at a top 8 finish.

In previous years Arsenal fans encouraged the club to go after Europe’s top talents, of which they’d maybe get one, if City, PSG, Juve, Bayern and the Spanish giants didn’t get there first.

Things this year are a little different. It’s likely that Arsenal will finish outside of any European competitions which means it becomes harder to attract players. Arsenal will likely have less money to spend than ever due to Covid-19, a lack of player sales which usually funds the club and another year without success. However there may a solution that combines low finances and less games, which includes signing older out-of-contract players on a free.

 

gotze arsenal

 

Arsenal and Free Summer Transfers

 

If there is a benefit to not being in Europe then it’s playing less games, having more rest time, and the ability to focus on the league.

Arsenal will have this scenario next season should they finish in their current league position and my advice would be to stay there. Right now the last thing Arsenal needs is Europa League games, in the arsehole of Europe on a freezing cold night.

Should Arsenal start next season with only the domestic league and cups to focus on then chasing after the summer 2020 free transfers might be a great option. Many of the players available are older but experienced. They would have 1 week to recover between games, plenty of young talent to do their running and they could add that steel Arsenal have been missing for a decade.

So who’s available?

 

Chiellini

Tall, strong, experienced and disciplined. Chiellini will be 36 when the season starts but Arsenal could really do with his qualities right now, especially on a free transfer. A Chiellini who has 1 week to prepair for games is exciting, especially when you think he’s only leaving Juventus as they have 3 or 4 world class centre backs.

Thiago Silva

Even if T.Silva has lost 2 yards, you’re still getting someone who 4 years ago was the best defender in the world. Besides could he be any worse than Luiz? Silva may not be the physical beast he once was, but he was playing Champions League football just last year, he alongside Chiellini would have more experience than any other pairing in the league.

Matic

Not likely who Arsenal would want to see come through the door, but this Arsenal team is in a different spot to what they were 5 years ago. Matic (31) would add further experience, height, strength and steel to the middle, an arial threat and not to mention he’s won the Premier League.

Cavani

Aubameyang is the only world class player Arsenal have. Him and Cavani would compliment each other well as they match up well against different types of defenders. Aubameyang has always relied on his pace. Cavani on the other hand has scored poachers goals and he’s great in the air. He might not play every week, but he would be Arsenal’s Dzeko to their Aguero.

Gotze

Once considered the best young player in the world, Gotze has suffered from hormonal issues likely from PED’s at a young age although we have zero evidence to back up these claims. If Arteta could get someone to work with the 28 year old regarding his health and fitness, you could see a world class player enter his prime at Arsenal next year.

Mertens

Mertens was ripping Champions League defences up just 2 years ago, now 33 he still has a good turn of pace. At the same age Robben and Ribery were still two of the best wingers in world football. Mertens scores goals, can beat a man and get assists for fun in the right team. With 2/3 great strikers at Arsenal this would work perfectly.

D.Silva

It’s likely that this won’t happen, if Silva was looking at staying in England I’m sure City would extend his contract.

Lallana

A man who Arsenal tried to sign before he went to Liverpool. Lallana would be a squad player behind the likes of Gotze and Mertens, but he has the ability to play anywhere in midfield. Pep Guardiola has built his City team on the same idea, that a player who plays multiple positions is like signing 3 or 4 players. Think Fernandinho, Gundogan, B.Silva, Laporte.

Kurzawa

Very much a player still in his prime, Kurzawa could give Arsenal a quality attacking fullback they haven’t seen since Clichy.

Ibrahimovic

Never write the big man off. At 6ft 5 he’s a handful for anyone. He stays in shape, continues to score goals and brings the spotlight with him which puts butts in seats and increases revenue.

J.Hart

Completely written off by pretty much everyone, Joe Hart would be a great experienced back-up keeper with a big personality.

 

For a grand total of £0 plus wages, Arsenals new look team would go from young and inexperienced to physically dominant, experienced and include a good blend of young and old to help each other. If Arsenal don’t sign at least 4 of these players this summer, they could struggle to rebuild quickly.

With the amount they’d save using free transfers, this could allow Arsenal to spend what they do have on 1 or 2 bright and upcoming world class talents with an eye on Champions League football drawing them in for the following year and beyond.

 

Author Bio

Kris Sturmey

Kris Sturmey

Founder

Kris is a men’s expert with 7 years of experience within the men’s lifestyle game and is also the founder of 1STMAN based in London, UK.

Prior to starting Msicollege and 1STMAN Kris was a personal trainer, body language expert and men’s coach.

Kris has been a football fan for 27 years supporting Manchester City his entire life. One day he wants to buy Arsenal and bring back the glory days.

Learn more about Kris in our about section and founder profile.

There was a time when Arsenal could field the likes of Arshavin, Van Persie, Nasri, Fabregas and Walcott and stike fear into the opposition before the game even began.

Those days however have sadly passed. Poor management and a clear desire to save money rather than re-invest it, has left Arsenal looking at a top 8 finish.

In previous years Arsenal fans encouraged the club to go after Europe’s top talents, of which they’d maybe get one, if City, PSG, Juve, Bayern and the Spanish giants didn’t get there first.

Things this year are a little different. It’s likely that Arsenal will finish outside of any European competitions which means it becomes harder to attract players. Arsenal will likely have less money to spend than ever due to Covid-19, a lack of player sales which usually funds the club and another year without success. However there may a solution that combines low finances and less games, which includes signing older out-of-contract players on a free.

 

gotze arsenal

 

Arsenal and Free Summer Transfers

 

If there is a benefit to not being in Europe then it’s playing less games, having more rest time, and the ability to focus on the league.

Arsenal will have this scenario next season should they finish in their current league position and my advice would be to stay there. Right now the last thing Arsenal needs is Europa League games, in the arsehole of Europe on a freezing cold night.

Should Arsenal start next season with only the domestic league and cups to focus on then chasing after the summer 2020 free transfers might be a great option. Many of the players available are older but experienced. They would have 1 week to recover between games, plenty of young talent to do their running and they could add that steel Arsenal have been missing for a decade.

So who’s available?

 

Chiellini

Tall, strong, experienced and disciplined. Chiellini will be 36 when the season starts but Arsenal could really do with his qualities right now, especially on a free transfer. A Chiellini who has 1 week to prepair for games is exciting, especially when you think he’s only leaving Juventus as they have 3 or 4 world class centre backs.

Thiago Silva

Even if T.Silva has lost 2 yards, you’re still getting someone who 4 years ago was the best defender in the world. Besides could he be any worse than Luiz? Silva may not be the physical beast he once was, but he was playing Champions League football just last year, he alongside Chiellini would have more experience than any other pairing in the league.

Matic

Not likely who Arsenal would want to see come through the door, but this Arsenal team is in a different spot to what they were 5 years ago. Matic (31) would add further experience, height, strength and steel to the middle, an arial threat and not to mention he’s won the Premier League.

Cavani

Aubameyang is the only world class player Arsenal have. Him and Cavani would compliment each other well as they match up well against different types of defenders. Aubameyang has always relied on his pace. Cavani on the other hand has scored poachers goals and he’s great in the air. He might not play every week, but he would be Arsenal’s Dzeko to their Aguero.

Gotze

Once considered the best young player in the world, Gotze has suffered from hormonal issues likely from PED’s at a young age although we have zero evidence to back up these claims. If Arteta could get someone to work with the 28 year old regarding his health and fitness, you could see a world class player enter his prime at Arsenal next year.

Mertens

Mertens was ripping Champions League defences up just 2 years ago, now 33 he still has a good turn of pace. At the same age Robben and Ribery were still two of the best wingers in world football. Mertens scores goals, can beat a man and get assists for fun in the right team. With 2/3 great strikers at Arsenal this would work perfectly.

D.Silva

It’s likely that this won’t happen, if Silva was looking at staying in England I’m sure City would extend his contract.

Lallana

A man who Arsenal tried to sign before he went to Liverpool. Lallana would be a squad player behind the likes of Gotze and Mertens, but he has the ability to play anywhere in midfield. Pep Guardiola has built his City team on the same idea, that a player who plays multiple positions is like signing 3 or 4 players. Think Fernandinho, Gundogan, B.Silva, Laporte.

Kurzawa

Very much a player still in his prime, Kurzawa could give Arsenal a quality attacking fullback they haven’t seen since Clichy.

Ibrahimovic

Never write the big man off. At 6ft 5 he’s a handful for anyone. He stays in shape, continues to score goals and brings the spotlight with him which puts butts in seats and increases revenue.

J.Hart

Completely written off by pretty much everyone, Joe Hart would be a great experienced back-up keeper with a big personality.

 

For a grand total of £0 plus wages, Arsenals new look team would go from young and inexperienced to physically dominant, experienced and include a good blend of young and old to help each other. If Arsenal don’t sign at least 4 of these players this summer, they could struggle to rebuild quickly.

With the amount they’d save using free transfers, this could allow Arsenal to spend what they do have on 1 or 2 bright and upcoming world class talents with an eye on Champions League football drawing them in for the following year and beyond.

 

Author Bio

Kris Sturmey

Kris Sturmey

Founder

Kris is a men’s expert with 6 years of experience within the men’s lifestyle game and is also the founder of 1STMAN based in London, UK.

Prior to starting Msicollege and 1STMAN Kris was a personal trainer, body language expert and men’s coach.

Kris has been a football fan for 27 years supporting Manchester City his entire life. One day he wants to buy Arsenal and bring back the glory days.

Learn more about Kris in our about section and founder profile.