Two medicals today as Torreira and Guendouzi arrive to bolster midfield

77

Arsenal have two medicals taking place today as they look to complete the signings of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.

The Uruguayan international travelled from Russia to London over the week after his nation’s participation in the World Cup finished with defeat to France. The deal with Sampdoria has been struck, the Gunners will pay the Italian side around €30m in three installments to secure the services of the 22 year old.

He’s expected to become a key part of Unai Emery’s plans for the upcoming season, bringing qualities to our midfield that have been missing for some time.

The surprise move for Guendouzi, a 19 year old central midfielder, came after Arsenal were unable to sign Yacin Adli from PSG. The club have clearly identified a need for a young, promising player in that position, and Guendouzi appears to be that man.

It will likely mean a departure on loan for Joe Willock who needs regular football to continue his development.

We’ll have news and analysis of the signings here and on arseblog.com.

77
Leave a Reply

avatar
newest oldest most voted
Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Great stuff. Will be really interesting to see how good Xhaka can be when we (presumably) stop asking him to do stuff he simply can’t do.

Pete
Pete

Really interesting season ahead #COYG

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

I understand the Xhaka isn’t a dm arguement, but that doesn’t excuse a lacl of defensive awareness. If you’re a modern central midfielder you have to be at least defensively aware, tracking runs and keeping pressure on your opponent when they’re in your defensive 3rd.

He’s good at what he does as a dlp, but he needs to improve his dribbling and defensive awareness, then he will be top class instead of class/good

Rich
Rich

I really like Xhaka, he’s lacking in concentration but I think he’s the type of player who’ll do really well being micromanaged rather than being left to work things out for himself.
Our midfield has only functioned properly in recent years with Cazorla pulling the strings, can’t wait to see what Emery has planned? As there does seem to be an actual plan

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

True, hopefully emery can improve him as there is a top player inside there. It’s just even for Switzerland in the wc there were instances in which he switched off. It’s a clear weakness of his he needs to work on and which teams will try to exploit, whether he plays with a natural dm or not.

We’ve seen how important it can be in the wc to be well organised and defend as a team as inevitably as the 4th best team in the league there will be times (against city especially) where we will have to defend well.

In conclusion a good player that needs to improve and likely will.

Gunnertron
Gunnertron

Pogba, Kroos, Cesc, Lampard, Ramsey, Pirlo, Scholes, Alonso and Xavi to name but a few, were are CM’s and weren’t the best at fulfilling defencive requirements.

Spanish Gooner
Spanish Gooner

I hope you’re talking about some Alonso other than the Alonso who played defensive midfield and won the world cup, European Championship, Champions League and every league/cup competition bar the EPL in three different countries?

A Different George
A Different George

The Alonso who won the World Cup, as I recall, was playing next to Busquets in a double pivot. Had some decent defensive midfielders alongside him in Munich as well. Great player, but Gunnertron’s point is pretty much correct.

   kaius
   kaius

For Gunnertron’s point to be pretty much correct, Xhaka’s defensive flaws have to be outweighed by world-class performances. The players mentioned – Alonso, Fabregas, Scholes, Xavi – these guys are elite in that CM position. World Cup and CL winners.

Has Xhaka delivered at those levels over his two years at the club? In isolation, yes. Big games against City and Chelsea in the FA Cup, the performance and golazo against Liverpool, and Atletico Madrid at home come to mind.

But over the course of a 38-game season? We just haven’t seen it yet, especially away from home. Torreira might make his life easier. The Uruguayan might become the Roy Keane to Xhaka’s Paul Scholes. But for that to happen, he has to improve in the areas ‘Ya gooner’ explained so well above.

Gooner McGoonFace
Gooner McGoonFace

Xhaka isn’t good at anything though.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Overthetop McOverthetopface

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

Emery has done the most basic of things well. Find the areas with problems fix them.

Thats what anyone with an ounce of sense in him would have done. With Mr. Bean still incharge the club would have signed another Man U reject who would have been the only signing and gone into the season saying yeah its all fixed.

Great decision to sack him (well I know he technically resigned, but come on we all know thats not true).

No more untouchable managers at Arsenal. I like Emery and his signings and new approach, but if he fails to deliver, throw him in the bin appoint a new one, and repeat. Its modern football and thats how things are. Enough of the sentimental bullsh!try.

Trixie Popsicle
Trixie Popsicle

Jesus wept……..

gunnertron
gunnertron

yup, same Alonso- although he played deep he played in more of an Arteta/Santi role than a Kante or Busquets.

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

How on earth did we manage to keep the price down to €30m with today’s crazy market?

Da Boss
Da Boss

If you believe what you read, I think his release clause is somewhere in the region of £/Eur26m but we are paying £/Eur30m in order to pay it in instalments. Either way, seems to be a great price for what looks like a quality player.

   kaius
   kaius

Think his release clause was so low because Sampdoria bought him from Pescara (Verratti’s old club) for less than 2 million euros. He was a proper gamble. Doubt they expected he’d reach this level and play in a World Cup at 22.

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

Shhhh. Liverpool’s scouts are lurking.

Goonerink

30 over 3 years is peanuts really.
Biased I know but torreria is the standout player of the WC so far. If you exclude players who are known greats.

goongot
goongot

Lol this has to be the most over -exxagerated comment in here.
Golovin
Lozano
Maguire
Nandez.

Flash
Flash

Agreed! I think there are lot of overoptimism here connected to Torreira. He seems to me a very good lad – hard-working, humble, quite intelligent but to be an outstanding player at Sampdoria and being able to be among the best DM’s in th EPL are 2 different things.
I hope I will be wrong, but I would have preferred a move for Ndidi instead. He is younger, stronger and already proved his abilities in the PL.

Volting gunner
Volting gunner

So you’d pick all these over Lucas ? Did you see his games? OMG!! This is so wrong a comment

A Different George
A Different George

How about: Pavard, Pickford, the Russian keeper, and Mina. The real point is that Torreira was very good in a few matches that are completely untypical of normal league play. (By the way, I thought Joel Campbell was man of the match in the one game he started, and he certainly was brilliant four years ago.) I have high hopes for Torreira, but loading him with expectations (Mustafi, Kolasinac, and Xhaka after their first matches) can’t be helpful.

Lobster
Lobster

How is it that you can name all those players and Akinfeev is reduced to “the Russian keeper”!?
He’s been very good for a very long time now and was heavily linked with us and United about a decade ago!

Shitbird
Shitbird

If any club buys Akinfeev on the basis of that one shootout I have a bridge for them to consider as well.

Cycs
Cycs

Unbelievably active transfer window!

Pedant
Pedant

Good to get it done early, so the players can bed in, rather than have to wait until the last ay of the transfer window. We should have had the personnel in place to achieve this years ago.

Isaac
Isaac

I am really excited about how we’ve gone about our transfer dealings this window. Precise and straight to the point and no dilly dallying like we used to. I’m much more excited about the signing of Torreira. Watched him closely during the world cup and was super impressed with how he played. He will help us in protecting the backline and stop all those silly counter attacks we have been susceptible to over the years #welcometorreira

Da Boss
Da Boss

Sort of feels a bit like the Gilberto signing, under the radar but some serious quality – I hadn’t heard of him before we were linked, and he had a very good WC. Exciting.

Xhaka Demus, no Pliers
Xhaka Demus, no Pliers

What a refreshing transfer window this has been so far! So excited to see us back in action. With plenty of Thursday games for the junior and extra-senior squad members and chances for them to play their way into Emery’s plans, there is lots to play for. Also I like the physicality of Guendouzi. Him and AMN have good height and will fill out their frames over the nect couple of years giving us more power in the centre.

   kaius
   kaius

The first time we see Torreira, Guendouzi and Maitland-Niles line up together in a midfield 3 we might be watching the future of Arsenal’s midfield.

Wojer
Wojer

Might want to add The Jeff’s name to that list. A technical wizard and looks to have worked on his physicality over the break.

   kaius
   kaius

Good call. Le Jeff still has massive potential if he overcomes his injury worries.

A couple of months ago he posted some highlights from his loan spell in France, it’s worth a watch (https://twitter.com/jreineadelaide/status/976918658399301632).

Cech out my lazy arsenal pun
Cech out my lazy arsenal pun

Disappointing. Judging by the pic i thought we were signing my old friend Mr. McGreg.

Pedant
Pedant

https://www.express.co.uk/videos/545793/Matteo-Guendouzi-shows-off-his-impressive-skills he looks good, so long as he does this all the 90 minutes.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Very pleased with this one

Gunner142
Gunner142

The defence is now looking very strong on paper. Now it will be upto emery to organize the defence collectively strong and have a good understanding of what measures to take at what situation. Without collective effort it will again fail to manc or liverpool. But we also need some genuine wingers who are gamechangers and likes to score from outside the box.. Then the team will very well be competing for becoming champion.

Gooneron
Gooneron

Strange times at Arsenal

Hantal
Hantal

It’s great to get the work done early, but looking at the squad I’m wondering how our homegrown quota will look. Especially with departures expected

Spanish Gooner
Spanish Gooner

Of the 21+ year olds in the squad, Bellerin, Holding, Chambers, Ramsey, Iwobi, Welbeck, Macey, Jenkinson, Bramall will fill the 8 players quota assuming none are sold. (My guess is Jenkins + Bramall will be)

Trez
Trez

Probably our best signings this window. Guendouzi means Nzonzi isn’t happening. Would be surprised if we still sign Nzonzi.
So its Leno, Sokratis, Lichtsteiner, Torreira and Guendouzi. Not good enough to challenge for the title, good enough to push for the top 4. Still think the europa league is our best way back into the UCL.

Gooner Aard
Gooner Aard

Why not both? Top 4 and Europa league

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

This is how you get your business done: quickly, cleanly and efficiently. This reminds me of the David Dein days when Wenger was told: “Shut up and let me handle this!”

I haven’t been this excited before the start of a new season in ages!

Pedant
Pedant

Good points. Interested if the downvoting is habit as I can’t criticise anything you’ve said.

GoonerMike
GoonerMike

Trolls usually get downvoted Pedant

Runzac
Runzac

Habit. When someone as nice as Fats is actually trying to be nice – it all seems hollow and false.

Pedant
Pedant

Perhaps encourage him not to talk sh*t by being positive when he talks sense (and isn’t trolling)?

Make him crave upvotes rather than downvotes?

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

I just tell it as it is. I’m not too bothered by up-votes or down-votes.

I’m always right.

Pedant
Pedant

Always right? You prove you aren’t by that one phrase.

And it wouldn’t be hard to find plenty of times you weren’t.

A Different George
A Different George

Could be because, even when he says something positive, he needs to get in a dig at Wenger. (I always thought, by the way, that Dein and Wenger were great friends who collaborated closely, including on transfers; but that wouldn’t fit his story.)

A Different George
A Different George

Could be because he insists on including an attack on Wenger no matter what he is talking about. (By the way, my understanding is that Dein and Wenger were close friends who worked together closely on everything, including transfer policy.)

A P
A P

How does Fats know what Dein told AW?

Goonerink

As much as I love the work we are putting in I would prefer a young winger to a young cm.
We have amn as our cm youth prospect, Eddie as cf, Chambers n holding at the back.
IMHO Nelson is our best wide prospect… But he is hardly setting the world alight.
If you consider the likes of lozano or mbappe, who are both still teens.

Regardless, we should be hard to break down next season and deadlier up front!

Scott P
Scott P

If you start comparing to Mbappe, you will always be disappointed.

Okechukwu Jude
Okechukwu Jude

Great stuff. IMO, our players are capable of delivering a lot more than they have in the past. Most of the points dropped last season were “school boy” errors and I believe with Emery’s analytical approach of games and players, we have every cause to dream this coming season. COYG

Why not
Why not

I agree with this. We already have world class players. Just need the rest of the team to perform as a unit and we could be in with a shout. I think excellent transfers to address this possibility without breaking our model in pieces.

Would have loved every signing to be a mega signing but lets get real for a minute and appreciate that whats been done is a cohesive and tidy approach to giving us the best chance next season.

Amusa
Amusa

Who are you and what have you done with my Arsenal?
No wishing for a last minute signing to fill a huge hole in our squad?

Charles
Charles

So excited about the way Arsenal conducted their transfers this season. Looking forward to the new football season.

santori
santori

A mediocre window.

1) Leno – OK signing. Could get better but not the best or worst out there.

2) Lichsteiner – Don’t understand this one. Not an area we have an issue in depth with AMN capable of being deployed to his right (natural side). OK for a free and decent back up but as mentioned not that necessary

3) Papstsellby date – Underwhelming stop gap at best for Koscielny. Not a great defender, looks fat and slow and old. Another ex-Dortmund gem. from Mslintat. Lazy signing.

4) Torreiro – Decent signing. Not the best out there but in an area of need and a player who looks able to understand positioning better and can hold the ball a bit. Lacks height.

That’s it.

We need a creative wide player still.

Still underwhelming and largely not a balanced squad.

Some simple minded people would point to ‘business done early” and I get the benefits of that but really we got it in early bc mostly these players (minus Torreiro) are not the sort that would have us face competition for attention

Why not
Why not

I dont think you should be pointing fingers at simple minds.

Maul Person
Maul Person

What’s that old saying about having three fingers pointing back at you for every one pointing at someone else?

Maul Person
Maul Person

With fans like you, eh?

Futsboller
Futsboller

Santori: Completely misses the point of Arsenal’s summer plans: get in some players to reinforce weak areas (Leno, Lich, Papa, Torreira), and get in a few players for the future (Leno, Torreira, Guendouzi), with the chief purpose of giving Emery a season to discover what this squad is capable of before spending money on big prizes. We have recently signed in January a player that will tear the PL apart this year in Aubameyang. Torreira is a gem, and though I don’t know yet how Emery will line this team up, I have a feeling he’s going to be a fan favourite by September. That said, a club doesn’t get better by signing players that excite the fan-base in the summer, it gets better by signing the players that the coach needs to execute his gameplans over the 8-month season. The only person that knows whether or not the squad is balanced is Emery, so let’s give him a chance to sort that out.

Sokratis is a good signing; an experienced player who knows players in the squad and someone who can slot in right away. The fat comment seems out of line.

I agree somewhat with your Leno assessment, as I was hoping we would save the money and give Martinez or Macey a chance to play and prove themselves, but obviously management had their doubts.

And for the last time, Lichtsteiner is a great free-signing to push Bellerin back to his best. AMN is not a right back; he is a player with considerable upside in the midfield, and he needs to be developed there. Hector won’t feel challenged by a junior player playing out of position; he will feel challenged by a hard-nosed and experienced player like Stephan.

afan
afan

cant argue with that, think you summed it up just right, and to think some fans are excited by the signings

FrenchMan
FrenchMan

Perez could play like creative wide player behind striker.

He create more chance than Messi this saison in liga !

http://www.squawka.com/en/news/only-lionel-messi-created-more-chances-in-laliga-than-arsenal-loanee-lucas-perez-this-season/1036373

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Santori has spent the last 3 years telling us Arsene was ‘impeccable’in the transfer market. If he’s upset with our transfer business this summer it’s music to my ears !!

You have to laugh at someone who rants about playing players out of position but yet consistently states we didn’t need a right back cos AMN CAN play there. Hearing you talk about simple minded people is like hearing Trump talk about fake news.

DBMÖ10
DBMÖ10

Say Hi to M’Vila while you’re at it.

Unai Emeryite
Unai Emeryite

I miss the poometer and especially pooping. See what happened to transfer news on this blog! 😜 #merci wenger

afan
afan

i think there will be only one medical today, not two

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Anyone knows who Ornstein gets his info?
Usual sources you hear other journalists claim to have are not that accurate!
So, is it leaked to him by the club?

afan
afan

same place as sky

afan
afan

sorry but its TRUE

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Has to be the club

D ceee
D ceee

I see people are saying that is the end of our 1st team signings but I.d say that really depends on what happens with Ramsey, Welbz, Perez and Campbell.
Would love to have seen us go for Felipe Anderson..still can.t believe he is probably going to West Ham..crazy

D ceee
D ceee

I.d take Forsberg also

Mark
Mark

Emery will hopefully promote competition throughout the squad vs what Wenger seemed to do where he would play certain players every match regardless of their performance. It seems to be such a balanced squad that there may be some selection headaches for Emery, but hopefully the players will be rewarded for effort and performance in matches and in training while those that struggle have to earn their way back onto the pitch.

gunnertron
gunnertron

Is this the first time since the Invincibles season we have done all of our transfer ‘ins’ at the beginning of pre-season. Either way that preparation with the mostly the whole team should equate to a few extra points on the board for next season.