Morning all.

 

I’m glad Arsenal aren’t selling Nuno because I think he’ll turn out to be a good player. Now we know why the Marseille man was in London I guess. Wages covered in full, no clause to buy within the contract and with a bit of luck, he’ll play regular football before returning to Arsenal as a better player. It’s a good move for all concerned in my opinion.

It seems there could be a bit of a tussle between Leicester City and Fulham for Bernd Leno. The back pages reckon Arsenal have agreed an £8 million fee with the west London club, however, with City now in need of a keeper, Leno might just have a change of heart. If he and his family prefer to remain in London, I guess he’ll opt for Fulham but if staying in the Premier League for more than one season is the most important thing for him, he might be better off moving to City. If he does move up north and Youri Tielemans isn’t part of a deal, I think we can assume Tielemans isn’t going to become an Arsenal player this summer.

A second string of players lost to Brentford in a friendly a couple of days ago. Eddie Nketiah played and scored but Brentford scored two. The team looked like this.

Arsenal: Turner, Cedric, Walters (Awe 46), Holding, Tavares (Souza 76), Elneny, Lokonga, Maitland-Niles (Patino 85), Marquinhos, Nelson (Sagoe Jr 90), Nketiah.

Just as we shouldn’t read too much into the pre-season victories, I don’t think we should read too much into the defeat. It might be that this game was only about minutes for players who needed it and who might be called upon early in the season. For others though, a loan or permanent move away from the club could be around the corner.

Our third kit has been launched and I absolutely love it. Not sure Takehiro Tomiyasu feels the same going by the look on his face but pink over the black kit every day of the week for me. What’s the story behind pink?

The kit, which is the first pink outfield jersey in our history, will be worn on-pitch for the first time in our opening Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace on Friday, 4 August, and sees the return of the Ermine pattern, an icon first seen on the Arsenal crest in the late 1940s, which also displayed the club’s motto; “Victoria Concordia Crescit” or “Victory Through Harmony” – a phrase which is still adopted and used by Arsenal to this day. Arsenal.com

Lastly, the sad news of Terry Neill’s passing broke yesterday. He was involved with Arsenal for twenty years as a player first and foremost and then manager. It’s sad but none of can go on forever. Terry Neill had one blip in his long footballing career and that was back in the 70’s. Still, he didn’t stay down the road for too long as when Arsenal came calling, he replaced Bertie Mee in the dugout. My thoughts are with those he’s left behind and May our ex player and manager rest in peace.

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