By Sir Hardly Anyone
First, the comment of the week, possibly the month, maybe the decade. I am grateful to the Daily Canon for this one.
“People that understand football very well know that this project is a project that is very exciting because we are not a club that are going to buy trophies, we are a club that is going to deserve trophies. That for me is why people show frustration because they think we deserve trophies that we do not achieve.”
Just ponder it for a while – certainly for me each time I read it, it made less sense than the time before but is also a little bit funnier. It was of course (as you will have realised I am sure) said by the manager of Tottenham Hots.
Now the transferations…
1: Emil Forsberg from RB Leipzig (according to Sportwitness and Calcio Mercato)
Arsenal and Bayern Munich are allegedly competing for his signature rather akin to the way that publicans used to compete for mine when bar bills were settled by cheque as opposed to plastic or a quick run to the door. He is said to be a replacement for Alexis Sanchez which is a bit odd considering we already got one. (Incidentally the Star has Alan Shearer saying that we sold Man U Alexis Sanchez’ twin brother in the last transfer window. So the cloning of footballers is now finally upon us!)
2: Benfica winger Andrija Zivkovic, (according to Sport Witness)
Manchester United also fancy him according to Hard Tackle. Again, I thought we had got that position sorted.
3: Alex Grimaldo from Benfica as our new left back (Read Arsenal)
Corriere dello Sport say that Napoli are after him. “Grimaldo has been strongly linked with Arsenal in the past, along with Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco.” I’d give Monreal one more season at least.
4, 5, 6, 7, 8: Malcolm, then Leno, Odriozola, Doucoured and Evans. (Football London)
Cech will leave and there will be a wholesale spree of purchases according to Football London, although for anyone who likes the idea I should add I am not too sure many if any of the site’s predictions have come true in the past, except where made on the day of the transfer.
One problem here is that they take their data from bookmakers – who have a vested interest in projections being wrong. Anyway here is what they have.
Leno in goal: Leno is currently with with Bayer Leverkusen and “reportedly” (ho ho) has a buy out clause worth just £22m.
Odriozola comes in at right back because Hector Bellerin is going. Indeed as FL told us he had already left last summer that is a bit like old news.
Álvaro Odriozola Arzallus is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Sociedad. Mainly a right back, but we have just bought one of those in the previous paragraph but he can also play as a winger.
Jonny Evans is the N Ireland defender centre back available for £3m from WBA if they go down, and
Doucoured from Watford would then have him playing next to Ramsey. Now the reason for this one is interesting as it would bring “much needed brawn and steel to a weak midfield.” Just recently Xhaka was bringing in too much brawn and steel and was criticised for it, and has now been praised for reducing it a bit while Elneny is improving all the time. A curious choice, but well, that’s how these guys work.
So what sort of team does this give us? Well helpfully the site runs down the new lineup which now includes Malcolm (currently with Bordeaux) playing in a three behind the centre forward.
9: Andre Silva (Mad about EPL)
Another blogetta joins the ranks and tells us that Arsenal want Silva from Milan. He is an attacking midfield “sensation” and the source is “according to reports” so we know it must be true. Except the “sensation part might not quite be right because he has “failed to sprinkle his magic in the Serie A, since his move to AC Milan last summer”. So ex-sensation perhaps. Oh yes and Wolverhampton want him too.
10: Alban Lafont (Daily Canon)
Alban Lafont is set to leave Toulouse this summer, according to the French media, with Arsenal joining four other clubs in showing an interest.
Now he is a 19 year old goalkeeper, and the problem is that Arsenal is awash with young goalkeepers. Just go onto Arsenal.com and click on players and then academy, and you’ll see as list as long as a goalkeeper’s arm. And several of them are tipped as being of a particularly high calibre.
And then it turns out that L’Equipe tells us not so much that Arsenal want the young man but rather that Napoli do but because they are not meeting the asking price, Arsenal will get in there.
I rather suspect they won’t. As is the case of 97% of the stories that appear every day.
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