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.
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.
Having seen their initial offer of £15 million for Kieran Tierney rejected by Celtic, Arsenal reportedly made an improved bid of £25 million, but according to Sky Sports, the Scottish champions are still not impressed.
Apparently, there’s nothing wrong with the overall amount, but the offer contains too many add-on clauses. One of those is that the Gunners need to secure Champions League qualification at the end of the season, which is something Celtic do not deem likely to happen.
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.
The transfer of William Saliba to Arsenal is “on track”, Saint-Etienne supervisory board president Bernard Caiazzo has told Le Progres.
It appears that the Gunners have beaten a late attempt by Tottenham Hotspur at snatching the deal, even though Spurs reportedly offered more money. Saliba’s wish to come to the Emirates instead eventually prevailed.
This is the first time that an official source has been quoted on the matter, though links between Arsenal and the 18-year-old defender have been reported a number of times before. A few days ago, a report by Sky Sports said that the deal was close, but that the Ligue 1 side had been waiting for a bid from Spurs before making a final decision. They followed that up with the news that the deal had been agreed.
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.