Arsenal linked with loan move for Barcelona starlet – Backup to Bukayo Saka?

As we speak, Arsenal is guaranteed to have parted ways with more than £200 million on deals for Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber, and Declan Rice. That is unquestionably more than half of what they intended to spend on this window.

There is speculation that the buying spree will continue, with a move for another midfielder on the cards. Even if another midfielder is signed, Arsenal’s summer activity would only feel complete if another attacking player is added.

There is a call for the team to sign a reliable deputy for Bukayo Saka. Obtaining one could be costly and difficult, but Arteta and Edu can make it happen. What if they pursue a loan deal (which would be economical) to strengthen their right wing and then decide whether that loan deal can be converted to a permanent contract the following season?

Ferran Torres could be the player signed on a loan deal if Mikel Arteta can convince him to join. The Spaniard has struggled to break into Xavi’s lineup, and Barcelona is willing to allow him to exit on a loan deal to help them sort out their wage situation. Torres may be a great alternative for Saka; listen to Xavi talk about him: “Perhaps Ferran has surprised me the most,” said Xavi to the media last year.

“He’s a player on another level; he’s spectacular: how he understands the space, links play, doesn’t lose the ball, his defensive work… he’s world-class. He’s a great signing, one I wanted, and a wonderful footballer.”

Torres has Man City ties, and those with Man City ties shine at the Emirates, so I can see him shining here. How difficult will it be to develop Torres into a world-class player if Arteta has done so with Odegaard?

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  1. As it stands if Saka were to get injured we would be up schitts creek. We have good options on the left though with Marti Trossard and S Rowe

  2. Nelson,and Trossard are natural right wingers and Jesus has played there in the majority of his games for Brazil.Marquinhos was signed as a back up inverted RW and Vieira has played in that role in Portugal.ESR and Martinelli are also adaptable and could replace Saka if push comes to shove.In essence,we have plenty of cover for Saka but whether the players mentioned could emulate the outstanding performances of our shining star is another matter.

  3. Arsenal must sign to rotate not to backup. Our definition of backups have been substandard to the extent that Arteta himself has always been reluctant to use them. Arteta is an up and coming intelligent Coach but he seems to over-rely too much on specific players and his actions sometimes give the impression of “favoritism “. I can really understand his preference for Xhaka and Kiwion on the left full or wing back position with Tierney fully fit on the bench! This can frustrate players and demoralize them out of form. Messi or Ronaldo will struggle with both perpetually kept on the bench if call to action. Our over reliance on players without room for freshness will bring fatigue, undue injuries and last minute collapse and this has been the bitter experience in the last two or three seasons of Arteta reign.

    1. AA-R, you and me both, with the treatment of Tierney.
      Even though Xavi speaks highly of Ferran Torres he chooses not to select him.
      I would rather the money be spent on a DM or CF like Vhalovic.

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