The Daily Star report that PSG have accepted our £5.5 million offer for Adrien Rabiot and talks will take place between the player and Arsenal this week. Roma and Juventus still hope to sign him.
Goal.com report that Olympiakos centre-back Kostas Manolas is undergoing a medical at Arsenal ahead of a move to the Gunners.
Here’s Scott’s view on yesterday’s PL opener….
Ok, to give you all something to chat about….here goes nothing.
We were disjointed, lacklustre and just plain average, imo.
The trouble was always going to be Palace defending like their lives depended on it and plenty of credit must go to them, as I dare say there will be plenty of sides unable to break them down this season, let alone twice in a game.
For positives, we need go no further than our back 4 who, in general, were fantastic.
Forget the conceded goal, as Sanchez should never have been marking a 6′ 6″ Hangeland in the first place, and letting him run compounded the problem. I don’t blame Alexis, I blame our entire unit for that one.
Calum Chambers is a kid with one hell of a future. I cannot believe he’s 19, as his presence, awareness and composure is that of a very, very talented and experienced player.
Kozzer….well, he is Kozzer, and we all know what to expect from him. I believe he’s in the top 3-4 CB’s in world football.
Debuchy showed plenty, and one aspect he’s a definite upgrade on Sagna is his delivery of a cross….he did well.
Gibbs was fine until coming off, and Nacho did well.
Midfield…..we lacked spark and creativity, but that could come down, at least in part, to Palace defending so staunchly.
Sanogo offered very, very little, and I wonder if Arsene started him to test the waters, and see whether or not we need to bring in a striker. I believe the kid has plenty, but a loan spell is required right now, as is a new striker.
The work rate of Alexis is what I love to see in any footballer, and though very rusty, he showed glimpses of why we should all be so excited about the future.
Ramsey…..well, I will say it. He was ordinary, but once again found a way to influence the result, and the sign of any good side or player is to perform poorly yet gain the result.
I was extremely disappointed with Santi and Jack, but we know the quality they possess, so let’s give them time.
All in all, I believe Arsene did just enough to get the result, but left plenty in the tank for our trip to Turkey, so in that regard, we must say the result was a success.
For those stressing already, have a look at the side we put out.
It was stacked with quality, but there was plenty of new players in it and cohesion is exactly what was missing, so we have plenty to look forward to…..
Especially when 3 World Cup winners and a certain favourite of Rico’s comes back :)
Onwards, upwards and couple of more signings….
Written by Scott.