Morning and happy Sunday.
I am writing this today from my garden. The sun is out, the birds are singing and I have fences to paint. Let’s get the blog out the way before the chores! And then settle down to watch the cricket.
The latest name to be linked with a move to Arsenal is Raphinha.
Over the summer, we will be linked with around 100 players, so I usually do not get too invested when names pop up. You will only be frustrated when we don’t sign 96 of them.
Raphinha is a top, top player and has the technical ability and work rate to fit in with what Mikel Arteta is doing.
Some have expressed their concern over “what about Saka”. Arsenal seem to be the only team in the world that are not allowed competition for places.
Let’s remember Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City success is built on rotation, which enables him to keep his side fresh.
The majority of Pep’s forward line play around 1900-2300 Premier League minutes in a season. Last season Saka played just shy of 3000.
It is the same at centre back.
People are worried about we can accommodate Gabriel, White and Saliba instead of celebrating the squad depth we now have there.
My only slight concern about the Raphinha links is if we do sign someone for £50m+ to ply on the right, it will create a nagging feeling that Saka is off.
But I can ignore that feeling.
Raphinha, Jesus, Tielemans. These are players that will improve us from day one. That will not need bedding it.
The England friendly last night was wank.
I have expressed my feelings on the Nations League before. It is just a complete and utter waste of time.
Players could have been on the beach 3 weeks ago. Instead they are still training. Still playing. And for what? The international version of the Audi Cup?
Anyway, it’s nearly 9 and these fences won’t punt themselves.
Have a good Sunday. Remember the sun cream.