Which is interesting in that one of the many transfers the Mirror  has reported, is an Arsenal bid of £40m for Ben White.   Interesting not only because it laps up much of the transfer income, but also because Arsenal had the third best defence in the premier league for the whole of last season.

Indeed if we measure the last two thirds of last season (the period in which the club got its act together with the new tactics that Mr Arteta introduced) we had the second best defence in the league.

Better than that in that final two thirds of the season Arsenal conceded 21 goals.  Manchester City was the only club to do better.  They conceded 20 goals.

So we are within a goal of equalling Manchester City, the best club in the league last season, and we want to start ripping up our defence????????   What kind of logic is that?

But the Mirror insists this is the case as “Arsenal are keen to add some defensive reinforcements, particularly after David Luiz was allowed to leave the club at the expiry of his contract.”

So does the Mirror think that letting David Luiz was an error of judgement?  It seems unlikely since they recently called him “A big-haired centre back with resemblance to The Simpsons’ Sideshow Bob,” and a man with a “reputation for his swashbuckling/reckless style of play”

They also took much glee in reporting that Gary Neville “claimed Luiz played like he was being controlled by a child with a PlayStation”.

But now he’s gone, oh woe!  Or so it seems from the ever inconsistent Mirror and their lapdogs on FoLo.

So instead we are trying to get Albert Sambi Lokonga (£10.8m), Ben White (£40m) and  James Maddison (£49.5m).   

To be clear that is £100m spent on transfers of three players for a defence that through the last two thirds of last season let in just one more goal than Manchester City – the best defensive team in the league.

Still, the media continue, listing more and more players we are going to sell to get the money they say we need for our new defence: Nketiah, Maitland-Niles, Bellerin, Torreira, Willock … and when they are gone who is going to be there as the back ups for injury?