The first pre-season friendlies are not too far away, first to Sydney as part of the Sydney tour and then off to China, then finally back in North London where they’ll take part in the Emirates Cup. Though with the team travelling in only a matter of weeks, not much has happened on the transfer front, with all that talk of a complete overhaul of the squad and backroom staff, the actual movement has been quite limp.
The one player that the boss has managed to bring in so far is Sead Kolasinac, although he was one of the best-left backs in the Bundesliga, the Gunners managed to bring him in on a free, so hardly a show of intent. Though this was a smart move, with Nacho Monreal growing in age and Kieran Gibbs never looking like he will become a first team regular, we’ve got ourselves an established player who can grow into the new role of left wing back.
It also means that Nacho Monreal might have the chance to move into the centre back role, which he has impressed in during the closing stages of the season. With his growing age, it might be a smart idea, as he’ll no longer have the legs to go flying up and down that left-hand side like he has done in the past.
Although there has been Arsenal rumours of both Kylian Mbappe and Alexandre Lacazette, both have seemed to die down in recent days. Lacazette does seem the most likely option, with the Gunners not playing Champions League football next year it will be hard to tempt both but most likely impossible to convince the young French forward to swap a semi-final Champions League team for one that will be playing Europa League football next season.
Though Arsenal have made two appointments off the field, which comes in the form of Darren Burgess and Huss Fahmy. The first is to help with the clubs injuries, the deal also brings about a partnership between Arsenal and the Australian club he came from Port Adelaide. The latter is to help with the increasing number of players coming to the end of their contracts, sorting them out sooner and more effectively that the Gunners have done previously.