A new morning in the Unai Emery era and such is the certainty over Sokratis’ future following Papa Papastathopoulos’ recent radio performance that he is now a footnote in stories about Yacine Adli.
There’s a dynamism about Arsenal these days, a sense of the club being reinvigorated with all the changes – not just that of the manager – at the top. Which is a good thing but how long it lasts is anyone’s guess. The manager and his coaching staff are beavering away in the background to work on Plan A, as well as Plan B given the roughly translated comments attributed to Joachim Low’s assistant.
Thomas Schneider, for it is he, told Bild that they expect Ozil to “challenge himself in training.” I’m guessing that’s because when anyone challenges him, he falls down hurt. He did so in Austria during the friendly, three minutes after scoring. Using Google Translate, a British hack reckons Schneider said, “Mesut is always having treatment.”
As opposed to the “Ozil’s treatment is ongoing” he meant. Not that he’s Sickly Little Mesut Ozil. If he was that, I don’t think Low would have hesitated in binning him before he made the final cut for his squad.
Elsewhere, there will be a right old Arsenal knees-up in Turkey next season. Joel Campbell is wanted by Galatasaray (yay!) and Alexandre Lacazette by Fenerbahce (say what?). And Besiktas haven’t even come in with their annual bid for David Ospina yet…
The first one I sort of believe. If Jose Antonio Reyes can go and sign for a Chinese Super League team, then what’s so difficult to believe about Jo-El signing for a Turkish club. Yes, that’s the same Jose didn’t settle in England. He must have grown up a lot in the last decade; broadened his horizons.
According to The Guardian, we’ve offered a three-year deal to Yacine Adli after he rejected Paris St-Germain’s terms. Unai and Sven talked to the youngster to try and persuade him that Arsenal is the place where his first-team future lies (as opposed to being told lies as about his future first-team prospects).
There’s no indication yet that he is signing and I wonder if having gone low-key with Stephan of Liechtenstein, there’s a real prospect of a ‘big’ name signing next just to whet the appetite? And I’m not talking Papastathopoulos either, even if that is the retail department’s dream name for shirt printing.
Papa Papastathopoulos made it clear he’s coming to Arsenal, which would leave us something like three out of three as far as the rumours to deals score is concerned. Hot stuff from the Arsenal Transfer Window Action Team this summer. Rumours about Jean Michael Seri refuse to die, but seemingly depend on how persuasive Chelsea are.
Questions are asked about his effectiveness in the team due to his build. Show us a short, dynamic midfielder and we’ll point to our history of successfully using short, dynamic midfielders. It won’t take long; it’s a short film. The sort you used to see at Saturday Morning Pictures when the room was filled with kids until the Cycling Proficiency Awards came along and ruined the fun. Stoopid Cycling Proficiency Awards. Still, they only cancelled the SMP once…
Being welcomed aboard the rumour express this morning is Christian Pavon, but he’s only one for one stop before alighting at Barcelona. Antoine Griezmann decided to stay at Atletico for his love of the club and not the mega-contract they offered.
Kit You Believe It?
Which is a roundabout way of taking a breather from the insanity surrounding Arsenal at the moment. You’ve just got your head around the notion of the home kit having red hoops on the sleeve which look pink. Well, get your head around these:
Bafflement. Bewilderment. Every ‘B’ word including B*llocks. No wonder they filmed the promo video in darkened light with a few neon strips…
Puma, I am guessing, knew the game was up as far as kit production was concerned. As a result, they guessed it didn’t matter what designs they pitched up with. At least the home shorts are white…
Mind you, if these are the best designs that they could muster, how bad were the others? And to think, Puma’s appointment was welcomed with same enthusiasm being reserved for Adidas…