Deadline day – Arsenal dealings…

January 31, 2022
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So far, no movement but here is a recap of our transfer window…

  1. Outgoing: Chambers (permanent), Kolasinac (permanent), Mari (loan), AMN (loan), Balogun (loan)
  2. Incoming: Waiting…

Most likely outgoing: Auba and potentially Nketiah and/or Laca

Most likely incoming: Tough to say…Now, rumours include Morata as a loan deal…

The club wanted Artur Melo and Vlahovic…

Meanwhile: Leeds rejected a 60 Mln EUR bid for Philips from Villa and West Ham are closing on D. Nunez while Tottenham are expecting Betancur, Kulsevsky and…Bissouma…

Anyways…let us see…the clock is ticking


Hello Edu…just go for good but attainable players…

January 28, 2022

DM-CM: It seems Tchouameni is destined for a bigger team like Real or (sadly) Chelsea…So let us aim for a player that could improve us and would be willing to joining us…Are there many options? Maybe not…but I like Kalvin Philipps and I think he is a better option than Douglas Luiz. Declan Rice would also be great but he is also probably going to go somewhere else like Man City or Man Utd. Brozovic and Milinko-Savic likely to stay in Italy. Some of you mention Bissouma but why don’t we instead go for Ndidi? ANYWAYS: Edu, just get us Philipps 😛

As for forwards: Vlahovic out, Izaak out…I think Darwin Nunez is a good target and then we could also look at I. Toney and C. Lewin

Ramsdale – Tomy, White, Gabriel, Tierney – Partey, PHILIPPS – Saka, ESR, Martinelli – D.NUNEZ

Leno – Cedric, Holding, Xhaka, Nuno – El Neny, Lokonga – Pepe, Ode, Nketiah – Laca

Auba will be moved on…Barcelona pbbly or PSG…or Atletico…he has good choices


One week left to add talent to our squad…

January 24, 2022

Some players have left us on loan (Balogun…) or forever (Kola) but so far we have failed to bring in some players to AFC. The winter transfer window is tough but we could still get something out of it…The point is not to get a player to get a player…we want talent and quality!

In the last few games, we had only two stand out performances which were (i) against City but ended in a sour loss and (ii) against Liverpool in the first leg playing 10 vs 11…For the rest of the games, we were decent but nothing great. Against Burnley, we were just toothless and unimaginative….

Xhaka, Partey and others are not helping our cause and again, it seems that our achilles’ heels remain our double-pivot and then our forward position. We cannot fault our wingers (Saka, Martinelli) or our central attacking midfielders (ESR, Ode) when they play their position…

Lokonga has not been bad but he is better going forward rather than shielding the back four…Xhaka gets red carded for fun and Partey has now decided to follow suit…

Laca is back to his average form, which seems try but not succeed in front of goal.

Let us try to get a very good DM-CM: Tchouameni, Rice, Brozovic, Ruiz…

and a promising forward…: D.Nunez, Toney, Schick, Vlahovic, David…

Ramsdale – Tomy, White, Gabriel, Tierney – Partey, TCHOUAMENI – Saka, ESR, Martinelli – NUNEZ

Tchouameni would be a hard get….but so worth it…As for Nunez, he is 22, strong and good at link up play too and may come cheaper than Vlahovic…

The gaps in our team are clear…let us bridge them and make a push for Top 4. Otherwise, the season is again a failed one.


Don’t lose badly tonight and you give yourself a chance to reach the final of the Carabao Cup…

January 13, 2022
April 18, 1993: Morrow wins League Cup | News | Arsenal.com
Last time we won the Carabao Cup was in 1993 with Merson and Morrow scoring for us in the final against Sheffield Wednesday…Since then, we have been runner-up 3 times to Chelsea, Birmingham (that was painful) and Man City…

In the last few seasons, it is fair to say that we have done poorly against Liverpool away at Anfield and at home at the Emirates…This is a two-legs game and it is important to approach this semi-final as such. We have to make sure that we do not blow all our chances to reach the final already tonight. If we lose 3-0 or 4-1 or by any large margins, it is basically game over and we might as well play the academy boys in the return leg…

I am expecting Arteta to field a decent line up tonight to try to keep keep things tight and keep our hopes for a trophy alive this season but we do not know about Chambers, Xhaka….so in doubt, here is a potential line up

Ramsdale – White, Holding, Gabriel – Saka, Lokonga, Patino, Odegaard, Tierney – Laca, Nketiah

Let us see…

COYG! Let us get a trophy this season…It be amazing to beat Liverpool in the semi-finals and then Chelsea in the final…a big statement from our club and squad!


The midfield partnership saga with another twist…

January 5, 2022
Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who is on loan at Roma, may have to wait until the  end of the transfer window to leave Arsenal.

Arteta and Edu have backed the Partey-Xhaka partnership as our double-pivot in our 4231 set-up.

Some of us have our doubts about Xhaka and also about Partey but oh well, if the coach and the technical director are trusting them…what can we do?

We also had a chance to see Sambi play for us and he had done relatively well when called upon. He is quite brave with the ball, has a decent pass in him and a good engine. Clearly, he will be featuring in our squad on a regular basis…

Now Partey, who had his best game with us vs City, is on his way to the AFCON…A real shame to lose him but again, what can we do? On top of that, El Neny will also be playing the AFCON, meaning that we were left with Xhaka, Lokonga and AMN as players that have actually played decently as DM/CM for us in the last few months…

But here is another twist in the story…We are allowing AMN to join Smalling, Mikhy, Abraham and Mourinho in Rome until the end of the season on loan without an option-to-buy…

So we are technically left only with Xhaka and Lokonga as DM/CM…Some will argue that Chambers and White could play there but Arteta never used Chambers there and while White could feature there, why rock the defensive CB partnership of White-Gabs? We need one player to join us during the current transfer window at DM/CM…There is no way around it. With Covid and other potential injuries, it would be hard to rely only on Xhaka-Lokonga…

JM mentioned that he would be pleased to see Tielemans join us and I agree, he is a quality player but I doubt that Leicester will allow him to join us this winter. From other leagues, he has mentionned Nunes, Zubimendi as well – good players too but less proven at the higher level. The press is linking us with Guimares (disaster!) and Douglas Luiz and at one point the names of R. Neves, K. Phillips, D. Rice and M. Merino were also mentionned…Out of them all, I would love for AFC to push for K. Phillips as he wants to leave Leeds and also has a strained relationship with Bielsa – he is young, he is good, knows the EPL and is an English international…

Wishing good luck to AMN!


Auba out, Vlahovic in?

January 4, 2022
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According to multiple media reports in England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, Arsenal has contacted European clubs (not EPL) to inform them that Auba could be transferred if a mutually acceptable offer was formulated…

In the same time, AFC has offered 55 Mln + L. Torreira to Fiorentina for the services of D. Vlahovic…

Another rumor has indicated that Arsenal is close to reaching an agreement with A. Isak from R. Sociedad for a transfer this summer.

So Vlahovic in for Auba and A. Isak in for A. Lacazette or E. Nketiah?


A tough loss full of promises

January 1, 2022

It is a loss that (i) feels unfair and (ii) comes with a lot of positives…The poor refereeing clearly influenced the game big time even if Xhaka and Gabriel should know better…However, we matched and even outplayed Man City for 88 minutes of this game and it was an overall outstanding performance especially from Tomy, Saka, Odegaard, Tierney and Martinelli…We were all over Man CITY, the best team in the EPL and arguably in Europe at the moment. We were a joy to watch – we were convincing, we were threatening and we were able to smother and nullify City. Make no mistake, this is a game that has defined this team, its potential and the Arteta era…If we are able to play at this level days-in and days-out, we will certainly be challenging for domestic honours in the near future…

COYG!