Arsenal’s transfer record this summer is proof that David Moyes was bang on all along!
The Irons may finally be closing in on a deal to sign Kurt Zouma from Chelsea, with the club pursuing the move for the Frenchman throughout the summer.
David Moyes had identified him as the top target at the start of the window, and now it appears he could end up making the move to east London.
We could well have gone for Nikola Milenkovic, but he wasn’t Zouma. We could have gone for Duje Caleta-Car too, but he wasn’t Zouma.
Instead, we’ve stuck to our guns and it looks as though Moyes will have his top target. It’s been careful and it’s been considered. Money is there for more signings afterwards too.
Moyes has said all along that he won’t buy players for the sake of it and to compare the Hammers’ business with Arsenal’s is to see that we have it right.
The Gunners have signed Ben White from Brighton, Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United, Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid, Albert Sami Lokongo from Anderlecht and Nuno Tavares from Benfica. They’ve spent £132m and have barely improved.
White’s good, yes, but he’s not worth over £50m. Ramsdale went down with Sheffield United. Odegaard was on loan last season and was generally fine, but hardly set the world alight. Nobody had heard of Lokongo or Tavares before this summer.
They’re throwing money at the wall and hoping it sticks.
Clubs like the Hammers and Brentford, who spend smartly and precisely to improve their squad, are bringing in players the manager has identified to fill the weak spots.
For the Irons, Alphonse Areola provides competition in goal, Craig Dawson earned his permanent move, and Zouma will immediately strengthen the defence. A striker could follow.
Sometimes, biding your time, and making sure the spending is considered and careful, is better than just throwing it around like a demented schoolkid in a sweetshop!