It’s never a bad thing to have two goalkeepers on the books that are playing well. Of course, if they’re both considered to be world class in one way or another then that can make things a little bit more complicated because both will want to play consistent first team football and that just can’t happen. It’s not quite as severe as something like the NFL whereby there are only 16 regular season games to play in, because at least in this instance you’ve got the League & FA Cup, international football and European competition.
It goes without saying that this season, for the most part, has been a success thus far for Arsenal Football Club. While they may have had early setbacks against Manchester City and Chelsea they’ve been on fire ever since then, to the point where a place in the top four doesn’t seem all that unlikely after all. Alas, with great power comes great responsibility, and the responsibility of the club at this moment in time is for them to realise that they have a weak link in their ranks – Shokdran Mustafi.
According to the Guardian, Arsenal and Tottenham are in a transfer battle to land Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly in the January transfer window.
Both clubs are looking to strengthen at the heart of their defences, for different reasons. It seems that Bailly has become a prime target for the north London pair.
Endured mixed fortunes at United
When Bailly arrived at United in 2016 from Villarreal for a fee of around £30million, the Ivory Coast international was seen as the answer to the Red Devils central defensive problems.
With the situation between Arsenal and Aaron Ramsey becoming clearer by the day, reports about interest from other clubs are bound to come thick in the coming months. His current deal expires next summer and it is reasonable to assume that, having withdrawn all offers of a new deal, Arsenal would look to sell the player in January to avoid missing out on a transfer fee altogether.
Various recent reports have linked the Welshman with Liverpool, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan, but the latest one from Evening Standard claims the two clubs from the northwest of England are set to do battle for Ramsey’s signature in January, looking to make a cut-price deal.
There are a lot of good things happening at Arsenal right now, but there are also a handful of questions that still need to be addressed. One such question we have is this: what in the world has happened to Calum Chambers? When he was first brought into the club many fans saw it as a sign that the club was doing everything they could to fix their defensive problems. While that likely was the case it felt like he was thrust into the spotlight far too soon, and thus, his form wound up suffering as a result.
There have been a string of rumours surrounding Aaron Ramsey and his future, but thankfully, the Welshman has done a good job of taking our minds off of it with some of his performances on the pitch recently. Alas, it isn’t quite enough to help us forget his attitude towards the whole thing, with many Arsenal fans being at the point where they just want to see a resolution one way or the other.
Ajax star Hakim Ziyech is being linked with a move to Arsenal courtesy of his agent Rene van der Dijp. The Dutch agent has talked about wanting the likes of Arsenal or Liverpool to make a bid for the Moroccan international.
Van der Dijp told Dutch publication Voetbal Primeur: “I hope that there will be a better club than Roma – an Arsenal or Liverpool,” That is a major insult to the Giallorossi, who have a fine history.
There’s no denying the fact that Arsenal have surprised most people with a bright start to the 2018/19 Premier League season. Not many expected a winning streak such as we’re witnessing at the moment, especially after the two opening defeats. But here they are, two points off the top of the table after eight rounds, defying scepticism to the hilt.
However, sceptics aren’t likely to go away just like that, not without having a good go at dampening the spirits of anybody positively excited.
A very good example of this battle of views are contrasting opinions of two of Sky Sports’ regular contributors, Nick Wright and Paul Merson.
Arsenal walked through Fulham at the weekend with, arguably, their most impressive performance to date this season. They put a beating on the Cottagers and while they certainly struggled at points in the first half, they managed to overcome any adversity that was put in their path – and in the end, they registered their ninth consecutive victory in all competitions.
Still, while the performance itself was great, we want to focus on one statistic in particular: Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored and assisted for Arsenal against Fulham – which is the first time in Premier League history two substitutes have scored and assisted for a team in a single game. As bizarre and specific as that may seem, we can’t help but be extremely impressed by that.
Arsenal have agreed on a new sponsorship deal with Adidas that will come into effect in July 2019. While that may seem like a long time to wait for new kits, given the weight of the deal itself, it certainly feels like it’s worth it. We haven’t heard all too much more about the specifics but when you consider just how notable Adidas is as a company, we’re confident in saying that it’ll be worth the wait.