‘Next level’ – Former PL star excited by potential Arsenal signing

Clinton Morrison has claimed that Arsenal signing players of the ‘ilk and class’ of Raphinha will take them ‘to the next level’ as they look to build their squad ahead of the new season.

The Gunners narrowly missed out on the Champions League on the final day of the 2021-22 campaign, meaning it is a return to the Europa League after a year without any form of European football.

As they look to continue to progress into a team that will continually threaten for the CL places, and eventually hope to challenge for the title.

With us currently linked with a move to sign Brazilian forward Raphinha, Morrison has backed the idea of adding him to their squad, claiming he would take them ‘to the next level’.

“Raphinha would be a hell of a signing,” Morrison told BBC Radio 5L (via HITC). “If Arsenal can pull off that signing, then they will be in contention to finish in that top-four.

“We know the struggles they had up top last season. They only had young Nketiah scoring the goals.

“But if you add players of that ilk and class, then it would take Arsenal to the next level.”

Raphinha is definitely a top player, but my worry is that our pursuit to land him could well affect our striker bid. We should be prioritising the right man to lead our attack next season to plug the blatantly obvious hole in our squad, but he would certainly be a big player if we was to get his signing over the line.

Unfortunately I feel like this saga could roll on for some time, with him claimed to have agreed personal terms over a move to Barcelona earlier in the year, and while their efforts may fall apart for financial reasons, I don’t see any club sealing his signing before the start of the season.

How do you guys rate our chances of signing the Leeds star this summer? Will we be ready to take full advantage if Barca are unable to find the money?

Patrick

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  1. Barca are only prioritizing lewandowski’s signing plus they just can’t match leeds valuation same which puts us in the driving seat for his signature.all we need is an improved offer.

    1. But haven’t you been reading various media outlets all reporting that Chelsea and Spurs have also now entered the Raphinha fight?
      Those 2 clubs offer CL football. So they have an edge on us if this transfer rumour is even true to start with..

  2. Is this Raphinha talk really serious?
    It seems tk have grown a lot of legs the last 5 days.. There might be some truth in it..
    But are we going to spend £45 million on Jesus, £60 million on Raphinha ontop of the already spent £34 million on Vieira?
    I also keep hearing we are seriously going on for Lisandro Martinez as a replacement for Tavares who is going on loan, we are talking about £35-40 million on Lisandro too.

    So that means no out and out striker and no Tielemans talk again etc..

    If we sign Raphinha and Jesus then I don’t think we will need a proper out and out striker. Those 2 plus Saka, Nketia and Martinelli should be able to make up for the goals we missed last season. Isn’t it?

    But every media outlet is reporting that Spurs have serious entered the Raphinha fight together with Chelsea..
    Gonna be a slog.

    1. If we sign all players mentioned someone is going to be giving way
      Pepe
      Saka
      Martinelli
      ESR
      Eddie
      Raphinha
      Jesus
      Odegaard
      Vieria
      Now where do they all fit into one team
      Overloaded in attacking areas
      3 in one position -right wing
      2in one position-number 9s
      2 in one position-2 right wing
      2 in one postion -attacking midfield
      Not one of those nine are over 178 cm and all weigh about 10 stone .

      1. If players are good at what they do…..if they understand their own strengths and weaknesses…… height and weight plays only a little role……I was always afraid of iniesta when we playing against him.

  3. we upon our ear and eyes to luck and hear what will be the next at the number 9,and number 3 position’s

  4. I was listening to Tim Vickery on Talksport the other day and he was raving over Danilo who has been on Arsenal’s radar. Who knows?

      1. No as it happens – he fits the young up and coming profile aged 21 playing for Palmeiras. Vickers was waxing lyrical about him.

      1. herein lies the problem DK…this positional double-down gig creates a very peculiar dichotomy, as it’s difficult to sh** on the notion of bringing in players with high-end up-sides, like Raphinha, Jesus of even potentially Vieira, but on the flipside, it’s impossible not to ask yourself if these acquisitions actually make sense, tactically-speaking, and will this require us to sell some of our best assets simply to replace them with a similar, or worse, prospects, who will likely encounter some new team growing pains

        I strongly believe the reason this ass-backwards recruitment approach doesn’t raise more red flags is the fact that this was an all-too-common practice during Wenger’s latter years…imagine how pathetic it would be if we had two “big money” windows and we still hadn’t properly addressed our long-identified most pressing needs and Xhaka was still wearing the kit…it would be the Vieira DM conundrum all over again, times GD 10

        1. “the problem is….” u are always looking for the problem. “tactically-speaking” U want to tell the coach if his signing make sense for his tactics. these made me laugh though.

          1. Savage, it make cry because of the mistakes he keeps making. I really dont get why he get away with murder in a few people eyes.

  5. Yes, get Raphina, Jesus, Tielemans and Lisandro then were challenging again, get rid of Pepe, Martinelli shifts up top with Nketiah, Jesus, Saka or Raphina for the right, Viera or Emile for the left, Parley with Yuri in the park with Odengaard infront them, Wenger ball soon be back with all this real ballers just to get them in

  6. I prefer Raphinhah ahead of Gabriel Jesus.
    Raphimh will fight for no 9 for top flight but G. Jesus will want to lead the front line with egos of past calibers of players.

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