Sunday, 15 July 2018

Unai Emery Begins With A Bang As Arsenal Run Riot

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Unai Emery began his era with a bang. I am talking about his era on the pitch as we have already seen his impact in some other areas like player recruitment coupled with changes to some traditions like his ban on mobile phones during meals.

Arsenal kicked off their pre-season with a friendly match this afternoon. Friendly match? I had to ask once again because I saw and still see nothing friendly in that scoreline. How on earth will anyone demolish a colleague in that manner and call it a friendly? Na Na Na! Lol.

The new boss who took off from where Arsene Wenger stopped managed his team to victory on Saturday as they faced Boreham Wood at Meadow Park. It was a goal riot which ended 8-0.

New signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos started in central defence as Aubameyang and Lacazette led the attack. Auba scored the first three goals, the third being a penalty, before Nelson and Lacazette added one each to make it five at half time.

Unai took off all players who started the game at the start of the second half to introduce fresh ones who contributed three more goals through Nketiah, Adelaide and Mkhitaryan.

We didn't play against a big team. Nevertheless, we still have to commend the boys who put in maximum effort to secure victory. After all we have lost to small teams in the past, so why should we withdraw our praise for them in this case? I have as usual managed to deal with some rivals who hit at me for talking about our win on Facebook. One asked "Who did they play?" i knew where he was heading to. It was not as if he didn't know who we locked horns with. When it's done by other teams, it's spectacular but when it's by Arsenal then it's nothing. I am used to such.

It's good we started well. Unai can now begin observing to see what will work best for us when the season eventually starts. A big kudos to him and the entire coaching crew for a job well done. Let's replicate this when we play against bigger teams in some other pre-season fixtures and during the fast approaching season.
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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Arsenal Sign Midfielder, Not Lucas Torreira

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Time for Torreira was yesterday. Arsenal completed and announced the acquisition of Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria for a fee reported to be around £26 million. He became the club's fourth signing of the summer after incoming deals for Stephan Lichtsteiner (right back), Bernd Leno (goalkeeper) and Sokratis Papastathopoulos (centre back) were earlier sealed. Who's next?

I made an update here on Monday where I revealed that Torreira and one other guy would be undergoing medicals. The guy in question is named Matteo Guendouzi and you know what? He has put pen to paper for the club and is a bonafide member of Unai's red and white army.

You may want to ask what gave me such boldness to authoritatively state this when Arsenal have said nothing about it. Well, first, I watched a video which showed him signing series of documents at London Colney and secondly, I have pictures from the signing session. His current club has even been changed to 'Arsenal' on Wikipedia. The last evidence could be misleading at times but the others are genuine ones.

Guendouzi is a 19-year-old midfielder who plays for the French youth side. He joined Arsenal from Lorient having previously played in the Paris Saint Germain academy where he started his career.

His Lorient debut came in 2016 in a 2-1 loss to Nantes in a Ligue 1 match. In his debut season, he made nine appearances in all competitions as he saw his side demoted to the second tier. He was unable to help his side gain promotion back to Ligue 1 in his last season (2017/18) during which he played 21 times.

An official announcement for the future prospect and our fifth summer signing should come up today and even if it doesn't, you already know he is a Gunner. Wishing him all the best at Arsenal.
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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Arsenal Unveil Yet Another Signing

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"Arsenal Interested in Torreira", "Sampdoria President Gives Hint on Torreira Sale", "Torreira Set for Arsenal Medical". Headlines like these are what we kept seeing but thank God it's now done. Yes, it's been dusted.

Arsenal have finally confirmed the transfer of Lucas Torreira to the Emirates Stadium. The club revealed this on its official website and Twitter handle a while ago to the joy of fans like me who have waited endlessly for an announcement.

The 22-year-old midfielder jetted in from Russia where he represented Uruguay at the ongoing World Cup tournament. While in Russia, Arsenal wanted the business concluded on time so they offered to conduct a medical for Torreira in Russia but he declined saying that he wanted no distraction. All that is now history. He is a Gunner now.

Arsenal paid £27 million to sign him from Sampdoria so as to get a feel of what they have missed in defensive midfield for years. He will move straight into the first team. He will wear the number 11 shirt recently vacated by Mesut Ozil.

So far this summer, this is the biggest signing Arsenal have made having previously signed three players, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Welcome to Arsenal Torreira. Looking forward to seeing you in action from next season.
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Monday, 9 July 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Two Arsenal Medicals to Hold Today

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We have been told before that after the arrival of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, there will be more signings at Arsenal. This isn't false after all.

The news oF Arsenal on the verge of completing a move for Lucas Torreira has spread like wildfire over the last few weeks and I can also tell you that after him, another will follow.

Several indications have shown that the Uruguay international whose side recently crashed out of the World Cup has left Sampdoria for no other place but NortH-London. Sampdoria's President confirmed it, some of his relatives have also given green light and even the player himself has given interviews where he stylishly talked about his imminent move to the Emirates Stadium.

Aside all the sources mentioned above we have also heard from some reputable personalities one of who is the BBC correspondent David Orstein. Those who him know he is many a times on track when he gives such updates. This morning he has revealed that two medicals will be holding at London Colney today, that of Torreira from Sampdoria and 19-year-old France U-20 midfielder Matteo Guendouzi. I heard of the latter's £8 million signing from Lorient yesterday but needed to be sure it wasn't just one of those mere rumours and with Orstein's statement, I can say that it's going to be reality


Conducting of medicals for these two will mean imminent announcemnets of their transfer by Arsenal. That should be done today or probably tomorrow. Stay tuned!
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Sunday, 8 July 2018

Why Bernd Leno Is Yet to Return to Arsenal

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Training under Unai Emery started on Monday and by now we know why the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi have not been seen in any of the pre-season preparation pictures so far.

As stated in an earlier post on this blog, the World Cup participants were given an extended vacation to put themselves in good shape and will return on dates you can find here.

But Leno Bernd is not at the World Cup, neither has he been seen it training. Why is this so? Did Papastathopoulos not resume training as soon as he was signed? Okay read on to see why Leno has not started training with Arsenal.

Arsenal announced the signing of a goalkeeper named Bernd Leno about two weeks ago and after his unveiling, he has not been spotted around the club, not even at London Colney. The reason for this is nothing strange.

The club had to let him return home to get well prepared before joining his teammates as he had not totally put things in place before completing a transfer to the Emirates Stadium.

The Spanish goalkeeper who joined from Bayern Leverkusen for a fee believed to be around 24 million euros will bid farewell to his former environment and begin training by Monday, 9th July. As we gathered, he paid a visit to his former club’s training ground to say a final goodbye on Friday.

Leno is a goalkeeper with class. One expected to help Arsenal cut down on the number of goals they concede (last season's was so ridiculous). With Petr Cech being the number one before his arrival, we have not had it nice in goal. A team that does not score many goals should at least try to concede less but that was not the case for us last season. Cech, though highly experienced committed blunders that cost us so much points. With Leno around, that should be a thing of the past.

The 26-year-old is expected to take over as first choice goalkeeper from Cech when the new season begins. This is still something we are waiting on since it is still unconfirmed by the club.

Whatever it is, Cech seems to be ready for the challenge. The Czech international turned down an offer from Napoli this summer, stating that he will remain and fight for his place. This is good after all. Having such calibre of goalkeepers will cause a great and positive competition which is what any seriois team needs. The replacement for a classy player should be as good as the one he is replacing.

As for David Ospina, we still do not know what the future holds for him. Will he remain or be sold out? That we will get to see by the time he resumes from his extended vacation owing from Colombia's participation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Leno's availability y tomorrow will mean that he will be eligible to fly down to Singapore with some of his teammates on July 23. Arsenal will face Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint Germain in the International Champions Cup on 26th and 28th July respectively, before returning to lock horns with Chelsea (July 1) in Dublin, then Sevilla (July 4).
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Saturday, 7 July 2018

Return Dates for Ozil, Iwobi and Other Arsenal World Cup Players

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Arsenal players, some of the old and new ones, began to taste what life will look like under Unai Emery earlier this week. The newly appointed manager who came in to succeed Arsene Wenger took charge of his first training session on Monday with a number of players in attendance.

From the training pictures that surfaced and from what we expected, some faces were missing on that day and beyond. While the likes of Mustafi, Aubameyang, Ramsey were in attendance, others like Monreal, Ozil, Iwobi, Elneny were nowhere to be found.

It is the usual tradition for players who participate in international competitions during the season's break to resume later than those who didn't and that is the case with the absentees (not including Leno). The question now is "When will they join their colleagues for the new campaign?”

There has so far not been a definite conclusion on the arrival dates for each of these players. Nevertheless, those who bowed out of the World Cup at the group stage should show up earlier than the ones that made it to the knock out stages. According to an info we gathered from Football London, the first set (Iwobi, Ozil, Elneny, Joel Campbell) will be due for return on July 23, the same day the team will be flying out to Singapore for their pre-season tour of the Asian continent. Whether they will be made to travel with the team is unknown for now but as far as I am concerned, I do not think that is going to happen. While in Asia, Arsenal will face Atletico Madrid, our opponents in the 2018 Europa Cup semi-finals, and Emery's former club Paris Saint Germain on July 26 and 28 respectively. Other English team who will take part at this year's International Champions Cup include Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and LASTLY Spurs.

As for the World Cup round of 16 departures, Granit Xhaka, Nacho Monreal, Stephan Lichtsteiner and David Ospina, rumours have it that August 1, the day Arsenal will face Chelsea in a pre-season fixture in Dublin, is the day they will link up at London Colney. There is no chance these ones will feature in the last pre-season match which is against Sevilla but could be considered to play when Arsenal face Manchester City in their first Premier League game of the 2018/19 season.

The last Arsenal man standing at the 2018 World Cup in Russia is Danny Welbeck whose England side defeated Ospina's Colombia via a penalty shootout to progress to the quarter-final. His return date will be decided when he is done with his country. Did I hear you say Lucas Torreira? Calm down for he is not officially an Arsenal property yet.

Bernd Leno's case is a different one and has nothing to do with World Cup involvement. The reason for his absence can be seen here.
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The Change Jack Wilshere Exit Has Caused at Arsenal

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The revolution is come. Numerous changes are still on-going at Arsenal: player and staff departures and arrival of new ones, slight change in the approach to transfers and on this very one, a switch in shirt number.

We have heard a lot of talk on Mesut Ozil wanting the No. 10 shirt so badly. I still remember seeing this trend on Twitter early last year. It was all about speculation at that time but right now, it has come to reality.

Jack Wilshere is no longer an Arsenal player. The English international saw out his contract at the Emirates Stadium last month and is on his way to a new challenge at West Ham United as we are made to believe.

The London outfit will according to reports from top news sources complete a move as soon as all fitness tests have been conducted. Wilshere's career has been so far plagued by incessant injuries, one major reason why he spent more time in the treatment room than he did on the pitch while under Arsene Wenger, and for this reason, his prospective employers want to get an assurance (the Davido type) on his health, they want to be sure that he has put behind the unpleasant trend that has characterised his career so far. A conclusion should be made on that soon and if all goes well, an announcement should follow almost immediately.

Okay, back to our main topic. The talk about Jack isn't a total digression from the main topic but was meant to complement it since he has a link with it. Wilshere, the gentleman who has been at Arsenal since age eight or thereabout last wore the number 10 shirt which has now been taken by the Assist King himself, Mesut Ozil. What this means is that you will no longer see him putting on the number 11 jersey from the start of the 2018/19 season.

The club confirmed this while also imploring fans who have already acquired the player’s number 11 shirt not to panic as they will get a replacement.

Ozil is yet to resume training with his colleagues as he is still on holiday. He participated in Germany's World Cup outing in Russia before they got knocked out in the group stage and as such has an extended vacation. He is expected to return on the day Arsenal will travel to Asia for their pre-season tour in Singapore.
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Tuesday, 3 July 2018

CONFIRMED: Shirt Number for Sokratis Revealed by Arsenal

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What accompanies the official announcement of any player at a club is the allocation of shirt numbers and it has not been any different in the case of Arsenal's new boy.

The Gunners this evening unveiled Sokratis Papastathopoulos who made a switch from Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga while also handing him a shirt number.

The 6 ft 1 in tall centre back will be wearing the number 5 shirt which was most recently dropped by Gabriel Paulista who now plays for Valencia.

Paulista left his hometown, Kalamata, for London on Saturday even to put finishing touches to a deal which has dragged for weeks. At the moment, he has added his name to the Arsenal books.

The 30-year-old will reunite with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mhkitaryan, two guys who were once in his former club.

We wish him all the best at Arsenal and hope he helps us in the accomplishment of our goals which is to win laurels and lest I forget, I have found out that many have issues pronouncing his name. I understand. Don't lose a tooth trying to do so. You can simply call him Papa, the name staff and teammates used for him at Dortmund.
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Two Signs Showing Lucas Torreira Will Join Arsenal

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Like I said earlier, Arsenal are leaving no stone unturned in their quest for restructuring. Since the arrival of Unai Emery, we have been hit with a lot of changes like the massive retrenchment of a number of backroom staff and swift player recruitments. We have had three completed transfers into the club since early June, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastathopoulos. We're close to sealing a fourth who is the one this post is centred on.

Arsenal from all indications have laid their hands on a defensive midfielder. Don't tell anyone I authoritatively told you we have signed Lucas Torreira already. I never said so. Lol!

As usual, we read of our interest in the Uruguay international and those who have followed closely would by now have that confidence to say that the deal is almost done. There is no official confirmation on this yet but there are two signs pointing towards that direction. First is the confession by Sampdoria President and the next is Torreira's remarks.

As regards the first, Massimo Ferrero gave a great hint to the media and the whole footballing world when he declared that the 22-year-old who is presently in Russia to represent his side at the on-going World Cup is no longer an employee at Sampdoria. The club President further stated that he has been sold for a fee of €30 million. Look at this closely and you will be right if you say that he is heading to the Emirates Stadium because the figure in Ferrero's revelation was the same Arsenal reportedly offered for the star few weeks ago.

That said, there is another clue to the puzzle and this came from Torreira himself during a chat with journalists at the end of Uruguay's 1-0 triumph over Saudi Arabia where he adjudged Arsenal as 'one of the most important teams in the world' despite answering "No, I don't know" when asked if he will be playing under Emery next season.

It is normal for him to play down any links with Arsenal for now since he is on international duty and wouldn't like any distractions. Besides, his new club have still not given any update on his acquisition so I understand why he is still keeping his lips sealed.

Is Perreira now an Arsenal player? Is he not? We will get the answer to the following question when the perfect time comes. Until then…
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Arsenal Move For Lucas Torreira Crushed?

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At a time when we are all awaiting a medical and announcement for the Lucas Torreira transfer to Arsenal Football Club, we have been hit with claims from a source that all might not be as we think. Gosh!

Kike Marin while responding to questions from some Arsenal fans on Twitter fumed uncertainty over the switch of the Uruguay midfielder, giving a number of points to back up his assertion. You are confused, right? Well, I was initially more confused than you are because there have been lots of indications that Torreira is bound to play in the English Premier League when the 2018/19 season begins.

What then did Marin say? Knowing fully well that the midfielder is currently in Russia for the World Cup, it will be difficult to get him and his representatives down to London to finalise a move and the journalist is of the view that the Gunners could have made a U-turn on his proposed transfer.

Yes, Uruguay who Torreira is playing for in the World Cup have qualified for the round of 16 which means there is a tendency that he will remain there until July 15 should his team make it to the final. However, I do not see this as an obstacle. We have sealed deals even when the season had already begun, so why should the case of Torreira be different? We have got from mid-July till the end of the transfer window to sanction any deals we want to and if we are to go by earlier reports, the main part of the exercise has been completed and what we have left it just to conduct a medical and announce. All these can be done within one hour, so why the panic?

Let me not jump into conclusion but I am of the view that the news about a possible abandonment of the player recruitment is just one of those baits the media uses to get cheap attention. What else do we need to believe that Torreira is Arsenal-bound after the President of Sampdoria and Torreira’s best friend confirmed his exit from the Italian club and his move to Arsenal respectively?

The speculation about a withdrawal is in contrast to that from Fabrizio Romano that revealed that a medical for the player and the completion of a deal for Sokratis Papastathopoulos is imminent. The latter got confirmed by the club today.

Torreira impressed in his appearance for Uruguay against Russia (his first start in the tournament) earlier last week, and was in the squad that eliminated Portugal from the World Cup in their last 16 game last Saturday.
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