Excellent news re Brooke Norton-Cuffy who has signed a new long term contract at Arsenal. If Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli follow suit, happy days. It’s likely they’ll all leave one day purely because the days of a footballer staying at one club for their entire senior career are few and far between. I understand it too because sometimes it’s little more to it than needing a new challenge. But, the important part is whenever one of our players get itchy feet, they have more than one year left on their contract. This time next year, both Reiss Nelson and AMN can walk away from the club for free and that’s not ideal. The year after, it could be Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba walking away for nothing. I’m sure the club are doing everything it can to prevent it happening.
Lucas Torreira has gone so good luck to him in Turkey. I think he’ll need it but he’s not our problem anymore. Just Alex Runasson, Hector Bellerin and Pablo Mari to go now, Maitland-Niles, Nicolas Pepe and Nelson too if none of the three are in Mikel Arteta’s plans.
Arsenal have 14 players out on loan right now, most of which are youngsters. Nuno Tavares is the oldest I believe and he kick started his season in France with a goal for Marseille. To say I was surprised is an understatement as he could barely get a shot on target at Arsenal, let alone find the back of the net. Still, left-backs aren’t known for their goals, it’s his defensive work which needs improving and hopefully it will. Flo Balogun also scored in game but sadly for him, Reims lost the game 4-1. By all accounts, Aaron Trusty had another good game for Birmingham. The others on loan all had playing time albeit a few from the bench. Mika Biereth was the only one who didn’t but hopefully that will soon change as it’s important our loanees are actually playing.
The Mail report this morning that Arsenal could be set to land another summer signing after the club met with AC Milan officials to discuss a possible transfer for Sandro Tonali. Guess what? I’ve never heard of him before today but Wiki describes his as being “in terms of his movement, coordination, appearance, technical qualities, position, and playing style. A strong, fast, energetic, elegant, and creative midfielder, with excellent vision and an ability to read the game, Tonali usually plays in a central or defensive midfield role as deep-lying playmaker in a 4–3–3 formation and shows maturity and character beyond his young age.” He’s 22 years old.
The same paper, well, a journalist of theirs has a grand headline about how Arsenal were foolish to loan out William Saliba for so long. I strongly suspect that had Saliba stayed and made a few errors early in his Arsenal career, the same journalist would be writing about how he was error prone and a liability. The fact that walked into the first eleven and performed so well, might just be because he matured on loan and gained a lot of self confidence. Didn’t he read about Saliba’s personal circumstances I wonder because if he did, maybe, just maybe he’d know that it might have been the players choice to be in France. I don’t know of course, but that might have been part of the reason.
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