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It’s the sort of things other clubs do, isn’t it? We’re not used to this sort of thing at Arsenal. Yet here we are. Things certainly have changed around these parts.
Arsenal are about to sign Lucas Torreira, their biggest summer purchase of what has been an incredibly encouraging summer.
Arsenal have appointed a new and studious manager quickly. They have identified weak points in the squad, not hard given we’ve been crying about them for at least five years, and have addressed those issues.
The new regime has not looked to spend £100m on a single player when the side desperately needs a holding midfielder, a defender or two and a goalkeeper.
£26m is the largest transfer fee we seem to be shelling out this summer, and that is for a player who has got me as excited as any Mesut Ozil or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrival.
What a little gem he looks to be. And he is little, but you know when you just get a feeling about a player even though you’ve hardly seen them play?
That sort of knee-jerk fan reaction is nothing new. I’ve decided I’m going to like him, and with the addition of Stephan Lichtsteiner, whom referees have called the most difficult player to manage they’ve ever encountered, and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who looks like he’ll quite happily take Mustafi’s lunch money every day and make the German thank him for the privilege, Arsenal seem to have acquired something of a steel frame this summer. One to pitch their pretty little passing and pressing tent around in the new season.
So far, so good.
From what David Ornstein says, once Torreira is in place, that’s it for Arsenal in terms of incomings, although we could see an exciting youngster recruited ‘One for the future’ said the Ornacle.
Other outlets, however, aren’t leaving at that.
No sooner had the Ornacle issued his latest statement, Sky Sports and others were reporting that Arsenal were holding talks with Steven N’Zonzi while some outlets in England and Spain jumped on board the ‘Arsenal-will-sell-Ramsey-to-get-Andre-Gomes-train’.