ARSENAL LOOK TO ITALY?

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THE EUROS TONIGHT LADS AND LADETTES.

Can’t wait.

It’s nice that to commemorate the Italians and Turks game that we’re being heavily linked to Serie A players.

Locatelli as a Granit replacement?

Barella as tasty number 8 with bite to his game?

RODRIGO DE PAUL FOR CHANCE CREATION, BALL PROGRESSION AND BIG ENERGY VIBES?

Those are three very sexy links. I read someone say we go from ass to class and I am absolutely here for that sort of poetic internet prose.

Rodrigo De Paul is 27, repped by Mino Raiola, and probably going to Atleti… but his profile is exactly what we’re looking for. He’s tasked with progressing the ball from deep at Udinese. He creates a lot, scores a lot, has an energy profile that has attracted Bielsa. Give me that sort of talent over some of the one-paced merchants we’ve been looking to replace all day long.

This is an excellent scouting report if you’d like to read up further on him.

Locatelli is exciting because he’s handsome and Italian. He ticks all the Xhaka RPL boxes from a stats perspective. He’s at a small club in Italy, Sassuolo, so should be attainable. Though I do wonder how the P&P merchants are rationalising him more than the other slow deep-lying midfielders because he’s very one-paced even in Italy. I guess Italians just hit differently?

I’m not sure how much is actually going on, because I know Arteta is out of the building on holiday and it seems that Edu is still away because he keeps posting to his public IG stories. Breath though. Everyone is entitled to a holiday. BUT WHERE ARE THE SIGNINGS BECAUSE THE EUROS HAVE ALREADY STARTED. Breath. It’ll be fine. IT WILL BE FINE.

Tyler Adams feels like a dead cert now.

Agent Smith Rowe is on the blower as we speak luring him over to the mighty Arsenal. Journos are saying he’s a hot target of clubs with Champions League football. I’d say WE ARE ARSENAL, but Emi B just binned us off to play cards with John Terry, so who knows how the Arsenal pull is working at the moment.

More journos are talking up the prospect of Lokonga, a great talent, but not for the first team I’d imagine.

Then there’s the story of Eddie getting a new deal. Not quite sure how this one is working. If he’s getting a new deal, you would imagine it’ll be because Huss Fahmy put an option of an extension in his last deal so we could preserve his value… because I don’t see a world where he’d sign another year knowing how far he is down the pecking order to protect Arsenal’s right to sell him?

Granit Xhaka is about to move out of the club for £18m or so… if you spent the last 5 seasons calling him the worst player in the world, I can’t have you moaning about the fee in a post-pandy world (pandy is ok to use, right?).

On the note of moaning, word for the comments. I let a whole bunch of people back on a few weeks ago and predictably, the misery is back and the conversation is starting from a low point. People need to pick it up. Misery breeds misery and stops interesting conversation flowing like we have a few months back. If perpetrators don’t pick it up, I’ll do a sweep again.

On that note, I bid you farewell, enjoy the Euros, it’ll be fun!

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  1. Leedsgunner

    Why are we targeting Ben White, according to Ornstein? CB is one of the very few areas where we are well stocked.

    Rather than wasting £50m on a CB, spend that money on a CM or a RB (or both!)

    Is Arteta determined not to give a fair crack to Saliba then?

  2. TR7

    Arteta and Edu are out of their mind if they are planning to buy a young centre half for 40-50M. In Saliba, Holding, Chambers, Gabriel, Mari and Mavrapanos we have a good mix of defenders. For me if we are interested in Ben White then one of Saliba or Gabriel is going to be sold. There’s no way we will have 3 defenders who cost 100 M together and still one of them warms the bench.

  3. MD-Gunner

    This is all you need to know about Arsenal’s transfer business:

    Donyell Malen: Sold by Arsenal for less than £1m – now set to star with Holland at Euro 2020

    In an alternative universe, Donyell Malen leads the Arsenal attack. From the wing, he is supplied by Serge Gnabry. Behind him, Ismael Bennacer and Yunus Musah deliver the passes.

    In this world, however, Bennacer is AC Milan’s midfield playmaker, Gnabry and Musah are creating chances instead for Bayern Munich and Valencia. Malen, meanwhile, “could become a sensation for this European Championship,” according to Wesley Sneijder.

  4. Tom

    “Arteta and Edu are out of their mind if they are planning to buy a young centre half for 40-50M”

    That sentence is unnecessarily long, it should’ve ended on the word “ mind”.

  5. Marko

    Marko probably would have no issue with us dropping another fifty million pound load on Theo Hernandez at LB because he’s an upgrade on Tierney.

    No idea what you’re on about but good point?

  6. salparadisenyc

    Might be in the minority here but I think CB pretty necessary for our needs after not extending Luiz. We have many options but not a real leader or ball playing CB. What we lost in Luiz is really our only CB capable of playing out of back without shitting himself. Just not sold on Ben White being that player.

    Which then begs the question whose getting sold, as TR7 just stated some decisions need to be made. Really doesn’t look good for Mavro or Saliba (which goes down into the further bizarre category) if that deal comes off.

  7. Marko

    For me if we are interested in Ben White then one of Saliba or Gabriel is going to be sold.

    Possibly though your logic in selling one of our two best defenders and not the other plethora of shite we have is just plain strange

  8. Frost

    French football expert & Brighton supporter @jeremysmith98: ‘I don’t think White is any better [than Saliba] at this stage or has any more potential. I really think that Saliba is a quality player, shows more leadership qualities, is better in the air & is equally as good with the ball at his feet.

    So if it’s a choice between the two, I still don’t really understand why Arsenal aren’t sticking with what they’ve got, especially because you’re usually paying premium for an English or Premier League player. So the link seems slightly strange to me.Unless Arsenal are looking to kind of move forward with the two of them playing together”

  9. Marko

    Frost I actually agree I think Saliba is better but my argument is that with Luiz gone and with how we really should get rid of chambers Holding and Mavropanos I can see us needing another CB. Mari Gabriel Saliba and one other should be our options next season imo

  10. Karsa

    White has had a successful promotion with Leeds, played a year in the Premiership, and has been called up to the full international side.

  11. Marko

    Ishola it’s pretty simple you have two old men choosing not to shake hands during a pandemic and who happen to be two world leaders looking to show an example to the world. Tough for you to comprehend it seems

  12. WengerEagle

    ‘Frost I actually agree I think Saliba is better but my argument is that with Luiz gone and with how we really should get rid of chambers Holding and Mavropanos I can see us needing another CB. Mari Gabriel Saliba and one other should be our options next season imo’

    Hold on, so you actually rate Saliba a player that we have on our books HIGHER than White as well as having Gabriel and Mari and you still want us to spunk our load on White too?

    Makes sense that.

  13. Dissenter

    MD-Gunner
    “In an alternative universe, Donyell Malen leads the Arsenal attack. From the wing, he is supplied by Serge Gnabry. Behind him, Ismael Bennacer and Yunus Musah deliver the passes.”

    That’s why I’ve always maintained that our scouting was top notch under Wenger. Our scouting led us to the right players, it’s the manager [Wenger] that botched many of these cases.

    It was the executive decision making above the head of the scouts that was diabolically poor.

    Same thing is still happening now, Arteta is not competent at progressing youngsters and is stagnating the transfer value of many of the younger players.

  14. TR7

    Marko

    So you think we will sign White for 50M for him to only be a back up to Gabriel and Saliba ? Your assumption that we will sell Holding, Chambers and Mavrapanos and not one of Saliba or Gabriel is a weak one. Arsenal are not rich enough to have a 50M defender as back up.

  15. Marko

    Your assumption that we will sell Holding, Chambers and Mavrapanos and not one of Saliba or Gabriel is a weak one.

    How so? Mavropanos is shit and should be sold and Chambers and Holding have shown themselves to be nothing more than squad players at best after all these years and we don’t need a plethora of those. Look it’s really not hard to understand the logic in the club potentially deciding to have 4 good CBs next season instead of a couple good ones and 4/5 squad players. Quality over quantity doesn’t apply to Arsenal it seems

  16. TR7

    ‘Look it’s really not hard to understand the logic in the club potentially deciding to have 4 good CBs next season instead of a couple good ones and 4/5 squad players.’

    I don’t remember Arsenal and for that matter any other team having 4 center halves all vying for a place in the starting 11. Most teams have 2 starting 11 material and a few others willing to play second fiddle. Mari has been excellent and most probably will be our first choice center back and let’s assume Gabriel starts along side him. We will then have two defenders (Saliba and White) who cost us 80M as back up. Can you imagine that ?

  17. MidwestGun

    What we lost in Luiz is really our only CB capable of playing out of back without shitting himself. Just not sold on Ben White being that player.
    __________
    I thought the same thing too, Sal.. but when I actually looked at the numbers.. our win percentage was actually slighter better when Luiz didn’t play. When he did play we got more draws. and our points per game were about the same.. So I think his contributions were more perceived then actual. For me, I don’t mind an upgrade at CB.. but it can’t be at the expense of other positions and I would not understand the whole Saliba situation.. it’s bizarre.

    Also, I agree , I don’t see Ben White as much of an upgrade on Holding.. Looking at the numbers.. Holding actually has a higher passing percentage and more long passes last season. Ben White is better at interceptions.. which probably means he reads the game better.. but to pay big money for that.. seems insane.

  18. TR7

    Holding has been solid for Arsenal if not excellent. Chambers is useful for his versatility as he can play a couple of positions. But yes let’s sell them all to bring in a very young player for 50M who is not even a finished article and not certain to start for us.

  19. Marko

    I don’t remember Arsenal and for that matter any other team having 4 center halves all vying for a place in the starting 11

    So your logic being that we should keep players who are happy to sit on the bench and not contest a starting spot? Very good.

  20. Mr Serge

    Really pissed me off we let Gnabry go and benecar and mallen we threw away s lot of talent under gatzidis and Wenger

  21. Marko

    You’re the one wanting us to spend 50m on a back-up CB while the CM is on fire and I am dense?

    Yes your dense cause my stance on this topic is straight forward and you’re not getting it and who said he’s going for 50 million? Seems unlikely. Again this is literally like Liverpool fans moaning about signing Konate cause they have Nat Phillips and Ben Davies on their books. Anyway never change arsenal fans never change

  22. MD-Gunner

    @Dissenter
    Arsenal’s transfer at its best 😆

    The accumulative cost of Donyell Malen, Serge Gnabry, Ismael Bennacer and Yunus Musah would now be somewhere in the region of £200 million. Over the last five years, Arsenal have let all of them go, and for less than a combined £8 million.

  23. TR7

    ‘So your logic being that we should keep players who are happy to sit on the bench and not contest a starting spot? Very good.’

    It’s not my logic, what I am saying is pretty much the norm. Forget Arsenal, even the likes of Real Madrid, PSG, Barcelona, Bayern, City, Juventus do not have 4 center halves all vying for a place in the starting 11.

    Aguero and Jesus can be strikers for City, not Aguero and Benzema. There’s is something called team composition and dynamics.

  24. Marko

    Tr7 are you saying that a professional footballer at a club doesn’t by for a starting place he’s merely there take up the numbers? That’s just sad.

    Anyway it’s been talked about my stance is I see the logic in what the club is apparently trying to do

  25. TheLegendaryDB10

    Didn’t see it. Just turned the head to do something and next thing he is on the ground.

    This is really awful.

    So it must be that Erikson had a heart attack or something then.

  26. MidwestGun

    Yes it was a heart issue. They went full on cpr right away and used the paddles. I never saw him move, scary stuff.. they had a air bottle on him when they wheeled him off. But not sure he recovered or not.. Pretty horrible stuff.

  27. Dissenter

    Mid
    He didn’t seem to regain consciousness and they did intubate him early, before his team mates shielded the camera.
    Hopefully he regains full functioning but it didn’t look good.

  28. Mr Serge

    Hopefully he is more Fabrice muamba outcome than Marc Vivien foe hopes and prayers are with him and his family

  29. Mr Serge

    Football does not matter right now it’s all about this guy pulling through for the sake of his family sad day

  30. MidwestGun

    Yep.. Radio. I have a family member in hospital with serious heart problems, too so hits close to home.

    Life is fragile thing even for professionals in great shape.

  31. Dissenter

    Mr Serge
    “There is a pic of him with his eyes open and his hands raised as he was stretchered off”

    Photoshopped?

    I mean the guy was out for minutes.
    Even if he did regain consciousness, he has to be delirious after being out for so long, the so called hand raised ay not matter

    We just have to wait.

  32. Dissenter

    Mr Serge
    Thank goodness for that; if he was indeed conscious

    I’m just suggesting he was out fir while and his heart stopped/was quiet at some point, hence the cardioversion.
    My point is that the hand raising to the crowd doesn’t mean much because he is unlikely to be delirious for a while.

  33. Champagne Charlie

    Terrible scenes around Eriksen there, glad to hear a level of stabilisation has been reached and he regained consciousness before leaving the stadium. That’s big. Football utterly irrelevant when events like that occur, best wishes to the man and his family.

    Weagle

    Marko wants us to sell Xhaka, Elneny, and Lacazette. He’s yet to illuminate how we’re going to get on next season with just Partey down in midfield.

    So that’s a LB, RB, CM x 2, AM, and Forward required after 45 mil on Ben White. You just don’t see it obviously. Master plan

  34. Champagne Charlie

    Dissenter

    There’s an image of him being carried away, hand on head, eyes glazed. He’s awake, but understandably unawares.

  35. Dissenter

    That Danish team is a close knit family and Kasper Schmeichel is a first class leader

    Never seen a team react better to the most horrible of events

  36. raptora

    After seeing the tragedy with his boss, Kasper deserves a happy ending. He’s been through too much already. So sad for Eriksen, I hope he recovers well.

  37. TheLegendaryDB10

    Dissenter

    What was amazing about Kasper is how he also walked up to Eriksen’s wife to reassure her. And he hugged her and stayed with her for 4-5 minutes.

    A true leader with a caring heart.

    A trait that is seriously lacking these days in politics unfortunately.

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