Kos Off And More Transfer Rumours As Time Runs Out

Laurent Koscielny got his wish. Or part of it, as Bordeaux must pay a fee of around €5m for his signature. That’s if he passes the medical which given his injury record is by no means certain.

The former captain declared he wanted a free transfer and he wasn’t touring the USA!USA!USA! unless he got it. He didn’t get it and pretty soon will slink off into the wilderness, or Ligue Un as the French call it.

Koscielny believed nine years service warranted him leaving on the cheap. Not for the hard yards he put in but so he could grab one last payday. A bigger one than the contract he willingly signed a couple of years ago.

The door is open; don’t let it hit you on the arsenal on the way out.

Joining him on the way out is Carl Jenkinson. He’s done the ‘decent’ thing and not agitated for a move, publicly at least. Nottingham Forest are keen on him and I’m sure Arsenal will subsidise his wages to smooth the passage.

It’s good that we’re starting to streamline the squad and that process can continue until the end of the month. Unless the buying club is English, in which case we need to get our arses in gear.

This is, I think, the last season in which the English game is out of sync with European football. Talk a few years back of alignment to a pre-season deadline came to nought but the FA and the clubs decided to plough ahead on their own. To their own detriment; of course it is, this is England and when it comes to major decisions, we love shooting ourselves in the foot.

It’s nearly over though; Thursday, in some respects, can come soon enough.

It’s Nearly Here

Mainly because that means the football season proper is closer. Sunday is a pain in the Arsenal to begin with but English football is determined to bow to the money gods. Spanish football by contrast, is fighting itself with the RFEF and La Liga are in court soon after the former banned Monday night football. The latter wants it because TV wants it. And they can’t sell their TV rights in the UK, among others, so Monday nights are a key selling point.

A shame the Premier League already beat them to the punch and has a full schedule of Monday night wrecking the season.

That’s a story for another day.

With two defenders leaving, you’d expect one to arrive. The tales of Kieran Tierney have quietened down, Dayot Upamecano will cost €70m and Daniele Rugani? Who knows, he’ll probably end up sleeping with the fishes for wanting to leave Juventus.

€70m you say? Bournemouth quoted Leicester £75m for Nathan Ake; it’s the market rate now. I wonder what is was in June…

There’s something very odd going on with Arsenal supporters at the moment. I’m not sure if it’s at the moment or has always been there; I just never noticed. I’m sure other clubs suffer from this as well.

Apparently, none of this trio is good enough. Tierney is injury-prone while Upamecano is rash, dives into tackles; a €70m Mustafi. Rugani is Italian and their defenders don’t travel well; think a reverse Ian Rush.

Or look at it another way. Tierney was injured, underwent hernia surgery and his osteitis pubis is being nursed back to fitness. A good medical team will stop him being injury-prone. Upamecano is a young defender. Kolo Toure sent everyone flying in his trial but he learned. Maybe Upamecano will as well.

On a Roll

Finally, Rugani. Let’s look at this another way. How many good wingers or wide attackers have we bought from Lille so far. Prior to Pepe, we’d bought one and he was hopeless. Or how many Ivory Coast international strikers have we bought in the past. Prior to Pepe, we’d bought one and he was hopeless.

So, according to the logic which says we’re wasting money on Italian defenders, we’ve just p*ssed €80m on an Ivory Coast international winger because Gervinho was one of the worse players to pull on an Arsenal shirt. Get over yourselves on the nationality front; you’re straying into dangerous territory.

Another departure on the cards is Eddie Nketiah. A loan spell was mooted yesterday with Bristol City in the frame but now Leeds are joining the chase. It’s mixed emotions. We don’t have much depth up front; if we’re loaning Nketiah, we might as well re-sign Danny Welbeck for a season, just in case injuries strike.

I understand Nketiah needs to learn his trade and playing regularly is a big part of that. However, our record of bringing players back from loan spells and them making the grade is patchy at best. Maybe this current crop of youngsters is different.

Leeds and Bristol City both have differing virtues. Bielsa is tactically astute but will Nketiah get enough game time. The pressure of promotion being expected is a good thing for him; playing at Arsenal brings a pressure all of its own and he must be able to deal with that.

City, on the other hand, developed Tammy Abraham during a loan spell. They want promotion but don’t expect it so that pressure is off Nketiah somewhat.

Whatever the answer, can we put a recall clause in; just in case and all that…

’til Tomorrow.

53 thoughts on “Kos Off And More Transfer Rumours As Time Runs Out

  1. Morning! Moving on from “has he signed yet?” Pepe to “has he f*cked off yet?” Kos. Both are positive moves. Not sure where Upa would leave Holding, but if we do sign him then Musatfi surely has to go and probably Chambers is toast unless he’s a potential alternative to Xhaka when we play two DM’s.

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  2. Good stuff Yogi.

    Kos off, he was always a player at his best was a quick pacey CB but always had a mistake in him and only flourished really when Mert came to provide that organization back there. Right, he can fuck off though with pushing out of the club like he did as Captain.

    Jenks and Kos out. Tierney coming in and Rugani would be brilliant. Honestly, I would take either of the RB Leizpig CB’s as both are young and sure they will fly aggressively into challenges but they have formed the base of everything Leizpig has done. Plus, are people really complaining about a defender flying into tackles….I wonder if those are the same people who praise Sokaritis.

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  3. andy1886,

    I think if would leave Holding this season right where he is and part of me feels it would mean by Christmas, ideally, Sokaritis would be the one sacrificed for the pairing of Holding and either Rugani or Dayot. Then next season, should Saliba continues his development as he has, then next season we will have 3 young quality CB’s but all who have experience.

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  4. Lucky there JG, if you’d have actually written a post you’d have been an also-ran today. Just sayin’.

    Talking of also-rans (potentially) if we do get a CD then Emery will be history if we don’t make the CL places. Even without any more signings I think his ass is on the line this time. Rather than Silent Stan I think that the young whippersnapper Josh will be on the case this year and will expect results. So Emery had better finally decide on a style and formation and stick to it (looks like he wants to play 4-3-3 or similar and the signings reflect this).

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  5. C,

    True enough C, just depends on if Holding wants to be a first team regular although Saliba is by no means guaranteed to start when he arrives next season.

    One thing that you mentioned that is often overlooked is partnerships. We lack these other than Auba and Laca, if we can find a pair that works the way Kos and Mert did (individually they are often criticised but together they worked well) then they would be the default option rather than just throwing together the best two individuals.

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  6. Magalhães and Koné from Lille or Viergever and Tasende from PSV. Rather than a crocked Tierney and no new centre half at all.

    Please, please, please, for the love of god tell those at the clubs in charge of bringing new playing staff to get this sorted.

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  7. andy1886,

    Yup, and thats why at least having 3 young quality CB’s would be ideal because then we can work out the best partnerships.

    With Holding, he seems to play best with that aggressive style CB next to him but I also think he would absolutely flourish next to Rugani. 2 CB’s with pace and futboling brains that can play but are also built and have that defendaive mentality. I do think, should he continue to develop and stay fit, Holding could be that ‘organizer’ to pair with a more atheltic and aggressive CB or with somebody like Rugani who is simply built to defend.

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  8. andy1886,

    Tend to agree about playing style (433 or some variation as he always has) needing to be defined. I’m actually firmly in the camp of, “Emery did much better and was adaptive because of the players, terrible defending and injuries”. I think the other thing with formation is the style and you see its been clearly defined in preseason and thats before the likes of Torriera, Ceballos and Pepe get bedded into the team.

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  9. Thanks for the post yogi.

    I think its best if Kos moves back to France. He is not that good anymore and he does not want to be here so what is the point of keeping him. I don’t anything about Upamecano or Ragani. I suspect either would probably be an upgrade so let’s bring in one of them and Tierney also.

    You mentioned that we have not had a great record bringing players back from loan but the reason is because the vast majority were never good enough in the first place. Carlos Vela had a couple of promising seasons in Spain but in reality other then Gnabry I can’t think of a single outfield player in the last 10 years that we let go who ultimately developed into a player who would have helped us. I know we have talked about this hundreds of times over the years but I think a loan spell would be a good thing for Eddie. He needs regular minutes to develop and we need the chance to see if he is any good. If he is not ready or not good enough to play regularly for Leeds or Bristol then he certainly should not be playing for Arsenal just yet. It looks like Willock is going to stay but I am not sure where he gets minutes if Torriera Ceballos and Guendouzi are all in front of him in the pecking order. The arrival of Pepe probably means that Nelson won’t be playing much either unless we can find a new home for Mkhitaryan and or Iwobe.

    I agree with Andy. I think new Post Wenger Kronke regime will a lot more aggressive with trying to improve the team. The final couple months of last season and our collapse in the Europa league final left a bad taste in the mouth and this is the last season of Emery’s contract so he is under a lot of pressure to produce.

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  10. I also don’t mind Nketiah going on loan because unlike last season, Pepe can come in and spell one of Aubameyang or Lacazette. Last season, if one of those didn’t play, we had no other goal threat with Mhkitaryan and Iwobi on the flanks and now we do. That means, we are able to save them a bit more.

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  11. andy1886:
    Lucky there JG, if you’d have actually written a post you’d have been an also-ran today. Just sayin’.

    Talking of also-rans (potentially) if we do get a CD then Emery will be history if we don’t make the CL places.Even without any more signings I think his ass is on the line this time.Rather than Silent Stan I think that the young whippersnapper Josh will be on the case this year and will expect results.So Emery had better finally decide on a style and formation and stick to it (looks like he wants to play 4-3-3 or similar and the signings reflect this).

    I feel your pain Andy…I really do…but if my auntie had a dick she’d be my uncle.Don’t be sore at second 😉

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  12. If we sign Upamecano and Tierney and sell Kos and Mustafi, the value of our squad in two seasons has probably quadrupled.

    Torriera
    Leno
    Upamecano
    Tierney
    Pepe
    Nelson
    Saka
    Willock
    Holding
    Bellerin
    Ceballos (albeit on loan)

    All under 25. I know Raul is probably hoping one or two of the above are sold for extreme profit. But still.

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  13. In my craving for news about that crackpot Bielsa I follow this Leeds reporter on twitter and apparently they’re getting rid of their main striker Dylann Roofe, because of FFP. Also, Bielsa gave a lot of minutes to a Man City loanee, Jack Harrison last season and took him back this year even though it took him forever to perform for them. So it might be a promising place for Nketiah to go. Also, I suppose it’s cheering to know that someone as meticulous as Bielsa rates him, because can be impossible to work out exactly how good young players are.

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  14. Why are we being linked with coutinho?

    We need a fukin defender! Madness. Are they thinking fuck it were just gonna need some top players to bail us out for when we go 2-0 down.

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  15. MesutsLeftFoot,

    I actually think its the opposite, I think he has bought a young talented squad with the idea of buidling around this young core but at the same time keeping players in their prime like Lacazette, Aubameyang and hopefully a rejuvenated Ozil to play with. Doing this both keeps us competitive while also in the future being able to splash the cash on the odd signing instead of the constant need to soends shit tons on experienced established stars.

    The difference between these signings and Arsene’s comes down to them being bedded in coupled with experienced players instead of being solely relied on to win us matches. Also, that some of our talented players including Guendouzi and Smith-Rowe, were either sent out on loans to established competitive clubs or in the case of Saliba or Guendouzi, established themselves as regulars in the 1st teams of clubs prior to their move.

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  16. So, how about this for Sunday and playing for something close to 10-9 final scoreline?

    Leno
    Coutinho – Sokratis – Chambers – Pepe
    torreira – ceballos – Guendouzi
    Auba – Laca – Ozil

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  17. ozils toast with or without coutinho.

    tried to sell him – nobody wants him but for 350k a week emery needs to play him as much as he can.
    in a 433 with three strikers and two wingbacks its tactical suicide to play ozil in the three in midfield so hopefully he gets as limited minutes as possible and ceballos, torriera and guendouzi will be first choice in the middle.

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  18. Well….if there was ever a former player….let alone captain…putting up the middle finger..check out the video of Kos removing the Gunners shirt,casting it aside to reveal the Bordeaux shirt….well I never…😡😡

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  19. The manner in which Koscielney and Kenkinson are leaving are as different as chalk and cheese. The former, on the down-side of his career and having missed innumerable games to injury, behaves like a prat. The latter, who seems to be a Gunner at heart, goes quietly.
    I may be in a minority (I know I am) but I’m sorry Jenks is leaving. He got a few games last season and I don’t think he let the side down at all plus he played with great enthusiasm. Don’t we wish others could say the same? Exactly who is going to play RB until Bellerin returns? Not Chambers and certainly not Mustafi, I hope.

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  20. Blue Yonder:
    The manner in which Koscielney and Kenkinson are leaving are as different as chalk and cheese. The former,on the down-side of his career and having missed innumerable games to injury, behaves like a prat. The latter, who seems to be a Gunner at heart, goes quietly.
    I may be in a minority (I know I am) but I’m sorry Jenks is leaving. He got a few games last season and I don’t think he let the side down at all plus he played with great enthusiasm. Don’t we wish others could say the same? Exactly who is going to play RB until Bellerin returns? Not Chambers and certainly not Mustafi, I hope.

    Agreed

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  21. Koscielny ..deary me. You absolute tosser. Really poor. I’ve never seen a more fuck you from a player leaving. He might as well of wiped his arse with the shirt whilst he was at it. Just goes to show you never truly know a player. Are Bordeaux in the Europa? Love to see the worm come back now.

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  22. jonnygunner,

    Saw the video, that is a double barrel middle finger to a club who he literally owes everything to. Shame it ending the way that it did. Before I wanted to remember the positives but now, I remember the time Griezmann scored the away goal thanks to hit shit defending, the plenty of mindless mistakes coupled with the stupid red that season prior to the FA Cup Final.

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  23. I do not know why there are so many angry folks here, I would rather thank Kos for all the wonderful times he gave to us and wish him well with his new club. The video was probably a puma idea, from one puma team to another.

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  24. Arsenal.com says the deal with Bordeaux is done, pending regulatory approval. Must say I wasn’t sure he’d pass the physical. Good move.

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  25. Watched the Kos video, yeah he’s a bit of a tosser but I wasn’t enraged by it. Made me think that maybe he’s just not that bright. No loss anyway, move on and let’s keep our fingers crossed that we find a replacement before the window closes.

    Over at the swamp the Sp*rs are being linked with some serious players. That said I don’t rate Coutinho as highly as many (Liverpool improved without him) or Dybala (remain to be convinced that he’d be as effective in the PL as he has been in Serie A). And I don’t think either would come to Sp*rs as their first choice either. Eriksen looks to be off possibly to ManU, where Lukaku has been frozen out. One thing is for sure, it’s been a far more interesting TW this summer than any I can remember.

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  26. C,

    And the fuck up with Woj in the league cup final. Farewell to one half of the chuckle brothers. I choose not to remember the good stuff because of the way he engineered a move away from the club that I love and the disrespect he showed as captain. Knob.

    Any offers for Mustafi… step right up… I’ll drive him anywhere in continental Europe myself but I suspect there’s be a taxi rank of gooners outside that clown’s house!

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  27. I am loving this transfer season. Are all my dreams to be answered?

    Do we now have enough power up front to field 3 real goal scorers on one field?

    We have Invested in a great future player.

    A replacement right back for Nacho.

    The possibility of a decent centre back.

    Holding back in training.

    Ozil to replace Rooney in Washington? Give me a sideways crying laughing mwah ha ha emoji.

    If Coutinho comes on loan and more importantly someone pays to take the Mustaphi out, all my Arse dreams will have been delivered.

    Unai is worth it just for this.

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  28. I can’t see Coutinho coming to us and, frankly, he’s very far from what we need

    Sounds like Rugani is pretty close now? If we get him and Tierney in, I’m happy

    I’d be happy to unload a couple once our window is closed too. I think most know the three that I particularly have in mind. One of those would be okay, two probably best case scenario

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