Home Soccer-Major League Soccer KAI AS A LEFT SIDED #8 – LAVIA AND RICE THE #6 REBUILD – NEW MIDFIELD SHAPES UP – Le Grove – The Arsenal Opinion Weblog




Nicely good night my buddies. Why are you up this late studying switch rumors? Shouldn’t you be asleep? Don’t you’ve got vital issues to be doing tomorrow? You do. However don’t fear, Pedro has given you permission to joy-scroll sizzling switch gossip.

There was LOTS of stories on the switch entrance over the previous 24 hrs. It’s been so excessive, we’ve simply banged out our 4th podcast of the week.

Topline: Arsenal appears to be shifting quick at getting the squad prepared for DAY ONE of coaching.

SECOND TOPLINE: Unpredictability appears to be the secret. I’ve actually not thought what the plan is for the primary staff subsequent season outdoors including extra choices. Which is sensible for a supervisor that will get hooked on beginning 11s.

KAI FOR £55m

The Chelsea journos are reporting that Arsenal desires to strike a cope with Kai Havertz for £55m with a £250k p/w longterm deal. It is a spicy switch. The numbers are eye-watering, some followers don’t prefer it, however I do… that is pure ambition. What does this kind of deal inform us? It says to me he’s coming into the beginning 11. There’s just one spot that may very well be and that’s changing Granit Xhaka as a left-sided 8. There’s merely no approach we’re burning money like that for some informal cowl of Gabriel Jesus (£220k p/w) and Saka (£300k p/w). Havertz is coming to play and the galaxy-brain transfer must be #8.

Now, this can be a guess – he may very well be coming to be a tall-boy summer time striker. However I don’t actually see how we’re fixing something there. You’re including 6 inches in top however the identical meekness in entrance of objective. A quantity 8 may very well be actually fascinating. Further top from corners, extra lethal in entrance of objective, much less bodily limitations, and outrageous ranges of technical prowess.

Know this – if we’re spending this kind of money, there merely must be one thing within the information that’s telling the analysts and scouts this man can do one thing we’re not seeing. The fundamental bitch clues are this: Arteta desires extra objective output from his #8, which is why we have been in for Mason Mount. Now we’re shifting BIG on Havertz. Targets, assists, BIG THREAT. I prefer it.

Nevertheless it means Declan as an 8 isn’t a goer. It additionally means there must be a back-up left-sided 8 within the system – until Arteta suppose Sambi’s stunning mortgage transfer to Palace deserves that position. OR – we’re going to give ESR and precise probability this season?


I made up the worth to verify the put up had order. However Lquipe are reporting Arsenal AND Newcastle are in for the participant, however we’re forward of them within the queue. It is a bizarre switch as a result of completely no Arsenal fan is worked up by it. I get it, gamers like Jadon have poisoned the Bundesliga pleasure nicely, however I see this with rose-tinted glasses. 97 g/a in 200 appearances in a aspect that has struggled at instances. 10,000 minutes price of play over 3 seasons to show he’s strong. Outrageous tempo. I’ve been informed by people who know him that he’s a humble form of man, and all I’ve heard is sweet issues from people who work in soccer.

Do I feel the rumor is actual? Lquipe are not any mugs – that is concerning the 14th £60m (made up) we’ve tried to signal – I don’t see a world the place Reiss Nelson is our fallback. Additionally, we’ve already been coping with Leverkusen for the exit of Granit Xhaka.


Arsenal seems to be out of the race for Caicedo – Chelsea appears to be knee-deep within the deal. £120m is an outrageous payment for a participant with 1 season of Premier League expertise. You possibly can spend half that cash and get a participant at 90% of the expertise degree. Lavia COULD be that man for us at LESS THAN HALF. The 19-year-old went down with Southampton however drew sharp reward for his capability on the ball, his maneuvering in tight areas, and his bravery in such a garbage beginning 11. He appears to be like like a mini-Thomas Partey.

The above graph exhibits why Arsenal have an interest within the participant. Retention beneath strain is completely key for a #6 at Arsenal. Lavia is conserving firm with nice gamers – which is tremendous fascinating contemplating he’s a teen. Then think about that he’s educated with Arteta in a JdP system, which suggests the supervisor has seen him up shut and private and is aware of his character.

This kind of signing comes with danger. Arsenal is a large step up. But when he’s coming in as a prime rotation with Declan, we do have a clear up there. He’s solely 19 years outdated. It mainly appears to be like like we’re exiting Sambi and Partey for Lavia and Rice. I can stay with that.


Large Invoice goes to signal a 4 yr cope with Arsenal with the all-important set off – the +1. That to me is so vital. It means the participant is actually dedicated to the membership. We’re not simply giving him a deal that’s the following transfer to Actual Madrid. This implies we now have a settled defence for not less than 4 extra seasons. I really like that. That is the largest signing of the summer time – and it now signifies that all of the crybabies who spent an inordinate period of time fearful his damage emotions would imply he’d exit early have been WRONG. Johnny Cochrane getting pelters on the following podcast – Lord of the Ultras is NOT past my criticism.


The theme of those signings appears to the creation of an unpredictable system. I don’t know why we’re signing Kai and I don’t know the way all these components are going to work collectively. What I do know is all these names are fine quality and if you wish to win the treble, you want to have the ability to belief 22 gamers, not 14.

So let’s see the place this goes – let me know what you suppose within the feedback proper now!

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