Ever since Arsene Wenger took over as the manager of Arsenal Football Club almost two decades ago now, there has been a strong French element to the Gunners squad and that is no different today. And you don’t need me to tell you that France and it´s people are having a tough time of it right now.
Even though the Arsenal creative genius that is Mesut Ozil would not have played for Germany this week anyway, because their international friendly with Holland was called off after a suspicious package was found at the stadium in Hannover and there was a real focus on this sort of thing after the awful terrorist attacks in Paris, it must still have been better for him not to be involved at all.
Something has to give with Arsenal´s young German forward Serge Gnabry, or the player that showed such promise before he picked up an injury and missed the whole of last season. At the moment, Gnabry cannot even get on to the West Brom bench and the loan deal that was supposed to bring him the regular football that would help to progress his career has so far yielded just three appearances and 12 Premier League minutes.
While it is just about the understatement of the century to say that Arsenal have not exactly taken the summer transfer window by storm, at least not yet, we have been more proactive than ever about the future. Many young players from the academy that I and many other Arsenal fans were expecting to stay at the club and possibly feature in the League Cup games and Champions League squad have gone out on loan.
I must admit to being a little surprised at the decision by Arsene Wenger to allow Chuba Akpom to go and join Hull City on a season long loan for the coming season, especially after the young striker had impressed during pre-season and been praised highly by his manager.