Arsenal fans told ‘we will be proactive’ in January and Emery should raid Spurs and sign powerhouse
Arsenal will be “proactive” in January after a busy summer saw them bring in six players, says Gunners chief Josh Kroenke and they should immediately bring in Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld.
Gunners boss Unai Emery exceeded all expectations during the summer transfer window and landed some wonderful players, that will help improve the side enough to finish back inside the top four spots, but fans have been excited by the news that there will be some more spending during the January transfer window after Director Kroenke, son of owner Stan, insists they will assess again in January.
“I would say that if you’re reacting and doing club record signings based on public opinion, you’re not going to go very far as a club,” Kroenke told BBC Sport.
“We weren’t reactive this summer, we were actually proactive.
“It was unfortunate that the summer unfolded publicly the way it did with some of the supporters groups. I tried to answer some of their concerns to the best of our ability.
“The transfer market is an evolving, living, breathing thing. We identified key targets, worked on those deals and over time we were able to execute them.
“That’s hopefully a sign of encouragement for Arsenal fans that, when we’re out in the market place, you might never know what we’re thinking and you could be surprised by some of the names that come up.
“As for January, I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves.
“We’ve got to evaluate some things in the short term and figure out where we might need to address going forward, so when January does roll around we’re going to be proactive again.”
And one player that Arsenal should definitely make a move for is that of Alderweireld, who will be out of contract at the end of the season.
Alderweireld is regarded as one of the finest leaders in Europe right now and has been a big reason why Spurs have been so good under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino over the past few seasons.
But despite many months of contract talks, Alderweireld has been unable to agree a new contract at Spurs, with many reports suggesting Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy is unwilling to break the clubs strict wage policy.
That led to a lot of speculation in the media that the likes of Arsenal could make a move for Alderweireld in the summer window, as they seek to bolster their back-line issues, but Emery opted to spend just £8 million on Luiz instead.
However, Alderweireld will be out of contract next summer, meaning Spurs may be willing to let him leave for a cut-priced fee in January rather then letting him leave the club for nothing.
And honestly, he is just the type of leader, ball-playing defender and Captain that Arsenal need in the squad to help the younger players develop, and the leaderless back-line to look upto.
He could be a January bargain.