Dries Mertens and Willian are two high profile free transfers that are apparently on their way to the Emirates, so claims the utterly ridiculous media.
If these two were to end up at the Emirates then very quickly the team will start looking like a grandad’s army, pace would not be a cutting edge that is for sure.
Dries Mertens is 32, Willian, 31, add those two to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, David Luiz, 33, Alexandre Lacazette, 29 in May, Sokratis 31, Mesut Ozil, 31. I think you get the picture.
Mertens and Willian are not the only over 30’s that Arsenal have been linked with, Diego Godin, 34, Dejan Lovren, 30, Jerome Boateng, 31, to name just a few.
Now, most of these are free transfers and that is obviously an advantage when finances are being smashed in football right now but do you honestly think any of these pensioners will sign on low wages?
Even if the named players agreed to become a Gunner at a reduced wage are they really the sort of player that Arsenal needs?
I always find that a good indicator is what our rivals are doing. Liverpool is not remotely interested in any of those players from what I can see, neither is Man City and come to think of it, Chelsea and Tottenham as well have shown no interest either, not credible interest from respectable sources anyway.
If Arsenal wants to play the sort of football that has seen City and Liverpool dominate the game then signing over the hill players like Mertens and Willian are not going to see Mikel Arteta’s side compete for the title, that you can take to the bank.
Arsenal has to look to the future and I would rather they gave the likes of Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli better long term contracts rather than waste hundreds of thousands weekly on wages for players seeking that one last financial windfall before they retire.