It’s pretty common to see youngsters breaking out into the upper echelons during any given pre-season with any given team, mainly because that’s just the way pre-season (and football in general) kind of works. It’s always important to bring through the crop of new stars from the next generation, because your current stars aren’t going to last forever. Therefore, as you can imagine, Arsenal aren’t immune from that – and we’re pretty happy that’s the case.
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Buckle up, folks, because it’s about to get interesting. We are now less than two weeks away from Arsenal’s first competitive game of the new domestic season, when they will take on Newcastle United. These two sides, you would think, are in a spot of bother given what has been happening off the pitch in recent months – with both sets of fans not being particularly pleased with how poorly their respective pre-seasons (in terms of transfers) have gone.
Coming into this pre-season tour of the United States, it felt like there was a great deal of negativity at Arsenal Football Club. They just didn’t seem capable of catching a break, with the Kroenke issue being one of the primary reasons why. Alas, in the last few games over in the States, they’ve been able to distract fans from all of that noise with a series of impressive wins. Last night, that trend continued as they eased their way towards a 3-0 success over Serie A side Fiorentina.
Edu, or Edu Gaspar as he’s better known, played for Arsenal for four years between 2001 and 2005. He was a decent player back in the day, but in the wake of his playing years, he seems to have carved out a pretty successful second career for himself in the world of football. At this moment in time, he is currently known for being the technical director of Arsenal Football Club – which isn’t a bad job title to have at the age of just 41.
Despite the distraction of the summer transfer window, Arsenal have been able to compose themselves pretty well on the pitch during their pre-season campaign in the United States. They’ve had two games up to this point against Colorado Rapids and Bayern Munich, which has resulted in two wins. The triumph over Colorado was pretty standard, as you’d expect in a Premier League vs MLS clash, whereas the Bayern win was a bit more hard fought – and, as a result, a little bit more satisfying.
The pre-season journey through the United States is well underway for Arsenal, and while a lot of fans may be focusing on what’s happening on the pitch, we’re more intrigued about what’s going off of it: more specifically, in regards to Unai Emery. No, we aren’t thinking about the culture shock of being a Spaniard in the States, although that would make for a pretty good sitcom.
It seems as if the desire from Arsenal fans to see some movement behind the scenes and in the summer transfer window has led to an increase in speculation on potential transfers. Whether or not these potential deals are legitimate remains to be seen, but the bottom line is this: there is movement, and it’s notable. A number of top players are starting to be linked with Arsenal on a consistent basis, and we just don’t know what to believe.
Pre-season friendlies can either be incredibly tedious, or they can be pretty fun. It won’t come as much of a surprise for you to learn, or already know, that it pretty much all depends on whether or not your team wins the game. Arsenal supporters knew that the pre-season tour of the United States didn’t really mean all that much in the grand scheme of things, but after the resounding win over Colorado Rapids, there was cause for some optimism.
Arsenal are working on big, expensive deals in the transfer market, manager Unai Emery claims. The club are apparently working on bringing in three or four fresh faces, players who should be able to step into the first team straight away.
Meanwhile, all they have to show for their efforts so far is Gabriel Martinelli, an 18-year-old forward who, despite the obvious talent, seems some way from being in that bracket. It has been reported that the club haven’t given up on Kieran Tierney of Celtic and Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace regardless of having bids rejected for both of them.
We’re back with another edition of ‘oh hey, the rumour mill is starting up, we’d better take a look at what’s happening’. Arsenal Football Club is in a weird position outside of what is happening on the pitch, as the first team squad continues to tour around the United States. With that in mind, we find it somewhat intriguing that so many reports are coming out about potential signings when Emery isn’t even in the country (yes, we know and understand how phones work, but it must just be a little bit more difficult than usual).