So the news is in, Eddie Nkeitiah has impressed the staff enough to earn a permanent move back to London. No Bristol City for him, it’s Holloway Road Nando’s every damn night… what an establishment by the way.
Competition will still be tough for the goal poaching Englishman, but I’d imagine he’ll have chances to play. We have a lot of games coming up, we’ll likely go big in the FA Cup and the Europa League. The Premier League will also be brutal. Part of me wonders if the superior fitness and Bielsa drilled work ethic he picked up at Leeds will have played a role in the decision.
I also wonder if this permanent move says anything about how Arteta sees Gabriel. Emery said the Brazilian was not a striker (said LT was a #10 as well), despite him looking like a beast through the middle. Arteta has used him out wide, so maybe that’s where he’ll continue to play. I mean, if he was seen as a striker, that’d put Eddie as 4th choice in that role.
His retention certainly bolsters the frontline. It might also add competition to Lacazette who is desperately out of form and continues to lack the required physicality and stamina for the league. We have Saka, Gabriel, Pepe, Auba, Lacazette, and Eddie to pick from. Very exciting if we can start to improve our chance creation from midfield.
The Bruno rumours continue to pick up pace, the Brazilian is a Kia player, who is the agent of Edu and Luiz. We’re also being heavily linked with Kurzawa. The PSG fullback is available on a free this summer, but word on the street is we might move for him now. His agent? Kia. I don’t like it. GFFN lambasted the move as being heavily influenced and a bit grim considering his injury record.
For me, it’s an Arsenal tradition to hire in players that are broken. Wenger made Overmars a star despite a dodgy knee and he made Kanu a hero despite the player having a heart attack. Things went downhill after that but we’ve continued to chase the dragon since then. My favorite will always be Kim Kallstrom, signed with a broken back, absolute peak Arsenal.
Broader concern here, I hate the notion of us being part of a super agent money trough. It’s grim and rarely leads anywhere positive. It also shows weakness of infrastructure. If the best full back we can find to cover for our injury-prone fullbacks is an injury-prone fullback, something is awry. If you can’t stay fit in Ligue 1, what hope do you have in a league where there are more than 4 tough games a year? I’m also a little bothered that he’s known for having a shitty attitude.
Still, he’s a quality player and am I really criticising Arteta? I’m an AKB, critical thinking out the door, I’d back the man if he brought Diaby in. That’s dedication. Also, I like how Kurzawa dresses. He also has a cool name.
Nice to see Spurs in a similar position. Signing a centre midfielder on a loan deal with a view to a £50m deal. An immense talent on paper, but one that couldn’t break into the Benfica starting 11 because of Abel Taarabt. Jorge Mendes special there. Inspired, or another example of Jose being brutally out of touch with modern football.
David Ornstein – who I now pay to listen for because The Athletic hit me for a year in one go after my trial ended -reckons we’re looking at 4 loan players. MAYBE I SHOULD POST HIS WHOLE TWEET BECAUSE I BASICALLY BOUGHT ALL HIS CONTENT. Anyway, broader message here seems to be that we’re skint, which we knew, and the only way we’re bringing in bodies is finding broken talent that needs games in their legs. He thinks we’re looking for central midfielders and defenders.
I’m fine with that. Why? Because I have to be you damn fool. What would me being unfine with it mean? Nothing.
On that note, listen to my pod and I’ll see you tomorrow. x