Well… almost so!
I know there are plenty of doubters out there, but the signing of White, Lokonga and Tavares have me in a very positive mood.
We need another left-footed LFB and Tavares could be a very good piece of business. Time will tell of course but first signs are good.
We needed a quality allround midfielder and Lokonga looks the bee’s knees. He will compete with ESR, Willock and Azeez to play in the centre of mifield. Again, looks like a good piece of business to me.
We needed a player who can play out from the back and Ben White is just that. With Holding in good form, I would expect him to play a lot in the coming season, so maybe White will play ahead of the defence instead… or maybe he will play in a back three of White-Holding-Big Gab. Whatever it is it will be exciting.
I would love us to play the Barca-style of a deep-laying midfielder, say Partey or White, with two pretty allround players in front of them. If I was to spend anymore money it would be on such a player and it looks like Arteta is looking for one right now. If Xhaka gets sold, which will depend on Roma being able to free up the cash (by selling a player themselves), expect a new midfielder to arrive. Of course we also have Azeez, Willock and AMN to fill the gap left behind by Xhaka but the question remains whether they are good enough to do so in the coming season. Elneny will be good cover in midfield too. I predict that two out of Xhaka, AMN, Elneny and Willock will be sold or put out on loan and a quality CAM will be bought.
Our attacks sorts itself out and either Eddie or Balogun will try and dislodge first choices Auba or Laca. I would also not be surprised to see one of Auba or Laca leave in the next five months or so and Arteta adding another, more allround, attacker to the squad.
Finally, we need another keeper who will put Leno under pressure.
So Arsenal are almost there and I cannot wait to see the season start. Yippie! 🙂