One of the big problems for Arsenal and the other Premier League clubs this summer in the transfer market was the fact that the rest of the world seems to see us as huge cash machines. We do have a lot of money thanks to the increasingly huge TV deals but it means that the price of players seems ever more crazy.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has named Per Mertesacker as their club’s manager for the new season, despite the fact that he will miss the opening five months of the campaign.
Previous captain Mikel Arteta left the club at the end of his contract this summer, before joining Manchester City’s backroom staff as one of Pep Guardiola’s co-assistant coaches.
You could not make it up, but for Arsenal fans who have become used to the terrible bad luck of the club on the injury side of things, it was somehow typical that we were hit by another blow. The fact that it was Gabriel, when the defence was already so thinly spread after Mertesacker’s knee surgery and Koscielny’s late return from Euro 2016, just rubbed salt into the wound.
I could be wrong about all of this, but it does strike me as a little strange for La Liga’s Valencia to come to England for a couple of pre-season games and bring their German international centre back with them if he really had no chance of featuring in the matches.
Before he picked up a knee injury in the first Arsenal match of pre-season that forced him to have surgery and miss perhaps the whole first half of the new season, it was being reported that the German centre back Per Mertesacker was going to be given the task of replacing Mikel Arteta as club captain.
There have been suggestions that Arsene Wenger may try to get by with the centre back options already available to him in the Arsenal squad, some even going so far as to suggest that he might employ either Francis Coquelin or the young academy star Krystian Bielik at the back despite both of them being defensive midfield players.
I am very glad to hear that Arsenal are not wasting any time in trying to sign a replacement for our World Cup winning centre back Per Mertesacker, after the beanpole German picked up a knee injury in the Gunners’ first pre-season outing against the French club Lens last week.
Well that did not take long Arsene! Just a few days after Arsenal fans were given the bad news about our seemingly constant problems on the injury front striking at the heart of the Gunners back line, with the German World Cup winning centre back Per Mertesacker ruled out for a significant part of the season, the Daily Star have reported that the boss may have already found the solution.