Arsenal’s new central defender/midfielder is in the door. I’s dotted, T’s crossed and photos etc taken. I wonder if he’ll make his debut on Friday night against Man City, even if it’s just for a few minutes when we’re 3-1 up with five minutes to go. Nice thought eh.
Jakub Kiwior might be young but he’s already a Polish international after being called up for the Nations League last summer and then the World Cup in Qatar. His performance drew praise from national team skipper and Polish icon, Robert Lewandowski:
Listen to me, this is a real player. I noticed it during the warm-up before the match against the Netherlands. In training, it’s very difficult to see certain things. Then I saw him in the match, extraordinary. Really great potential. (Arsenal.com)
Jakub Kiwior 22 years old, Gabriel 25, William Saliba 21 and Rob Holding 27. Not forgetting Ben White 25 and Austen Trusty 24 are central defenders on Arsenal’s books. Six central defenders albeit one has been playing really well at right back and another is out on loan. Three full-backs and two top notch keepers and our defensive unit is really well stocked with young talent as well as experience.
We’re now well stocked on the wings too now that Leandro Trossard has joined the club. Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe and Marquinhos are all young yet very experienced. Leandro Trossard brings maturity, experience and a lot of talent too.
Creativity comes from Granit Xhaka, did I really write that, Martin Odegaard and our wide players of course but also our full backs and Thomas Partey. Over the next few weeks/months, we’re likely to see more of Fabio Vieira in my opinion. Another player with oodles of talent but one who is perhaps still adjusting to football in the Premier League.
Striker wise, it’s just Eddie Nketiah but in a few weeks time, probably before the Europa League fixtures begin again, Gabriel Jesus should be back, or very close to returning. My guess is that in the meantime, should anything happen with Eddie Nketiah, Mikel Arteta will juggle his pack.
Rumour has it, Arsenal are trying to sign young right back Ivan Fresneda and American central midfielder, Weston McKennie. A few headlines on NewsNow suggest Arsenal could rival Chelsea for the signature of Moises Caicedo and/or Amadou Onana. No, I can’t see that either but we’re entering the silly stage of the transfer window as there’s just one week left for clubs to get deals over the line. I expect Chelsea have another half a dozen lined up! After all, if the report in the Times is right, UEFA are going to put a stop to their signing of players on a 20 year contract which helps them comply with FFP regulations. Perhaps they need to go further and bring an end to the ridiculous transfer fees and wages being paid too.
Anyway, hypothetically of course, if Arsenal were definitely signing one more player this transfer window, in which position would you like that player to be?
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