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January signings and forgetfulness | Arseblog … an Arsenal blog


On yesterday’s Arsecast Further we have been requested a query about our greatest January signings of all time. This was clearly impressed by the hat-trick of assists that Leandro Trossard supplied in our 3-0 win over Fulham. A nook for Gabriel, a cross for Gabriel Martinelli, and a cross for Martin Odegaard. Two of these assists have been along with his left foot too.

There’s no query he has been a superb addition to the squad, not least as a result of he supplied some depth and canopy at centre-forward too. One thing we’ve wanted to provide Eddie Nketiah a breather, and in gentle of the damage state of affairs which meant he was wanted up entrance.

There have been fairly a number of individuals on Twitter questioning whether or not the omission of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was deliberate, and I can inform you actually I merely forgot all about him. I don’t know if that claims one thing about me, or if the way in which the participant left the membership – additionally in January – is the rationale. Both manner, it wasn’t spite. I don’t harbour any ill-will in direction of Aubameyang actually.

He was instrumental in that essential FA Cup win in 2020, a trophy that gave Mikel Arteta some goodwill within the financial institution that was maybe essential for him throughout tougher occasions subsequently. It’s additionally price remembering that he arrived at a turbulent time within the membership’s historical past – the supervisor who signed him was gone in lower than 6 months, Unai Emery arrived and departed in 18 months, after which the Arteta period started. He scored a variety of objectives in that troublesome time, and Aubameyang was at all times the identical man, the identical participant, an out and out goalscorer typically utilized in different methods, however the group and the dressing room developed throughout his time.

No matter occurred to precipitate his departure is water below the bridge now, it’s a bit unhappy he ended up at a hellhole like Chelsea, however that’s soccer. I additionally consider that whereas the way in which he left and our lack of ability to seek out cowl final January had a major influence on our remaining place final season, it’s a part of why we’re the place we’re this season too. Positives and negatives.

I observed Tim from 7amkickoff did a bit about January signings and their stats (nonetheless bought it, Tim!), reproduced beneath:

Leandro Trossard: 2022/23 – 1 aim, 5 assists (in 6 matches up to now)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 2017/18 – 10 objectives, 4 assists
Andrei Arshavin: 2008/09 – 6 objectives, 8 assists
Emmanuel Adebayor: 2005/06 – 4 objectives, 4 assists

The Arshavin one sticks within the thoughts most clearly from these due to what a saga it was. The deal was lastly carried out after the deadline, with particular dispensation, and that 4 aim haul at Anfield was a outstanding particular person efficiency. I’ve typically questioned how gamers who do one thing as extraordinary as that should really feel afterwards figuring out it wasn’t sufficient to take all three factors.

When he raced by way of to make it 4-3 within the ninetieth minute he should have thought that may win it, but it surely’s honest to say that defensively we have been a bit crap again then. Considered one of Arsene’s mind farts in pondering Mikael Silvestre was in any manner ok didn’t assist, and Yossi Benayoun – latterly of this parish for one season – snatched an equaliser. That was our second gutting 4-4 draw of the season too.

Past the gamers that Tim has talked about, you’ll be able to return to 2003-04 after we introduced within the late Jose Antonio Reyes from Sevilla. Let’s bear in mind, this was an Arsenal aspect with Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Kanu, Sylvain Wiltord and hot-prospect Jeremie Aliadiere on the books, however we broke our switch document that January so as to add one other high quality ahead to the books.

It’s not as if he was prolific, however his contribution to the Invincible season was essential. He scored thrice in opposition to Chelsea (two within the FA Cup, that rocket!), and one within the Champions League (too quickly), however after we’d gained the league at White Hart Lane, we nonetheless had 4 video games to navigate to attain one thing many thought inconceivable. It’s one thing Arsene spoke about loads, the problem of retaining the motivation excessive after you had achieved your season aim of changing into champions.

These final 4 video games have been robust for that purpose. There was a stupefying 0-0 draw with Birmingham; Reyes scored an equaliser in opposition to a Portsmouth aspect flirting with relegation to get a 1-1 draw there, earlier than he bought the one aim of the sport in a 1-0 win away at Fulham. We all know what occurred on the ultimate day in opposition to Leicester at Highbury, however whereas Reyes’ objectives are hardly probably the most thrilling of that unbelievable season, they have been so, so essential.

Clearly issues didn’t actually work out for him at Arsenal, however by way of his influence on one of many membership’s most spectacular achievements, his title is indelibly linked to that. The cash we paid for him is price it in that context.

After all we’ve had a number of underwhelming January arrivals too, but it surely’s additionally price mentioning the arrival of Martin Odegaard when he got here on mortgage. I used to be impressed sufficient throughout that interval to need us to make it everlasting if doable, and that quick spell – even when it was impacted by damage – was sufficient to create the bonds between the participant and Arsenal to make it occur. There was extra to it, we needed to fulfill Actual Madrid’s calls for, however quick forwarding to now, £35m appears to be like like an absolute cut price if you see what different golf equipment are paying for gamers who will most likely by no means have 50% of the influence the Norwegian has had on our group.

Anyway, should you haven’t had an opportunity to take heed to the podcast, it’s beneath, and over on Patreon we spherical up the weekend’s Premier League motion in The 30.

Until tomorrow.



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