So we have our first bit of significant cash coming in as Krystian Bielik becomes a Derby player for around £10million, as well as Takuma Asano heading off to Partizan Belgrade for £1million, meaning that we made a £2.5million loss on a player who essentially went out on loan for the whole of his Arsenal career.
It’s an example of some of the shoddy and ‘on the cheap’ deals of the previous regime but I guess every club has those kind of punts, so I’m not going to chuck too much mud on Arsène and Ivan’s direction. The Bielik move is a shame though. At a time where we’re quite desperate for a centre half to step in, having seen him excel at the Under-21 championships last month, I’d have thought we’d give him a shot in pre season at least. But I guess the powers that be needed to bring in some money so it makes sense.
It’s also perhaps telling that the kid is off to Championship Derby and not a Premier League team. No doubt there’s talent there and perhaps in a year or twos time he’ll be snapped up by a decent Premier League team, but I guess Arsenal can’t hang around on the odd chance he might come good, so I kind of get the deal.
What I don’t get, however, is the rumoured loan deal of Coutinho to Barcelona for two years. I just tell you I think Coutinho is one of the most overrated footballers I’ve seen at the top level and the money Liverpool got for him was quite frankly mental. Also, why the heck would we do that deal when clearly we need defensive reinforcements? It’s just weird. He’d be expensive in terms of wages, he’s a player who would play in a position where we’re over stocked and quite frankly, I think we have plenty of players who are better than him.
Now, I guess if you’re going to tell me that Arsenal have found buyers for Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Özil is on his way out the door too, then it would make some kind of sense. But that clearly isn’t happening so my only hope is that this rumour has come about because:
- Arsenal are in Catalonia this weekend to play Barcelona
- Raul has close connections with his old club.