No football? Don’t worry – there’s still a few juicy transfer rumours flying around to take up your footballing interest.
No Arsenal, no Premier League, absolutely zero balls kicked. But that still hasn’t stopped us looking toward the future and the potential comings and goings regarding our playing personnel.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, pretty much every high-value player we have on our books has been linked away from Arsenal in the last couple of months – so let’s focus on the positives and who could possibly join us?
One rumour that refuses to die is Bayern Munich’s French midfielder Corentin Tolisso – the former Lyon man was part of France’s midfield squad that won the World Cup – and he seems to fit the bill for our team.
Tolisso has been at Bayern since 2017 – in what was a record transfer fee paid by the Germans. Since then, he has gone on to prove himself in Bavaria and hold onto a first team spot. However, he has flitted in and out of the side this season, with injury and form issues.
That means that Tolisso, with major international championships on the horizon, will be keen to re-establish himself on the domestic stage – or risk losing his place in the France team reckoning.
A move would suit Tolisso and Arsenal. Granit Xhaka is still on shaky footing regarding his own future after being stripped of the captaincy, Lucas Torreira has been unable to force himself into Arteta’s reckoning on a regular basis – and Guendouzi’s youth means he has struggled with consistency.
In short, we could do with what Tolisso brings to the table. The Frenchman is powerful in the tackle above all else, but he can pass and play things forward when needed. He is the box-to-box player our mobility and style under Arteta needs – and his value has plummeted since missing last season through injury.
At only 25, Tolisso is at the right age for a new challenge. Will it be with Arsenal? It’s a real possibility. Watch this space.