By Tony Attwood
This is something that matters to a lot of us who have season tickets and jobs and families and friends and who try to balance all aspects of life, often without the information we need.
Now it seems that there are very few if any dates left that both PSB and Arsenal could accept for the game before the world cup. If the match is not played then the draw for the first knockout round will take place with possible uncertainty as to who goes through from the Arsenal group. (Although of course, it is possible that the table will be such that irrespective of the result of that game it is known who has won and who has come second. The first two mid-weeks in January are free so presumably, the aim will be to play the missing game then.
2. Nuno Tavares is a hit not a flop
The story of the full-back who scores is gradually emerging, along with statements that there is no chance that Marseille could buy him when the loan is over and done. Of course, there are no apologies from writers who thought he was appalling and that this was another Arsenal cock-up. Thus tales that Arsenal are about to sell him have quietly been dropped.
Marseille are equal on points with PSG at the top of the league and Tavares is a permanent fixture in their team.
3. Arsenal dithering gives Liverpool a chance
Although most “Arsenal dithering” stories have now been set aside for a few weeks, they do still emerge occasionally not least through the notion that Arsenal could have had Douglas Luiz if they had got their act together. Now we are told Liverpool are ready to step in and snap up the player. There’s no evidence of course.
Well, it’s not actually certain as Manchester Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea have all been linked with Brighton’s midfielder as well. And there is no certainty that Brighton will sell of course, but the media take it as a given. If he doesn’t come to Arsenal it will become another dithering story.
5. Marquinhos going out on loan in January
He made his debut for the club in Thursday’s Europa League win over FC Zurich and now the club want to ship him out so he gets more experience. Although not everyone agrees as the Sun says Arsenal have dropped their plans for a loan. Martin Keown talking to the media spoke a lot about the young player’s confidence, which could indeed have him force his way into the first XI more often.
6. Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko…
…have been named in the best XI of players to have moved to a new Premier League club this past summer.
7. Arsenal learning the ways of the big boys
Liverpool give youngsters regular game time as with Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho. Chelsea are usually very good at giving youngsters time, while Manchester City have given some youngsters game time such as Liam Delap and Cole Palmer. Arsenal are now learning how to do it. (Beware this is a grossly patronising article which it could be best to avoid).
8. Disgraceful Richard Keys is still dishing out his opinion.
You might think after his last appalling outburst the infamous Keys would shut up, but he is now out there putting around the idea that football should be stopped until after the funeral. Perhaps he fancies a break. Or maybe his distaste for women doing extend to ex-monarchs.
9. Man from Wolfsburg wants to come to Arsenal.
“VfL Wolfsburg striker Jonas Wind says a transfer to Arsenal would be his dream move, ranking the Premier League as the best in the world.” According to the Daily Canon.
10. Jonas Wind knows where he wants to go.
Wind, “who has five goals from 15 Denmark appearances,” and transferred to Wolfsburg at the start of this year has already said he fancies going to Arsenal.
Brighton are trying to discuss a long-term deal with midfielder Moises Caicedo but Arsenal fancy buying the 20 year old player. Mind you so do Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.
12. Another left back.
Arsenal are chasing Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo and hope to sign him in January but so do other clubs. At least according to Caught Offside.
13. Mykhaylo Mudryk
The Ukrainian player has held talks with Arsenal over a possible move according to CBS Sports, and he is very keen to go. He is 21, and is a winger with Shakhtar Donetsk.
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