It’ll be very casual writing over the next couple of weeks. I don’t have much interest in the international matches and there’s not an awful lot going off on the Arsenal front.
Houssem Aouar wants you to know he’s ok. Honestly, he’s just fine.
“It wasn’t really Arsenal or nothing else, although at the end it was close to that. Really, a choice had to be made and I’m happy to stay here.
“I spoke about it a lot with sporting director Juninho. He shows me confidence every day and it’s a real pleasure to work with him. To stay here for another season – or more – with him, it’s a great pride.”
Those are NOT tears. It’s runny icing from a cake or something.
I have to say, looking back on the window, I am kind of happy we landed Partey, despite the priority clearly being attacking capabilities. If we were looking at how the season would shape up right now with just a creator signed, I think we might be wondering about how we’d deal with the lack of power in our midfield this season.
Don’t get me wrong, Houssem is an excellent player that could have been a game-changer for us. However, I do think we’ll have more luck finding a creative spark with a stable midfield, than trying to find power and control.
… and look, missing out on him likely means the move is over. I truly hope a greedy agent didn’t scupper his move. Anyway, that could open us up to better options next season. If we manage to sneak into the Champions League, we might have the finances to make Jack Grealish happen. A player that produces the numbers we need, someone who says The Grove is his fave stadium, a player that’ll be finding peak next season. One can dream, right?
Just to deviate back to Thomas Partey, the below video should get you excited. A stats person actually excited about the signing, and I am all for it.
I was wondering to myself whether the club will go back in for a Head of Recruitment type figure. We lost Cagigao, Sven is in Germany… there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of rumours with regards to that role. One would assume another £1m a year hire is probably not on the agenda of a club guillotining the club mascot. So what does that mean? Did the head of recruitment job get the internal solutions treatment? Wenger would be proud. The analysts must be picking up the slack and one would assume Edu and Arteta are probably more wired into what good looks like that Raul and Emery.
Not to cover old ground, but I still can’t believe Emery had Partey at the table last season and thought the priority was £72m winger. The best winger on the planet wasn’t making Arsenal a force last season. Baffling.
The transfer strategy this season looked fairly sensible, but we didn’t do anything overly curveball. I’m looking forward to seeing if that changes as we increase revenue over the next few years. Will Arsenal spend more time in eastern Europe, a well of exciting players with elite mindsets. When will we start paying more attention to Africa? North Africa has been a talent hive for years, same for the west. But what about the more southern areas?
Patson Daka, striking sensation playing his trade at RB Salzburg, originates in Zambia. He scored 27 last season, and he’s on 11 already this year. Following where teams like RB scout is never a bad bet. They have an ingredients list for their players and it doesn’t stop delivering hits. Keep and eye of this guy, he looks like the sort of player that’d thrive in the Premier League. He’d certainly be a good replacement for Lacazette when we look to upgrade. At 22, he’s hit the Logan’s Run age where they’ll look to move him out to the German Franchise or to whoever has the cash to get him.
I also wonder why we aren’t organising a feeder club system like City and others are attempting at the minute. The Colorado Rapids aren’t up to much this season, but it seems odd that there aren’t closer ties to Arsenal. Firstly, because the United States and the MLS in particular, has been producing some hits when it comes to young players. Factor in that lots of parents of precocious athletes might start favouring football, because, you know, it doesn’t melt brains… well, there’s probably not a better time to start expanding the new Arsenal IP and creating a feeder factory.
This is what happens when there’s no football.
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