Where there’s a Willian there’s a way

Do Arsenal need a Willi in? They must get their Mkhi out.

The signing of Willian from Chelsea has generated a lot of discussion. The focus of conversation has been less to do with Willian’s quality and more to do with his age. Starting your much needed rebuild with a three-year deal for a 32-year old doesn’t speak to an approach ready to ‘outsmart the market’- not to mention that it is impossible to ignore the links to Willian’s agent.

在过去的三个窗口,阿森纳已经签署了32岁的大卫·路易斯,29岁的塞德里克·苏亚雷斯和现年32岁的威廉从基亚的稳定。基亚早已建立劳尔Sanllehi和埃杜Gaspar-埃杜和泰特的冠军科林蒂安获胜两侧分别建于基亚的客户的反向链接。

同时有消息称,阿森纳在报名同时另一老客户基亚取得了他们的球探工作人员冗余的大片担忧提供原因。孤立地看,使用环节的青睐代理得到处理过线是完全可以理解的。当它似乎构成了俱乐部的战略的很大一部分,然后警钟开始响。

It calls to mind the old Eric Liddell quote about “having the instincts as servants and not the master of the spirit,” and that seems to hold true as an analogy for agent led-recruitment which should ideally be a servant and not a master. In isolation, Willian is an easy signing to rationalise but Arsenal are also said to be sinking significant resource into a new contract for 31-year old Pierre Emerick Aubameyang this summer.

2018年一月,阿森纳试图短期战略,旨在快速提升俱乐部进入前四名。他们沉没成本显著成大合同亨里希·姆希塔良,皮埃尔Emerick奥巴梅扬和梅苏特厄齐尔,只有其中的一个被证明不是一个巨大的资源流失和对俱乐部的一场灾难。再次重复与路易斯·苏亚雷斯,奥巴的喜欢了类似的策略和威廉使我有些焦虑。

That said, those players are not going to represent the same outlay as Özil or Mkhitaryan. On a reported £100,000 a week, Willian is not a stratospheric salary for a Premier League ready Bosman signing [though the add-on fees typical for this type of transfer will boost that sum nicely]. The Brazilian is absolutely adamant that he wants to finish his career with his beloved Corinthians, so an advantageous sale to the MLS or Qatar if the move hasn’t worked after a year or two is unlikely.

I am confident Willian will immediately improve Arsenal; but the question is whether he will continue to improve the team to the tune of £100,000 a week [+ add ons] worth of value when he is 34 years old. Though Arteta cited his versatility, Willian has pretty much always played in the same position as Nicolas Pepe, where the club also have a sizeable amount of resource invested, Willian has played on the left-wing but he has never played particularly well there.

威廉的“超级大国”被殴打短空在外面边后卫。他是不是一个真正的反转边锋,其实他是一个什么throwback-一个老同学斯坦利·马修斯样式“下拉肩部和洗牌在外面”的类型。我认为,一个理想的左侧宽进这个夏天应该是一个优先事项俱乐部。威廉的到来当然可以,意味着奥巴梅扬被移动到与威廉和佩佩的任意一侧他的中心,但阿尔特塔并没有表现出任何倾向集中发挥奥巴。

The Brazilian is certainly the ‘type’ of winger Arsenal could use. He is effective at holding the width of the pitch on the right-hand side and both of the first-choice wide forwards- Aubameyang and Pepe- want to play inside. Strangely, the team has become very adept at being a potent counter-attacking force under Mikel Arteta and having Auba and Pepe as wide-forwards has played into this.

B计划已定,这是A计划,需要注意,这意味着对阵深防御块。这是挑战阿森纳将面临比其他任何下个赛季。威廉是因为他有能力保持宽度和拉伸防御和他有能力绕过边后卫在短期空间在这方面非常方便。阿尔特塔强调的,“他在那狭小的空间能力的发挥,他通过发挥人的能力,要解锁,带动球,创造重载。”

At international level, he was considered a key cog in the Brazil team because he provided a counter-balance to Neymar on the left, who has a lot of freedom to move inside. This changed a little once Tite took over the reigns of the team in 2016- Tite is a coach that prefers a ‘box-shaped’ attacking strategy, eschewing the more traditional wide player. Willian’s place on the right was given to Phillipe Coutinho because Tite preferred Coutinho’s tendency to move inside.

Willian is an outside player and if that is what Arteta wants, for the time being at least, he has secured one of the ‘purest’ examples in the Premier League. Arsenal do not have a lot of experienced depth in the forward positions. For the FA Cup semi-final and final Arteta left most of the Hale End graduates on the bench, favouring experience in their stead.

阿森纳导致两者的那些比赛进入最后一个季度,有枪手真正需要增加在任的那些游戏攻击的存在,阿尔特塔将不得不Bukayo萨卡,埃迪Nketiah,赖斯尼尔森和乔威洛克转向。下个赛季你也许可以添加埃米尔·史密斯·罗和加布里埃尔马蒂内利到,这增加了深度,但没有经验。

阿森纳队确实在频谱的“经验”端有球员的集合。索克拉提斯是32,厄齐尔31,奥巴梅扬是31和大卫·路易斯是33索克拉提斯和厄齐尔都不再想和路易斯只拥有一年的合同。这是公平的问题,太多的经验是否退出国家队,去年夏天与纳乔Monreal酒店和劳伦·科斯切尔尼的偏离。

阿尔特塔在泛着关于威廉的性格方面讲,“这就是我想要的角色,这样的球员,当事情变得困难在于要承担责任的游戏,要球,要赢得比赛的球队。”威廉一直被认为是一个教练的球员,将遵循指令,承担责任的类型。他一直是个良好的步兵和积极的性格。

在他最好,威廉是球员,阿森纳可以用做模具,但它很难看到他是如何适应与佩佩和奥巴梅扬前线没有这些球员之一被移动到一个次优的位置。小队深度是可取的;但队建设的原则元素具有强和平衡开始的十一。威廉将在薪水方面非常昂贵的“深度”选项。

However, at this stage it is also worth waiting to see the totality of the summer transfer business before coming to a final judgement. With a restricted budget there will be cloth-cutting required and if taking Willian on a free transfer allows money to be spent on, say, a central midfielder and a centre-half then maybe it can be viewed as an expedient decision.

对于球迷的问题是信任的一个,俱乐部已经做了珍贵的小展示一个联合的招聘战略,战术需要平衡考虑。这是埃杜的工作作为技术总监,订下根据它的演奏风格和新兵。如果报道属实的是阿尔特塔已经要求球员,那么我认为这是一个好兆头。

There is a difference, however, between asking for a player and being asked whether you would like him. My prediction would be that Willian does offer an immediate improvement to the Gunners attack but the debates about how to balance the attack will persist and whether Willian represents value for money in 2022 remains to be seen. Maybe the economic effects of covid will have smoothed by then and Arsenal feel short-termism is a worthwhile policy to pursue in the meantime- but it does feel like we’ve been down this road before.

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