Arsenal’s impressive form this season has seen its best youngsters linked with European rivals – but they will never be able to fight for trophies if they sell players
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After Spurs returned to the top four Maurice Pochettino In 2016 they reached the Champions League finally three years later. Gunners fans will hope they can once again compete for the greatest honors, but Mikel Arteta must follow one key rule if his team is to do so: don’t sell your best players.
Spurs did not follow this rule. Within a year of their European defeat too Liverpool in Madrid, Kieran Trippier and Christian Eriksen had left. Tottenham’s entire defense from that final – as well as Dele Alli – have since moved on. Pochettino should have built on that final but his team collapsed.
Arsenal fans will be forgiven for also worrying about their team disbanding. Weekend reports recommended real Madrid are Prepared £50m bid for Kieran Tierney. The Spanish club’s manager Carlo Ancelotti has previously expressed his admiration for the 24-year-old Scotland international who has a bright future ahead of him.
“I know him and he’s a really good player,” said Ancelotti in 2019 as Napoli coach. “He’s a really good young left-back… I can honestly say he’s a really good player.”
Tierney has shown plenty of quality in an Arsenal shirt when fit so the £25m they paid Celtic for him in the summer of 2019 looks like a smart deal. Assuming Real’s offer is true, the Gunners could double their initial investment.
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But if they are to be taken seriously as a force in European football, they must resist temptation. Very few outfits are able to sell their valuable assets and successfully reinvest the money into the squad. Triumphant clubs rarely sell clubs.
There are of course exceptions to the rule, such as when Liverpool sold Philippe Coutinho Barcelona for £142m in January 2018. That allowed them to sign Virgil van Dijk and Alisson but it was an amazing – and misjudged – transfer offer. It was also an isolated case as the Reds kept the rest of their glittering squad.
Barcelona paid around 16 times what Liverpool paid for Coutinho when he arrived from Inter Milan in January 2013. For Arsenal to post a similar return for Tierney, Real would need to offer £417.65m. The Scot is good, just not that good.
Real or anyone else won’t be offering much more than £50m. But this problem isn’t unique to Tierney. Bukayo Saka has been linked with Liverpool and will enter the last two years of his current contract this summer. It is imperative to tie the England international to a long-term deal in the near future.
Arsene Wenger’s dynasty at Arsenal began to decline when they started to capitalize on players in the noughties. After Patrick Vieira was sold in July 2005, Thierry Henry, Ashley Cole, Alexander Hleb, Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure, Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song and Robin van Persie followed. They became the ultimate sales club.
Arteta has often referred to his team as “Project”. Earlier this year he said: “We have to build it together, build relationships, chemistry, understanding. We have to adapt and do it very quickly. The number of changes in two years is almost 30 players.
“Edu [the technical director] explained it as I had tried to explain it. We all participate and try to build this project, which is obviously managed by the owners. It’s a project that we believe in and that we have to build on because we believe it’s the best option for the club’s future.”
Another of Arteta’s favorite jokes is ‘trust the process’ – but that trust will crumble if Tierney becomes the first of many players to leave Arsenal in the years to come. The Gunners have been a selling club before, they can’t fall into that trap again.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/arsenal-transfer-news-arteta-tierney-26579131 Arsenal must withstand £50m transfer test if Mikel Arteta's 'project' is to succeed