Morning all.

Rumours are rife that Arsenal will sign 18-year-old Omar Rekik in January. Apparently the club tried to bring him to north London during the summer but a deal didn’t materialise. According to Football London’s Chris Wheatley, Arsenal and Hertha Berlin thrashed a deal out on Monday and he’ll be an Arsenal player when the transfer window opens in January. £800k is the reported fee which is a cheap deal. A real bargain if he proves to be a good player..

Interestingly, Matteo Guendouzi is on loan at Hertha. Rekik is yet to make the Hertha first team so the likelihood of him joining ours is slim, especially with the number of central defenders we have on the books. According to reports in Germany the player’s family wanted him to move to England, following in the same footsteps of his older brother Karim who was once on Man City’s books for Manchester City but now at Sevilla.

True or not I’ve no idea. Of course we need creative players, a striker too but snapping up younger players for such a small fee is Arsenal being smart. They did the same back in the summer by signing a few younger and very cheap players who will prove their worth either by being good footballers for the club or a saleable asset. Apparently Guendouzi had a good game for France this week which has resulted in a few headlines on newsnow suggesting Arsenal made a mistake letting him go. Easy to suggest but he was clearly disrupting Mikel Arteta’s class so he’s better off where he is. Him playing well for his country is good for Arsenal as it either means he’s grown up as far as football goes and he’ll come back a better player or his value will increase should Arsenal want to sell him. It’s a win win I think.

Arsenal currently have a lot of players out on loan.

Date Position Name To End date Team
16-Jul-20 CB Konstantinos Mavropanos VfB Stuttgart 30-Jun-21 First team
10-Aug-20 CB Zech Medley Gillingham 30-Jun-21 Under-23s
RB Zak Swanson MVV Maastricht 30-Jun-21 Under-23s
13-Aug-20 RW Trae Coyle Gillingham 30-Jun-21 Under-23s
17-Aug-20 CM Matt Smith Swindon Town 30-Jun-21 Under-23s
25-Aug-20 RB Jordi Osei-Tutu Cardiff City 30-Jun-21 Under-23s
04-Sep-20 DM Ben Sheaf Coventry City 30-Jun-21 Under-23s
08-Sep-20 ST Tyreece John-Jules Doncaster Rovers 30-Jun-21 Under-23s
22-Sep-20 CB Mark McGuinness Ipswich Town 30-Jun-21 Under-23s
06-Oct-20 CB Daniel Ballard Blackpool 31-Jan-21 Under-23s
06-Oct-20 CM Matteo Guendouzi Hertha Berlin 30-Jun-21 First Team
06-Oct-20 DM Lucas Torreira Atletico Madrid 30-Jun-21 First Team

 

Whilst it’s great they’re all playing football, apart from one or two, none are playing at a high level. Does it matter? I don’t think so as some of the lower league teams not only play good football but the divisions themselves are tough. The football is tough too so these young men will have hardened up before their return to Arsenal. As much as the Premier League can produce great football at times, some of the individuals are pretty pathetic really. A slightest of touches and they’re on the ground rolling around as if Mike Tyson has just landed one of his best punches, it’s pathetic. Arsenal have a few players who go to ground far too easily, Lacazette being one of them.

Not all of those out on loan will remain at Arsenal but as I suggested with Guendouzi, by playing week in, week out, they are putting themselves out there for other clubs to spot.

Twelve players on loan might turn into a lot of money for Edu and Arteta to spend next summer. Just Guendouzi and Torriera would probably finance a creative midfield and the rest could go towards a much needed striker.

See you in the comments guys.