Well good afternoon my darlings, here we are, another week has passed, AND I HAVE NO SIGNINGS to talk about.
The Sau Paulo President has gone on record to confirm that Arsenal took Marquinhos off them and paid a fee rather than take the player for a free when his deal expired in July. The rationale was that Edu wants to create a flow of players to Arsenal from Brazil and good relationships mean more players come our way.
… I’m gonna say it, this seems very odd. It’s the playing equivalent of getting two yellow cards in the same passage of play. It might be legal, but it seems very weird.
Arsenal can’t get a transfer fee for love nor actual cash/money and Edu is out here giving £3.5m for players that are going on free transfers? I’d be totally down for this being a masterful move if he wasn’t in the room when we basically did the same thing with Cedric Soares.
Alex Lacazette has exited the building. This was the correct decision and one that 2 years ago we might not have made. I can’t be dealing with the slander he’s getting in some quarters, the guy was a leader this season when he could have downed tools, he had a relentless work rate, he scored some great goals for us, and the kids loved him. But, it was time to go. Physically he wasn’t at the level and his confidence in front of goal deteriorated to extreme levels as the seasons wore on.
Good luck, Laca!
Folarin Balogun was a major part of the build-up for a Smith Rowe U21 goal earlier on today (ESR landed MoTM). He’s a massive talent, but I think it’s fair to say his career needs another loan move, so hopefully Norwich or someone like that comes in for him this summer. It might even be interesting to see if he’d go to Germany or France.
Nuno Tavares is another player that is likely to find himself exited on loan next season. The Portuguese fullback has lots of promise, but he needs to have those chaotic edges sanded down on someone else’s dime this summer. James from The Athletic says a move is being spoken about.
That leaves us down a left-back. There’s a lot of rumblings on the internet about Zinchenko coming to Arsenal because his pathway is blocked at City. The Ukrainian is just a proper operator, I’m just having big doubts we’d be able to afford a player of that pedigree if Kieran Tierney stays at the club. We’re not a mature enough operation to have that much expense sitting on the bench. If we’re going for a left-back, I suspect we’ll be looking for a Tomiyasu like deal if Kieran Tierney isn’t going to Newcastle.
I guessed a rumour into existence… apparently Newcastle are tracking William Saliba. It’s hard to know what is real and what is fake, because there are a group of media oddballs in France affronted that we loaned him last season, and they are desperate for him to carry on his career at another club. The only hinge factor we have here is that the player will fancy his chances of going to the World Cup. Can he trust Arteta to give him minutes? Would he dare sign a new deal with us? We’ll see. There are plenty of games to go around next season, I just hope Mikel has charm offensive planned.
Juventus, the absolute chancers, are offering up Arthur Melo for… Gabriel Martinelli. That’s like being offered a beautifully boxed dog turd in exchange for a Rolex. I’m sorry, but where do these Italian clubs get off? Also, I do find it amusing how bad at travelling Italians are. 23-year-old Striker, Gianluca Scamacca, has reportedly turned down Arsenal so he can wait out Italian offers. Again, take the links with a grain of salt, every player knows Arsenal wants a striker, so we are good headline fodder to shake out interest in the market. But come on Italians… why the fear of moving?
The striker situation is going to be interesting. The big names in journalism think the main target is going to be Gabriel Jesus, Germany thinks we might be monitoring Serge Gnabry, the Italian press are linking us with Tammy, Oshimen and Scamacca. There’s a lot of smoke out there and I think some of that is purposeful.
Youri Tielemans, this summers ‘he’s boring’ midfielder, is being repped by John Cross.
This move is the most likely to happen, apparently the players are talking about him joining at the training ground, most likely because they get the goss from the agents that are working on the deal.
He’d be a top, top signing for Arsenal. The man is making more ball recoveries than the internets favourite midfielder Yves Bissouma. He has it all to be a success at Arsenal and he’s a NOW player, so he can compete for a place in our midfield from day one. I just hope we don’t drag the deal out all summer.
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