“To your level on Lacazette,” says Matthew DeMaio, “I believe you might be roughly appropriate about Laca as a participant quickly ageing and declining in worth and that this can be a signal of the problems Arsenal face. I additionally assume that he’s nearly as good a guess as any of our strikers to attain this season. Auba is struggling and I’m not offered on Nketiah.
It additionally appears that Arteta has not represented a clear break from the previous of spending massive cash or handing out massive contracts to ageing gamers. Willian is the apparent instance, however Partey, whereas he may characterize what we’d like proper now, isn’t any spring hen. Years 1, 2 and three of the deal may make sense however come 2024 and he’s 31 with a yr left on his deal, he may begin to look lots like the opposite ageing gamers we have now been dragging round.
To that time, when the clock turns to the beginning of the 2022 season, we may have:
Partey, age 29, with 3 years to go:
Soares, age 31, with 2 years to go
Mari, age 29, with 2 years to go
Willian, age 34, with 1 yr to go
Auba, age 33, with 1 yr to go
Leno, age 30, with 1 yr to go
There are additionally a slew of gamers that can end that yr of their late 20s (Pepe, Bellerin, Holding) who, on Arsenal type, will in all probability be handed massive contracts between from time to time that take them into their 30s. I really feel like Arsene by no means used to provide anybody contracts of greater than 1 yr once they reached 30. Can be sensible to return to that mantra.”
On Partey, if Arsenal get three nice years out of him, he’ll be an important purchase. I agree that Willian made little sense, such that you just surprise about how which may fairly’ve occurred, with out actually questioning in any respect. However I believe Nketiah might be a extremely good sub, at worst – he is aware of easy methods to rating, a reasonably helpful ability all in all.