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Imagine City with Haarland though. That is scary.

imagine us with Haarland, Saka, Odegaard and ESR as an attacking 4.
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And Martinelli coming off the bench ;) 
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Try not to imagine that with Xhaka, Elneny, Cedric and Tavares still behind them.
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two of Xhaka, Elneny, Partey make a pretty solid midfield.
Back four of Tomi, Gabriel, White, Tierney
with Ramsdale in goal.

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You know who could be a good buy? Max Aarons from Norwich. Only 22, be going cheap post relegation, and could provide some young talent to back up Tomiyasu.

While Cedric did a good job, unless we get someone into the team who is a big man we don't get a lot out of his crossing game, and given he'll be 31 by the end of the season his pace will be in decline too. After a good season as deputy might be time to cash in.
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With the youngness of our squad, I like having Cedric for one more season, but that shouldn't stop us buying someone like Aarons as well. We will have extra games with the Europa League, and if we get injuries on the left we can switch Tomiyasu or Cedric over there if we're worried about Tavares' defensive nous (which I always am!). 

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After I posted that there was some interesting chat on the Arsecast regarding this situation, more specifically who in the squad is more like Tomiyasu. Their theory was that with Saliba coming in and offering an upgrade on Holding we might see White cover Tomiyasu at RB more often. An interesting prospect!
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Hmmm I'm not sure I like that idea... 
White doesn't feel like a fullback to me. He's a very relaxed, composed defender, not the all action type we like in those roles like Tomiyasu and Tierney.
I do however like the suggestion that Saliba might actually be integrated? Everyone seems to rate him except us, the club that has him under contract! I heard Newcastle were snooping with their new cash. If Arteta still isn't sold on him, a loan to Newcastle would be ideal to be honest. Get him stuck into the rough and tumble of the EPL and see how he goes. The footballing world seems to suggest we have a gem on our hands, it would be a travesty if he realised that potential elsewhere. I wonder what goes on there, what does Arteta see that others don't? Is he wrong? 

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Surely Saliba is either part of the plans or out the door. I can’t see the sense in another loan. 
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Wasn't it something to do with him being young and not adjusting to being away from home. That's why he was sent back to France. 
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Totally. Joined us, COVID hit, his mum died, it was a bit of a disaster. Time away from the club has worked out well. Still 2 years left on the deal, he comes back in and does a job happy days. If not, time to sell.
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Wasn't it something to do with him being young and not adjusting to being away from home. That's why he was sent back to France. 
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Great read here from the Athletic: https://theathletic.com/3341763/2022/06/01/arsenal-striker-transfer-jesus-osimhen/

The most interesting name on their for me was Gianluca Scamacca from Saussolo. Only 23, 6'4, and has incredible variety in his shooting options. I think he'd be a great up and coming signing (maybe Torriera as a make weight) who would offer something different to Nketiah and be a good compliment to more of a marque signing like Jesus.
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Laca has left the building. Should be announced by Lyon soon. Thanks for the service and sticking it through. 
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I forgot about that stuff with Saliba's mum, good point. 
He certainly did well on loan this season - did I hear that he got Ligue 1 player of the year??? Or was it a place in the Ligue 1 team of the year? Either way, impressive for someone so young in a position that requires maturity. 
I really hope we can integrate him. We'd have a wonderful stable of CBs on paper if we have him and Holding backing up Gabriel and White. 

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I forgot about that stuff with Saliba's mum, good point. 
He certainly did well on loan this season - did I hear that he got Ligue 1 player of the year??? Or was it a place in the Ligue 1 team of the year? Either way, impressive for someone so young in a position that requires maturity. 
I really hope we can integrate him. We'd have a wonderful stable of CBs on paper if we have him and Holding backing up Gabriel and White. 


he was the top defender in L1, also got a call up to the France national team.

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Its a pity Guendouzi didnt have the head on his shoulders to meet Arteta's expectations, he also seems to be doing very well in Ligue 1, and also getting french caps. 
Arteta has some pretty stringent requirements for his squad, but I back him, I feel he's got things pretty clear and sussed for how he wants things to work, and you can see it all play out so well when we are fit and firing. 
Next season is massive for Arteta though. Only top 4 will do. 
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If we get our signings right this summer we'll have a much better looking squad so that if Arteta can't get it done we'll be in position to replace him with someone who won't have to do too much to sort the squad out. I've got plenty of issues with the Kroenkes ownership but the decisions they've made to stop the rot in the back office and in terms of how we're making signings is setting the right foundations for success in the long term irrespective of whomever is the gaffa.
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Its a pity Guendouzi didnt have the head on his shoulders to meet Arteta's expectations, he also seems to be doing very well in Ligue 1, and also getting french caps. 
Arteta has some pretty stringent requirements for his squad, but I back him, I feel he's got things pretty clear and sussed for how he wants things to work, and you can see it all play out so well when we are fit and firing. 
Next season is massive for Arteta though. Only top 4 will do. 
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New favourite BS rumour; we're going to do a swap deal with Juventus. Arthur Melo coming our way, with Martinelli heading to Turin. That really must had been written by a bored Spuds fan.
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New favourite BS rumour; we're going to do a swap deal with Juventus. Arthur Melo coming our way, with Martinelli heading to Turin. That really must had been written by a bored Spuds fan.

I heard that we made a counter offer of Holding for Chiesa
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in scary news, Saka is being linked with City. Apparently they have approached club and agent. 
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in scary news, Saka is being linked with City. Apparently they have approached club and agent. 

Could get interesting given he is down to 2 years left. If the lad is smart he signs a contract extension with a release clause triggered after certain parameters. Helps everyone get what they want.
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I suspect he wouldn't want to move right now and risk sitting on the bench for half a season before a World Cup. But may well be looking at 2023 as his chance for a big move. 
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Which means he could hold out on the extension, to run him down to one year, thus putting us in a bad position as a club. 
We will have to play hardball, now. If he doesn't re-sign before the end of this window to a new four year deal, then we sell.
I desperately wouldn't want that, but it's the smart business decision. 
If we then had to sell, a swap for Jesus and Sterling would be nice!
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Bit of chat around Leno going to Fulham. Seems a good move for all concerned, would expect a tidy wee fee and a chance to get the wages off the books.
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The New Brazilian has been unveiled. Not sure he is in starting contention this season but we might see him in a few cup games. 
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Given Wolves had him lined up to go straight to GrassHoppers I'm sure will do something similar. Possibly January if we want to give him EL minutes?

Getting worried about Sp*ds, they've signed Perisic and Fraser Forster on frees (not sure either improve them), leading the race for Spence and Bissouma (although he is less attractive knowing he has a pending rape investigation), and are in the hunt for Richarlson/Raphina.

We've also been linked with Raphina, but I'm not convinced he's a priority.
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Palace away on opening day on a Friday night.

Pretty generous first 6 fixtures as well, far less daunting than last season.
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Sounds like talks with Jesus are fairly advanced. That’s a good sign but we’ve been burnt before. 
Also there is a guy called Vieria, from porto who is in London for a medical. Don’t know anything about him but apparently he’s a midfielder who can play pretty much everywhere. 
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Sounds like talks with Jesus are fairly advanced. That’s a good sign but we’ve been burnt before. 
Also there is a guy called Vieria, from porto who is in London for a medical. Don’t know anything about him but apparently he’s a midfielder who can play pretty much everywhere. 

Shame that Ben White already has the number 4 shirt.....
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Porto have confirmed it, seems a done deal. Incredible stealth mode stuff - love it.
Guy offers back up to Saka on the right of Odegaard in the 10 role. Surely signals the end of Pepe, and likely delays some of the hale end boys coming through this season into the first team - not necessarily a bad thing but helps set expectations. Hopefully Azeez, Patino, Hutchinson etc get some good loan opportunities.
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Sounds like talks with Jesus are fairly advanced. That’s a good sign but we’ve been burnt before. 
Also there is a guy called Vieria, from porto who is in London for a medical. Don’t know anything about him but apparently he’s a midfielder who can play pretty much everywhere. 
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From  what I’ve read, he’s more of a xhaka replacement. He can play further forward and on the wings, but his strengths look be suited to that #8. 

Edit - done some more reading and lots of info on him as an attacking mid so maybe he can play everywhere. 

Also some rumours from the club that he wasn’t a target for the window but the chance arose to sign him so they did. They are still focusing on Tielemans and Jesus and a LB. 
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Yeah, massive article in the Athletic.

- Viera wasn’t planned but couldn’t miss the opportunity.

- LB is likely to be solved by Martinez from Ajax, their player of the season who is only 175cm but plays LCB or LB - similar mould to Tomiyasu.

- CM Tielemans is still on the cards, different reports suggest his arrival is or isn’t contingent on a Xhaka exit. Personally I don’t mind the idea of having both of them for a season before Xhaka moving on after YT has settled in and overtaken him.

- Jesus is progressing fast.

- Raphina is on the cards but requires Pepe being moved on.

Also suggested we are moving fast to avoid the disaster start last season - get the new joiners in fast and hit the season firing from day one.

It made for some decent reading - and if we got all of the above done + the selling we need to do I’d take my hat off.

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Eddie signed da ting!!!
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I am so swamped with other stuff and not keeping up with arsenal news at all. Just read the last few posts in here and LOVING the latest. 
I really wanted Eddie to re-sign, you beauty! 
Refreshing to hear we are so advanced with deals and trying to get people in asap, and also the draw sounds like a softer start to the season for us. Excellent. 
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Just had a look at the fixtures and I really like what we've got. 
August and September are really good, if we hit the ground running we should be able to start strong.
The fixtures immediately after the world cup break are nice-ish.
And we've got a pretty soft May to end the season. 
October and April look like the toughest months. 
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First signing of the season, come on down Fabio Viera our new #21!
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Fabio Vieira.

Raphinha next up.
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Fabio Vieira.

Raphinha next up.

Yea the raphinha one is interesting ay. Like we’ve just signed a young attacker who can play across the attack line, bar striker. Then we have Pepe doing nothing. 
And what we really need is a cm and a striker. Surely we aren’t going to carry Pepe into the next season? 

Also, no sure what is happening but all tieleman rumours have gone quiet. And a striker
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Fabio Vieira.

Raphinha next up.
Whoops 😬 
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