A QUICK POST FROM ME TODAY.
I know we’ve been here before, but anyone dropping HOUSSEM SIGNS exclusives that is a random twitter handle or someone that has NEVER had a story in their life… is lying… or taking the weird guy at the end of the bar a little too seriously.
No intermediaries are calling up a random Twitter handle called @GOONERTVLEGIT to update him on the deal. Watching these outright liars correct each other on their stories is twilight zone stuff.
No one from Arsenal calls up a new website with logistics of a player deal.
My questions is this: Why do fans engage with it every year?
It is a game of hedging. You feel out where the wind is blowing, then you make a bet. If it lands, everyone thinks you are legitimate. If you don’t, no one forgets you told a big lie.
I’d like to see the study of young men around the globe that pretend to be transfer savants. What is the driving force? Clearly, it’s not being attractive to prospective partners. How much of it do they believe themselves? Is it a disorder?
Maybe it’s so attractive because it’s an easy thing to be good at? Like, making a name in football analysis or scouting is really tough. It’s a lot of effort. It takes time for people to care. Being an ‘ITK’ is as simple as setting up a twitter handle called @ARSENALTRANSFERSPY and firing out a rumour or two.
Nothing really seemed to move that hard through official channels yesterday.
The most exciting rumblings circled around players exiting Arsenal. Bild reckon Leverkusen has struck an 11m euro deal for Kola. That is outrageous money if you ask me, I can’t believe they’ll pay that, but it’s huge regardless. That’s another £120k a week off the wage bill.
Maitland-Niles has been linked with United, who are desperate for anyone to join them. I’d deal with them if they wanted to pay their customary £50m, not sure £22m to strengthen a rival makes sense (again).
Fabrizio, the transfer god all the kids want to be in 2020, reckons Torreira is in Madrid today to nail down his move there. Arsenal hoping for a perm deal, I suspect Edu is suggesting Partey as a way to make that a little easier. I truly hope Arsenal have gone this far for Partey with a fairly strong inkling we’ll land the Ghanaian. We’re certainly cutting our midfield reinforcement recruitment fine if not.
Houssem Auoar is getting so much fake DONE DEAL news because everyone senses this one is close. Aulas is in a bit of a frenzy in the media as he tries to humiliate Arsenal into paying more money for his star. What seems fairly clear is that he can’t shake the giants of Europe into the battle for his star man. That leaves our £40m on the table… which in a global pandemic, probably looks quite good.
Interesting that Aulas cited the Pepe deal as proof we can go higher… no mate, that’s the reason we can’t go higher. What a waste of cash that is looking right now.
Talking of wasted cash… will Soares become a thing at some point, or are we just accepting that was the last gasps of a falling regime? He’s back in training, so let’s see.
I was also pondering Arteta and his ‘project’ mentality with players. He’s a little like the teen romance flicks where a girl takes on a ‘geek’ and makes him a total stud. When he was at City, his projects were Sane and Sterling. Donald Glover and Michael B Gordan in spectacles. He was coaching raw talent to greatness. Now his projects are a little uglier but he’s still gunning for them. He’s making players like Mo Elneny better, but the ceiling is low. Is his luxurious upbringing blurring his reality with some of these players?
I don’t know.
I think his coaching has made great improvements. The players want to win, they are holding each other and themselves accountable, and they fight until the bitter end. What it can’t do is stamp out the mistakes. We have the same collection of players as we did last year, those issues won’t go away that easily.
Also, our creativity and shot production is painfully low because the starting 11 hasn’t really changed. If we don’t create, does there come a point where we look at the system again? Lacazette is a weak link. Saka has been a chance creation kind of player. Will there be a moment in time when we try something new with the front three to unlock more?
These two midfielders that we’ll hopefully sign will make a big difference. Not just because they’ll be great as a pair, but because they offer us up a variety of different combinations that’ll give us more as a squad. Hopefully, those two unlock more creativity, give more variety in our shape, and make teams see us in a different light.
We don’t have them yet and we have another round with Liverpool FC at Anfield tomorrow evening. This game might be a little fairer. We’ll play a blend of youth and senior players and so will Liverpool. The game was 5-5 last year, so it’ll be interesting to see who has the better kids.
Eddie should lead the line. I expect to see Joe Willock back in that double pivot again. We’ll get to see what all the fuss about Saliba is, maybe next to Gabriel who has been impressive so far this season. Will we see some of the other kids? Azeez? Patino? BALOGUN? RUNAR?
What I’m hoping is there is some kid that is going to act as an understudy to Aouar this season. Surely, just one creative player for the season isn’t the plan?
So many possibilities.
Let’s hope we put on a show. I’ll join you for a podcast tomorrow. See you in the comments.