The countdown to the brand new season begins in earnest this week. It’s Monday morning, and on Friday night we tackle Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Because it stands, I feel Arsenal are in fairly fine condition after a superb pre-season which culminated within the 6-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday. The defence seems to be good, the assault is thrilling, and with Mikel Arteta hoping injured gamers like Takehiro Tomiyasu, Emile Smith Rowe, Kieran Tierney and Fabio Vieira ought to all be accessible for Friday, then he’ll have a really sturdy squad at his disposal.
For these on the lookout for extra additions, that is what the supervisor needed to say about that after the sport:
We’re nonetheless hoping to do one thing else if the market permits us to do this. You’ve seen some motion within the different course in the previous few days so we wish to get the proper steadiness and the plan we wished proper at the start. Whether or not we are able to accomplish that or not is one other story, however I’m proud of the place we are actually.
There might be an extended season preview submit later within the week, however whereas we are able to all search for better high quality and extra depth in sure positions, I don’t assume there are any obtrusive holes within the squad as we put together for Friday. If something, the squad is just too massive, and maybe this week we’ll see that trimmed down with plenty of departures on the playing cards already.
First up, it seems to be like Bernd Leno’s transfer to Fulham is nearly accomplished:
🚨 Fulham have reached settlement with Arsenal to signal Bernd Leno. Payment in area of £8m. Last particulars being sorted between golf equipment. Private phrases in place. 30yo goalkeeper anticipated to bear medical subsequent week earlier than finishing transfer @TheAthleticUK #FFC #AFC https://t.co/q6PEG7BriG
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) July 31, 2022
Assuming there’s no snafu with the medical, this one appears wise for all involved. Leno will get to remain in London and play usually, whereas Arsenal get some cash in for a participant within the closing 12 months of his contract. I feel Fulham will go well with him, to be sincere, he’s a keeper who’s greatest when he’s busy, and I believe a newly promoted facet who’ve been up and down between the Premier League and the Championship in recent times are going to face loads of pictures this season.
Elsewhere, it seems to be as if Flo Balogun is heading out on mortgage for the season, with a medical set for right this moment forward of a season lengthy transfer. From the participant’s perspective, it makes loads of sense. He had some expertise within the second half of final season at Middlesbrough, however at 21 he must be taking part in aggressive soccer and many it. There’s a superb case to be made that he’d present helpful depth for the Europa League group levels and the early rounds of the EFL Cup, however by way of what’s greatest for his personal improvement, there’s little question the prospect of taking part in week in, week out goes to be much more useful to him than sporadic Arsenal cameos.
He’s, for now not less than, nominally our third selection striker, and with simply Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah recognised centre-forwards after his departure, I do assume there’s a dialogue available about depth in that place. We have now some False 9 choices, ought to we’d like them, and Gabriel Martinelli may play there, however I do surprise if the addition of one other ahead would possibly nicely be on the playing cards to make sure we’ve got the requisite firepower for what is going to, hopefully, be a protracted season.
Lastly for now, Pablo Mari is being linked with Serie A facet Monza, however given Silvio Berlusconi is outwardly primarily all for recruiting clear shaven Italian boys with tidy haircuts (that undoubtedly doesn’t sound like somebody recruiting their very own personal military or something) he could have a difficulty there. Nonetheless, he stays a type of gamers nicely and actually within the departure lounge.
With the brand new seasons throughout Europe about to get underway, you’d wish to assume that fringe gamers who realise they’ve little probability of taking part in usually at Arsenal, can be motivated to get a transfer some other place as shortly as attainable. I realise the market dictates lots, but when a participant desires to play, that may get issues transferring in the fitting course.
Earlier than I’m going right this moment, a phrase for the Arsenal girls concerned in England’s European Championships success final night time. I really like my English mates, however as an Irishman it’s hardwired into to you to root in opposition to English sporting success. That’s simply how it’s, sorry!
Nonetheless, I actually happy to see England win final night time, for what it means for girls’s soccer, however specifically due to the Arsenal connection. Beth Mead was Participant of the Event and received the Golden Boot, and the way nice was it to see Leah Williamson captain facet to success and carry the trophy? What a efficiency she put in too, such composure on the most important stage. With Nikita Parris and Lotte Wubben-Moy additionally within the squad, and with Alex Scott, Ian Wright and Jonas Eidevall on the TV, it felt very purple and white.
And for many who might need tuned into girls’s soccer for the primary time throughout this event, I’ll level you within the course of our Arsenal Girls part over on Arseblog Information. You’ll not discover extra in-depth evaluation and protection of the crew wherever else, and Tim and crew are already gearing up for a brand new season.
Get on board.
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