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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Arsenal are likely to penny pinch again

By 1970's Gooner

Arsenal are likely to curtail their transfer budget for the up coming transfer window whenever that may come of course.

It is a fact that Aubameyang is refusing to sign an extension to his contract. This means that he is likely to see how this season ends and if Arsenal do not qualify for the CL, as seems probable, will look to move elsewhere. 

Arsenal cannot allow his contract to run out during his final season as the amount of transfer money to be obtained will be that much smaller. So selling the player at the end of this season looks very likely. The transfer money will also be a lot less as the coronavirus effect on match takings and commercial sales begin to take their toll on all the clubs.

What does this mean? The next transfer budget will be a lot smaller and will most probably be a proportion of the transfer money for Aubameyang.

The emphasis is likely to be shifted to improving the performance of the existing squad in the main and promoting the promising youngsters from the youth academy. Something that Wenger pursued during the difficult, financially speaking, years for the building and paying for the Emirates.

Players like Martinelli will get more chances to prove himself alongside Lacazette for example. Others like Willock, Maitland Niles, Guendouzi, Nelson, Smith Row, Nketiah and of course Pepe will get extended runs. Saliba will be also arriving as well as Pablo Mari and Cedric who are likely to stay.

Some may call it penny pinching. But it looks inevitable.