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David Luiz and Willian audition for Brazilian Eastenders

Well what a busy start to the week we have had over at The Arsenal.

On Monday, the news broke fairly late in the day that the deal taking Henrik Mihitaryan to Roma was finally confirmed.

This got us thinking about COVID19 clauses in contracts and if it was a part of the agreement between Arsenal and Lille that Gabriel would have to undergo testing and quarantine prior to the transfer being completed.

On Tuesday our suspicions were confirmed as Arsenal announced the signing of Gabriel on a cute little Zoom call alongside David Luiz and Willian. This was a day after Gabriel had been at the training ground to join the squad in the bi-weekly club COVID19 test.

The announcement was quite a novel way to announce a player.

A live call between David Luiz and Willian on YouTube. They had a little chat about Willian, and then went on to discussing Gabriel. A decision was then made to call him and there he was, in his Arsenal training gear.

Luiz and Willian certainly have a post playing career in Brazilian EastEnders, playing hairy, South American Mitchell brothers.

And I guess that would make Gabriel Billy Mitchell?

On the video call, David Luiz’s importance to Mikel Arteta came across.

He is now in the role of “Father of the Squad” as one of the oldest and most experienced. It will be his job to help the young players such as Gabriel and William Saliba settle. It is a role he seems to have fitted into nicely.

Prior to the Gabriel announcement was the news that Ken Friar is to step down from the board to become Arsenal’s Life President.

Ken Friar is a lifelong Arsenal employee, whose story is immortalised on the North Bridge:

One day in 1945, a young Ken Friar was playing football with friends in front of Arsenal Football Club’s Highbury Stadium.

A miskick saw the ball disappear underneath a parked car. As Ken Friar hesitantly went to retrieve the ball, the car’s owner appeared from the famous Highbury marble halls, it was none other than the manager of Arsenal, George Allison.

Allison was impressed with young Friar’s enthusiasm and told him to make himself useful by reporting to his office the next day, whereupon the 12 year-old was offered a job as a messenger at the stadium on matchdays.

From that day on, Mr Friar became a loyal servant to Arsenal Football Club.

in 1950, Mr Friar started working full-time in the matchday ticket office. Through years of hard work and dedication, he was the club Secretary, Managing Director, and also a leader in Arsenal’s move from Highbury to the new stadium.

At the forefront in driving Arsenal Football Club to success for over 60 years.

For that lifetime of dedication, we thank you Mr Friar.

It was sad to see some “fans” abusing Mr Friar in the Tweet announcing his retirement. So called Arsenal fans have also taken to abuse the clubs social media manager for the Gabriel announcement being “delayed”. in the past we have also seen “fans” abuse club photographers, club legends and more recently, the daughter of Geordie Armstrong.

These people are not fans. They are hangers on. They are something nasty you step in occasionally. For some reason they associate themselves with Arsenal and their behaviour is disgusting.

The majority of these fans seem to be Tweeting from abroad. None of them have ever been to a game.

All true Arsenal fans will know and thank Ken Friar OBE for his work for the club over the last 75 years. They will understand those working for the club are just employees and do not deserve abuse. It is vile, and these people need to look at themselves.

Following the Gabriel announcement came some news about an outgoing. Not Sokratis to Napoli but Hector Bellerin to PSG.

It was interesting to watch it unfold on Twitter.

One Journalist broke the news, and then the likes of David Ornstein and Fabrizio Romano jumped on it as if they were breaking it, to keep up the pretence that they actually know what is happening at The Arsenal.

I will probably dedicate more time to discussing Bellerin later in the week.

He has been a fantastic servant to the club for nearly 10 years, and worn the shirt with honour and dignity. If he and the club decide it is time for Bellerin to start a new journey, then so be it.

Enjoy your Thursday.


Gabriel transfer to Arsenal to be confirmed following 14 day “cooling off” period

The COVID19 pandemic will give rise to a whole new loads of clauses in players contracts, and the deals between clubs.

Yesterday the transfer of Henrik Mkhitaryan to Roma was finally announced by Arsenal.

It was back at the end of June that the deal was apparently agreed, so it unusual that it took nearly 2 months for the “ink to dry” on a fairy easy to complete deal.

Also yesterday, Serie A announces that their season will officially start on September 19th.

The two bits of news breaking on the same day got me thinking.

Was part of the agreement between Arsenal and Roma that the “deal would only be confirmed once a Serie A have announced a start date for the 2020/21 season.”

This clause would protect Roma from signing a player before the confirmation of the forthcoming season. They would have been worried that had the deal gone through, and for whatever reason the 2020/21 Serie A season is further delayed, they would be paying a salary for a new player without games to play.

On the same train of thought, Arsenal’s deal for Gabriel is still her to be conformed. Could this be due to a COVID19 clause?

With people having the quarantine for 14 days coming in from France, Arsenal might have inserted a clause in the deal with Lille that the “transfer of Gabriel will only be confirmed following a 14 day cooling off period and negative Coronavirus test”.

COVID19 is a virus that attacks the lungs.

Imagine the scenario where Arsenal (or any other club) signs a player from France, and then 10 days after signing is admitted to hospital with COVID19.

The player is then on a ventilator, with the virus attacking his lungs.

With many people who contacted COVID19 months ago still reporting suffering with breathing problems, Arsenal could end up with a player who might never play for he club due to lung issues.

To protect themselves, Arsenal might be insisting that the Gabriel transfer has a “14 day cooling off period” between when it was agreed and when it is announced just to ensure he did not arrive with COVID19.

Remember, a COVID19 test does not confirm you have the virus, just that the virus is active within your body. The virus can take up to 14 days to activate and show symptoms (hence the 14 day quarantine).

Whilst Gabriel might not actually be quarantining (he has had his medical, etc), they might have decided on that 14 day cooling off period to protect their finances.

Note: David Ornstein has now confirmed that the delay on Gabriel’s transfer is due to him going under quarantine


Gabriel, Adidas, Ceballos, Bellerin and More

Still nothing happening over The Arsenal.

The Gabriel deal seems to be dragging on with reports now that Man U interested.

It does feel like the player (or his representatives) are playing the game to maximise his salary. But it might just be the deal with Arsenal is done but not announced, and the press are just trying to fill column inches.

Gabriel would be the final piece in the jigsaw as Arsenal continue to reshape the defence over the last 12 months.

We had the official swat kit release yesterday. It is awful.

I wouldn’t have bought it anyway, but I feel insulted that Adidas have tried to say the design is inspired by Highbury’s marble halls. It isn’t.

Fact is, Adidas missed an open goal by not having a 50th anniversary 1971 double celebration kit. A simple Yellow with blue trim would have flown off the shelves.

Just show these graphic designers do not really have a clue about the history of what they are designing.

Hector Bellerin was pictured smoking. Who cares?

Then we have Dani Ceballos who wished Joe Willock a “Happy Birthday” and added “see your soon”. Was that a hint?

Finally, Community Shield is a little over a week away. Crazy really!