Heard some sexy rumblings that Arsenal and Zaha are into each other (player supported us as a kid). Obviously, anything can happen in football, so don’t hack my site if it doesn’t happen, but the intent is apparently there and real.
That is interesting. The £40m transfer budget we’re pitching must be a low ball figure, unless Raul and Vinai have been working players out the door to foot the bill for the deal.
When you look at us solving our wide player issues with Zaha and Fraser, I think the risk on the Scotsman looks a little smarter. We’d by buying in 24 assists and 17 goals.
I can get behind that. We’d be buying two players that have worked under managers that demand a high intensity style of football. They will both have something to prove on a couple of levels. Fraser needs to prove he’s worth the punt, and not the Scott Parker of 2019. Zaha needs to lay to rest the ghosts of his horrible move to United a few years ago.
Both moves are either going to cement us to the Europa League for years to come, or they’re smart British buys that don’t have the sex appeal of a foreign buy, but deliver in the same way Liverpool has delivered signing boring names like Andy Robertson.
The big move for Arsenal, in my humble opinion, is the centre back. We need a huge upgrade. United has lost their damn mind, apparently offering De Ligt £450k a week to join from Ajax. They are going for the straight up Liverpool move of upgrading to the best possible player they can find. Hard to not see the move as anything other than elite. The player is a leader, he’s an unreal talent, and he’ll probably look like a bargain in 5 years time.
That’s a game-changing signing. They still have a talent issue with the manager, and that’ll be hard to turnaround, but at least they are stocking up with proper players.
That sort of move really means Arsenal can’t afford to fuck around this summer. It also means the Champions League game on Wednesday is of next level importance. If it goes well, then next season makes sense. If it goes badly, what are we chasing as a club and are we falling into the same trap of letting elite coaches pass us by?
We shall see. See you in the comments. x
Update: Kante injured… wonderful. United NOT in the race for De Ligt.