By Tony (some of this might be right but dont bank on it) Attwood
Well, you know, I’m sure, but just in case not… Mr Wenger had the deal all set vis a vis the work permit and Gabriel Paulista will be granted a permit to work in the UK. Now he just needs to pass the medical.
Fortunately, we know that Arsenal have the funds, and there is no FFP issue, and we have a spare non-home-grown place on our list of 25, so as long as he doesn’t have a secret medical condition everything is tickety-boo. As they say.
He qualified for the work permit (which is granted by the FA on behalf of the Home Office who can’t be arsed with mucking about with foreign footballers) under the current regs as an exceptional talent. It would have been an absolute irony if he hadn’t since under the regulations which start in the next transfer window he would have qualified as all transfers over £10m will qualify under the new rules.
Quite possibly by the time you read this (or by the time I stop typing it) you will have heard that he has passed the medical and all is done. Technically he will be available to play on Sunday against Aston V.
I can’t imagine he’ll get a game next weekend, unless of course we are 3-0 up with 15 minutes to go.
So we are just about to have in the centre back position an extra player – alongside the recently refreshed Monreal who has (in my view) not just been playing better and better, but has been getting to grips with the centre of defence position better.
So there we are. We have got, since the start of this season… actually I am not going to put in the list, since I wrote Afobe instead of Akpom in the last piece. Time to retire from active writing.
Or have a glass of wine.
I’ll try the latter.
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