Sir Hardly Anyone takes a look at the latest gibberings from the media.
But Goal.com think that this is a good story so they’ve done a lot to publicise the fact that Sidwell says that Arsenal have become a “selling club.” He doesn’t define a “selling club” – which really does need doing. After all, all clubs sell, and quite often because they need to. Everyone has to abide by the pesky 25 rule and the “home grown” rule.
However he still feels able to define the direction of the club as “frightening.” So should we be frightened? And if so, how much?
Transfer Tavern don’t really think we should be frightened at all as they alert us to the fact that quite a few Arsenal supporters like Torreira. Well yes, I do, and so do all my mates. So it is good to know we are not alone.
Elsewhere the Metro picked up on the fact that the Islington Gazette has got excited by the fact that “Freddie Ljungberg has backed Eddie Nketiah to impress if Unai Emery decides to play the 19-year-old in Arsenal’s crucial Europa League clash against BATE Borisov on Thursday.”
The point being that Lacazette can’t play after being red carded, so it seems we need a centre forward. And although I do like Eddie, I think I’d go for Aubameyang at centre forward with two wide men pushing forward and allowing the big fella (as they used to call them) to do his stuff.
Freddie Ljungberg announced that, “If he gets the call, he’s ready to play without question,” – speaking specifically about Eddie.
Football London have moved matters on by listing the players who will be playing for Arsenal’s first team on the opening day of the 1919/20 season.
In goal they have Leno, on the grounds that Cech is hanging up the boots and Ospina is off to Napoli. They, like others, highlight goalkeeper transfers including Nick Pope from Burnley and Legia Warsaw’s Radoslaw Majeck. And credit to them for going further, for while others have lost track of him, they do realise that Emiliano Martinez is “currently impressing on loan at Reading”, and could easily become second in command of the goal.
In defence they go for purchases of a left back and a centre back. Leaving, in order to pay for this will be Shkodran Mustafi and possibly Laurent Koscielny (they are not quite clear on this). They certainly think Sokratis will stay but make no mention of Mavrapanos, who everyone seems to be talking up as a major find for Arsenal. Monreal could stay or go (he’s had a contract extension) and Kolasinac will be sold to bring in more money. Holding and Bellerin will stay they reckon.
Calum Chambers will be put on sale.
In midfield, despite a fan uprising against him (at least as reported by some blogs) Guendouzi along with Torreira are thought to be central, with Xhaka getting one more season.
Mesut Ozil is the attacking midfielder the club want to move to be replaced by cheaper options such as Banega or Nkunku along with one new wide player with Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as backups.
Additionally they reckon that if Denis Suarez gets his chance and shines then he could have his loan translated into a permanent contract.
In the forward line they then say that Lacazette will possibly go because a) the manager doesn’t like playing Lacaz and Auba together and Lacazette will bring in cash.
Returning from the loans to take up first team squad places there will be (according to the report) Reiss Nelson to play on the right side of the attack and Emile Smith Rowe as an attacking midfield player.
So a fair degree of changes all round.
Finally Arseblog have pointed out that the match against Wolverhampton on 17 March is now postponed. I also noted that they are calling Tottenham “The Homeless Goblins” which seems a bit insulting to goblins. We’ve been going with “The Tiny Totts” for quite a while now, which still seems amusing and has the benefit of annoying one or two Tottenham fans, who really ought to know better than to get worked up about anything we say.
Still, that’s up to them I suppose.
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