Tierney Injury To Derail Deal? More Transfer Dealings & Barca Away

English football returns this afternoon with Liverpool and Manchester City playing out a turgid goalless draw at Wembley in the Community Shield. If Guardiola’s men win, it’s a quadruple in 2019; four trophies in a year, never been done before, etc. Klopp, meanwhile, is poised to land Liverpool’s first-ever Premier League title.

That’s the media narrative. And yes, I’d like us to be in either position so there’s the usual hint of bitterness in those words. Jealousy is a nasty virus which eats away at you in that sense. Still, when we get back to that level, we’ll be the most free-scoring side in the history of English football.

Perhaps we’ll throw in the record for most goals conceded by champions as well. “One-nil to the Arsenal” will be sung in a post-modernist ironic way because we don’t do defence.

And, it seems, we don’t do defenders. Or maybe we ‘do’ defenders but the question is whether we’ll sign any with Kieran Tiernay’s deal being questioned. Not by me; I say sign him.

Doubts are surfacing over his fitness. He’s recovering from a double-hernia with osteitis pubis thrown in. The internet equivalent of the Reader’s Digest Family Health Guide and Medical Encyclopedia is taking a hell of a battering this weekend as everyone looks up what osteitis pubis is. “Ouch” is essentially the answer. A few months to recover is the general consensus and that ties into this morning’s ‘eight weeks out’ narrative.

Eight weeks? So, that’s four weeks of club football because of the international breaks in September and October; is it that much? Especially when, as I may have mentioned before, we have bigger defensive problems than at left-back. That’s mainly because our left-backs are playing anywhere but left-back even when they are selected at left-back.

Spandex Suits

We have a history in signing injured players which should stand us in good stead. Kim Kallstrom, Denis Suarez; they were loan signings, not permanent deals. That’s the difference so we shouldn’t worry about it. Maybe we also ought to realise that those were decisions made by the previous regime. Raul won’t be getting a statue if he makes the same poor judgements.

Of course, it won’t be Raul’s fault. Absolving Edu of any blame for this transfer window was taking one for the team. Or was it? Did he know about the Pepe deal and was setting himself up to be the latest suit ‘rock star’. Or ‘rock star’ suit, which conjures up all sorts of images of him in spandex belting out Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in its entirety.

Oh to see the faces of the Barcelona suits when turns up in that garb to negotiate the signing of Philippe Coutinho.

That loan deal is gathering pace with the Catalans ready to negotiate the return of the over-rated wild child, Neymar Jr. According to some media reports, the fee for borrowing Coutinho for two years is a staggering £107m. I know we made £45m stretch to more than that but seeing a loan fee at that level surely makes you run around screaming “Liar, liar, pants on fire!”

Tierney is more realistic. Watching Neil Lennon’s journey on this whole saga is hilarious. From bolshy defiance to a simpering resignation that the bluster counted for nothing. Such is his unbridled resentment that it’s becoming difficult to see where his head ends and his hair begins. Celtic’s 7 – 0 win yesterday ought to soothe his furrowed brow.

Onto Pleasant Things – Well Done Arsenal

Television, along with the Europa League, continues to wreak havoc on the fixture list. We don’t have a Saturday, 3pm kick-off until November. In the meantime, we visit Manchester United and Sheffield United on Monday nights which means no train service home.

Sky doesn’t care for away fans travelling in numbers. In fact, they would much prefer you to stay home and watch it on their expensive subscription service. So long as home fans turn up in enough numbers, there will be enough of a crowd for some atmosphere of sorts.

Today we face our final demon from the Champions League era. We did Bayern, now it’s Barcelona. Trips to the Nou Camp invariably saw us dumped unceremoniously from the competition. With our tails between our legs or cursing the officials.

Our defensive issues are not going away and ignoring them won’t fix them. Indeed, they’ll only come back and bite you on the Arsenal during the season. At a crucial moment. We’ve all watched football for long enough to know that is an immutable truth; we’ll struggle to make the top four if our philosophy is to win 6 – 4.

It’s great to win games by that sort of scoreline but ultimately damaging. We won’t win playing flamboyant open football at Anfield or the Etihad. Instead, we’ll get battered. As per, young man, as per, I hear you say.

My concern is that a good result today deflects attention away from that . It’s a friendly; neither side is looking for anything more than patterns and fitness; a win is good but a defeat isn’t the end of the world. The former boosts confidence, the latter confirms what we already know or at least, the manner of it does.

Enjoy the match wherever you are watching it.

’til Tomorrow.

41 thoughts on “Tierney Injury To Derail Deal? More Transfer Dealings & Barca Away

  1. Good to see former Arsenal academy players Malen, Bennacer(argument for Player of the Tournament at the AFCON) and Adelaide showing their talents and all continue to progress properly in their careers.

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  2. Speaking of Klopp, I got a good laugh when he took a shot at Citeh for their spending forgetting that his club broke 2 world record transfers and shot tons more.

    Anyways, back to Arsenal, maybe we can go to the Camp Nou and bring back Umtiti.

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  3. With the inclusion of Pepe to the squad are we moving to a forwards based team?

    Laca, Abam and Pepe up front.
    Ozil Guen and Tor behind
    This could make us top 4.

    Next time we move for a couple of Central defenders or Maybe we already have them coming through for the following season.

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  4. what the fuck are england doing.

    like my dear old grandpappy used to say – when you go into a test match top heavy with batsman your playing for a draw at best.

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  5. As the days dwindle down I’m getting gradually more skeptical about a deal for Tierney. Partly from wondering if Arsenal are quite as keen now but also from a growing concern over his overall fitness.
    The fact that he is apparently still experiencing pain/discomfort when he kicks suggests the problem is not a simple one. How long ago was he injured? Too many unknowns for me at present.
    Coutinho is a tantalizing prospect: a great talent and apparently available but where does he fit in and at whose expense/development? And the cost!
    Well, at least we seem to be moving on in terms of money for acquisitions.

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  6. I like Xhaka but he is sooo fucking frustrating, fouling for no reason and passes have been off and then gives the ball away.

    I can see why Ceballos was brought in and hope Madrid sign vandeer Bek which would most certainly open the door for us to grab Ceballos.

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  7. bammy with world class finishing.

    i noticed that too C willock trying to dictate play. he was right too with his suggestion. he might just play his way into a starting place this season.

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  8. The shame of the 1st half is that the negatives are coming from 2 players in Xhaka and Mhkitaryan who really needed to show well and they have given the ball away, miss-placed passes all over the pitch and tactically seem lost.

    For Xhaka with the addition of Ceballos, the continued developments of Willock and Guendouzi, it makes you wonder. And for Mhkitaryan, with the addition of Pepe and Nelson showing a willingness to be direct….selling both now to help fund a CB wouldn’t be the worst option.

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  9. Thanks for the post Yogi. Great to have you back. Hope you are feeling well.

    I remember early and mid last year season we had some debates about who was the most influential and most important individual player on the team and who should be player . I can’t imagine there is must debate anymore. I think PEA wins by a landslide. Hopefully Pepe will add some goals and take some of the scoring burden off PEA and Lacazette but even if he does we need PEA to compete for the golden boot again this season.

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  10. When does Bellerin come back from injury? Strikes me that our biggest problem is not having any fit specialist right back (I don’t count Jenkinson because he is shite).

    Makes me wonder why are going after tierney, given we have two reasonably decent left backs.

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  11. I know its only pre-season but Willock and Nelson both look like they are ready to contribute as squad players.

    Willock was immense again not just with his work rate but be an all action sort of midfielder.

    I also again enjoyed Ceballos’ cameo to, not just a willingness to control tempo and make things happen going forward, but the work rate and wanting to hunt down and quickly recover the ball.

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  12. Another positive was Ozil who, unluck Xhaka, helped us deal with Barca’s press by dropping deeper and helping to link play. His assist to Aubameyang was superb, but countless times he dropped deep to play those little triangles to help us beat their press.

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  13. Our current and best XI when all are fit:

    Leno
    Bellerin—Sokaritis—-Holding—-Nacho
    ———-Torriera—–Ceballos
    Pepe———Ozil———Aubameyang
    Lacazette

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  14. Blue Yonder,

    Seems to me as a Celtic fan that the KT saga is nothing but media generated bs. Typical little englanders thinking that subservient Scots will roll over for their imperial masters. KT is staying for ten in a row then maybe move to a better team than Arsenal. Probably Spurs or Man City

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  15. Michael Gordon,

    Michael Gordon:
    Blue Yonder,

    Seems to me as a Celtic fan that the KT saga is nothing but media generated bs. Typical little englanders thinking that subservient Scots will roll over for their imperial masters. KT is staying for ten in a row then maybe move to a better team than Arsenal. Probably Spurs or Man City

    Give it up with the anti English nonsense….grow up.
    You only ever got as far as York when you had your chance-then you were sent scuttling back home.
    And you wonder why all the decisions are made down south 😂

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