One thing we have to hold in our tiny little EMOTION-riven minds is this: When you compete at the top level of transfers, there will be competition.
Arsenal found that out yesterday when Chelsea steamed into the Raphinha deal with £60m.
I found it a bit odd that a team with deep structural issues that include having no strikers, no centre-backs, and an aging Kante would decide that they’d like to spend a wedge of cash on Raheem Sterling and Raphinha, but there we go.
I think Gunnerblog nailed it when he said that there is a small pool of very good players that tick very specific boxes and big clubs will gun for them.
My suspicion is Arsenal looked at Raphinha to Barca fall through and fancied they’d get a deal at a low price. That looks like a miscalculation, but look, don’t be sad, we’re taking shots at players you didn’t think were in our league 4 weeks ago. We cannot win them all. We still haven’t lost out on Raph, but it’s looking unlikely.
Still, chins UP!
Arteta is getting backed by the club, there is no doubt in my mind that we’re going to steam into our plan b for a wide player with end product, and we’ll end the window with all the bits that we need.
The direction we’re heading is the same as the one I laid out in the post. We are loading up with end product, we’re moving towards a team that is really hard to take the ball from, and one that is outrageously hard working.
Gabriel Jesus was at the training ground yesterday getting his pictures, I’ve no idea why the club didn’t announce today, it might be that it takes time to make those player hype videos, or it might just be that Arsenal are teasing us.
Mad that the players were at preseason today… the season starts in a month.
Still plenty of business to do. We need a left-back, we need a midfielder, and we need a wide player that can give us a bit more firepower.
But rest assured, we’re going to do the business this window, it will still go down as one of the best of all time.
Right, short one today, hopefully, tomorrow I’m talking about Gabriel Jesus.
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