Listen, who tf is Lisandro Martinez anyway?
Too ‘fancy dan’ on the ball.
HAS HE BEEN TO STOKE?
Not built for the Premier League.
Probably has a bad attitude because he’s 5ft9.
I didn’t want him anyway.
What I do want is a proper left-back.
Someone with the fighting spirit of a Ukrainian.
A player with high levels of technical ability.
An actual left-back that can maybe play LCM.
Someone that has won trophies.
A player that is mid-twenties that maybe feels aggrieved he landed similar amounts of minutes and Bob Holding.
I want someone that has tutored under a coach like Pep Guardiola.
Well people, my dreams MIGHT be coming true, because David Ornstein said we’re moving on Oleksandr Zinchenko for about £40m.
Now, jokes aside on Lisandro Martinez… he’s a top-tier talent with a high ceiling, but he’s coming from a slow league, and he’ll need a period of adaptation. The ceiling looks through the roof, but he’s not there yet. The money looks outrageous as well, £55m is the sort of cash only United would spend on a 5ft9 centre back.
I’m going to be real with you, Zinchenko is the player my head said from the start because we know what he can do. Arsenal needs to hit the ground running next season. Having a player that we know can get into the mixer off very few minutes is where we need to be.
You can spend your luxury car money on an Alfa Romeo or you can spend it on a BMW. One is a concept of greatness, the other just does what it says on the tin. Zinchenko is a BMW of a left-back. You know what you’re getting and it’s fucking great.
If this deal goes through I’ll feel a whole lot better about where the season is heading. Kieran Tierney is a top left back, but when he exits the side, we feel it and have done for 3 seasons. There won’t be that panic now. Maybe the Scot will think twice about risking his body in friendlies. Maybe the competition will help him raise his game to new heights. Whatever happens, we’ve added more robustness, additional flex to our defence and midfield, and we’ve upped the characters and winnertivity of the squad again.
This would represent some of the smartest business of the window.
I know this will pain some people, but signing an assistant from Manchester City seems to be working out for our summer so far, wouldn’t you say?
There are just two positions that need remedying after the left back, that’ll be a central midfielder in the shape of an 8, and a winger that can add goals to the frontline.
The central midfielder looks like it’ll be Tielemans or Paqueta. This kind of looks like a similar situation to the left back. Do you go with a player with a high ceiling in Paqueta? Or do you put your money on a tried and true Premier League with an international pedigree? I’m leaning into having players that can hit the ground running. But look, this is like choosing between ribeye or New York strip at Hawksmoor… you’re getting something special however you sway. Maybe you’re a fat bastard and you order both? Who knows. The Hawksmoor in New York is spectacular by the way, you should go if you get the chance.
There’s not a lot of noise with regards to the wide player. Raphinha moved to Barcelona, Sterling moved to Chelsea, the Bosnian rumour doesn’t seem to hold much weight.
I’m gonna throw it out there… Wilfried Zaha would be a very good signing for Arsenal. He’ll have a chip on his shoulder because that’s just who he is as a player, he has outrageous aggression, he always scores goals, he’s extremely direct, and he is a nightmare for defenders. The player has 1 yr left on his deal, we lack experience, he could bring that to the club.
Right, short post today, podcast with Matt and Johnny later. Hopefully some GOOD things happening in my life over the next 48 hrs. x