William Saliba has broken his silence after about 16 seconds. The French centre back has this to say on his loan move to Marseille.
“I don’t think I left for England too early. I don’t care about all that,”
“I chose OM because it is the right choice. I pushed to come here. We will see what will happen next season”
Remember when I told you players choose their loan deals? There you go. I think it’s like an employment law thing or something. Whatever, William made the decision he’d head back to France for the third time and I have to say, I think the decision is a bit meek.
If he was serious about a career in the Premier League, he’d have taken a move to Southampton or Newcastle, learned the language, acclimated to the cuisine, and developed his game. Instead, he opted to go back to a low-intensity league and deliver more of the same. Very, very odd.
The more worrying thing? Marseille, a club in dire straits financially (unless dealing with Arsenal), have made some centre back signings that might make you sweat if you are William.
- Luan Peres (26),
- Leonardo Balerdi (22)
- Micky van de Van (20) (strongly rumoured)
They already have Duje Caleta-Car and Alvaro Gonzalez on the books, though one might leave. Saliba has jumped out of a club with severe centre back congestion, into one that will have purchased three. There were already rumours that Sampaoli told Saliba he has things to work on and that he was concerned about his experience. I really, really hope he doesn’t end up sitting on the bench for 3 months, because you can be sure he’d have landed more minutes at Newcastle, who seem very happy to play younger players.
In other news, more of a general Arsenal gripe about some of the average opinion that goes around on the internet. Namely, anything Arsenal do is a joke, anything any other club does is a spectacular show of ambition.
We’ve had it with Ben White, who was a rip off because:
- We had our pants pulled down by Brighton
- There were bargains to be had in Europe
- People didn’t know about him
Then Spurs go out and sign Romero for £5m more, a player from a slower league, with a similar rise to prominence… and no one bats and eyelid.
Yesterday, the mask really slipped. People just want to complain for exposure even if there’s no statistical grounding in what they are saying. Aston Villa signed Danny Ings, out of the blue, for £30m.
‘This is how you do a summer’
Let’s look at the ‘THINGS ARSENAL SHOULDN’T DO’ checkbox.
- 29 years old ✅
- Dirty injury record ✅
- Inconsistent performer ✅
- No better than what we have ✅
- Massive fee ✅
- Last year of their deal ✅
- Retirement vibes ✅
I honestly cannot fathom anyone thinking that this is a good deal, nor those same people saying the same things if Arsenal did that piece of business to replace Saka.
Here’s how he stacks against Lacazette.
Ings goals last 4 seasons:
Lacazette goals last 4 seasons:
Here’s how the assists work out over the same time period.
- Ings: 10
- Laca: 28
There’s a community of people with names like @SalsicciaGustosa14 that drop consistently horrendous football takes, and people lap them up because they are so, so dramatic. If you are reading those accounts and you are sad that we didn’t replace Lacazette with Ings, I need you to hand your digital equipment to a friend and we’ll GoFundYou to a football detox retreat.
‘Hi, my name is @CapelliLisci08, I’m here for my bad football opinions. Last week, I said Ings was… elite.’
As the afternoon wore on, the pivot shifted to… they get their business done early. Excuse me? The football season starts next Friday. Villa spent half the summer convincing their fans they were bringing ESR to their mottled rug to play with Grealish and Buendia. Now they’re having to pivot after selling a player more spectacular than a burger at 4 Charles Prime Rib (if you know you know). They haven’t had a textbook summer of greatness.
Anyway… back to football.
The challenge on Wesley Fofana was an absolute disgrace. I cannot believe some of the things that have gone on during preseason. To break a fellow professionals bone in any scenario is horrendous, to do it in what looked like a petulant retaliation in preseason? It’s unforgivable. Thankfully, it looks like just a break so it should be a clean recovery, regardless, this sort of action needs a punishment to match the crime.
The Arsenal transfer front doesn’t appear to have moved very far. Leicester have said no to the players we have on offer, though one would imagine our collection of centre backs might be more interesting to them now. I really hope there’s genuine intent for them to sell and that we have a deadline on this, because it’ll be messy if we don’t sign anyone.
There are a few ‘voices’ on the internet that no one has ever heard of talking about the Ramsdale deal, indicating the scouting has come from the keeping coach. Please… people have to stop believing every handle with more than 6 followers. If we’re interested in Ramsdale, it’ll be because the scouts have seen something they value for the system. Maybe it’s the passing, maybe it’s something interesting Wilder (who is an innovative coach) was doing… whatever it is, the recco won’t have come from the keeping coach. If you want further confirmation that Arsenal are doing things properly, take a read of what the agent of Ben White said.
‘The way he plays is very conducive with the way that Arsenal like to play, and it was very fascinating the attention to detail that Arsenal put into scouting the players that they are going to sign, whether that would be artificial attention, data analysis or video analysis… it’s all very impressive.’
There’s a vision for how the football should be played, a set profile of talent that makes that system work, and a list of players who fit. We’ve moved beyond ‘the keeping coach knows a guy’… thankfully. Sure, we’ll make mistakes, but at least it won’t be ‘bad advice from <super-agent>’
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