I really don’t understand the signing of Aaron Ramsdale. It’s a lot of money for a player who’s going to sit on the bench. Leno is more than capable of being Arsenal No.1 for a few years.
The club stinks. The majority of the players have got a losing mentality. Players like Calum Chambers and Rob Holding genuinely wouldn’t look out of place at a Newcastle or Burnley. Infact I’d argue Tarkowski ( spelling ) is better than both of them.
The forwards are ageing. Lacazette and Aubameyang will both need to be replaced. Pepe cost a ton and hasn’t delivered at all.
You can compare Man United since Fergie left and Arsenal since Wenger left, and the two clubs seem to be going in complete opposite directions.
Fair enough they’ve had a couple of tough games, a few injuries to players you’d expect to start, but the Brentford game just summed Arsenal up. A club that is currently rotten to the core.
Ramsdale isn't going to sit on the bench. Bernd Leno has no interest in extending his contract and will more than likely leave next summer. Ramsdale was bought with a view to being number 1 and if at the age of 23, he goes on to be no.1 for 7/8 years, as you could expect from a keeper, then the fee will prove to be good business. Ramsdale needs to improve in certain aspects, but is England's U21 keeper and has extensive PL experience at a young age for his position. He is a good goalkeeper with potential to be a great one. Rob Holding would walk into Newcastle's team and would be excellent under Sean Dyche. Holding's problem is his ability on the ball, which in an Arsenal team that wants to play out from the back gets exposed quite often. He's very good in the air and doesn't have a losing mentality at all. He's had some massive performances in cup final's for Arsenal. I agree regarding Chambers.
Man United have spent £1billion on transfers since Fergie left 8 years ago. Wenger only left 3 years ago. Arsenal have finished 5th, 8th and 8th since he did. Post-Fergie United finished 7th under Moyes, 5th and 4th under Van Gaal, then 6th, 2nd and 6th under Jose. Only the last two seasons where they have finished 3rd and 2nd have they looked anything close to competing and that's thanks to the £1b transfer fees making it almost impossible for Solskjaer to fail. So at the moment, yes the clubs are going in the opposite direction. But Arsenal are very much in the post-Wenger transition, particularly after Emery's failed appointment, whereas Man United have taken almost 8 years to get to a place where they are rebuilt and are probably a central midfielder (and competent manager) away from being genuine contenders for major trophies.
It was always going to get worse at Arsenal post-Wenger before it got better again. The lack of competent structure off the field and appalling recruitment has been brutally exposed with a rookie manager at the helm. Sven Mislintat was in charge of recruitment... he left. Raul Sanellhi replaced him... he left. Edu is now in charge and he's totally incompetent. The result of this was an unbalanced squad with glaring holes and average players stuck on stupid wages. Arsenal's football, despite being bottom, is the least of their problems at the moment. They weren't far off of a top 4 finish last year, six points, despite having a mid-season run of 9 games without a win. If they had won even two games in that run they'd be in the Champions League. The start to this season has been affected by COVID, with the opening game almost being called off, has been blighted by injury (multiple first teamers unavailable) and compounded by having two difficult fixtures against Chelsea and Man City, who are on a completely different level. They now have a run of Norwich, Burnley and Spurs. Three wins and they're in the top half of the table again after 6 games. The current hysteria is just symbolic of a section of Arsenal fans online (AFTV and associated morons) which drive the negativity around the club. They won't truly compete again until they get things right off the pitch. That might be under Arteta, it might be someone else. We will see. But the squad is starting to look more balance, has lots of younger players with a lot of potential. They now need to develop a proper identity and look to compliment the younger players with some proper leadership.
It's not good at Arsenal right now, but it's not as bad as people are suggesting.
(Yes, i'm also a part time Arsenal fan. I grew up supporting them until I was old enough to go to Argyle with my friends of a Saturday).