This will just be a rapid round-up today because I spent many hours on that Ben White piece yesterday which everyone thought was the best thing they’ve ever read… in the world.
The Xhaka move is edging along at a snail’s pace. The latest from Italy is the deal will be announced at the end of the Euros. Fantastic if it happens, whatever the price.
Arsenal has nearly reached a deal with Mavropanos for a loan to perm move that could total £5m. Now, I understand that Europe is broke, but I cannot fathom why we can’t land more money than that for a player that is young, starting games in a good German side, who one of the best scouts in the world really rates. The only thing I can imagine here is the sell-on clause is something disgusting?
Let’s be honest, there’s a way to go before Arsenal are in Liverpool’s league for selling on duffers for mega-money.
The selling doesn’t stop there. Big rumours in Italy that Torreira is going to find his way to Lazio in a deal worth about £18m. Look, let’s be honest, he was a bit shit, Adam’s data proved out that he was the worst of our midfielders, I’m just happy to land a fee at this point. A misfire, but one you could tolerate because it looked clever and had data that sat behind it.
The dirty rumour that is doing the rounds is the Rob Holding is attracting a lot of interest from 5 Premier League clubs for his services. Now, I like Rob Holding, but the limitations are clear. Moving on a player of his standard is something Arsenal rarely do though. We ship out the best and the worst, but never players doing an above-average job. I’m not totally sold on this happening, but it wouldn’t surprise me because something has to give in that centre-back pile-up we have at the moment.
Any concerns that Pierre is going to take the gaming seat like Ozil did and bum around for his last 2 seasons has been put to the sword. Pictures emerged of him in Mykonos with their team getting some fitness practice in for the new season. I think there’s a really simple equation out there next season: Maintain the defensive solidity of last season and get Auba back to 25 goals and you are going to be right in the mixer for top 4. Auba very much performs to his xG. Give him chances and he will score. Fingers crossed he gets back to his best this summer.
Kieran Tierney, future captain, hero to the working glass, god on the left… has signed a new 5 year deal with Arsenal. I think this is a superb piece of news. If we’re looking for positive signs about the project at Arsenal, look no further than 1) We’re mostly tying down important players after 5 years of being very bad at that, Bravo to Edu 2) Players we want to keep are bought into whatever is going on at Arsenal. You can listen to the noise that says we’re making a grave error with our managerial approach, or you can look at who has put pen to paper… Saka, Martinelli, Tierney, Auba… next up, ESR.
FINALLY, Londoners can land themselves a covid jab at the stadium. So book here. Outside of being protected from a nasty virus, the main side-effect is feeling supremely smug about life. It takes a couple of weeks to hit peak… but honestly, what a feeling. Protect yourself and finally feel comfortable attending those cosplay events you’ve been missing you massive nerds.
See you in the comments. x