Auba is back at London Colney and he’s looking pretty awesome in my opinion. New hair, some tie-dye shirts, and he’s smiling. He also told people on his Twitch he’s going to work on persuarding Odegaard to join the club this summer.
That’s positive talk. Let’s see if he can take that mood into the Liverpool game.
Arsenal are being heavily linked to £30m playmaker, Nabil Fekir. The Frenchman lost his dream move to Liverpool over a medical. He’s only 27 years old, but given our record with injured players over the years, would you roll that dice? Not sure I would. It’s clear he’s talented in the extreme… but that’d be no good if he was never on the pitch. Partey had 15 seconds of injury time in 12 years before losing most of this season to problems. If there’s an underlying issue, no doubt we’d activate it a day after he signed.
Talk hotting up over who the right back will be this summer. A lot of us are hoping Inter Milan’s money challenges open the door to Hakimi. He’s a monster, fast, great final ball… we’d kill for someone of that talent to step in. Question is, how deflated is the market and generous are the owners going to be? Best to assume not that generous.
Bit of blowback on the post yesterday.
‘What about homegrown talent’
Yep, that is an angle I hadn’t though of (because working it out is so, so boring)… but also, how many kids do you think want to hang around to be squad fluffers? Bit embarrassing. Game time is all you should want as a youngster. Not sure many of our Hale-Enders are going to hang around if there’s no chance of progress.
We also have some kids coming through the ranks that might be worthwhile. Patino, Azeez, Matt Smith, maybe Flo Balogun if we manage to secure him.
Again, there’s a case to be made for moving on Luiz if Cal Chambers can fill that quota.
There will hopefully be a case for AMN returning to the fold, possibly replacing Elneney. The capped England player had this to say.
“I think I’m developing a lot quicker here because you’re consistently improving your game and fighting to be the best, even when the odds are against you”
“Personally I want to play in the centre of the pitch because I feel comfortable there & there are a lot of things I can bring to playing in the middle. You can control the game as much as possible from there & I think my attributes can help me do that”
Talent wise, he has it. He can pass, he has vision, he’s calm under pressure, and he’s the best athlete at Arsenal. His issues for me are all in the mind. Currently, he doesn’t have the concentration levels to play such a pivotal position. Maybe the stint under Sam Allardyce will give him what he needs? Arsenal fans would love to welcome back a more mature player.
This summer is a big one, get it right, we’ll be in good shape next season… get it wrong and it could be tough.
Raising funds is the most important thing we can do right now. Martin Odegaard is the most important signing. Then we have to be really cute with our remaining money and make sure we sell and promote to the right levels.
Can’t wait to see what they do.
More tomorrow. x
P.S. Someone get Edu and Arteta out of Aguerro’s DMs… he’s not what we need this summer.