Nketiah, Marquinhos, Saliba and More


So yesterday I tried to justify the new deal for Eddie Nketiah, and the response was surprisingly positive.

I also ran a little comparison of Eddie to Aubameyang on Twitter.

I actually think Nketiah will outscore Aubameyang next season. The honeymoon is over for the Barcelona man and it will not be long until he downs tools once again.

Do I think Eddie is a superstar? No. But in a world where Aston Villa are reportedly demanding £50 million and Everton asking for £60million for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, I would rather keep Eddie.

As discussed yesterday, there are very few top strikers out there. And even less that will want to play second fiddle.

When you look that Manchester City have gone through the season with one out and out forward, Tottenham have only had Harry Kane up top as an option for a few years and Manchester United often played without a recognised striker this season, you will see what the problem facing Arsenal is.

The choice is we either keep Nketiah, or sign someone like Watkins or Ivan Toney for big money who are distinctly average.


Reports are that Wolves have launched legal action against Marquinhos over his impending move to Arsenal.

They claim that the Brazilian winger had a pre-contract agreement with them, which he has set to break.

The situation could get very messy.

Who remembers when Manchester United thought they had signed John Obi-Mikel?

Manchester United had agreed to signed the Nigerian back in 2005. Contracts in place and everything. Then at the eleventh hour a deal with Chelsea went through.

Mikel was then unable to play for 12 months whilst a case went to court. Eventually Chelsea had to pay Manchester United £12million.

I know nothing about Marquinhos and whether he is worthwhile spending time and energy fighting over.

William Saliba

I am delighted to have the Frenchman back.

He is clearly a talent and was a rough diamond that needed shining.

Saliba would have grown as a man over the last 2 seasons and still just 21, he will now be ready for Premier League football.

With European football back at the Emirates, we need another quality centre back to provide cover and competition for Ben White and Gabriel.

There will be plenty of game time for all 3.


What is the point of these post season internationals?

Players should now be on holiday, releaxing in the sun. Instead we have the Nations League.

England (and others) will play 4 games over the next two weeks.

When the World Cup comes around in November and key players are injured, FIFA & UEFA will have to take a long hard look at themselves of their scheduling.

The Nations League is no more than glorified friendlies.

Scrap it, let the players rest and have a full pre-season with the clubs that pay their wages.



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