Well good morning.
Bad news at Arsenal as the sort of cuts they need to make become clear. We’re not renewing 10 scouts this June, which according to reports is about £8k a month. Minor league stuff you have say, but I guess it’s quite tough to scout right now. The club doesn’t have a lot of money, there isn’t a lot of football, and we are not in great shape financially. Good luck to the scouts, they should be proud of their work, we’re certainly producing a lot of very good local lads, hopefully, they find work fast.
We’ve signed a youth talent by the name of George Lewis. He’s coming over from Norway. His old coach had this to say on him.
“It’s been in the news over here about Arsenal but no-one really gave it much attention at first.
“I’m delighted for George, but I’m also a little surprised. He’s nearly 20 and never been near the national teams and it’s not like he’s gone off the radar here during his development.
“So it has come as a surprise, but hopefully he can do well over there if it happens.”
Hardly glowing, but I’m excited for the kid. Going from 3rd tier in Norway to Arsenal is quite the achievement.
L’Equipe are saying we’re interested in Moussa Dembele this summer. I find this sort of story hard to digest when we’re cutting costs on part-time scouts. But, there might be a grand plan if the club has found big money for Auba. For me, the need is more in the middle of the park. All our budget should go towards solving that issue. Mobility, power, height and a good range of passing would be nice.
Ryan Fraser has gone from being linked to Arsenal and Spurs… to Galatasaray. Good.
Barcelona is demanding a £10million loan fee for Coutinho and the full coverage of his wages (Or £80m). I’m glad they are playing hardball here because doing favours for agents should not be the strategy this summer. When you’re cutting player salaries, the idea that you can suddenly find money for a player that has failed to live up to the hype at two clubs would be quite a shocking display of dontgiveafuck-ery.
Hector Bellerin wants to stay at Arsenal and fight for his place. This is great news. Hopefully he can recover some of his pace, then get made captain. Guy is a natural leader, he’s a modern pro, and he could really go places with some great coaching.
Finally, Arsenal are after Adil Aouchiche, a 17 year old midfielder from PSG.
Here’s how you become THE KNOWLEDGE on him.
Have a great Friday, big love x