Arsenal just lost a preseason friendly to Brentford.
The starting 11 had a bit of the ‘who is going on loans’ about it. I’m not really sure why they had the friendly when I’m looking at this group of players, but I guess building minutes into the legs isn’t a bad thing. You never know when you’ll need the second string of players.
I don’t like that Eddie is in this group, but then you realise we only have two strikers, with Folarin Balogun heading out on loan somewhere.
Are we making a mistake heading into the season with two recognised strikers? One of them gets an injury and you don’t have an option off the bench. That could be an issue, especially if we lose someone during crunch time. My guess is maybe Marti comes in as a #9? But who knows.
The exit rumour mill is heating up. We’ve agreed an £8m fee for Bernd Leno. My oh my are Fulham getting a good deal there. Still, he was a good chap last season, he didn’t sulk, and you have to let older players get the minutes for World Cups. Just a shame that fee is terrible.
I believe Lucas Torreira is going to exit Arsenal for a transfer fee of roughly nothing. It’s quite sad how a hype player from back in the day has absolutely tanked his career through no fault of his own to get a transfer fee of zero. The hope is that we put a 50% sell-on clause in the deal so he doesn’t get flipped for mega money and we look like chumps.
🔴 All or Nothing: 𝗔𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗻𝗮𝗹
After losing our first three Premier League games of 21/22, the boss delivered this… ❤️
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 27, 2022
The Mikel Arteta resume builder kicked up another gear. The video above was shot after we had a shocking start to last season. What you see there is the special sauce that you’ve not witnessed before. His ability to inspire, open up about pain, and absorb criticism for his staff. He’s a good leader, he has flaws, but it’s hard to watch that sort of thing and not feel something.
No doubt when the series airs, he’ll be verbally abusing a kitchen staffer for not buttering his toast to the corners, but we’ll wait and see. Jokes aside, you’re likely to see the inspirational parts of his persona… and maybe the bits that make him look like a ruthless bully. Weirdly, if hammering players is in the name of standards, the reaction will likely be very positive from fans. Everyone loves someone with next-level standards because secretly, we all want to be that weird about high standards in our own lives… and we’re not.
I only went and got back in the booth didn’t I 🎤🎧🔥
And so here for general release is my latest freestyle on Arsenal’s transfer window so far!
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In the weirdest transfer of the window, Kasper Schmichael quit Leicester for Nice. Very lovely. That leaves Leicester without a keeper. There’s also talk Chelsea are hustling them for Fofana after losing out on Kounde. Maddison is also attracting interest from Spurs. They haven’t spent much money. I think they’d rather fund a spending spree from the player with one year left on his deal. Will Arsenal move on Tielemans? Why has it taken so long?
Mad Jens Lehmann did a madness on his neighbour.
Quite something, but one this is for sure, you couldn’t say ‘unexpected.’
Right, not much else going on today. If you want some podcast juice, jump in below. If not, I’ll see you tomorrow.