With eight days of this summer transfer window left, Arsenal are, if the newspapers are right, still after a winger and midfielder. The Sun, regurgitating the story no doubt, report that “Arsenal are stepping things up as the transfer window enters its final furlong. The Gunners have reportedly held initial talks regarding the signing of Pedro Neto. They value the Wolves man at £35m while the Black Country side want a fee of £50m. Youri Tielemans is said to remain the club’s top transfer priority as they look to bring in a central midfielder, but Lyon’s Lucas Paqueta has received high praise from Edu and could come into the Gunners’ thinking if they fail to land Tielemans”.
Newcastle are rumoured to be after Lucas Paqueta so getting him might be tricky but he is Brazilian. Seriously though, whilst it’s great having the Brazilian players we do have, when the international fixtures come along, they’ll be travelling far and wide so that could have an impact on the team.
If Neto and Tielemans end up at Arsenal by the 1st September, I’ll be amazed. Stunned really but happy, as long as the club haven’t sold one of our younger players. By that I mean ESR, Bukayo Saka or Gabriel Martinelli. There’s no suggestion that’ll happen but I do wonder how Arsenal are going to get around FFP. Still, that’s the clubs concern, not mine.
The season has started well for Mikel Arteta’s team but if there’s one criticism, it’s that we’re still not ruthless enough in front of goal. So far that’s not had an impact on our results but it might in future if we don’t improve. Against the teams who sit back or are extremely organised at the back, the chances we have could be few and far between.
Whilst Arsenal we be judged on how we compete against the likes of Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea etc, having watched Leeds Utd tear Chelsea apart, they could be a club to be concerned about. Brighton, Newcastle Utd, Totts, regardless of how boring they are and of course the rejuvenated Man Utd. Yes, I’m joking. 29% possession against a terrible Liverpool last night and a dodgy offside goal means very little. I know that because that’s what the pundits said about Arsenal after beating a terrible Totts team last summer.
Ok, we didn’t end up getting fourth place because of the defeats to the Totts, Brighton, Southampton and Newcastle Utd in the run in but we didn’t have the squad depth we have now, nor did we have a top notch striker as we have now. Eddie Nketiah will learn a lot from him I’m sure. When one considers how many key players were missing during last seasons run in, I think we did well to get 5th but the trouble is, when something is so close, as top four was, it feels like a failure not to get it.
This is season though according to Edu. This is the time when Arsenal are expected to secure top four in May. No one can say the Kroenke family haven’t shown ambition in the transfer window because for the last two years now, they’ve rubber stamped some serious investment in the squad. Mikel Arteta and Edu etc, have gone about their business like kids in a sweet shop, nor have they spent big amounts on ageing players who’ll have little to no resale value either. They’ve signed players for the position needed. Where we’ve been weak, we now have strength as well as depth. Apart from the centre of midfield but that will hopefully change over the next 8 days.
Our bench against consisted of Kieran Tierney, ESR, Eddie Nketiah, Fabio Vieira, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Sambi Lokonga, Rob Holding, Mo Elneny and Matt Turner. When was the last time you looked at an Arsenal bench and believed there were a glut of game changers on it?
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