Further to our transcript of David Ornstein on the BBC last night, we missed a couple of little snippets in the original piece.
Here’s what he had to say about:
“There’s one other potential generator of income and that’s been talked about online and in Italy a lot: that’s Lucas Torreira.
“He’s only a year into his stay. Suggestions he might be back to Italy with AC Milan. We’re told contrary to some reports, is not unhappy and Arsenal have no desire to sell him, although every player has their price.
“Milan who he’s been heavily linked with are keen on him, but they are not pursuing him because they have other targets.”
Torreira yesterday dismissed rumours saying he’d heard nothing from AC Milan and was happy at Arsenal.
“There’s a key person I didn’t mention [in the recruitment process], and that’s Jason Rosenfeld who is based in the United States. He’s very big on statistics, so he runs the numbers on these players and I was told on Zaha there were differences of opinion on his physical stats.
“Different people had different opinions, so how are you going to find a consensus before you even go and begin to negotiate for a player?”
Jason Rosenfeld is the founder of StatDNA, the company that Arsenal bought in 2014 to improve the analytical side of the club. Many associate it with some of the iffy signings in recent years, including Gabriel, Mohamed Elneny and Shkodran Mustafi, but it’s also used to provide data to the coaching staff regarding our player performance, the opposition and more.