Transfer rumours hotting up as Arteta admits we’re in market

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It’s a quiet weekend for Arsenal fans as we play legendary Marcelo Bielsa on Monday night in the FA Cup.

My Uncle is a Leeds fan, home and away back in the day, he reckons they’ll rest heavily as they’re 9 points clear of the chasing pack for promotion and they have a tiny squad with a Chairman who doesn’t want to spend.

Arsenal will no doubt look to field a weakened squad.

I think Mikel is going to want to see what some of the kids can do for us. He doesn’t have a league cup to work with this season, so this is a good chance to start players like Willock, Saka (start him as a winger), Burton, Matteo, John-Jules and Eddie. Also a good chance for Ceballos to show he can cut it in the Premier League after a very stuttery start to his career. I also think he’ll be acutely aware that his players are dropping like flies and will continue to as he works with Shad to upgrade their fitness levels.

The FA Cup is important, we all love a day out, but it’s not more important than having a fit team to chase top 4 in the Premier League, and more importantly, giving us some solid foundations to make a good go of the Europa League when it starts back up in February.

Before we move onto transfers, can someone explain this?

I think the brain-trust at Arsenal met over the past couple of days to discuss what’s happening with loan players, and I’ve no doubt they’re working out what they can get away with until the end of the season.

Auba reckons the English press are talking shite about him wanting away right now, I have to say, if his performances are anything to go by that’s absolutely true. I also suspect Granit Xhaka might give Arsenal a second chance, Hertha Berlin under Klinsmann sounded rough, but now Arteta is here, surely it must be a touch vom-inducing? The manager has worked out where his strengths are and figured a way to limit his weaknesses inside 3 games… an unreal achievement, and potentially the key to a lot of success in the backend of the season.

A false three… still makes me damp. I absolutely love that all the tactics nerds are perving over our minutes now. Makes a change to have an innovative coach in the dugout, doesn’t it?!

Chambers looks to have a very serious injury, that leaves us short a centre back. There’s talk about us loaning Boateng for the rest of the season, a move I really don’t like the sound of. Asking old players to adapt to a fast league rarely works out. The fact Bayern are saying they’ll take a zero fee tells you all you need to know there. There’s also a lot of hot talk about Upemacano, a player I falsely said had a bad knee because a website had duff data. I struggle with this one as Leipzig are in a title fight and though they are savvy business folk, I’m not sure they’d need to sell. That said, he is down to 18 months, they might want to cash in because they fear he’ll mail it in like Alexis did. The cretin.

A move that intrigued me was Umtiti. He was rumoured to be in the ground for the United game. He’s played about 7 games this season and could be open to a loan. Reeks of contacts scouting, but if he’s fit, you can’t deny he’s not a world-class operator and at his peak at 25 years old.

I’d also like to see us invest some power into the midfield. Ndidi is a fantasy, but a player of his ilk with a good range of passing is something we’ve cried out for over the years.

I have to say, I knew the squad was better than we thought, but I really wasn’t convinced Torreira could hit the heights we were looking for. I worried he was too small to hack it. 3 games in and he’s looking and absolute world-beater.

There are some rumours doing the rounds about Matteo potentially being moved on at some point. Some rumblings that his warm-up the other day wasn’t very good and he was called out. I have also heard that behind the scenes, his attitude has not been up to the standards you’d expect of someone so young. He’s a great talent, but he’s not performing. If his values don’t map to the clubs, he’ll be moved on. Hopefully, it’s just a case of being a dope, like most of us were at 20 years old. Surely he can see that he’s at the right place to elevate his talent?

The Max Aarons story is also one to watch. According to rumour, the club are worried about the lack of pace Bellerin has shown since he returned, so they’re considering Aarons who is very fast with lots of stamina. Have to admit, I thought the same when I’ve watched the Spaniard this season, he’s looked half a yard short. Hopefully that’s just part of the deal when you return from a serious injury, would love to have him back at the top of his game.

Right, that’s all I have today, more of a Leeds preview tomorrow. x

P.S. Jump on the podcast, I’m on with Matt.

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  1. azed

    Un

    If you remember this time last year, someone put out a rumour that Unai and Raul schemed to get out Diamond eyes.

    Now it has come to light that Unai did not get the players he wanted (Torriera was from Diamond eyes I believe)
    Did those that spread the rumor ever come back to say they were wrong?
    Nope.

  2. Valentin

    Chelsea rebuild their reputation on the back of Manchester City. Their success was bought, but it still felt like a single rich benefactor loving football rather than a country coming from nowhere to rebuild their reputation.
    Same way in France many didn’t like Lyon but felt that any good rich chairman could have gotten similar results while PSG success was different. It felt like indecent unlimited dirty money buying the Ligue 1 competition.

  3. Dissenter

    Valentin
    You have a tendency to present innuendoes and other stuff that you’re not privy to as fact. Then you drop third-person second hand doctor small talk as gospel.
    Other than that you’re perfect.
    Raul bad…Edu good, never mind that Raul has to sign off on anything Edu does.

  4. azed

    Keep clogging the blog up with shit.
    People have spoken and you’re Bamford mk2.

    That US college system really is a joke.

    Like I said earlier, your mother would have saved the world your idiocy by aborting you?

    PS: I did not school in the US. I’m not even from the US.

    Thanks for showing your idiocy to the world.

  5. azed

    “You have a tendency to present innuendoes and other stuff that you’re not privy to as fact.”

    Thank you so much Dissenter.

  6. Valentin

    Dissenter,

    I am not presenting innuendo, but facts. The problem is you don’t like the facts, so you try to pretend it is wrong.
    Like when I stated that there was a fallout between Emery and Steve Bould. For weeks you insulted me for daring pointing out the obvious change in set pieces tactics.

    You then had to go with your tail between your leg when it was announced that Steve Bould had requested a job change. Like I pointed out, outside of external personal reason you don’t request a demotion if you are happy at your work.

    I have stated my opinions and unlike you mine have since been vindicated by events.
    Gazidis was an incompetent snake oil salesman who will jump at the first opportunity and so it has been proven.
    Raul will backstab most people to establish more power, will talk a good game but ultimately will not recruit well: the right player at the right price. In view of the constant discussion on the squad, I would say that Lichsteiner, Xhaka and Elneny pay raise, Sokratis, Luiz. Hardly a ringing success.
    Emery would start well, but things will quickly turn pear shaped. Bad management and incoherent tactic will be his undoing.
    Emery will bring his own men and that should not be allowed. Result Arsenal let go his entire team. I believe that in total that is 7 people because the club does not think they can work inside the current structure.

    Unfortunately for you, those opinions have past the test of reality. What about yours?

  7. Valentin

    Azed,

    talking about innuendo, when Presenting yourself as a fitness expert on the back of a college basket ball career when now you reveal that all you have done is playing with your mate on the car park.

    Bamford MK2 level of delusion.

  8. azed

    talking about innuendo, when Presenting yourself as a fitness expert on the back of a college basket ball career when now you reveal that all you have done is playing with your mate on the car park.

    I have never presented myself as a fitness expect, I have consistently said fitness is tailored to each player and the idea that one person can overrule the fitness regime of a whole squad is absurd.

    I said I played college basketball and if 4 months into a season players are not fit then you seriously need to question the players.

    You brought up Saka cramps and I showed you an interview with Southampton’s fitness guy talking about cramps and how it just happens in some young players.

    I have never presented myself as an expert in anything here, never claimed insider knowledge or anything here.

  9. azed

    Diet, rest, exercise make up fitness. If you ignore just one of those issues, your fitness will suffer

    See Ozil and the fortnite issue….

    Like I told Un, I’m done.

    This time last year, we had an argument about Emery wanting a defender you didn’t believe me, what happened in the end?

  10. Valentin

    Azed,

    “This time last year, we had an argument about Emery wanting a defender you didn’t believe me, what happened in the end?”

    Again you are accusing me of something I did not do. I did believe that Emery wanted a defender. I even wrote a comment to that effect that Emery wanted a CB and a winger but that all Raul got was a player who in his first Arsenal interview quickly announced that he was neither.
    Rereading previous posts and you will see thatI did not blame that fiasco on Emery.

    Where we had disagreement previously on you wanting Emery having final say and my take was he should have veto and be able to make suggestion but that the club should the final say.
    I made the same argument yesterday on the subject. I have been very consistent on that point.

  11. Un na naai

    Now it has come to light that Unai did not get the players he wanted (Torriera was from Diamond eyes I believe)
    Did those that spread the rumor ever come back to say they were wrong?
    Nope.

    Azed
    But how does that prove they didnt want him out? It doesn’t. Sven was brought in before Raul. How does emery not wanting Torreira price that Raul didn’t want to oust him and that emery didn’t want to either? Let’s face it. Emery wanted olayers he wasn’t getting and Raul didn’t want to be hurting heads with sven over transfers and playing style

    I don’t get what you’re saying