by Sir Hardly Anyone
Suggesting that the victory over Palace away on the opening day was nowhere near enough, the media are still running the transfer stories – which really is no surprise since they will undoubtedly start a new round after the window “slams shut” while amazingly never actually breaking the glass – only the hopes of Arsenal.
So it is that we learn from the Boot Room that Arsenal just held a direct meeting with title-winners to sign their ‘enormous’ £46m midfielder – journalist
And to clarify Arsenal are not seeking to sign a journalist who is also a midfielder or vice versa but Sandro Tonali of AC Milan.
Meanwhile, in the Express we are told that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has plan to secure final two signings of transfer window although we later also learn that this is only “if they are able to sell a player in each position,” and is “according to reports” (which means the story was nicked from another equally disreputable newspaper.)
HITC take us on a different approach. They have the headline “‘LET’S GO’: EMI MARTINEZ REACTS TO ARSENAL’S TRANSFER CALL INVOLVING 26-YEAR-OLD”
This actually relates to a post from the highly unreliable Emiliano Martinez (remember his trip to Argentina?) on Instagram where he says ‘let’s go’ after Lucas Torreira signed for Galatasaray.
This player is a midfielder, and when the media talk of midfielders for Arsenal they are normally talking of Youri Tielemans. But we are now told that contrary to the stories being circulated Arsenal have not even made an approach for Tielemans! So here’s the deduction from the paper: this “has led people to believe that Arteta could be looking at someone else.”
So who exactly is Arsenal actually after? Well, we are not told. Although it is alleged that “A more solid number eight is needed, perhaps someone with a more defensive brain, although, Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans continues to be linked. “
Moving on HITC also have “Manager leaves Arsenal or West Ham free to sign ‘very great’ £40m player”
This one tells us “that Valencia boss Gennaro Gattuso has seemingly ruled out a deal for Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo in a potential boost for Premier League duo Arsenal and West Ham United,”
It is of course quite possible that like around 97% of the other transfer targets listed in the media Arsenal actually have no interest in the player, but when he does go to West Ham or anywhere else the story can be run again as Arsenal have failed to get their target player – probably because they were too slow.
The website maintains the view that “Arsenal could definitely do with a new midfielder before the window shuts, and young Tonali is a very interesting option.” And that “very interesting” is itself a rather interesting comment for later they admit he is more of a number six than a number eight. Arsenal already have Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny in that role, while Granit Xhaka and Albert Sambi Lokonga can play there as well.”
Which would make the purchase of him illogical and the site then says, “That makes us wonder if Arsenal even need Tonali, but Arteta works in mysterious ways, and he may well have a plan for the talented Italian if his interest really is genuine.”
Which suggests it may simply be a load of old codswallop. It is also part of the regular knocking copy which constantly suggests that Arsenal have to wait for the big boys to decide that they don’t want a player leaving the little clubs like Arsenal to step in later and pick up the left overs.
Let’s have one more from HITC before we clear the desk and try to find something else to read.
The story tells us “PSG have reportedly agreed personal terms with Fabian Ruiz, with the Ligue 1 giants set to sign the Napoli midfielder despite interest all summer from Arsenal in the Spaniard.
“According to L’Equipe, the 26-year-old has agreed to join the Parisian side, with only a transfer fee with Napoli the only missing step in PSG’s ploy to sign Ruiz, who this summer has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal, with Mikel Arteta seemingly a big fan of the Serie A star.”
So another Arsenal failure in the market. With this lack of success it is amazing that the club is functioning at all having only bought Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fábio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos. I mean, when is this club really going to get moving?
And here’s one other thing. According to other reports, Arsenal have got a vast array of players they must sell because they can’t fit everyone into the 25 list and are already left with players who are going to be abandoned. Yet seemingly the club is buying more and more and more.
Is that really what is happening?
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