Several pieces on Arsenal’s potentially new centre back pairing of Magalhaes and Saliba.
Interesting quotes in the Independent about Saliba. France youth coach Jean-Luc Vannuchi says he is cross between Virgil van Dijk and Raphael Varane.
“A mix of the two styles,” Vannuchi said.
“With Varane because of his speed and power, and with Van Dijk it is the interceptions, the positioning on the pitch.”
“My first impression was that this was the biggest man of his generation.”
“When he took the ball and ran into midfield, no one could stop him. He was like a monster compared to the others. When he played with St-Etienne it looked normal for him, even though he was so young.”
Talk of how Arsenal will line up – either three at the back with Luiz in the middle and the two newcomers either side; or Magalhaes and Salilba in the centre, with Tierney and Bellerin in full back positions.
There seems to be takers for current Arsenal defenders, with Leeds in for Rob Holding; Roma in for Sokratis, as well as Napoli, who are tracking Mustafi. Newcastle and Wolves are tracking Ainsley Maitland Niles. PSG are said to be looking at Guendouzi, who earlier appeared to be nearing a £30m loan and buy deal with Villareal.
Another new name to report in the Highbury House revolving door, with Andreas Georgson, Brentford’s head of set pieces and individual development, joining Arteta’s coaching set up. He was previously assistant coach at Malmo.
Brentford base everything on performance statistics, so could well be seeing improvement here. Arteta previously appointed Inaki Cana Pavon as goalkeeping coach from Brentford.
Which leaves the emotional return of Dennis Bergkamp open to question.
“At the moment there hasn’t been any contact about that, but as soon as I make my decision, let’s see what happens.
“Of course it would be ideal at Arsenal – I spent 11 years there and have a good feeling with the club.”
Talking of Dennis, a surprise name comes up – Club Brugge striker Emmanuel Dennis – who Arsenal are showing interest in. And also Thiago’s brother, Barcelona’s Rafinha.
On the Thomas Partey stalemate, Ghana coach CK Akonnor, has advised him to stick with Atletico so he can continue playing Champions League football.
He told Starr FM: “Honestly, I wouldn’t want him to move to Arsenal because with Atletico, he will always play Champions League football. His position is guaranteed and he will always play. With Arsenal, I’m not too sure.”