Morning all.

It seems to be the case in football that if a player doesn’t travel overseas for pre-season fixtures, they’re on their way out of the club. Ronaldo hasn’t travelled with Man Utd, Conte has left four players in England according to the back pages and with Arsenal leaving England for the USA on Wednesday, no doubt all eyes will be on who gets left behind. Bernd Leno seems to be on the verge of joining Fulham so I doubt he’ll travel but the rest, unless a transfer away is imminent, should be on the aeroplane heading for Florida. I assume it’s Florida as that’s where two of our three fixtures are taking place. The other, our first, is in Maryland. Needless to say, I won’t be watching any of them live. Lol

I don’t know what the rules/laws are in the USA but if the country doesn’t permit entry to any person who is under investigation by police in the UK, then IF, and it’s still an IF, it’s an Arsenal player who is currently on bail, then the British media are going to have a field day should either Thomas Partey or Granit Xhaka still be in England on Thursday morning.

Paper Talk from Sky Sports:

From the Mirror:

  • Lucas Torreira has revealed he has spoken to AS Roma boss Jose Mourinho about a potential move to the Eternal City but admits it might not be an easy deal to make.
  • Arsenal left-back Nuno Tavares has been identified as a key summer target for Marseille by their new head coach Igor Tudor.
  • Youri Tielemans and Ruben Neves are the alternatives Manchester United will look at if their move for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong fails.

The Express:

  • Arsenal have tabled a £6.4m offer for Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo with negotiations now underway with the Portuguese club, according to reports.

The Alex Grimaldo story makes sense as Arsenal need a left back.

Youri Tielemans to Man Utd? Well, according to all the journalists, he only wants to join Arsenal so if he does end up in Manchester, I hope the media remember to write about him missing out on his dream move.

Lucas Torreira to Roma, all I can say to that is if it’s true, the player, and/or his wife must be really desperate to get out of England. Nuno Tavares would certainly benefit from a loan but if there’s a signing on fee included in any loan deal, I hope Arsenal make sure it’s a big one. Same applies to any player going out on loan.

Arsenal have already spent a lot of money, money which in one way or another, has to be accounted for. With Juventus still in the headlines regarding Gabriel, I do wonder if the right offer comes in for him, Arsenal will say yes. If not him, someone else. Man City haven’t been afraid to sell Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus and I don’t think Arsenal will be afraid to sell one of its big names either, not if that money can help improve the squad. If Man City really do want Kieran Tierney and make a really good offer for him, I’d fully expect Arsenal to accept it. I love the player but let’s face it, we’re unlikely to see him play for a whole season. Thomas Partey is in a similar boat and as long as there’s a replacement ready and waiting to sign on the dotted line, why not sell him?

I know that any player can suffer a horrid injury which keeps them out of the team for months on end but when a player is breaking down every season, isn’t it smarter to let them be a different clubs worry rather than our own?

See you in the comments.