I’m probably in a minority but if Arsenal secure just one deal this month and it’s the Folarin Balogun, I’ll be pretty happy. Firstly it’d mean Klopp has failed in his attempt to lure him away from Arsenal but more importantly, he’s pretty much one of our own having been at the club since he was 9 years old. He’s also the only striker in the squad who is capable of holding the ball whilst brushing off defenders too he plans where his layoff pass is going. Ok, he’s not come across someone as strong as VVD yet but hopefully that day won’t be far away. His Twitter comment is either him winding up Arsenal fans, or he’s staying. Fingers crossed it’s the latter.
Newsnow has conflicting headlines surrounding Mesut Ozil. One suggests he’s in advanced talks to join Fenerbahce this month whilst another suggests he’s heading for the MLS with DC United. Either this month would be ideal for Arsenal because removing his vast salary from our wage bill will help the club move forward in the summer.
The Sun report that any new contract offer for Alexandre Lacazette has been put on hold. True or not, who knows but I doubt his sudden found form will have any bearing on whether or not he’ll be offered a new contract. He’ll be 30 years old in May and if Balogun is staying, surely he’s the one our attacking play should be built around. In my opinion, this is a good time to sell Lacazette, whilst his form will attract attention from other clubs.
Sokratis is another player rumoured to be on the move which is no great surprise. Genoa and Olympiacos are the clubs he’s linked to in The Mail/NewsNow and Matt Macey is set to undergo a medical at Hibernian today before a loan move which will take him to the end of his Arsenal contract.
The footballing experts, or rather ex footballer Rio Ferdinand, who’s never stepped foot into coaching or management of football, has been criticising Arsenal for William Saliba. Admittedly, it’s strange that the club would a much sought defender and then not play him but what perhaps gets forgotten is no one other than the player himself and probably Edu/Arteta know where he’s at in his life both physically and mentally. Saliba played for the under 23’s and got sent off, he’s been training with the first team too but clearly, Mikel Arteta doesn’t think he’s ready for the first team. Whether you or I agree is irrelevant really but we don’t know the ins and outs of what has gone on. The most important thing for the player is to be playing and if that can’t be with Arsenal, then the loan makes sense. It’s very easy to judge a manager and his decision making from the outside but perhaps sometimes, unfair.
As said yesterday, William Saliba will either come back to the Arsenal a more mature and experienced defender who will be part of the club for the next few years or should he be sold, it’ll probably be for a profit. Either way, it’ll be good business.
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