What did the bench against West Ham tell us about Arsenal’s transfer plans?

Bench signs! by Shenel Osman

As last night’s Arsenal team news came rolling in there was one notable absentee from the Arsenal bench for the game against West Ham, amid ever growing transfer speculation – Lucas Torreira had not made a seat on the bench for the evening.

As with David Raya for Brentford in their game the other night against Southampton, could it be a sign that Torreira is on his way out of Arsenal to go to either Torino or Atletico Madrid. Although, Raya was an unused substitute for Brentford today, I fail to see Arsenal fans witnessing another performance from Torreira in an Arsenal shirt this season.

One positive sign this evening shows how we could be in with a chance of keeping some more of our key players this season and possibly putting rumours to bed, with the fact that Sead Kolasinac, who has heavily been linked with a rumoured move away this summer in the past few days, does have a place in the team for the game this evening thanks to the injury to Tierney. Although nothing is set in stone until the window closes it is nice to see him in the team as he is a good player to have in our ranks as a backup.

Fans still have to wait to see William Saliba though, as he is still to take his place in the first team, due to his 90-minute run around for the U-23’s yesterday.

A good bit of news for Arsenal fans though is that David Luiz, having missed the Fulham game last weekend due to his neck injury, is fit enough to make the bench, and had a good rest before coming on in the 89th minute.

What do you make of the team without Lucas Torreira, and with Sead Kolasinac back in favour, Gooners?


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  1. “Although nothing is set in stone until the window closes it is nice to see him in the team as he is a good player to have in our ranks as a backup.”

    *Wipes my face with wet towel*
    Sorry?? What did I just read about Kolasinac? He is a good pla..WTF?!!
    Help me understand

  2. Kalosinac had an awful game, hes part of the dead wood we need to get shot of! Arteta said he was happy with the 3 points. Any fan can see we need Both Partey and Aouar Theres no Forward passes being made with imigination! Either cross field or Long,And with Leno this fluffing about at the back.will give us problems.

    1. The backline dont seem as confident with leno behind as they were with martinez, think could come back to haunt arteta letting him go

  3. Puzzling statement there! Not good for backup. Though their was a time players bounced off his body and sue loved that!🤗

  4. The best set of business for Arteta should be Partey&Aouar and Arsenal will go for the top four this season.

  5. Kolasinac was brought in because he is considered the 4th choice left centre back, behind Gabriel who had to play centrally, Mari who is injured and Tierney who is injured.

    Kolasinac is also now the 4th choice left wing back behind Tierney, Saks and Maitland-Niles. So come on Bayern Leverkusen spend some of Chelsea’s millions and take him off our wage bill.

    Of the players rumoured to be leaving only Macey and Kolasinac made the 18, Torreira, Guendozi, Ozil and Mustafi also need to be removed. That said I would put as many as possible in the shop window against Leicester midweek

  6. Honestly, if Tierney played like Kola did, fans would still praise him. Fans thought Kola was awful because he’s Kola

    1. Now the thing is, Tierney would never play as bad as Kola did.
      One legged Tierney is still a very sensible player to Kola on Three legs.
      Kola lacks composure and intelligence in his football

  7. I really don’t understand your inverted thinking on this occasion Joe.Kolasinac was very poor yesterday, no ifs or buts.

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