Pablo Mari has arrived in London to undergo his medical ahead of his move from Flamengo to Arsenal.

The Spaniard said his goodbyes to teammates yesterday, and traveled with Technical Director Edu from Rio, arriving in Heathrow airport earlier today.

He was met by our pal Charles Watts of Goal, who was there to ask him in-depth about his proposed move 😜

The 26 year old will become Mikel Arteta’s first signing since taking over as manager in December, and will add some depth to the centre of the defence.

In terms of numbers, the Gunners have Sokratis, David Luiz, Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi, but obviously there are some concerns about Holding as he continues to recover from a cruciate knee injury, while the German made another high-profile error in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

All going well though, the Flamengo man should be an Arsenal player in the very near future.

The murky world of transfers and the contact book as Arsenal target defenders

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Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
27 days ago

Certainly and upgrade on at least one current CB.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
27 days ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

*an

C.B.
C.B.
27 days ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

CBs are the best!

goonero
goonero
27 days ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

Which leaves us 6 CBs excluding Mustafi. Between Sokratis, Holding, Chambers and Luiz who stays and who goes?

goonero
goonero
27 days ago
Reply to  goonero

What’s wrong with you? It’s 6

Saliba, Holding, Luiz, Sokratis, Chambers, Mari

At least one of them has to go come next summer, and it’s obviously not going to be Mari or Saliba.

Akari
Akari
27 days ago
Reply to  goonero

Mavropanos

goonero
goonero
26 days ago
Reply to  Akari

He’s not even a factor, he’s basically done.

GoonerJust
GoonerJust
27 days ago
Reply to  goonero

Age-wise, I think it’ll be Luiz

goonero
goonero
26 days ago
Reply to  GoonerJust

I’ve a feeling Luiz will stay as he’s signed a two year deal on good terms he won’t likely get elsewhere, he’ll leave the following season on a Bosman.

Chambers isn’t likely to go anywhere while injured. So it’s between Holding and Sokratis I think.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon
27 days ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

Well, his worth according to transfermarkt is 1.8 mio. At the age of 26 that’s really low. Unless there’s some hidden talent that nobody was able to unlock until now, he won’t be the solution to our defensive problems, I fear. But if he’s just an additional number to be able to offload Mustafi, I’m fine with it. I think in Chambers and Holding we have to players that are at least good enough to be very useful squad players and in Saliba and the one top center back we will hopefully acquire in the summer (optimistic, I know) we… Read more »

goonerink
goonerink
27 days ago
Reply to  Berlingoon

makes you laugh that there are players out there at the level of mustafi who can take over his role for lesss than 2m, when we paid 35m before it got insane!

Martin
Martin
27 days ago
Reply to  goonerink

Remember Mustafi made a very good start with us and we had an undefeated run of about 17 matches with him and Koscielny as central defenders. Nobody could have forecast his regression.

Masop
Masop
27 days ago
Reply to  Martin

You are correct, Eben I thought highly of mustaffi and his defence can still be quality but he makes costly mistakes at a very high rate.

David
David
26 days ago
Reply to  Masop

Incredible Unai impression goes almost unnoticed

QuidProQuo
QuidProQuo
27 days ago
Reply to  Martin

This is a tired narrative .. Mustafi was always suspect from the very beginning – his rashness just wasn’t punished nearly enough. His skill or lack thereof was increasingly highlighted with the steady decline in the overall defensive efficiency of the team. Even G. Neville questioned why we’d gone for him.

Dave cee
Dave cee
27 days ago
Reply to  Martin

They could actually. Guillem Balague said he was not good enough for Arsenal before the signing was even announced. And that was on top of my own poor impressions beforehand

Reality check
Reality check
27 days ago
Reply to  Berlingoon

Apparently Arteta knows him from his time at city. My glass half full reading tells me he could be the first of Arteta’s hidden gems. Fingers crossed..

Man Manny
Man Manny
27 days ago
Reply to  Berlingoon

You have everything worked out already, long before you watched him play, and based on his monetary value!
Did you also check Gabriel Martinelli’s value on transfermarket in the summer too?

HelderHughes
HelderHughes
27 days ago
Reply to  Man Manny

I don’t know about his summer value but he’s now worth Greenwood².

Berlingoon
Berlingoon
27 days ago
Reply to  Man Manny

Martinelli was barely 18 in the summer and has played regional football before. This guy is 26 and has played nearly 200 games of professional football. Do you really don’t get the difference? And I didn’t say that I’ve worked out anything. I didn’t know this guy before so I have checked the most reliable site in the net when it comes to player evaluation and I just stated that this site doesn’t seem to rate him at all and that – based on that fact – it would be a surprise to me if he’d become a regular starter… Read more »

PeteyB
PeteyB
26 days ago
Reply to  Berlingoon

Leicester paid only 400k for Marez if I remember correctly. There are premier league quality gems out there, with a little luck Artetas inside knowledge has helped us find one.

Right Across Sunderland!
Right Across Sunderland!
26 days ago
Reply to  Berlingoon

Martinelli is worth 18 million on that website. That wouldn’t buy one of his toenail clippings.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon
26 days ago

Last update was early December. Be sure that after the next one, his worth will have increased again. The values on that site are very accurate.

Ricardo
Ricardo
26 days ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

How do you know this exactly?

K9ine
K9ine
27 days ago

If it happens, it happens

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
27 days ago
Reply to  K9ine

Unless he fails the medical it’s happening.

ArsenAlan
ArsenAlan
27 days ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

But until he passes the medical it hasn’t happened, that’s how it works 😉

A Different George
A Different George
27 days ago
Reply to  ArsenAlan

It only works that way before your birthday.

215Arse
215Arse
27 days ago

Finally a CB with height

YoungFabregas
YoungFabregas
27 days ago
Reply to  215Arse

Hopefully one that can defend

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider
27 days ago
Reply to  215Arse

Baresi and Cannavaro weren’t towering men but were fantastic defenders. Only in Britain would height be considered as the paramount criterion in signing a defender.

thw14
thw14
27 days ago
Reply to  ClockEndRider

Considering we’re playing in ‘Britain’. No reason why all football becomes the exact same.

David Hilliers Arm Cast
David Hilliers Arm Cast
27 days ago
Reply to  ClockEndRider

Considering how dismal we have historically been at defending set pieces, in particular losing headed battles, and how often that tactic is utilized by English clubs, height is quite a welcome relief.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
27 days ago

Didn’t help Mersacker too much. He was beaten on crosses regularly.

Santori
Santori
27 days ago

Metersecker was only beaten ever because the crosses were too low for him…

QuidProQuo
QuidProQuo
27 days ago

You’ve literally made this up.

jw1
jw1
27 days ago

Chelsea had 17 corners Tuesday.

tanned arse
tanned arse
26 days ago
Reply to  jw1

And WE scored from one when mustafi won the header!

LeBlanché
LeBlanché
27 days ago

In truth our problem defensively the past 18 months hasn’t been set pieces. It’s been a lack of positioning, failure to put bodies on the line and dreadful mistakes. One can only hope he comes in and helps reduce these areas on weaknesses

sami
sami
27 days ago
Reply to  215Arse

I’ve seen a lot of people say this. Am I the only one who thinks David Luiz is quite tall?

Artetas assistant
Artetas assistant
27 days ago
Reply to  sami

Siri says David is 6 ft 2

Santori
Santori
27 days ago
Reply to  sami

6’4

…he is tall and that’s without the hair.

But Mustafi is better in the air.

GD10
GD10
27 days ago
Reply to  sami

At least a foot of Luiz’ height is his barnet

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner
27 days ago

If the proposed loan with an option to buy move is true, it’s a solid piece of business. Arteta obviously rates him from his time with City, and he’s worth a shot with a commitment to little investment and a chance to move for a top rated center half in the summer. If he works out, great. If not, not much will be lost in terms of capital.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
27 days ago
Reply to  AmericanGooner

Arteta rates him so much he never got matches at City? Arteta probably realized they underestimated him not that they rate him but never played him.

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner
27 days ago

Arteta wasn’t the manager at City. He was the manager. It’s very possible that Mikel rated him, but City and/or Pep didn’t.

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner
27 days ago
Reply to  AmericanGooner

Lolz. He was the **assistant manager.

Santori
Santori
27 days ago
Reply to  AmericanGooner

Too many people wanking off to themselves. This player is a risk. May pan out , or not we don’t know but its a big risk. Critically the cost isn’t much but we’ve seen it with elneny, imperfect solutions and squad players at best when we needed better at that stage. This player failed to impress sufficiently at City to be retained and did not find work in a higher league in Spain before going to lower league in Brazil. Could be a Martinelli for us or a Andre Santos. Arteta likely does not know much about him. If he… Read more »

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner
27 days ago
Reply to  Santori

In my original comment, I find no proof of wanking off to myself as you put it. I actually agree with you that he could be good or he could be squad depth in the end. As for him being turned down by a big club, that doesn’t necessarily indicate the end of his career. Think De Bruyne, Sancho, Salah, and quite a few others. I also realize that doesn’t mean he’ll pan out. I also disagree with your opinion that Arteta wouldn’t know much about him. Sure, he may have been on loan for 3 years at City. But,… Read more »

Arseluvr
Arseluvr
27 days ago
Reply to  Santori

Its a roll of the dice, but then again our central defense sucks big-time, so even a marginal improvement back there gives us a better chance at winning Europa. Plus, if you are a starting CB at champions Flamengo, the most popular club in football-mad Brazil, that ain’t nuthin’ to sneeze at. They gave Liverpool a real run in that recent final – it was a good game, and their back line was solid all game against Flamino, Mane, Salah etc. I have a feeling he needs a really skillful type of CB partner though.

tanned arse
tanned arse
26 days ago
Reply to  Santori

If it’s a loan then there’s no risk at all. Riskier to not bring someone in. He’s probably not great but I’d wager he’s solid enough and didn’t look dodgy against Liverpool last month. If it’s a buy then I’d hope the fee was minimal under £5m and wages are lowish. If he plays some games then selling him on and even making a profit won’t be hard. Maybe it’s suits him just to be in the European shop window again.

Takeshita
Takeshita
27 days ago

I knew this could be true considering the fact that Andrew didn’t leave any poo in the rumor article. And regarding the signing I am not sure what to make of it watching only YouTube videos. Welcome anyway, will support him!

It Is What It Is
It Is What It Is
27 days ago
Reply to  arseblog

Not when you have to stop in a lay by….

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider
27 days ago

A beautiful image….

Gallas' gooch
Gallas' gooch
27 days ago
Reply to  arseblog

Unless it’s a ghost poo (you know, the ones that just aren’t in the loo when you look). Who knows how far they go?

DaDude
DaDude
27 days ago
Reply to  Takeshita

Well, I guess if a player travels into London together with an official Arsenal representative there doesn’t need to be poo-meter speculation if the club’s interest is real. I guess Edu didn’t pick him up to have a squirrel in Hyde Park eat nuts out of his hand and then sends him back to Brazil.

Arsenalista
Arsenalista
27 days ago
Reply to  DaDude

Maybe they are just friends and he didn’t mean to tell the reporter that he was happy to be joining Arsenal. He could just be in England for a winter holiday 🤥

Kieran
Kieran
27 days ago
Reply to  DaDude

That’s what happened to Higuain!!!

Chipper 49
Chipper 49
27 days ago

Well his cv is a little underwhelming but fingers crossed we’ve picked up a gem that’s gone under the radar. If nothing else he’s another body to put before resorting to Mustafi…

Chipper 49
Chipper 49
27 days ago
Reply to  Chipper 49

‘put in’ not ‘put’. Blogs, can we have an edit function on the next update please! 😁

Santori
Santori
27 days ago
Reply to  Chipper 49

You have to ask the question why Arteta was using Mustafi two games in a row in the first place. There’s nothing wrong with Rob Holding’s fitness. This is a convenient invented excuse. Fact is Holding has also been unconvincing when on for us against Leeds. That said, I would have started him ahead of Mustafi purely since like for like, he has the longer term future. Blatantly Arteta felt Mustafi had some good qualities (His passing from the back and his power with headers) but he was wrong that he could scrub out the odd calamity moment. (Remember Koscielny… Read more »

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix
27 days ago
Reply to  Santori

“it was Mustafi instructing Martinelli where to stand” – I don’t want to come across all millennial but this genuinely made me laugh out loud. Damn Santori! Only you could possibly find a way to give Mustafi that much credit for Martinelli’s goal. You’re so far down your own Mustafi rabbit hole you’re clutching at straws like this now? Don’t you see how irrelevant this is to the argument? “Oh sure, his frequent brainfarts lead us to concede goal after important goal, but hE tOlD mArTinElLi WheRE tO sTaND”. That doesn’t “balance out the criticism”. If it’s any sort of… Read more »

A Different George
A Different George
26 days ago

Actually I think only most of us agree that Mustafi has a lot of quality but that it is out-balanced because, too often, his errors are so serious. That understanding is fairly recent, I think, giving him credit for the way he has conducted himself in the past year. But some supporters seem unwilling to admit that, and they blame Mustafi for things that are clearly the responsibility of others. By the way, on the Martinelli goal, I think Mustafi very consciously tried to create a breakaway for us–but I think he was trying to put it into Pepe’s path,… Read more »

Con
Con
27 days ago

No doubt his agent is mates with Edu. Who needs data-driven analytical scouting huh.

#svencomeback

kaius
kaius
27 days ago
Reply to  Con

There it is, the anti-agent narrative.

Because Arsenal, who have Lucas Torreira and Guendouzi and Martinelli and Saliba to come, is a club that doesn’t use scouts anymore. Arsenal, who literally bought an entire data analytics company, don’t do data-driven scouting anymore.

All football clubs deal with agents. We really need to grow up as a club and drop this toxic stupidity

Con
Con
27 days ago
Reply to  kaius

Nope, agents were not the target of my comment, Raul & Edu were. There is something akin to an ideological battle going on at Arsenal and across boardrooms all over the world, including many companies I work with (at a data analytics agency). Some rely on their network, some use data to make decisions. Jaeson Rosenfeld and StatDNA have been increasingly marginalised, as reported by many sources. Case point: the signing of Denis Suarez. Anyone with a passing interesting in data can tell you that Darren Burgess massively improved Arsenal’s muscular injury record, and yet still got shitcanned by Raul.

kaius
kaius
27 days ago
Reply to  Con

I guess my response would be show me a shred of evidence that Raul “shitcanned” Darren Burgess as part of Arsenal’s strategy to move away from the data-driven model.

Way too much of this talk relies on hearsay and sounds way too much like gossip to me

jw1
jw1
27 days ago
Reply to  Con

“Jaeson Rosenfeld and StatDNA have been increasingly marginalised, as reported by many sources. Case point: the signing of Denis Suarez.”

Thinking after the Unai Ennui fiasco– that Arteta will be the one driving this car for awhile.

Futsboller
Futsboller
27 days ago
Reply to  kaius

Didn’t Blogs publish a well-informed piece this morning about Sanllehi’s reliance on his contact book of super/agents, and how there appeared to be a power struggle behind the scenes between Sven (representing a data- and scout-driven form of recruitment) and Raul (representing a contact- and agent-driven form of recruitment), which the latter clearly won? I think some fans are just a little concerned that our recruitment is tending towards the agent-driven model more than the data-/scout-driven one. Of course, no player is recruited without data analysis, scouting reports, and agents doing their agent-ing, but for fans of a club that… Read more »

Santori
Santori
27 days ago
Reply to  Futsboller

Mslintat was not data driven, he was also using old contacts at Dortmund for most parts

Artetas assistant
Artetas assistant
27 days ago
Reply to  kaius

Kaius, people enjoy and refuse to give up on romanticism, either because they haven’t thought better or simply prefer their old arguments. Even normal jobs like Doctors and Educators use HR reps, who granted they didn’t have to guide you through all your life, still get a commission. So in my opinion please let Don Mino Raiola enjoy the fruits of his excellent foresight and decision-making for the professionals who entrust their careers in his hands. The solution to the fees agents charge is for more people to become as good as he is and increase the general quality of… Read more »

kaius
kaius
27 days ago

Great point about romanticism artetas assistant.

Much of the fear-mongering about Raul, Edu and agents is unfounded but it’s true that Arsenal fans more than fans at other clubs are still in love with the idea of a scout finding a rough gem and signing them on the spot
(though we know football doesn’t work that way anymore, because even those gems are already represented by agents!).

Pierre_Alexander
Pierre_Alexander
27 days ago
Reply to  Con

Data driven analytical scouting made us choose Xhaka over Kante. Of course, Xhaka has my support. But if you asked me to sign one or the otter for basically the same price, it would be Kante!

DB’s first touch
DB’s first touch
27 days ago

I’m not sure we passed over Kante for Xhaka as much as kante chose to go to Chelsea rather than coming to the Arsenal

Nw 9 gooner
Nw 9 gooner
27 days ago

Yes agreed – he was getting more at Chelsea than what we were willing to pay

kaius
kaius
27 days ago
Reply to  Nw 9 gooner

No, Chelsea were only interested in Kante in 2016 after he won a title with Leicester. He’d been on our radar, but we passed on him in 2015 before he left Caen in Ligue 1 and signed for Leicester.

Remember the summer of 2015 guys? It was the year we signed no outfield players.

Then those two *data-driven* legends Xhaka and Mustafi arrived in 2016.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse
27 days ago

I would take the otter every time

Santori
Santori
27 days ago

There’s definitely a power struggle that has been won by Sanlehi. Mslintat was hit and miss himself. He preferred really ex-Dortmund players. Aubaemayng good but we had to break the bank. Sokratis and OK short term signing but we could have done better. Mhkitayan a waste of time when we could have pushed for Mahrez. Emery demurred to Mslintat too much but in a sense he wanted to give him his own rope to hang himself. Then Sanlehi consolidated his position with Edu who is inexperience. he does not have the pull in market to bring in top names at… Read more »

Dave
Dave
27 days ago

An otter bossing the midfield sound hilarious, I need it

John Lavery
27 days ago

At last, we can point out the obvious, Kante or Xhaka? it is enough to make a grown man cry. Whilst we are at this, why did we pass up Jonny Evans for 2mill when he was available. A far better player than the dross we have at the moment.

OSKR
OSKR
27 days ago
Reply to  Con

I would think it’s both. After the data driven analysis the club still need to complete the transfer with humans…which generally (ha) include agents.

Wengerballz
Wengerballz
27 days ago
Reply to  OSKR

Lol those guys think Sven sent them Facebook invites

kaius
kaius
27 days ago
Reply to  OSKR

lol exactly, all clubs do both.

Fuck barca
Fuck barca
27 days ago

Will trust Arteta on this one.

Con
Con
27 days ago
Reply to  Fuck barca

Just a hunch but I doubt Arteta had much input on it

Santori
Santori
27 days ago
Reply to  Con

This is the problem. The purchasing team has now got too independent. I think Emery wanted to have a more forceful say of what was coming in but he left Mslintat some rope to hang. now Sanlehi has consolidated power. I’m not sure Edu has much pull on account of inexperience. Hopefully he has a good sense of what is a good player but we are right now dropping into the ranks of all the also rans in the PL, teams like Wolves, Sheffield etc. Nothing wrong with that of course bc they regularly pick out good gems but it… Read more »

Artetas assistant
Artetas assistant
27 days ago
Reply to  Con

Con, You can present options to a manager of an organisation but you don’t sanction anything without them. They’re the driver of the boat.

Aaron
Aaron
27 days ago

Being his assistant, I am sure you know.

Artetas assistant
Artetas assistant
27 days ago
Reply to  Aaron

Yes. I’m a lucky guy, learning from the best

NW9 gooner
NW9 gooner
27 days ago
Reply to  Con

No the fact that Arteta knows him belies this. Secondly to think one can sign over the manager’s head is a bit over the top

Daan van Lith
Daan van Lith
27 days ago

Watched him a lot when he was at NAC a couple of seasons ago. Decent centreback and captain in a very mediocre relegation fighting team in the Dutch Eredivisie. If you would have told me he would play for Arsenal in 2020 I would have laughed in your face. However, wish him the best, may he be our vert own Van Dijk😉

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider
27 days ago
Reply to  Daan van Lith

Hopefully more Virgil than Dick…

Santori
Santori
27 days ago
Reply to  ClockEndRider

“Hopeful” is the operative word. How we have fallen down the pecking order of clubs now. We are not buying any better than say a Wolves. Which is not bad but probably not going to get us punching higher because the competition in the PL is intense. United for all their failings will spend. City and Liverpool are miles ahead. Chelsea will spend. That’s 4 clubs ahead of us and in CL spots. Then there is Spurs with Moarinho. hopefully it implodes sooner than later but they will also be spending. Where will we be in this pack? Its a… Read more »

baz00r
baz00r
27 days ago
Reply to  Santori

Do you actually enjoy anything to do with Arsenal? It seems you don’t. You exist only to whine and cry about everything that’s wrong. Arsenal brings you no joy so maybe you should just fuck off instead of infecting everybody else with your negative shit every day.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse
27 days ago

From YouTube looks good in the air, good on the ball, good anticipation, perhaps a bit slow

Could be a decent signing. Can see why we would be in for him.

It Is What It Is
It Is What It Is
27 days ago
Reply to  Anonymarse

Calm, good anticipation, seems a good reader of the game, with spider legs to poke/steal/pinch and tackle ‘blindside’. Can see how this will reduce the trench warfare that seems to go on in our box. Sokratis and Mustafi will/should be shipped in the nest two/three windows. Luiz will be here a while. Hope Mavropanos makes it. Saliba, Holding, Chambers, Mari + Luiz/Mav/youth. Arteta must have a tantalising shortlist, bearing in mind his football heritage/philosophy and previous position. I assume that he made his choice – within budget of course, and Edu went in swing his BFC cojones about. That’s two… Read more »

Anonymarse
Anonymarse
27 days ago

Sokratis seems ok recently. Mustafi has to go

Santori
Santori
27 days ago
Reply to  Anonymarse

Youtube can make everyone look like a world beater or look bad. Fact is he is not playing in the most competitive league. BUT we have Martinelli then again you can also get an Andre Santos or a Squillaci. You generally pay for what you get. Wenger bucked the trend until he had to spend big and ironically it did not help. Purchasing team put in place thereafter wasn’t any better. Mslintat did not resolve any issues and was lazy, Sanlehi has back loaded us to the tune of 79m with potential impact to subsequent summers. And still many positional… Read more »

Artetas assistant
Artetas assistant
27 days ago

It is what it is, he’s about to look like the best Spanish defender sitting calm in Mikels unit. So yeah, I’ll wager call up soon too.

Sokratis would be perfect beside this guy, Luiz would be great too. Imperious maybe.

Musti needs a new club and a lot of private work, truth-telling and constructive critique.

jw1
jw1
27 days ago

Unfortunately, both #20 and his dad like his current wages.
The club just need to eat the wage bill to break The20Curse.

jw1
jw1
27 days ago

Sokratis is fine when not paired with The20Curse.

truj
truj
27 days ago

Certainly a CB

Gunnerlocutor
Gunnerlocutor
27 days ago

When he scores the winner in the Europa League final …

Arsenally
Arsenally
27 days ago
Reply to  Gunnerlocutor

Row row row your boat,
Gently down the stream,
Mari Mari Mari life is but a dream!

Santori
Santori
27 days ago
Reply to  Arsenally

“dream” being the operative word.

We are now risking it with cheap solutions because of last summer. We spent 105m on an erratic Pepe, a non existent Saliba and a panic buy Luiz.

99m of which is back loaded (lets say 79m left) and will have impact on future transfer windwos.

Which is why short cuts again and roll the dice.

Patrik Ljungberg
Patrik Ljungberg
27 days ago
Reply to  Santori

I’ve heard this on before. Zzzzzzz.

laudgunner
laudgunner
27 days ago

If only youtube can tell a full story. From what the videos, he could be our Van Dijk.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
27 days ago
Reply to  laudgunner

If only they did YouTube calamity moments?

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
27 days ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

Oh…they do! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THIHIY5w3TY We can talk about this now yeah?

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee
27 days ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

Hilarious viewing. Comedy Gold. 🤣

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
27 days ago
Reply to  Qwaliteee

You have a strange sense of humour.

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee
27 days ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

Well Paul, I think there comes a point where you just have to laugh at players who would otherwise boil your piss. I mean these mistakes ARE laughable for a so-called professional, never mind an professional international. What’s even funnier, of course, is the section of our ‘support’ who would STILL back the clown if he allowed a Tottenham goal that relegated us.

Kolasinac
Kolasinac
27 days ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

Goalkeepers must hate him 😀

jw1
jw1
27 days ago
Reply to  Kolasinac

Cech for one. He seems a hard guy to pissoff too.

Julian
Julian
27 days ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

I managed to watch for 8 minutes before I had to turn it off. Do I get an award?

John Lavery
27 days ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

I found that hard to watch, really.

TheArseman
TheArseman
27 days ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

The amount of times he leaves his man to run to the centre of the penalty box when another defender is there 😂😂 ive never seen someone do that, let alone consistently!

jw1
jw1
27 days ago
Reply to  TheArseman

He has no other responsibility it seems. I just got brushed off by a pal (a smart guy too) defending him– when I showed him a still shot of #20 watching as Azpilicueta side-footed home Tuesday.

Sez he: Maybe Arteta has directed him “to stay with the line defensively. Leno might be expected to make that save.”

I’ve no fookin’ idea on what planet– the people who defend #20– watch their football. It ain’t this one.

kaius
kaius
27 days ago

Takes a lot of character for a Spanish player to leave Europe for Brazil and be successful so I hope this one works. If it doesn’t we’ll just blame corrupt agents right? Honestly this anti-agent narrative doing the rounds is pretty funny stuff. Poor virginal Arsenal Football Club, Values FC, the Mother Teresa of football clubs, has now succumbed to the “wily ways”, to quote Arseblog, of football agents. What a load of rubbish. Every single one of our European rivals has been managing dealing with agents for decades and still winning trophies. Liverpool, whose transfer policy is regarded as… Read more »

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
27 days ago
Reply to  kaius

I think we were all ok about it until you started ranting about the use of the word “wily”? 🙂

Santori
Santori
27 days ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

Like not looking selectively for positives much…

…you could also say he failed to impress at City, could not get going in Spain and ended up in Brazil.

baz00r
baz00r
27 days ago
Reply to  Santori

You could find the negative in any situation. It’s one of your talents.

Frank Bascombe
Frank Bascombe
27 days ago
Reply to  Santori

You could and it’d be true but he’s 26 years old and is about to sign for Arsenal FC. Good luck to him.

Richie
27 days ago

We’re getting MARIed in the morning…..

Santori
Santori
27 days ago
Reply to  Richie

We got Maried to Ozil yonkers ago and we still can’t get the divorce papers through it cost us 350K a week still.

We are still Maried to Elneny and Mhkitaryan two throughly useless players for us, can’t get rid of them.

We took forever to get rid of Lucas Perez (now thankfully plying a successful trade at Alaves) or for the matter Jenkinson (Thoroughly poor player)

And as mentioned we are still stuck with Mustafi.

I wouldn’t be celebrating like a drunk groupie just yet…

baz00r
baz00r
27 days ago
Reply to  Santori

You’re such a negative cunt.

Frank Bascombe
Frank Bascombe
27 days ago
Reply to  baz00r

Best comment I’ve ever seen on here baz00r. Worse though, is that he’s so pompous with it.

Me from Here
Me from Here
27 days ago

In my opinion, Our “cheap” CBs have always done better than expensive. Kos, Kolo, Campbell (free), Mert, and Holding to an extent. This guy could join the list. I read it’s loan with an option to buy which is a good business. It doesn’t work, he goes back. Even if outright buy, 7.5m and probably low wage is low risk. The best defensive pairings I’ve seen always include one guy with pace and aggressiveness, the other guy is slower but depends on interceptions, organization, and game reading. Vidic-Rio, Kolo-Campbell and the list goes on. Kompany and Van Dijk aren’t fast… Read more »

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider
27 days ago
Reply to  Me from Here

Campbell was hardly free. What didn’t go to Them by way of transfer fee went into his pocket as a signing fee, from what I can gather.

A Different George
A Different George
27 days ago
Reply to  Me from Here

I am not interested in heaping praise on a rival club, but the idea that Van Dijk is not a fast defender is just wrong. He rarely needs to show his pace, because he (and the rest of his team) is usually well-positioned–but we have all seen him out-sprint wingers when he needs to.

Me from Here
Me from Here
27 days ago

Apologies for that. You are correct about Van Dijk. He rarely has to use speed. I hope Arteta’s organization will help.

Santori
Santori
27 days ago
Reply to  Me from Here

Squillaci, Silvestre also cheap, also Andre Santos, Debuchy…

Guns Up
Guns Up
26 days ago
Reply to  Santori

Is there ANY joy in your life? Can’t, for the life of me, understand why you “support” Arsenal.

Badaab
Badaab
27 days ago

Would have preferred Rodrigo Caio if we’re signing a CB from Flamengo, but this is a body at a problem position for us, so hopefully he’ll bring some fresh ideas and help to mentor some of the younger players we have at CB.

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans
27 days ago
Reply to  Badaab

Rodrigo Caio is phisically weak and error prone.

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee
27 days ago

Taxi for the German Frank Spencer. Try not to cry, all you heartbroken Musties.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
27 days ago
Reply to  Qwaliteee

Ok Qwaliteee I’ll bite, by just asking you two questions. 1. Why do you need to be so nasty and rude about a footballer that has always done his best? 2. Why do you have to belittle the fans that thought continually chastising the player was not helpful going forward?

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee
27 days ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

Paul, mate, chill out. As fans we’re all entitled to our opinions, yeah? Now, if people don’t agree with my opinions fine. But just because my opinions don’t necessarily match theirs, that seemingly becomes an issue. I have stood on the North Bank at Highbury and heard players being given absolute dogs abuse by certain individuals. Nine times out of ten, I disagreed with them. But it didn’t make my opinion any more or less important than theirs. It’s just an opinion. I think Mustafi is now the worst player I have ever seen pull on the red and white… Read more »

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
27 days ago
Reply to  Qwaliteee

You haven’t answered either of my questions?

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee
27 days ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

What are you, a politician? I don’t owe you or anybody else any ‘answers’ to any ‘questions’ I’ve already explained that to be a football fan is all about having different opinions. If you’re too thick to understand that, that’s not my problem.

Nacho de Montreal is tasty
Nacho de Montreal is tasty
27 days ago
Reply to  Qwaliteee

Qwalm down thickeee.

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee
27 days ago

*Slow hand clap.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
27 days ago
Reply to  Qwaliteee

No you don’t owe anyone answers that is true. I was trying to draw your attention to the level of hate and rudeness within your comments. I shouldn’t have done that.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
27 days ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

It was a wasted exercise. 😉

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee
27 days ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

Ok, well, thanks anyway for putting me on your couch, Dr. Sigmund Freud-Roberts. For the record, I don’t ‘hate’Mustafi; like I said, it’s nothing personal, I wish him well. And might I suggest, for your next ‘exercise’ that you actually try and understand that to be a football fan is all about having opinions that may differ from other people. The match day experience, football fanzines, football blogs, radio phones ins are all about watching great football and being a part of the passion of the supporters. It’s competitive sport – it’s not some politically correct Sunday school picnic where… Read more »

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
27 days ago
Reply to  Qwaliteee

My question was why are you so rude and belittling. It is incredibly thick of me to try and change you. You got me!!

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee
26 days ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

🙄You’re boring me now mate. Go and troll someone else.

George
George
27 days ago
Reply to  Qwaliteee

True. Mustafi has made a living out of blaming anyone but himself. Horrible defender.

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee
26 days ago
Reply to  George

The guy is a mercenary as well. All the more reason to get rid of him ASAP.

Snc
Snc
27 days ago

He doesn’t cost much but if this turns out well, we ll save a hell lot of money. Its worth the risk and gamble. Big money signing doesnt guarantee anything anymore. We spent 35millions on a world cup winner defender who is still error prone and a certain club paid 80millions for a defender that can organise the defence.

Santori
Santori
27 days ago
Reply to  Snc

We haven’t been better, we spent 72m for Pepe who has been erratic. 27m for Saliba who is non existent for us this season, not entirely proven, and 7m for panic buy Luiz that’s 105m of which 99m is back loaded with impact on future transfer windows. hence why we are going cheap now. And it is STILL a risk buying bargain basement player who has failed to impress at City or in Spain. But that’s the territory we are in now bc of botch spending practises. Yet too many on this site prefer to imagine we are somehow guaranteed… Read more »

Snc
Snc
27 days ago
Reply to  Santori

What do you expect Arsenal to do? Splash another senseless amount of money? Its winter transfer window… Be smart about it. I did mention is a risk but also hoping he will succeed in our club.Every signing represents risk. It’s no diff to the corporate world either. Stop being judgemental dude. Player hasn’t even represent Arsenal and you’re alrd on it. In regards to ur comment on pepe and saliba, the entire team hasnt turned up this season, mainly due to emery style of football. His constant changing of formation, putting players like torreira way up instead of his usual… Read more »

baz00r
baz00r
27 days ago
Reply to  Santori

Pepe has had a solid start. What do you expect, players to come in and score 30 goals in their first season? It doesn’t work like that. It takes time to adapt and let’s not forget he started off his tenure with Emery’s boring as fuck tactics. Pepe has look much improved under Arteta. Saliba was never meant to be existent for us this season. It was a purhase for the future and one we only secured on the proviso of loaning him back. But you keep banging on about it constantly. I really think you struggle to understand basic… Read more »

George
George
27 days ago
Reply to  Santori

Give it a rest, Spud.

Filsuf
Filsuf
27 days ago

An aymeric Laporte type of player. Fingers crossed

Santori
Santori
27 days ago

Hope it works out. May or may not be an upgrade. Too many people prepared to assume it is. May just add to the collection of imperfect non solutions. But better something than nothing I suppose. Guessing Sokratis Holding (Arteta is somewhat reticent about him it seems – prefers to bring a new chap in than play Rob), then maybe this chap or Luiz (we should get rid of in summer). Mustafi also likely gone (but you never know…) then there is Mavropanos and Saliba next season so that’s 4 plus Chambers (if he isn’t also out the door at… Read more »

Cristian Mihalache
Cristian Mihalache
27 days ago

I don’t understand why we count Mustafi anymore, anyway…

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee
27 days ago

Careful mate, you’re batting on a sticky wicket here. They don’t like ‘nasty rude hateful words’ about His Holiness around these parts…..

Santori
Santori
27 days ago

Saliba I’m guessing still far from match fitness otherwise ideally we should just have got him in early, pay whatever extra we needed to modify the contract with St Etienne. We already paid a whopping 27m for him, might as well use him. Its a poor set of circumstance and we still have yet to find perfect solution at the back. We are reluctant to spend on the problem and this has been an issue for a long time. Wenger skimped with Squillaci, Silvestre etc. The one player he paid big for Mustafi did not turn out to be decent… Read more »

Patrik Ljungberg
Patrik Ljungberg
27 days ago
Reply to  Santori

I am bored, Santori

KingKolo
KingKolo
27 days ago

Hope Charles Watts lives near the airport! Blimey, what a job.

Tasmanian God
Tasmanian God
27 days ago

A spaniard, playing in Brazil? What kinda backwards voodoo is going on here??

Anyway, hope Mikel saw what he needed to see in this guys brief reserve stint at Man C.

Mentalista
Mentalista
27 days ago
Reply to  Tasmanian God

Fran Merida played in Brazil as well haha

Marco
27 days ago
Reply to  Tasmanian God

Not going to go overboard but if he performs like he did in the world club championship I think we may have a bargain.Outstanding against Liverpool in the air and on the ground.

Richie
27 days ago

If it’s only on loan with an option to sign permanently, it seems very low-risk and could be a shrewd piece of business. But he hasn’t played since 21st December so hasn’t had a proper pre-season yet (Brazilian league finished before Christmas), and I’d imagine he will be 4th choice at the back behind Luiz, Sokratis, and Holding, so I don’t think we’ll see much of him for another month yet. Whether we sign him permanently may depend on what Arteta sees of him in training.

Edzorla
Edzorla
27 days ago
Reply to  Richie

Looks like Flamengo have played twice in the Rio state championships. Mari wasn’t on the team sheets, but might have trained with them?

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner
27 days ago

We move forward from here …..COYG

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner
27 days ago

Excited 😃😃😃

Merlin’s Panini
Merlin’s Panini
27 days ago

Well that all happened very quickly! Had no info about this until yesterday so it was all kept under wraps incredibly well. I won’t pretend to know anything about him so it’s certainly going to be interesting to say the least.

Steve Vallins
Steve Vallins
27 days ago

Cheap CB’s Squillaci , Stepenove ,Senderos I can go back to Jeff Blockley there must be more

jw1
jw1
27 days ago
Reply to  Steve Vallins

Senderos just retired from the MLS.

Radford9
Radford9
27 days ago
Reply to  Steve Vallins

Jeff Blockley? He was no Terry Mancini 👌

Up North
Up North
27 days ago

This is an «scratch my agent buddy on the back» transfer. Absolutely no evidence that this will improve our team. Our top guys in management represent all that wrong with Football today, no heart for the club , only fight for position and cash deals.

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee
26 days ago
Reply to  Up North

Come on mate, at least give the new lad a chance. You never know, under Arteta’s influence he might just develop into becoming a vital cog for the team. Only time will tell. High profile signings from big clubs don’t guarantee value for money any more. The market is awash with bang average players costing the earth. Let’s just see what happens with this guy.

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee
27 days ago

A transfer conducted very much in the traditional Arsenal way. For the most part absolute secrecy, no gossip, no fuss, no dithering. Don’t know much about this guy, but hope he settles in quickly and can help bring some much needed discipline and stability at the back.

Vivooty
Vivooty
27 days ago

Signing of such a low profile player who is not a teenager really shows the depth to which this great club have fallen ☹️☹️

baz00r
baz00r
27 days ago
Reply to  Vivooty

High profile players don’t necessarily work out either do they? At least if this doesn’t work out the financial cost is minimal.

Mustafi you could say was high profile and look how that turned out. I’m more than happy for the club to start looking elsewhere for talent as opposed to over-spending on high profile players who turn out to be flops anyway.

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee
27 days ago
Reply to  Vivooty

Rubbish. George Graham signed Lee Dixon and Steve Bould from Stoke City – not Barcelona or Real Madrid. They went on to become two of the best defenders in world football. Humble origins don’t necessarily mean a bad player. Give the lad a chance.

Kamunuu Kambirongo
Kamunuu Kambirongo
27 days ago

It’s a move much appreciated and we look forward to seeing you in the midst of Gunners amazing family 🙏🙏🙏

Ricardo
Ricardo
26 days ago

I’m shocked there is no POO-meter for this transfer. Come one Arseblog !

jw1
jw1
26 days ago
Reply to  Ricardo

Mari. Spotted at Heathrow. Incoming. With Edu.
Need any further clues?