Morning all.

T-Bag, that’s Nuno Tavares’ nickname for Fabio Vieira. That’s what the latter told The Athletic during an interview. The image of a PG Pyramid popped into my mind but of course that’s not what he meant.

“T-Bag” – full name, Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell is a fictional character from the American television series Prison Break. Nope, not watched that either but thanks to Google, I found this:

And here’s Fabio.

A slight similarity I guess although I think Robert Knepper has a bit more meat on his bones. Just. It must be really frustrating for Vieira though, moving to a new club and then suffering an injury which has so far kept him out of pre-season fixtures. Not ideal for Mikel Arteta’s plans either, considering the new season kicks off in just over two weeks time but at least we are well stocked in midfield, attacking wise anyway.

Arsenal play Orlando City on Thursday morning, Chelsea on Sunday and then it’s back home for The Emirates Cup.

I’m not sure it’s such a good idea to play fellow Premier League clubs in pre-season. I know the fixtures need to be competitive, or at least the opposition needs to be of a certain level but did anyone else see the horror tackle by John McGinn of Aston Villa on Leeds 16 year old Archie Gray? The poor kid was in tears and left the pitch on a stretcher. I know injuries, bad tackles etc can happen any time but why give clubs we’re going to be competing with in the league in just a couple of weeks time, the opportunity to injure one of our players. Or worse still, more. I don’t think for one minute that Chelsea won’t be competitive on Sunday. Yes, that’s me being polite about them.

Anyway, back in the transfer world, Oleksandr Zinchenko is closer to joining Arsenal than he was a few days ago according to reputable journalist David Ornstein who yesterday tweeted:

Arsenal finalising move for Oleksandr Zinchenko from Man City after reaching agreement in principle on 4yr contract. Fee £30m + £2m achievable adds & now personal terms in place too. If all goes to plan, medical then sign.

The Sun though, tell a different story as Martin Blackburn suggests is weighing up whether to take a new challenge at Arsenal – or stay to fight for his place at Manchester City. Apparently he’s changed him mind before when at the last minute, he decided not to move to Wolves and Napoli. We’ll see but I think Ornstein and Fabrizio are more reliable than most journalists.

As suggested the other day, if he signs, I don’t think he’ll be the last this summer and if the quote from Mikel Arteta in The Athletic is anything to go by, I might not be far wrong:

We’re still hoping to improve the team and make a few more changes. But again, the market will dictate our capacity to do this.

I’d imagine much depends on what happens with Hector Bellerin, Nicolas Pepe, Pablo Mari, Lucas Torreira, Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles too. Who stays and who goes from that list is yet to be confirmed by the club.

Going into this new season, my thoughts on our right-back situation were focussed on Brooke Norton-Cuffy and will he or won’t he be Arsenal’s backup to Takehiro Tomiyasu rather than Cedric Soares. Then out of the blue, along comes Reuell Walters, the youngster we nicked from Totts. He’s a right-back/centre-back, although he played at left-back against Everton recently, who’ll be 18 years old in December. Being in the USA doesn’t mean he’s ready for the Premier League but it’ll be interesting to see what’s next for him. If all goes well for him and Norton-Cuffy, Arsenal will be well off for a right-back for a long time. England too perhaps. Left-back to if the Everton game is anything to go by.

See you in the comments.