Arsenal fans are keen to see their London rivals Chelsea strengthen on transfer deadline day with the artful signing of Saul Niguez, while the rather unknown Takehiro Tomiyasu has been signed by Edu.
Saul, 26, joined in the dying hours of the transfer window on a season-long loan – with the option of a £ 30million transfer – to West Londoners, meaning that a quartet of quality midfielders including N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, and now the Spaniard are all available for Thomas Tuchel as the Blues seek to compete on multiple fronts for silverware.
By comparison, Arsenal have been the Premier League’s biggest spenders this summer, but questionable transfer decisions have arguably resulted in the limited progress expected this campaign for Mikel Arteta’s side, who currently sit at the bottom of the table.
With £ 150million spent by Edu and co. on the likes of Martin Odegaard, Ben White, Sambi Lokonga and the most recent acquisition Tomiyasu, compared to the £ 98million spent by Chelsea on Romelu Lukaku and Saul Niguez – although those fees could rise if the Blues take their £ 30million option – demonstrates the Blues may have gotten better value for money with their signings.
Here’s how a selection of Arsenal fans reacted when they saw their London counterparts strengthen considerably on deadline day with the loan to bring Saul, once valued at £ 100million, to the capital for the remainder of the campaign. .
@ JasonC127104227 gave his verdict in two words on this signature: “Absolute joke!
@ Aniruddh_1886 suggested: “They just take players they don’t need, so other clubs can’t have them. Childish ‘
@gunnerpunner tweeted: “* Now * we don’t stand a chance of catching them in the league.”
@ Rhunte1979 believes, “This is a deal we should have jumped on, especially since we like the occasional loan or two.” Very good player. Surprised, Atleti lets him go.
@ ssmudhar1986 identified the main difference between the clubs: “Chelsea have a decent setup off the pitch.
Ultimately, @ HarshSharma9594 made a good point, writing: “They want to compete with City and win the championship no matter what, expect a manager change by the winter if they think Tuchel can’t win it. “
Chelsea’s ability and know-how in the transfer market to recruit quality players coupled with raising significant funds for their marginal players or what is called ‘deadwood’ has been a model envied by many. Opposition fans, and North London fans are the last to wake up to this awareness.