JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW REVIEW
And so the purge happened. Maybe some of you will not understand some of the signings but I think I can explain them lol. The starting Arsenal team has some poor personalities across the squad lacking professionalism so my aim is to try to fix this, through good signings and also signings which will be aimed at mentoring the squad, even though they may not even play. The best player personalities are Elneny, Willian and Leno which are Fairly Professional... Most of the team is balanced which is not good.
The first player to come in was Omar Rekik following what happened in real life. For now, this is the only signing Arsenal have done so it is the one I did. If they sign anyone else (hopefully) I may sign them at the end of the season and start from there. In October 16th Wilshere came back to bolster the midfield, he still hasn't played (31st JAN) a game since joining either because he was not match fit or injured. Seeing how well that went I decided to snap up Ramsey again, he was transfer listed for 16.75M. I wanted someone who can play in the midfield with an attacking mindset, either in MC or AMC and make an impact right now, while ESR is developing and eventually takes the place.
AARON RAMSEY - 30 Y/O EXPERIENCED WELSH MIDFIELDER
To me it was an easy choice, I'm an Arsenal fan. Aaron has a resolute personality which is really positive for the plans, he is experienced and came directly as a team leader in the hierarchy and will be playing a lot although he accepted a squad player playing time. For me all that is really positive. My staff rate him as a good player and is second best MC behind Partey and obviously best AMC. 120K€ per week on a 2 year deal. The rest of the signings are as follows:
In order of appearance, John Ruddy, Phil Jagielka, Matt Smith, Maxime Le Marchand, Omar Rekik and Aaron Ramsey
JOHN RUDDY - 34 Y/O English GK - ATTRIBUTES - 950K €
Former Norwich and Wolves GK (in the championship), he is pretty similar to Runar but quite older. Homegrown, experienced and a MODEL CITIZEN, perfect role model for many of the youngsters in the team. I have signed him to mentor players and maybe play a cup game or UEL game if we have a safe margin from the first leg. I don't expect him to be here for long but hopefully long enough to mentor quite a few players, soon Karl Jacob Hein will take his place as a second choice GK or some other signing. I probably overspent on him but it's not bank breaking to be honest, he is on 32K/wk wage, still less than what Runarsson had.
PHIL JAGIELKA - 38 Y/O English CB - ATTRIBUTES - 140K €
Amazed at the signings huh? More of the same to be honest, he will be 7th or 12th choice CB but he has experience and has a MODEL CITIZEN personality and is already mentoring Saliba and Saka. 17K €/wk on a 2 year deal.
MATT SMITH - 31 Y/O English Target Man - ATTRIBUTES - 36K €
Former Millwall, QPR and Fulham player amongst other teams. He goes directly into the U23s and won't come out, this transfer was more of a test, he has a Professional personality and will also help mentoring players although I'm not sure if it'll work out because he doesn't seem to have much influence. He is on a 1 year deal at 14K€ per week so I don't really care. His stats are really not THAT bad but my staff rates him as a League one player.
MAXIME LE MARCHAND - 31 Y/O French CB - ATTRIBUTES - LOAN
I think I'm boring you now. He has a resolute personality which will help mentoring more players (we have a lot of work to do) hehe. He may get a random game here and there but AMN will be the second choice left back. He is on 27K€ per week, Fulham transfer listed him because he's contract is up in summer, I opted for a loan and they accepted, I guess I could snap him up in summer if I'm interested in him mentoring more, we will see how it goes.
OMAR REKIK - 19 Y/O English GK - ATTRIBUTES - 600K €
Promising young CB, as I said, signed in real life, so signed in the game.
All in all, spent 18.5M € this transfer window. The board are probably not happy with the average age of the new signings (30,5 Y/O with Rekik, 33 without).
I will either post the outgoings here or make another post, I will decide later!