Amidst the hyperactive mania around the Pepe transfer – an insightful article from our old friend Stewart Robson in the Express.
He reckons the addition of Pepe will change Arsenal’s style – more into the mould of Liverpool and a more pressing and counter-attack team.
Salah and Mane come into the centre forward positions from the right and left and the front three swap and interchange. Robson reckons Pepe will cut in from the right and Aubameyang from the left. With the additional speed of Pepe – there is more counter-attacking possibilities – but Arsenal will have to play deeper and do more pressing.
Arsenal have lost top spot in the minutes played in the first team by Academy Graduates league. They dropped to seventh partly due to injuries with Hector Bellerin missing half the season, Jack Wilshere leaving and Reiss Nelson out on loan.
There was a total of 4,976 minutes – as follows: Alex Iwobi 2,098, Hector Bellerin 1,644, Ainsley Maitland-Niles 1,065, Eddie Nketiah 86, Joe Willock 72, Bukayo Saka 11.
But the prospects this season are rosier with the likes of Joe Willock and Emile Smith-Rowe now also more in the first team picture.
Meanwhile, an AI based study conducted by BT Sport in their ‘Script of the Season, where data analysts Squawka, analyse data from Opta, and host Google Cloud Platform, to script the new Premier League season.
And the boring, boring predictions are that Man City will retain the title by five points ahead of Liverpool. Chelsea and Tottenham will pip Arsenal and Man U to a Champions League spot who will be fifth and sixth respectively.
Could have put the data analysts to more use like how many tonnes of CO2 have been emitted creating the erstwhile champions.