Morning all.

Happy Birthday to our new number 10. Emile Smith Rowe is 21 years old today and whilst he might get the key to the door as the old saying goes, I hope he goes into the new season with the key to unlocking many an oppositions defence. It’s a huge season for him and I reckon he’ll more than do the iconic shirt number proud. The expression on his face in the above photo is one I hope we see time and time again as the next weeks and months go by.

M = Medical and today is supposed to be the day which Ben White undergoes his at Arsenal. I imagine he’ll sail through it with ease. M = Multiability – I know there’s no such word so I’ve made it up and Ben White certainly has multiability. Centre back, central defensive midfield and right back. He can do all which will come in handy when the ACON’s comes around next year.

Currently we only have Pablo Mari, Rob Holding and Gabriel Magalhães. So yes, Arsenal need this Ben White deal to go through.

Mikel Arteta is one of many managers who deploy the playing out from the back. Graham Potter is another so that’s a big tick against him signing too. I read somewhere on the big wide web that spending £50m on Ben White is a waste of money, and no, it wasn’t on HH. I’m baffled I suppose because William Saliba went on loan again but if Ben White improves what was last season, a much improved defence, then surely that £50m will prove to be money well spent. If Arsenal don’t concede goals, they don’t lose football matches. It’s as simple as that. For ten years or more, Arsenal haven’t been able to defend well, the goals conceded numbers have been high, higher than most other clubs in the League but thankfully  were scoring goals too.

What we witnessed last season is when the club’s key goal scorer goes missing, Arsenal can struggle to win matches. How Mikel Arteta addresses that this time around i don’t know. Perhaps Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will have got over whatever it was he was sulking about and his form will return. With Alexandre Lacazette rumoured to be on his way out this summer, maybe, just maybe, a striker will be signed before the 2nd of September.

  • Arsenal have registered an interest with Inter Milan about striker Lautaro Martinez. (The Telegraph)

If you think £50m for Ben White is a lot, Lautaro Martinez is reported to be valued at £77m. He’s described as being a dynamic, quick, agile, and technically gifted player, who is a prolific goalscorer, he is known for his elegant playing style, good dribbling skills, and clinical finishing ability, as well as surprising physical strength and aerial prowess despite his diminutive stature.

 

A South American striker at Arsenal again? Oh yes please.

What are your thoughts?