By Tony Attwood
Club after club, player after player, panic after panic: the media gave us the lot as a description of what Arsenal were up to. A desperate attempt to sign anyone who could kick a ball; yet no one in the media picked up on what actually was going on.
That no one of course includes Untold Arsenal, but then we are just a little group of people who run the site for fun (when we are not in a total panic about the site going up and down because someone seems to have done something nasty to it).
But still, it is possible to work it out in retrospect. Arsenal and Colorado Rapids have something in common: their owner, and so a transfer of Auston Trusty from one to the other is hardly surprising. It is an important signing for Arsenal for an undisclosed fee.
There are suggestions that he is just a youth player but in fact, he is 23 and played for the USA in the Fifa Under 20 World Cup, in which he scored. He has since been called up for the USA senior squad training camps – most recently this month. Although not too many drainpipes (outlets) have realised that.
In fact the impression offered is that he’s “just a kid” but no, he’s going to be a member of the first-team squad as a central defender once he arrives on 17 July. I’ve been told the trip to the USA was indeed one that combined doing the signing, talking with Kroenke who owns both Rapids and Arsenal and saying hello to the player’s family.
We also bought Matt Turner, the goalkeeper from New England Revolution for around £7m and he’ll come across to Arsenal in the summer as well.
So were there really the mad dashes and desperate attempts to sign every player that was highlighted by the media? Given the fact that none of the media picked up in advance why Mr Arteta went to the USA (when they did suggest anything it was that he was trying to beg more money from the owner, not meeting the family and to sign off a deal, and welcome the young player to the club), and no one seemed to predict what would happen with Aubameyang, it is not surprising they will now cover their lack of insight by blaming Arsenal for getting it wrong, whatever “it” is.
The prime objective was to get Aubameyang off the books, and it was rather droll that so much of the media told us late yesterday afternoon that the deal had collapsed, when in fact Arsenal did what they wanted – got him away from the club and with someone else paying his salary.
I’ve never been a fan of this idea of isolating a player – it happened with Ozil as well of course – not just because it removes a fine player from the club, but also because it gives Arsenal a poor reputation. But maybe it will now mean we don’t set up those astronomical transfer deals and salaries anymore but go back to the earlier model of buying lesser known players and building them up. That is after all what Mr Wenger was good at. Who’d heard of Vieira when we got him?
The question is being asked about “who will score the goals” without Auba, and the answer is we have two centre forwards, plus Smith Rowe and Saka. In a league table arranged by goals scored we are not as high as any of us would like, but it is hardly a disaster – and we are above Tottenham whom once more became the darlings of the media.
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