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Raphin-IN, Raphin-OUT

Chelsea have Raphinha bid ACCEPTED with Blues to beat rivals Arsenal and  Spurs to Leeds star after £55million offer

Raphinha and Thiago Silva could be teammates this season

It was well documented that Raphinha is a prime target for FC Barcelona this summer, but their current financial constraints as a club made it impossible to meet Leeds’ valuation of their star winger. They were probably hopeful that the Frenkie de Jong deal to Manchester United would have been wrapped up, to allow them with the raw funds required to seal the deal, but in football, time can be a key factor in completing signings for clubs conducting business. 

Then Arsenal came into the picture, and turned out to be favorites to land Raphinha. Barcelona fans would have been disgusted with the thoughts of losing a player they never had, but Leeds wasted no time in rejecting Arsenal’s initial bid for Raphinha – a figure undisclosed, but it was evident that it was not up to their valuation for the player which was around £65m. Barcelona also had a £47m bid rejected earlier, so the Leeds hierarchy made it clear that their man could only leave if the right offer was submitted.

As a player, Raphinha’s ability and talent is undoubted – goals, assists, creativity, as well as a very good threat from set pieces, and in a club like Arsenal, he would have offered stiff competition to Bukayo Saka, as well as bring a quality addition to Arsenal’s attack. As an experienced player, as well as Premier League-ready, no adaptation period would have been expected from a player like Raphinha and he would have hit the ground running from the go. 

Yesterday night, Arsenal hearts were broken when news surfaced that Chelsea had met Leeds’ valuation for Raphinha and are close to agreeing personal terms for the Brazilian winger. It’s not like he preferred Team A to Team B, but he made it clear that he wanted to leave Leeds United following their struggles last season and in all honesty, Chelsea offers a better preposition than Arsenal at the moment – they narrowly missed out on a domestic cup double last season via penalties, and most importantly, they currently offer Champions League football, which Arsenal hasn’t seen for the best part of six seasons. Let’s also not forget that they have a new owner, Todd Boehly, who is keen to impress the fans that have become accustomed to having a sugar daddy.

Arsenal fans have been basking in the euphoria of new signing, Fabio Vieira, as well as Gabriel Jesus whose announcement on the official site is imminent, and adding Raphinha to that mix would have certainly sent the fans to Cloud Nine, but as Arseblog rightly said, you win some, you lose some

What matters now is how Arsenal reacts to losing a genuine transfer target like Raphinha.

The club recently signed Marquinhos – a talented winger billed for the future, and would be an understudy to Saka. The young Brazilian would be expected to get some game time in the Europa League and other domestic cup competitions, but he doesn’t currently represent the quality gap that an amazing talent like Raphinha would have filled. Then there’s Nicolas Pepe, that remained at the periphery last season and is closer to the exit door than staking a claim for a first team berth.

One would expect the likes of Edu and the scouting teams to earn their stripes with a new attacking acquisition, but we can also look from within and plug the void with our own attacking talent. Either ways, there is still a lot of transfer business to be conducted between now and August, so let’s remain hopeful.

Sayonara.

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How Will Matt Turner’s Signing Affect Bernd Leno?

Watch: Matt Turner's first official interview after signing for Arsenal

Matt Turner making a save

The goalkeeping situation at Arsenal was a rather interesting one last season, as the Gunners invested £24m in Aaron Ramsdale to serve as a deputy to Bernd Leno. Mikel Arteta was certain that Alex Runarsson was certainly not a dependable deputy following his shaky performances in the Europa League with the final nail on his coffin being his shambolic outing against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup quarterfinal of the previous season. 

Bernd Leno started the season on the end of some bashing from Brentford, Chelsea and Man City, losing his place to the newbie, Ramsdale, and never gaining it back. Sadly, Leno had to make do with featuring in the Cup matches, limiting his appearances last season to just eight – four in the League, three in the Carabao Cup and one FA Cup game, where the Gunners shamefully lost to Nottingham Forest. 

With a year left on Leno’s deal, Arsenal are faced in that tight situation of either putting him in the market to make some quid or letting him run out his contract and leave on a free transfer. Early on in the summer, Benfica was linked with a move for Leno, which would have offered him a chance to reunite with his former Bayer Leverkusen boss, and in more recent times, the Arsenal shot stopper has been linked with a move to Premier League returnees, Fulham. 

Amid the Leno uncertainties, it was evident that Arsenal had to make plans to get a backup goalie to the former backup goalie, Ramsdale, so whispers of a move for New England Revolution towering goalie, Matt Turner, began to surface. Not much is known about the lad from a scouting perspective, but the history books tell us that he was the 2020 New England Revolution Player of the Year, courtesy of votes from players and fans alike. He amassed 111 appearances (102 MLS) in five seasons with the American outfit.

He has also been competing with Manchester City’s Zak Steffen for a starting berth in the USMNT, but it’s evident that Matt Turner is Gregg Belhalter’s preferred option in goal, as Turner has featured 18 times for USMNT, including 13 in 2021. This consistent run of games for his national team included a 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup win. 

Arsenal has announced the signing of Matt Turner from New England Revolution and have handed him the #30 jersey. As expected, Mikel Arteta and Edu had good things to say about the American and touched on his experience. He’s expected to be a deputy to Ramsdale this season and would feature in the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Europa League.

With Turner now in our ranks, the road is paved for Leno to leave the club, and the expectation is that he’d be gone, sooner rather than later. After 125 appearances for the Gunners, it looks like its gonna be…

Sayonara Herr Leno.

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Gabriel Jesus: The Forward Way, Truth and Arsenal Life

Gabriel Jesus, Man City, UCL 2021-22

Gabriel Jesus celebrating a goal

Gabriel Jesus has been heavily linked with Arsenal all summer long and Arsenal fans remained hopeful that the deal for the Brazilian forward would be sealed on time as he had garnered interest from other clubs like Juventus, Real Madrid and Chelsea. Despite scoring close to a century of goals (95) in Manchester City, winning four Premier League titles, one FA Cup, three Carabao Cups and two FA Community Shields, Gabriel Jesus looked closer to the exit door following the imminent arrivals of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez this summer.

Even with the interest from other clubs, Gabriel Jesus made it clear that he wanted to work under his former assistant manager, Mikel Arteta, and with Edu showcasing his fledgling Brazilian connections, it was a matter of time for Arsenal fans to get wind of the news they had hoped for all summer. Arsenal has agreed personal terms with Gabriel Jesus and reached a fee with Manchester City to sign the forward on a permanent basis. It is believed that Gabriel Jesus will cost around £45 million, and even though he has only one year left on his contract, it still remains a fantastic piece of business.

At 25, Gabriel Jesus will be the spearhead of an exciting Arsenal attack that has the likes of Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe and the new recruit from FC Porto, Fabio Vieira. The Brazilian striker will be backed up by Eddie Nketiah, that recently signed a new deal to extend his stay in the club.

Gabriel Jesus also comes in with a lot of Premier League and international experience, as well as the versatility that Mikel Arteta craves from his players. In his time at Manchester City, Gabriel Jesus could fit anywhere across the forward line, and was used to great effect by Pep Guardiola. He has scored 19 goals in 56 caps for the Selecao, winning the 2019 Copa America.

Gabriel Jesus also arrives at the time the club let go of attacking talents like former captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the recently departed Alexandre Lacazette, that scored 163 goals in their combined stay in North London. He would know that the fans expect him to hit the ground running almost immediately, and I’m confident that he would get the ammunition he needs from our attacking midfield talent to score the goals that would propel his Arsenal career to the trajectory expected from him. 

Arsenal fans would be patiently waiting for the announcement on the official site, but this will be one of the most decisive signings in Arteta’s tenure at the club – the forward way, truth and Arsenal life.

Sayonara.

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