Since I’ve been gone, we haven’t signed anyone. I can’t say I’m all that surprised. There was a part of me that occasionally clicked onto the news in hope of coming across an enormous announcement, or to have the arrival of marquee player brought to my attention by dancing in the streets, singing and general rejoicing.
But, as is the Arsenal way, we appear to be intent on doing business at the last available moment. Criticising such a modus operandi is perfectly cromulent. God only knows why we didn’t set out as early as possible to recruit, and have the fruits of our labour embedded into the team for a flashy pre-season display. That would have been the smart thing to do.
As it stands, we are 3 days away from the glorious return of football that matters (I do not count internationals in that) and our ranks are yet to be considerably bolstered. It’s not ideal at all. However, the wheels of motion finally appear to be turning, and perhaps this might actually be the week we see something happen.
Bayern’s Luiz Gustavo, a player I really like, could (COULD) be heading our way, and he’ll be making a statement about his future tomorrow at some point. Deployed primarily as a defensive midfielder, Gustavo is capable of filling in at centre back and left full back. With a bid in excess of £17m already lodged, and interest admitted by the player himself, things are looking quite favourable on this one.
Perhaps that’s the part that worries me. It’s all a little too simple and too logical. All the ingredients are there for an excellent signing, and I can just imagine Arsene musing to himself , “No body will call me a genius if I pull this off”. Time will tell how this one goes, but I do have faith we’ll see him at Arsenal.
Elsewhere, amongst the interminable Suarez saga, other names are being branded about. Yoann Gourcuff of Lyon is said to be very eager to strut his stuff on the hallowed Emirates turf to such an extent, he’d be willing to drop his salary to do so. At 27-years-old, he’s a good player that would offer us a little more guile in the attacking third.
The rest of the names are fairly unlikey. Rafinha of Bayern, and Juve’s Stephan Lichensteiner have been mentioned as possible targets, but only in the most egregious and speculative fashion. Hardly an iota of truth…
So we continue to wait. Time is at a premium, and Arsene’s fate hangs in the balance. If no moves are made by the close of the window, then even his staunchest of advocates will have trouble defending him, and things could get nasty if the results don’t come. Hopefully, there’s a plan in action and it won’t come to that. Hopefully…
That’s all for today, folks. I’ll finish with a big thanks for all your kind words and your continued support. It’s greatly appreciated. All that remains is to direct you toward the comments and await your thoughts.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.