Lucas Torreira finally joined Arsenal yesterday and took the number 11 shirt. This caused a lot of fuss from traditionalists who dream of the days when players wore 1-11.
11 was always associated with a winger. We then have Bernd Leno, our number 1 for next season set to wear number 19.
Mohamed Elneny, who is unlikely to start, has the number 4 shirt, whilst Granit Xhaka, who is likely to start, wears 34.
And the less said about Joe Willock wearing 69 the better. Grow up son.
I guess at least it is not William Gallas wearing the sacred number 10. That is now on the shoulder of Mesut Ozil.
And we have a proper full back wearing number 2 in Hector Bellerin. It always looked odd with Aboue Diaby in that shift.
If Cech go’s, maybe Leno will move to number 1?
I just do not like it.
Cristiano Ronaldo & Riyad Mahrez
Yesterday Juventus sign Real Madrid forward for Cristiano Ronaldo for £99.2m.
Prior to the deal, the record transfer fee for a 33 year old was when Manchester City spent £16m on Claudio Bravo.
I can see why Ronaldo has moved; he is guaranteed winning the Serie A at least once with Juventus which will put him into an exclusive group of players who have won the league in England, Italy and Spain.
With his recent tax case, Ronaldo is set for a huge windfall in the later end of his career. €120,000,000 over 4 Years is the reported salary.
Some will say that he will earn that back for Juventus in shirt sales, but that is a fallacy as Juventus do not get a percentage of global shirt sales – they only profit o nwhat they sell in their own shop.
It just seems odd for Juventus to be spending that much on a 33 year old.
As for Riyad Mahrez, whilst the £60m is not a huge sum in this day and age – and he is probably worth it – it is incredible that Manchester City have spent the same on one player as Arsenal have on 4
What is even more incredible is that Manchester City already have Raheem Sterling (£44m), Bernard Silva (£43m) and Leroy Sane (£37m) in their squad. They have broken their transfer record on a player who probably will not start week in week out for them.
The signing also continues Pep Guardiola’s incredible spending since joining Manchester City.
Jean Michael Seri
The deal taking Jean Michael Seri from Nice to Fulham is an odd one.
After being linked with both Arsenal and Chelsea for the last 24 months for over £30m, to then join Fulham for reportedly half that just feels strange.
It reminds me of in days gone past when Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez joined West Ham out of no-where.
Why was he so cheap and why did he join Fulham?
My guess is that the interest from Arsenal and Chelsea disappeared. Neither club wanting to spend on a soon-too-be 27 year old whose hype is perhaps well above his ability.
Seri has been compared a lot to N’Golo Kante, but the feeling was always that this was because he was short, African and played in France; rather than him actually being similar to the Frenchman . Kante was also just 24 when he came to the Premier League.
You have to think his agent has forced through the move, knowing that time is running down for his client to make a big money move to the Premier League. That he had to go now to secure that big signing on percentage.
It will be interesting to see if Seri lives up to the hype in England, or if he justifies why Arsenal and Chelsea decided not to go for him.