A lot happened yesterday in the world of Arsenal.
Firstly Arsenal announced in a very brief statement that Laurent Koscielny is leaving to join Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.
It feels like it is a real nasty, needless end to a player who has spent 9 years at the club.
The refusal to go on the American tour was out of character and the way he has departed as definitely damaged his legacy.
Instead of getting a big goodbye in front of an Emirates crowd like Aaron Ramsey did, he leaves with a black cloud over his head. Surely it would have been better to remain professional and have played one last time against Lyon in the Emirates club.
We thank Laurent for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best for the future just about sums it up.
£5million is a decent chunk of money a player that turns 34 in a month. Arsenal have also chopped off nearly £5million off the age bill. Hopefully this frees up further cash to go for a centre back in these late hours.
We then had the news that Eddie Nketiah may well spend next season on loan, with Leeds being front runners for his signature.
It will be a make or break move for Nketiah who finds his playing time at Arsenal limited behind Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Some fans are moaning that he should get more of a chance at Arsenal, but with two world class strikers ahead of him, minutes will always be tough to come by
If Nketiah does exceptional, he will return to Arsenal and be prepped be Lacazette’s long term back up (taking into account next summer Aubameyang will have just 1 year left on his contract). If he only does OK, Arsenal will probably look to move him on.
With the likes of Tyreece John-Jules (18), Folarin Balogun (18) & Gabriel Martinelli (18) coming up behind, Arsenal will soon have to make a decision whether to continue investing in Nketiah’s development, or move him on in favour of those a couple of years younger.
The expectation was that with Danny Welbeck leaving on a free at the end of last season, Nketiah will move up to 3rd choice striker – and maybe even the only striker on the bench if Aubameyang started on the left.
If the plan is to use Aubameyang solely as a striker, then loaning out Nketiah makes sense.
And it may well be Aubameyang and Lacazette competing upfront if Arsenal complete the signing of Philippe Coutinho.
According to stunning reports in France, Arsenal have agreed a deal to take the Brazilian on loan. Wait and see on this one I guess.
Than over night that Danieledaniel Rugani rumour reared its head again; with Arsenal having reportedly agreed terms with the young Italian.
Fans seem split on this one, with many calling him the “Italian Mustafi” and others saying he is a top central defender who just has not had his chance at Juventus.
A deal to bring the 25-year-old to London on a 2 year loan deal before making it permanent in 2021 does make a lot of sense in terms of budgeting.
Still plenty likely to happen over the next few days (and even between the writing of this blog and publishing).
Carl Jenkinson, who following Koscileny’s departure has become Arsenal’s longest serving player, looks set to leave.
Then you have Emile Smith Rowe who a few teams in Germany are clamouring over, and Shkodran Mustafi who no teams in Germany seem to want.
Do not be surprised to see a deadline day central defender come in either.
Yesterday it felt like every hour a different rumour was breaking.
One more blog and it will all be over.
Less than 25 left…