Morning all, and what a fresh Sunday morning it is.
Few bits of Arsenal news flying about this morning.
The majority of which comes from the Arsene Wenger book tour.
Apparently there are a few snippets where he discusses rejecting a return for both Cesc Fàbregas and Robin van Persie.
We were heavily linked with Cesc before he joined Chesea. The Spaniard has 4 good years in West London so he certainly could have contributed something.
As for van Persie, we knew he was pretty much shot when he joined Man U. He basically had one good season under Alex Ferguson.
There is talk this morning that William Saliba could join a Championship side on loan.
Saliba and Mikel Arteta have come in for some criticism from those dark corners on twitter where negative nancies spend their day fluffing each other.
The French central defender is still just 19. Last season his development was disrupted by injury and Covid19. There are also reports that he was struggling following the death of his mother.
Arsenal recognise that he is not yet ready for the Premier League, and are looking to get him game time in England to continue his development.
Saliba does not turn 20 until March.
It is a lesson to Arsenal fans to not overhype young players (a lesson we will never learn!)
Let him go out on loan and continue his development. He will come back a stronger player with a season in the Championship.
Also the bigger picture is that we are currently integrating Gabriel into the first team. In a years time we can then do the same with Saliba.
Not much more transfer news with the domestic window having 5 days to run. Will any Premier League side take a punt on Sokratis, Saed Kolasinac, Sokratis or Shkodran Mustafi?
Last little bit of Arsenal news is the twitter rumour that Houssem Aouar’s brother blocked a move after demanding a £20m agent fee.
Not sure how true this is.
Aouar is on just £25,000 a week at Lyon. He would have expected to at least treble that at Arsenal.
Bit of other news.
I see 20,000 fans were at New Zealand v Australia in the rugby. Another 20,000 will be at the Eifel Grand Prix today in Germany. And 30,000 people watched Ukraine v Germany.
Let’s get fans back in grounds.
Enjoy your day.