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26 May 2018 08:27:41
I would expect deals starting to be done fairly soon, with an early closure of the transfer window in the PL of 9th August.
I believe the PL window is already open, but most of the other European Leagues open on June 1st. With players going away for World Cup duty, I am sure negotiations are taking place, although deals with European Leagues possibly won't be announced until 1st June.
It will be interesting to see what we do with Ramsey, Welbeck and Wislhere.

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26 May 2018 09:47:48
Can Mesut and Aaron both play at their best in the same team?
Aaron doesn't enjoy the defensive side of the game and wants to be the star of the show not part of the supporting cast so in my opinion this makes him to risky to play in cmf where even the attacking players are expected to help win back the ball.
I think both Ramsey and Ozil are best suited to the same roll.
Mesut has no resale value simply because no one would pay his wages plus a decent fee while Ramsey would probably fetch 50 million that we could reinvest elsewhere in the team.
We desperately need an attacking minded central midfielder as well as a DM but even the attacking player needs to be prepared to put in a shift as and when necessary.
Dare I say an Ox type central midfield player would be ideal.

26 May 2018 10:29:41
Personally I feel our best midfield 3 would include Ramsey and not ozil. I'd say a true dm with a box to box (Wilshere or xhaka could possibly fill this role) and then arron infront of them as an am. if ozil plays I say it has to web on the wing in games that we are looking to control.

26 May 2018 10:48:54
But are we really going to pay Mesut 12 million plus not to play?
When Aaron came back into the team last season after injury it coincided with Mesuts form dropping like a stone.
I know Aaron was one of our least worst players last season ( apart from PEA and Monreal they were all pretty poor) but we have to be realistic about what works and what doesn't rather than pick on populatiy.
Under Emery maybe Jack and Xhaka plus others will shine and be the players we all hoped they would be but for me the only way to play Aaron and Mesut together is one either side behind Pea in an attacking 3 but that leaves no room for Lacasette and Miki and I'm not sure anyone wants either of those two sold, so for me Aaron is the obvious choice to let go of simply because he brings in the most money plus it unbalances the side so much trying to accommodate him and Mesut at the same time.

26 May 2018 10:54:47
At home the 3 attacking midfield roles could be: Ozil, Wilshere and Aubameyang, if backed up by 2 DM's, say Nzonzi and Maitland-Niles.
Away, we could play Mkhitaryan, Ramsey and Xhaka in these roles, providing more cover defensively when needed, but still providing offensive options.
In both cases we need the defence to be well marshalled an set out correctly and we need a pair of proper DM's.
The squad desperately needs balancing, as Wenger seemed to like playing more offensive midfield players in all the midfield positions. We lacked DM's and true wide players.

26 May 2018 11:41:37
Midfield is the toughest place to play simply because you need to be both a defensive and attacking minded DM apart that is.
If you playing 4 3 3 then two of the 3 midfield players need to be committed to both providing and preventing goals in equal measure and none of our current midfield fit that job description right now.
Elneny will do anything that's asked of him but sadly isn't a top quality player
Jack is Jack one week brilliant the next 9 poor to average
Xhaka isn't up to premier league football
Aaron should wear a Cape when he plays because he likes to be noticed for the spectacular rather than the mundane essentials.
That's an awful lot for Emery to put right and it will take time to change the players we have or to even find out if they are capable of changing
The alternative is to cash in on some of what we have and bring in ready made midfield players who already know how to attack and defend equally.

26 May 2018 13:22:16
Aaron Ramsey is our player of the season and Mesut Özil was in third so surely we need to keep both of them in order to progress. Out of the midfield three for me it's Xhaka who needs to be replaced.

If you ask me Ramsey actually does quite a bit of defensive work, he just doesn't sit deep. Running is his strength and in my opinion he needs to be allowed to roam free. I see him as a complimentary player to a Xabi Alonso type defensive midfielder. The problem is we haven't been able to find that partner for him. Xhaka can't tackle or track the runs of opponent attackers and that's what is hurting us the most defensively. Coquelin was solid but he couldn't do the playmaking. Find a midfielder who can do both the playmaking and the defending and we will see the best of both Ramsey and Özil. Easier said than done of course.

I would go as far as to say Ramsey should be made the captain. He works hard and has a lot of experience on top of being one of our best players so for me it's a no brainer. I get the feeling he would in fact embrace the captaincy and grow into a more prominent leader if given the armband. that's how i feel anyway. Honestly i don't see any other options for captaincy. He needs to sign the contract first though.

26 May 2018 14:11:48
I just don't see Aaron's consistency in his defensive duty when playomg cmf Iceman mate, to me he isn't up for it week in week out but prefers to be doing his flashy flicks in and around the box.
The only way to get the best out of him and Ozil at the same time as as a supporting pair behind Pea in my opinion but that leaves out Miki and Lacasette.
As for player of the season last season for us :-) surely PEA was the only player who had any credibility and the nerve to accept it.



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