Former Arsenal man explains why we overlooked Spurs new signing Bissouma

Tottenham were allowed to sign Yves Bissouma from Brighton relatively unchallenged this summer, and Kevin Campbell claims that is because Arsenal want a more ‘progressive’ midfielder.

The Gunners have moved to bring in four new signings already, and many clubs have been working well so far this summer, and one player who we decided to overlook has since joined Spurs.

Bissouma has been linked with a move to the Emirates for some time, with the player seemingly showing an interest in coming to Arsenal previously, but with him now having joined our rivals, former Gunner Campbell has claimed it is because we had a less defensive target in our sights.

“I think we bypassed Bissouma because we want Tielemans,” Kevin told the Highbury Squad.

“We want more of a progressive player in that midfield, somebody who can do the job in midfield but somebody who is going to be a goal-threat.”

He added: “I think personally Leicester are going to play hardball with Tielemans because they are going to want as much money as they can.”

As much as I think Bissouma would have been a great option to have, a serious goal threat is missed more from our central midfield area. I’ve said it before, and I’m sure it won’t be the last time, I would absolutely love to see Youri Tielemans signed this summer. I think he is easily amongst the best CMs in the Premier League right now, and with his contract situation, there may not be a better chance of making that happen.


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  1. Mikel’s vision is goals alone, attractive football and I am excited after years or decades of being spanked, whipped and beaten up 8-2,6-1,5-0,etc.etc now it is our time to demolish teams 5-0. Mikel is reinstating the fear factor which we let some genius slip from our hands and become tame little pussycats to obey the diktats of the Bayerns and the Mancs.

  2. Bissouma is a very good player, no doubt about that. Losing him and Thomas for the Afcon would be costly. I hope Mikel can get a similar player that is not African. The Afcon has been moved from June 2023 to January 2024.

  3. Why is this Tielemans transfer dragging out? Get it over the line, please. Why has no formal offer been made yet?

  4. According to reports Arsenal have submittet multiple offers for other midfielders. What a signal to send to Youri Tielmans. We can’t blame Tielemans, if he looks for other options.

    1. I think arsenal’s tactic is waiting out this one until the last moment of the transfer window in order push Leicester into reducing their asking price.

      1. Makes sense – could be a dangerous game though (don’t think Leicester will panic into selling tbh), and disruptive to preparation even if he does end up joining

  5. It’s funny that over the years we’ve been described as weak, no fight, soft under belly and we’ve let in some incredibly soft goals. Here we talk about not having that combative midfielder in our team since the likes of Viera, Petit, Gilberto and Coq. Here was a chance to add some needed steel to the team and we passed up the chance. Partey comes in but we are unsure if he will miss large chunks of the season going on his injury record with us. I behind the team, the club, the manager but I have not been impressed with many of his decision. I hope we don’t regret not get a Bissouma, kalven Phillips, Declan rice type player!!!

  6. It really depends how you set up in midfield. Play with a three and you need some creativity in there. But Conte plays with a pretty rigid two man midfield. So you are looking for the players to protect the back four, win the ball and give it to someone who can use it. Its the wing backs who are expected to go forward and make things happen. Different players suit different systems, its about knowing how you want to play and buying accordingly.

    1. I wouldn’t mind arsenal getting martinez and tieleman/ Fabian Ruiz. Any two of those 3 and also get that kid amadou onana, boy is a beast and one transfer we should not miss. I see him as the next star midfielder from Ligue 1 after tchouameni.

  7. On the amadou onana, we can do what we did with Saliba, buy and loan him back to his current club so he continue his development.
    Arsenal should also at Doku, I believe Liverpool have an eye for him. We must get on it.

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