So we announced another player yesterday – but not the main man.
Matt Turner has joined from MLS side New England Revolution. I know nothing about him but the club seem to think he will do a good job replacing Bernd Leno as number two.
I imagine his arrival will see a change of policies on the goal keeper.
In recent seasons we have played one guy in the league and the other in the cups. I would now expect Aaron Ramsdale to play in everything bar the League Cup.
Whilst we sit and wait for Gabriel Jesus, his impending arrival is creating noise from rival fans as well as those so-called Arsenal fans that do not really support the club.
A lot of the noise from the day has come from Tottenham fans.
They are stating that Gabriel Jesus is a “poor” signing as he would not walk into their team.
Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world. So they are right in the fact that Jesus would not walk into their team. But that does not mean that he is a poor signing for Arsenal.
Jesus is a huge improvement on Alex Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah.
Football is a team (and squad) game. Jesus improves our starting XI and our squad.
We finished just 2 points behind Spurs last season. We have improved our starting XI with his recruitment.
If you also include Fabio Vieira, we have improved two areas of our team.
So whilst Jesus would not have improved Spurs, he has improved us.
Their fans should focus on the lack of improvements in their squad, rather than try and mock us for our very positive transfer business so far.
I stand by my prediction that Spurs will finish 8th next season.
There are some Arsenal fans predicting he will score no more than 15 league goals for us next season.
I think if he scores 15 league goals he will be considered a good signing.
Do not believe me? Let’s look at the stats:
Last season, only 4 players scored more than 15 goals in the Premier League. The year before it was 5.
15 goals would have made Gabriel Jesus the 7th (or highest) Premier League goal scorer 6 out of the last 10 seasons (and top 10 in 9 of the last 10).
Last season was only the 4th time in Premier League history that we have not had someone in the top 10 Premier League goal scorers.
I think some people over estimate how many goals are scored by a single man in the Premier League.
I see some saying “we need a 30 league goal a season striker” as if they grow on trees.
Thierry Henry only scored 30+ league goals once in his Arsenal career – and only 6 players have breached that landmark since the league went down to 20 teams.
Alexander Lacazette was our top league goal scorer last season with just 7.
A man that (potentially) scores another 8 goals would have been more than enough to take us into the top 4.
There is a real lack of top strikers in world football right now – this is not the early 00’s when we had Henry, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Samuel Eto’o, Andriy Shevchenko, Raul, Ronaldo, Filippo Inzaghi, Alessandro Del Piero, Ronaldinho and Gabriel Batistuta battling it out to be the best on the planet.
These days there is pretty much Robert Lewandowski, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane. 4 of which are the wrong side of 34.
Bar Erling Haaland, there really isn’t any other top young striker in world football right now.
Is Jesus the perfect answer? No. But that player really does not exist right now.
He is an improvement on what we had last season and will score enough for us to be top 4.
Onto the next one…
Its about whether players fit the club. Spurs have been trying to find a back up for Kane since he first burst into the team. But real centre forwards are thin on the ground so its been a thankless task. Arsenal don’t play with a centre forward so all they are looking for is a decent striker. Jesus fits the bill. For Spurs Richarlison would actually tick more boxes. He’s still not what they are really looking for but as he’s more comfortable playing across the front three he does offer cover for Son as well as Kane. Ironically Raphina is probably more talented than either of them but wouldn’t fit either team.
As for Spurs improving their squad, I’d say with Perisic and Bissouma they’ve already done that. While Arsenal’s priority might be up front for Conte its the midfield, wing backs and a left sided central defender. In Kane, Son and Kulusevski they’ve already got their first choice front three.
When our opponents are focusing on our recruitments we can be sure that we have had a decent window. They know we are going to get better and worry about their own position, which is great. The clock is ticking and St. Totteringham’s day is getting closer 🔴⚪️