By Sir Hardly Anyone
The problem with the central defender isn’t money of course, it is the reality of game time. Arsenal’s regular centre backs will return in due course, and there are four of them – so whoever comes along is likely to be battling it out with them for game time after his initial spell covering is over. Not what most players want. Unless of course Arsenal give up on three of the four players they have and put the new man in and demote 75% of the current back four list. It seems an unlikely move.
The trouble is that this notion takes more than four words to explain, so the media don’t like it, and we are back with the normal stuff – except there is one new, nice story this morning…
1: Danny Welbeck
Now here is something you don’t read every day: a spot of good news. Danny Welbeck apparently could be back by Christmas. Mr Wenger explained it thus:
“He has an inflammation of his knee and they had to go in again to see if it is healing well,” said Wenger. “If the healing was not good, he would have been out until April. The news was excellent and he will be back around Christmas.”
And before we get going on the rest here is a story that just popped up, and I won’t even give it a number as it is so odd…
Marcel Tisserand is a 23-year-old centre-back from Monaco. Last season, he made 31 Ligue 1 appearances, even scoring a goal, and is decent in the air and at general defensive work but his ability to hold onto the ball and pass it is lacking. Not good for an Arsenal player.
That is under the headline “Report: Arsenal target yet another defender – Marcel Tisserand” and is in the eccentric Daily Canon. Oh yes, and if you want the history of the Scientology comment, it is at the end of the previous post on this site.
2. Chris Willock
The suggestion is that Chris Willock is being offered a new deal to sign a new deal before then go on loan probably to Brentford.
3. Talks with centre back Gimenez
It is either £40m or £56m, but it all depends on who you talk to
Stories down the pub focus on the price for the man from Atletico Madrid, but whichever one is offered we have the standard phrases. “We are told his valuation could be a stumbling block,” is the sort of vagueness that sums it all up, along with “a desperate attempt to fix the club’s defensive problems,” is the standard filler.
The Mail says he wants to come but Arsenal are stalling – obviously the rumour mill has run out of new phrases and is back to the old ones.
4. Shkodran Mustafi will undergo his Arsenal medical on Monday
Trouble is that was last monday. I wonder if La Gazzetta dello Sport have sacked journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, although I suspect he would say Arsenal were stalling on the price. Boosting their tale but confusing their time line they say he missed training because of a muscle strain, but Arsenal are ready to launch a formal bid if the injury proves a minor concern. Lots of English papers ran this, and then dropped it again. But it will be back next week I’m sure.
And yes, oh look, he pops up again at number six.
5. Tafari Moore to go on season-long loan move
Tafari Moore sluit zich definitief aan bij Jong FC Utrecht.
See, I told you.
Valencia’s director of football, Jesús García Pitarch’s, said, “We’re above the FFP guidelines, that’s the reality, and as of today, the four players we’ve signed cannot be registered, meaning we need to reduce the cost in a significant manner to register the players and sign a centre-back, which is a priority in case one of the ones at our club leaves.
“Obviously, if they don’t leave, we can’t sign a new one not only because of financial restrictions, but also because it wouldn’t be logical to have five or six centre-backs. We need to continue with a reduced budget, but if there’s an exit, we need a new centre-back.”
But I am sure there must be more to this…
7. Juventus want £20 for Lemina
After Arsenal had a £16m bid for midfielder Mario Lemina rejected, Juventus they will not accept any offers below £20m. Lemina is also wanted by Watford.
8. Gnabry to join Hertha Berlin on loan
Hertha Berlin having read in the Guardian that Gnabry was able to play in the Olympics and be on the bench for Arsenal at the same time have offered a loan spell to the wonderkid with dual reality skills. “Serge exactly meets our search parameters,” Hertha’s manager of quatum mechanics Pal Dardai told Bild. “Let’s see what will happen in the next couple of days.” Well yes indeed.
9. Arsenal want Jose Fonte too
Arsenal have made an approach to sign Southampton defender Jose Fonte, and as a result, will battle with Manchester United to sign him, according to ESPN. The fee is £8m. 32-year-old Fonte is said to be “keen” on a move to Old Trafford, but Jose Mourinho would have to sell before he can buy. (They don’t say why, but I suspect it is another of those silly “25” rule things.
10. Everyone wants Moussa Sissoko
Well five clubs want him according to L’Equipe who also suggest it is all a waste of time because he is going to Real Mad. But Arsenal, Liverpool, Dortmund, Crystal Palace, Everton and Inter Milan just won’t give up.
11. Mustafi trains alone.
Yep he’s back yet again. You can’t keep this man out of the stories. According to Sqwawka he is training away from the rest of his Valencia teammates – as he waits for Arsenal to make an increased bid for him. Or he has an adductor injury. Or it is not believed to be serious.
12, Two Names thrown around
Omer Toprak of Bayer Leverkusen and Simon Kjaer of Fenerbahce, according to Sky Sports, “German-born Turkish international Toprak, 27, has been with Leverkusen for six years and would be considerable gamble to thrust into a Premier League title race.
“Kjaer… has plied his trade in Seria A, Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga before arriving in Turkey. Still just 27, he could be an ideal alternative should the Mustafi deal run aground before the deadline.”
13. Jeremy Mathieu
Meanwhile Don Balon reported 32-year-old Frenchman Jeremy Mathieu is available for as little as around £10m and Arsenal are interested.
Futn soccer blames Transfer Market Web for the story that 22 year old Wolfsburg winger Julian Draxler is close to joining Arsenal for €50/£43m for the German winger.
If you want to comment and you missed the previous story, it might be worth your while having a quick read.
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- 19 August 1989: In the first league match after winning the title in the last seconds at Anfield, Arsenal lost 4-1 away to Man U, but were undefeated in the next seven.
- 19 August 1995: Dennis Bergkamp’s first match for Arsenal. Arsenal 1 Middlesbrough 1. He played 33 league games in this first season with the club, scoring 11 goals