Well, well… about 27 hours to go before the TW slams close and it’s starting to heat up in and around the club.
It looks like DC United are keen on MO10 and let’s hope this is all a bit of nonsense. No doubt there is some truth in this but I would be very surprised if Mesut would agree to move to the States and leave all his remaining pride and ambition behind. He is only 30 so why move to a B-competition nation now? Yet I have to say I am a bit concerned about this as Mesut is so hard to gauge and he may want a change from the ongoing fan and media pressure in the UK. It may also explain why we have been linked with a loan-move for Coutinho in recent days. Clearly, there is no need for him at Arsenal with so many creative midfielders in our squad, unless of course Ozil could be on his way out….
Koz my man you were a joy to watch over the years but your silly shirt-swap trick was distasteful and unworthy of you. I guess there was a reason you’ve seldom appeared on TV for the team, even though you were our captain. It wasn’t just a lack of control over your employer’s language but lack of intelligence too, no doubt. That makes me wonder what our good fellow blogger 17Highbury Terrace is going to do with the LK he won on BK a few years ago… Koz, thanks for the service and the joy you brought us and I sincerely hope you will never have to return to those smoking bridges you left behind.
Everton have put in a bit for Iwobi and that is another worry. This is what the BBC reported re Everton’s approach to Arsenal:
“Everton have had a £30m bid for Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi and a loan offer for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling rejected.
The Toffees are expected to return with an improved bid for 23-year-old Nigeria international Iwobi – but it is likely to have to exceed £40m to be accepted.
Iwobi is not agitating to leave but is willing to move if a deal is agreed.”
I have high hopes for Alex and this should be his breakthrough year…. But we also have Nelson and Martinelli and then there was a fine LW performance by Saka v Barca on Sunday. Pepe will have to be squeezed in and an all-out attack of the PALs is highly likely. Ceballos, Willock and Guendouzi are further competition for the nr10 position, and so Iwobi may feel a move to Everton now may be the best thing for him. Should we cash in? The Toffees are very keen to get a left winger and Zaha, their main target, is being priced at an incredible £100m by Palace so we may get a good price for him now… Tough one..
All of this should not distract us from sorting the defence out before the deadline, of course. The management team have got their work cut out and who knows what our squad will be come 5pm tomorrow…