Ok, I took a day off and I’m ready to rev back up into belief mode and pray that we can extract something from this miserable start to the season.
What better way to do that than to land one of the hottest young creative talents in Europe for a rumoured £30m.
That is a steal.
He’s the captain of a national team that contains Erling Haaland.
He’s an aggressive progressive passer of the ball.
He has that eye for a cutting pass no one in this current lineup has.
He ranks highly for progressive carries, so we have someone that can dribble the ball effectively.
We know he has goals in his game from his Sociedad days.
We know he’ll make us a better team.
At the very least, it’ll be good for the squad to see fresh blood.
James Maddison would have been lovely, no doubt, but if we can get him for half the price, then why not. Also, Sam Dean of The Telegraph pointed out, we’ve basically spent £5m to replace Joe Willock.
I’ve read all sorts of embarrassing anti-Odegaard talk online.
‘Why wasn’t anyone else in for him?’
No one else was in for Sancho. No one else was in for Romero. No one else was in for Lukaku. If the barometer for success with a new signing is whether or not Manchester City are in for him, I think you need a new test.
‘He doesn’t move the needle’
I love this sort of comment from people that have no clue. Think it’s born of Liverpool signing Allison and VVD then winning the league. Well my friends, we are not Liverpool, we can’t afford those sorts of players, so we have to play in the world of high-potential. Odegaard does move the needle for us creatively, that’s not in doubt, he also has a very high ceiling and he will get better whether it’s under Arteta or a new coach.
Honestly, leave the room, you are embarrassing yourself.
There are three types of signing we could have made here.
A mega star within our budget, like Maddison.
We could have gone for a player like Coutinho, 28 years old, a fallen star, in need of rehab… no resale value.
Or we could sign players we could craft into a superstar.
Plenty of examples of players that didn’t make the cut at big clubs, that went on to blow up with some love. Lukaku booted from Chelsea. KDB, booted from Chelsea. Mo Salah, booted from Chelsea. They all did ok. Failing to make it at Madrid isn’t the end.
I am all in on signing players that can grow with the club. White, Tavares, Lokonga, and Odegaard all represent a profile of players with very specific skills we need, with plenty of room to grow. Bringing in players like that ensures the next manager won’t need to spend £400m to rebuild, because we have the makings of a good squad.
Next up is Aaron Ramsdale. I honestly have no idea what is going on here. He seems like a very weird signing. My hope is that there’s some sort of mega data angle I’m not seeing, my absolute fear is the keeping coach that is somehow still hanging around has made a ‘boss, look at this boy’ recommendation and we’re heading for Runarsson MKII. The only hope I’m taking from this transfer is his distro game looks good. He’s brave with his passing and his long kicks are aggressive. He also ranks really high for catching crosses, small thing, but Leno either doesn’t come for them, or he punches. If you have a keeper that can catch and distribute fast, you have improved Arsenal. Also, at 22, Emi Martinez was cleaning boots at Rotherham. Hopefully, Rams-bo is a rough diamond we can smooth off rapidly before Bernd Leno goes on strike.
There’s still business to be done.
We need a right-back, desperately.
We need to sell more than one player.
We need our manager to get his shit together and start playing the part. He needs a rocket performance at the weekend and he’ll not get that if he’s crying like a baby all week. This squad is good now, there are no excuses, I want to see fast football, I want to see our players pressing, and I want us to move swiftly away from dreary donut football as fast as possible.
Right, quick one today, but here’s a video I did for Latte Firm. Check it out.
AND IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY, PEEK AT WHAT WE DID AT THE WEEKEND