By Sir Hardly Anyone
New names new tactics, that is always the promise of the new manager, but of course it never makes sense to undertake a total revolution all at once. So the suggestion in the Express that Mr Emery is going to build his Arsenal team around Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aaron Ramsey is interesting and plausible.
Although this notion becomes a little confusing when the Express also then sets up its own prediction of an Arsenal team for next season without Ramsey in it. I mean if they can’t even follow their own rumours what is the chance for the rest of us?
Actually the team is made a little more dubious in that it includes Koscielny who won’t play the first half of the season. But anyway, we like lineups so here’s what the Express came up with for the coming season
Bellerin Soyuncu Koscielny Monreal
Seri Wilshere Jorginho
It is a shame they don’t include our centre forward, but then, you can’t have everything.
Of course there are other names in the frame and here are a few of them rumoured to be entering the marble escalator for next season.
1: Danilo Pereira
O Jogo [The Game] is a daily sports newspaper that follows all current sports with independence and journalistic rigour, at least according to its masthead. It’s a Portuguese daily in fact, and it claims that Danilo Pereira is moving to Arsenal.
Danilo is a Portugual international, playing for Porto, although it is said by those in the know that he will miss the World Cup in Russia following an Achilles injury. And it is said that Arsenal are concerned over his fitness, although it is also said that the club want him because of his defensive-minded approach to his midfield game.
However Elneny has been given the number 4 shirt, and was really evolving as a player last season so this transfer might be, like 97% of others, an invention in the mind of a journalist with too many drinks and not enough to do.
3: Josha Vagnoman
Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton are the names that pop up here. Arsenal will alsobe battling a number of German sides for the Hamburg defender, “sources have told ESPN FC”.
They continue, “Vagnoman is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in German football, making his senior debut against Bayern Munich at the age of just 17 years and three months — the second youngest player in history to play in Bundesliga.”
4: Joel Lopez
5: Caglar Soyuncu
21-year old Caglar Soyuncu is said to be on the verge of a move from German side SC Freiburg. He is Turkish defender and a defender (oh sorry I just said that) but is said not to be interested unless he is guaranteed first team football from the off.
6: Bernd Leno
He is with Leverkusen and has played 231 times for the club in the League plus six times for Germany. But the Daily Express think this is so likely that they have him in the Arsenal starting XI for next season already.
7: Anderson Talisca
This guy is a Brazilian attacking midfielder but most of the talk thus far has been about him trotting off to Manchester United.
O Jogo (them again) reported that United are ready to pay €40m for the Benfica man who spent the last two seasons on loan at Besiktas.
8: Ever Banega
The Star have got this story. He is an Argentine who plays for Sevilla FC and Argentina as a central midfielder. With Wilshere, Ramsey and Elneny behind, I think we have enough of those however.
9: Ivan Rakitic
I think the Star is going a bit over the top at the moment, but they listed him so here he is. He is a Croatian international and plays as a central or attacking midfield player (see above) for Barcelona.
10: Robert Navarro
Spanish journalist Gerard Romero twits that Arsenal are close to an agreement for the 15 year old Barcelona wonderkid He also says in another twit reveals that Robert Navarro has very good offers from Arsenal and Monaco, and seems to be on the verge of leaving the club. In Navarro’s case, he’s still considering his options at this stage. This is all from the Canon.
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