Arsenal were embarrassed by club legend Patrick Vieira in a £12 million transfer blunder that might cost them dearly.
Arsenal’s summer transfer market was hit-or-miss.
Mikel Arteta may have jeopardized his team’s chances this season by failing to negotiate deals to transfer his players after missing out on all European competitions last season. As a result, the Gunners were unable to add another striker to their roster.
Arteta now has two experienced striker options in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, although both will be free agents in 2023.
Aubameyang’s contract expires next year, and he’s been linked with a transfer away from the Emirates all summer, while Lacazette is set to become a free agent in 2023.
Another alternative for Arteta is 20-year-old Gabriel Martinelli, as well as Eddie Nketiah.
Last month, Crystal Palace and Arsenal were in the process of discussing a trade for Nketiah, but the clubs were unable to agree on a fee, and the deal fell through.
As a result, new Palace manager Patrick Vieira, an Arsenal icon, shifted his focus to other prospects and paid £12 million for Celtic’s wantaway forward Odsonne Edouard.
The former PSG striker was nearing the end of his contract in Scotland and was eager to join a Premier League club.
Edouard scored 57 goals in 78 league games for Celtic, albeit he battled for consistency in his final season and his attitude was questioned.
However, if Vieira can provide the 23-year-old all the underpinnings he requires to thrive in this new-look Palace team, he could appear like a very clever businessman in a season or two.
Last season, Lacazette and Aubameyang were on and off; at moments, they appeared out of place on a struggling team, and at other times, they looked like they belonged.
Bringing in another forward would have been on Arteta’s ‘To Do’ list, but the fact that he couldn’t get a deal done for Nketiah means it wasn’t possible.
The 22-year-contract old’s in north London expires in 12 months, emphasizing the importance of completing a transaction in order to collect any compensation for their academy product.
Edouard, the new Palace striker, is young, gifted, and has shown he can score goals at the highest level; if Nketiah had departed, he would have been on the shortlist of attackers.
Both with Nketiah and Lacazette. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”