So deadline day got here and went and whereas there have been no surprises on the incoming entrance, there was a little bit of a shock departure within the form of Alex Iwobi. So, let’s undergo the offers of the day from an Arsenal perspective.
I really like the truth that we’ve been after him all summer time, however on Wednesday night time he was within the park together with his mates and he acquired a telephone name to inform him to get to the airport in an hour as a result of he needed to go to London. He obtained to London, did his medical, and signed for Arsenal. This all might have been executed weeks in the past as leaving it late did nothing to decrease the worth, however given the very fact he’s obtained a little bit of an damage it wouldn’t have made any distinction. Perhaps Raul simply needed a little bit of deadline day drama.
He’s a 22 yr previous left again who, all going properly, can be our mainstay in that place for years to return. He’s fast, robust, defends nicely, assaults nicely, and makes us higher in a key space of the pitch. There’s rather a lot to love about this type of signing, one other one which is a part of decreasing the typical age and our rebuilding for the longer term.
He’s additionally a lifelong Celtic fan, so it’s a wrench for him to go away to Scotland. He says:
Yeah, it was the toughest choice in my entire life that I’ve needed to make. I needed to converse to my household and my shut associates and my agent as properly as a result of it’s a tough choice to go away a membership that you simply love a lot. Individuals have to know that as properly. I really feel Arsenal is an enormous membership and it’s an excellent alternative for me as nicely. I’m delighted to be right here.
Sometimes there are many individuals giving him stick, however in the event you’re keen on a correct view of him as a participant, and his transfer, check out today’s Arsecast by which I converse to a Celtic fan who's gutted at his departure however who needs him properly and thinks he’ll do an incredible job for us.
We would have liked a defender. We received a defender. These have been my first ideas. I can’t lie – he’s by no means been my favorite participant, however nor has he been somebody like John Terry or Malcolm Christie, two of historical past’s biggest monsters. He’s been a determine of enjoyable, a kind of endearing, unhappy clown, and I actually don’t like clowns. Particularly gigantic birds dressed as clowns, as a result of that’s about probably the most terrifying factor I can consider. Is Luiz a sort of Harlequin condor? I hope not.
Look, the person can play soccer. He’s a superb passer of the ball, he’s fast and powerful, he can shoot, distribute, take free kicks, and forage concerning the pitch like a farmer decided to thrust back a pack of indignant moles who're consuming his corn. I don’t even know if moles like corn, or if they will even attain it. I assume they might simply chomp the stalk to get the ear, however in essence what I’m saying is that there are good qualities to his recreation.
There are additionally issues about the best way he performs that don’t essentially fill me with optimism, however as a brief time period answer to an space which actually wanted it, he does tick a whole lot of bins. An important of which is that he's not Shkodran Mustafi. Perhaps we simply want a little bit of selection in our defensive instability.
Tim has written an excellent profile of Luiz here, and he comes with loads of Premier League expertise so he might come straight into the group for Sunday if that’s what Unai Emery needs. Luiz says Unai Emery is a factor in why he signed, and:
I’ve all the time began the season with the objective to win issues. It’s not going to be totally different right here – I’m going to return with this mentality as a result of that is what made me transfer right here. That is what makes me really feel good each single day. I've to run for one purpose, for one aim, and my aim is to win issues with Arsenal.
I’m joyful now that I can have Lacazette and Aubameyang on my aspect, so it’s a lot simpler now!
I’m barely torn on this one as a result of I really feel like there have been gamers that Arsenal would have most popular to promote earlier than him, however have been unable to take action as a result of their salaries or their reputations made it very troublesome. I hoped to see him enhance this season after making some progress in his first marketing campaign underneath Unai Emery, and I had a sense we'd see him extra centrally fairly than out broad. Finally, that’s the place he’s going to be greatest, so it’ll be fascinating to see the place Everton are planning to make use of him.
All the identical, a deal value as much as £40m for an Academy product is to not be sniffed at, and after forking out this summer time on Nicolas Pepe, Gabriel Martinelli, Tierney, Luiz and paying a mortgage payment for for Dani Ceballos, it was inevitable that we’d should promote somebody to assist stability the books.
It’s all the time a bit extra poignant if you promote an actual Arsenal lad, and he's completely that. He got here up by means of the ranks from the age of 9, and you understand he beloved the membership. Like Tierney leaving Celtic, it’s going to be robust for him, however at 23 now perhaps the time is true for him to make a change. He’s going someplace totally different, someplace that may take him out of his consolation zone and I actually assume if he applies himself and is used proper Everton may have an excellent participant on their palms.
It’s an excellent deal for us, a great deal for them, and I feel it’s a very good deal for Iwobi too. I want him nicely – besides when he performs us.
As I stated earlier within the week, I’d have stored him and used him within the Europa League, a positive hearth method of giving him first workforce video games with us. Then, in January, you possibly can take into consideration a mortgage if vital. Nevertheless, it’s additionally very easy to see how a season out at a special membership, preventing for a spot within the staff each week, and hopefully enjoying repeatedly, is simply what he wants at this level in his profession.
He’s gone to Leeds whose purpose shall be promotion, so there’s a lot to play for there, and underneath a coach nearly as good as Marcelo Bielsa you'll be able to see how he’ll study quite a bit this season. He had a wonderful pre-season for us, however this – greater than anything – will inform us whether or not or not he’s obtained what it takes to make the grade at Arsenal. Good luck to him.
The window general
Truthful play. My cap this morning is doffed to Raul who, regardless of leaving it late, has performed a blinder. We would have liked:
- A winger
- A central midfielder
- A left again
- A centre-half
We additionally acquired Gabriel Martinelli, and we've a clutch of gifted, younger and hungry gamers coming via from the academy. After ending final season so badly, we would have liked one thing to consider in once more, and we’ve obtained that going into the brand new marketing campaign. In fact what seems so shiny and promising now won't seem that approach in a couple of months time, nevertheless it may additionally be simply nearly as good at that stage too.
The purpose is that this group and this squad had points. We’ve handled them in a reasonably spectacular approach, and let’s not overlook that with the switch home windows throughout Europe nonetheless open there’s the likelihood that we'd be capable of promote a pair extra who don’t actually have a lot to supply. Raul will now hand over the reigns to Edu on the subject of squad constructing and planning, however his little black ebook, his connections, and his excellent plan have energised me forward of Sunday’s begin. He's El Rey de los Transfers. I reckon he’s earned that cigar, and a wholesome glass of Torres Gran Reserva.
For now, I’ll depart you with the model new bumper Arsecast coping with deadline day, the brand new signings, the switch window and all the remaining with @AAllenSport – @DJTayo & @anorthernprose of @ACSOMPOD. Comfortable listening.