Arsenal Daily Round-Up: Josh Kroenke discusses his Super League choice, Edu meets with a Serie A striker, and Arsenal get a fitness boost ahead of their match against Watford.
According to Josh Kroenke, the Super League’s fallout was at its lowest point.
Josh Kroenke says the Super League collapse was the lowest moment for Arsenal FC in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports.
When asked whether it was the lowest moment in the club’s relationship with its fans, Kroenke said, “I wouldn’t disagree with you.”
“I’ll put it like this. But, as someone who is constantly looking for the bright side of things, there’s only one place to go when you’re at the bottom: back up.
“I told our fan advisory board that I don’t want a 48-hour period to define us,” she stated.
“An opportunity was offered to us. We debated whether a Super League with Arsenal or a Super League without Arsenal was worse. And we responded by saying that we should be included in it. Were we mistaken?
“Obviously. We paid attention to what our supporters had to say. We quickly shifted our position and exited the scene. We apologized, and now we’re moving forward.”
Our Opinion: I definitely wouldn’t expect Josh to say anything else. But it’s encouraging to see him speak out more and confess he made a mistake.
I’m still worried that there are still some individuals in the Arsenal hierarchy who feel the Super League is a good concept and that it isn’t entirely dead, but hopefully the most of them have realized how poorly they were mistaken.
Edu initiates negotiations with a Serie A striker.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italy, Arsenal has begun negotiations with Fiorentina about signing Dusan Vlahovic.
According to the source, Arsenal and Fiorentina have reached an initial agreement worth roughly £68 million for the player’s services, but the deal has still to be finalized with the player and his agency.
Vlahovic has 10 goals in 12 games this season and 21 goals in 40 games in the 2020/21 season.
Many teams are interested in signing the Serbian international, who has made it plain that he intends to sign a new deal with the Italian side.
Our opinion: With Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah’s contracts expiring in less than a year, it’s no wonder that Arsenal is connected with forwards.
Both players seem unwilling to prolong their stays at the Emirates, thus Edu and Mikel Arteta will need to plan ahead for their departures.
It’s an enticing relationship since Vlahovic has lately made a breakthrough at Fiorentina and is definitely extremely gifted. However, he is still a young player, and a move to the Premier League will be a significant step forward for him.
£68 million is a lot of money and Arsenal must be certain they are signing the right player.
Tierney has returned to Arsenal training.
Arsenal have stated that Kieran Tierney is still being evaluated ahead of the match against Watford on Sunday.
Pictures of the Left-Back exercising at London Colney on Friday, however, have surfaced. Over the previous several weeks, the Scotsman has been nursing an injured ankle.
Our Take: While this is obviously good news for Mikel Arteta, Nuno Tavares’ performances have undoubtedly relieved the pressure to get Tierney back on the field.
Even if he’s healthy to play this weekend, I don’t think he’ll be able to replace Tavares. Tierney’s return should not be rushed, particularly when the summer signing is doing so well.