Fabrizio gives a positive summary of Arsenal’s transfers and reveals who will be leaving

It is certainly hard to believe that the Official transfer window has only been open a month, but Arsenal’s Arteta and EDU have not been lying on a beach, but have been extremely active in strengthening the Gunners squad ahead of next season’s assault on the Premier League and the Champions League.

And we have still got a long way to go regarding sales and some more incoming hopefully, but Fabrizio Romano souds very happy with the way things have gone so far. He said on his Daily Briefing on Caughtoffside: “The good news continues for Arsenal as Reiss Nelson has signed his new four-year contract to commit his future to the club.

“I’ve spoken about other clubs also being interested in Nelson and I can reveal here that AC Milan, Brighton and also one French club were the teams who explored this possibility. There was really strong interest in Nelson but he decided to stay, he loves Arsenal and he’s happy to play Champions League football next season. This was an important factor, including his conversations with Mikel Arteta.

“This follows Ethan Nwaneri’s new contract being officially announced, and William Saliba will also sign very soon, it was already agreed a month ago.”

That clearly shows just how busy Arsenal have been so far, and he then goes on to discuss the Arsenal players that are expected to move on this summer: “It’s here we go for both Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber to Arsenal, and I expect now will be the time for Arsenal to focus on selling players. They’ve done great work with Timber, Rice and Havertz, but now the focus will be on finding a solution for some players who are not crucial in the project, especially Nicolas Pepe. They also have to approve Granit Xhaka’s move to Bayer Leverkusen soon, with an agreement in place since May and just awaiting the green light.

“Let’s see also what happens with Thomas Partey; in case he leaves, another new midfielder could join.”

One thing I am of is that there will still be lots more excitement ahead for Arsenal fans, and I am sure there will be a surprise or two up Edu’s sleeve.

But surely no Arsenal fan can complain about our transfer business so far, can we???

Sam P

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  1. “But surely no Arsenal fan can complain about our transfer business so far, can we???”

    Have you ever met our fans?

  2. Arsenal and Edu deserves a grade A, for their performance thus far in the transfer window

  3. That is just an English expression and should not be taken literally. This is just what is called figure of speech like when you say “He is over the moon”. It doesn’t mean he has gone to the moon or you have measured his level of excitement. A language without such expressions is a dead one!

    1. “No one can complain” isn’t particularly an expression, it’s more literal, especially when pressed as a question, albeit a rhetorical one. Equally I expect that he has met at least some of our fans, I was simply being sarcastic as our fans, particularly in JA, have a reputation for complaining a lot. “Over the moon” on the other hand is an idiom, which are not meant to be taken literally.

      1. Idioms. similes, metaphors, proverbs, assumptions and question tags are all parts of a language which serve to emphasise certain things. When someone says you can’t complain, can you he assumes that the issue in question is so obvious that every sensible person should be able to easily comprehend it. Thus I didn’t see much cause for argument.

        1. That was the point I was making. Every sensible person should be able to understand. By asking “have you met our fans?” I was implying that many of them aren’t sensible and will always find something to complain about. Like now.

  4. My prediction for our final 25-man squad with nine homegrown players:

    GK: Ramsdale, Turner, Hein
    CBs: Saliba, Magalhaes, Kiwior
    Inverted-fullbacks: Zinchenko, Tierney, White, Timber, Tomiyasu
    CDMs: Rice, Jorginho, Elneny
    AMs: Odegaard, Vieira, Smith-Rowe, Trossard
    LWs: Martinelli, Nelson
    RWs: Saka, Marquinhos
    CFs: Jesus, Havertz, Nketiah

    Most of them can play well in various positions. We could play inverted-RB in some games and inverted-LB in the rest, to confuse the oppositions

    1. We are short in midfield bcos you cannot bet on Enemy fitness. We still need a young DM with Rice. Jorginho and Elneny are ageing.. We are minus 1 in midfield.

      1. We usually just played with one CDM, so three players should be enough for that position

        One of our fullbacks will cut inside to be an additional DM when we have the ball

    2. GAI, the midfield you suggest with no Thomas Partey or equivalent has not got the physicality or defensive solidity to succeed in the EPL.

        1. GAI, that is my argument; Rice, Odegaard and one of Jorginho, Trossard or Smith Rowe will not have the physical power and strength (inlieu of Partey) to match the top midfields in the EPL or Europe.

          1. Ozzie, I think Rice and Elneny are physical enough to replace Partey, whereas Jorginho is a highly-technical CDM

            As for Xhaka’s physicality, Smith-Rowe should step up and prove that he is good enough to replace the Man of Steel

  5. For the first time in a while, all the noises coming from the Emirates seem to be the right ones. Young players committing to the club; players wanting to join in preference to joining other clubs; major transfer business completed early in the window……couldn’t ask for more.
    May all these point to a great season ahead.
    Looks like Xhaka is leaving. Not sure I’m excited about that because I doubt Havertz will be an instantly successful replacement. I am hoping that Partey stays.
    There are reports we are interested in Jerome Frimpong of Leverkusen, and I’m wondering why. With Timber eportedly joining, we’d have three quality players at RB and options at RCB. So why Frimpong? Except, maybe,Tomiyasu is leaving?

  6. Ethan Nwaneri is a “”Gem””. I’m glad he signed and the club must do everything to keep him at Arsenal. He frankly looks a notch above our Star-boy, Saka. They’ll see this team well into the next decade.

  7. Mohlanka M

    Are you saying Nwaneri looks a notch above Saka ?

    Arsenal must now break, for out goings and return for the second phase in the market, just to put some finishing touches by adding a midfielder sort the left back out properly.

    1. Sell Elneny and Keep Partey. There aren’t many good midfielders out there like Partey.

  8. Now we’ll see this 120m-200m some people are predicting we’ll bring in from sales 🍿🍿🍿🍿

    1. PJ-SA
      Surely £ 130 would be a very reasonable haul out of the transfer market.

      Mari – £4,5 Monza
      Xhaka- £ 21.5 Leverkusen
      Balogun £40 mil Millan clubs
      Partey £30 mill Juventus/ El Nassa
      Tavares £ 15 mill West Ham
      Holding £ 9 mill Sheffield
      Lonkango £ 12 mill Burnley

  9. Now confirmed that Nelson has signed a long term contract.
    Good luck to the 23 year old and I’m sure he’ll prove me wrong and MA right… at least I hope so!!
    No idea what the contract contains mind you.

  10. Glad RN has committed to the club. Saliba has signed his new contract. As for EN, he’s signed a scholarship deal, and will sign a professional contract on his next birthday, when he turns 17 in March.

  11. Arsenal may in the timebeing pause on their incoming signings this summer. So that they can focus on doing their ongoing sales. After they’ve signed Havertz and about to complete their signings of Rice and Timber.
    Afterwards they could reenter the transfer market again. To complete a deal for a new top quality player. Probably a striker but if they sell Balogun(doubtful) or likely Nkethia. Or sign a new Cdmf in Tchouameni. A dream signing for me on or before this summer transfer deadlneday. Even if Partey doesn’t leave Arsenal this summer. Which to me Arteta should not allow him to leave but retain him. As the season could be long for Arsenal in all the four competitions that they’ll play in them next season to win the quadruple.

  12. Just the mention of Elneny above makes me think downgrade. Odegaard, Rice, Harvertz, ESR, Patino, Elneny. Which one stands out as having no future and not belonging. Durhh! My only wish at this stage is that we find a fast skillful wingback to support Saka. Someone who and is able to track back and provide cover for the centre halves when left stranded, although I think this will not happen as frequently now that we have Rice. Ashley Coles don’t grow on trees but I’d also settle for another Monreal or Inter’s DiMarco.

  13. Xhaka going for over 20mil is great business for a 30 year old with 1 year left. Well done to MA and Edu on that piece of business.

  14. Its been a great transfer window so far. For me, the 2 things that stand out are the signings of Rice and the extension of contract by Saliba. Both are world class players whose presence in the team makes a substantial impact on the performance of the team. That said, I am also happy with the signings of Havertz and Timber and the extension by Nelson. I only hope Partey does not leave, he is a great player for us and he immediately strengthens our midfield when he plays.

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