Fabio Vieira – confirmed signing. Attacking midfielder, played for Porto, left footed. Height: 170cm. Weight: 66kg. I’ve never seen him play. Highlight videos show a player who is very left-footed and loves a chippy through ball. His stats were outstanding, 6 goals and 11 assists in just 14.8 full match equivalents. Sofascore (which uses Opta stats) says he created 14 big chances (tied for 6th best in the league) and they also say he had 14 assists.
Raphinha – strongly linked. Played for Leeds the last two seasons. Left footed but mostly plays on the right. Dribbles a lot but has one of the worst dribble percentages in the league (he’s 2nd percentile in dribble percentage and 88th percentile in dribbles attempted). His carries numbers are poor as well. Strange link since we already have a left-footed wide player who dribbles a lot. But I’m guessing he’d replace Pepe? Sofascore has him tied for 9th with 10 big chances created last season.
Jesus – strongly linked. Played for Manchester City. If you haven’t seen him play, I don’t know what to say! Would start as Arsenal’s false nine on day one.
Marquinhos – Confirmed signing. Arsenal panning for gold.
Matt Turner – Confirmed signing. Backup keeper, Arsenal looking to sell Leno. Video is circulating of Turner refusing to sign a shirt because the fan is wearing a Spurs shirt, so he’s already a legend.
Saliba – Confirmed returning player. Won YPotY at Marseille. Statistically he does everything that Ben White does, but better. I don’t care that the leagues are different or if you think that France is a lesser competition, I’m literally going to ignore your dismissive opinion, especially if you didn’t watch any French football this season. You don’t like it? Well then how about don’t be so dismissive? Come with a different analysis or don’t even bother talking. His stats are insane and on top of that I watched many of Marseille’s matches this year and he’s an incredible player on and off the ball. Does still have a tendency to try dribbles that I wouldn’t recommend and also has a tendency to lunge in when he’s dispossessed. Also, tends to do better in a back three. Made a goal-saving tackle on Mbappe.
Lisandro Martinez – Strongly linked but Man U are now interested. Played for Ajax at both LB and LCB. I watched quite a few Ajax matches this season and I can’t remember him. His passing stats are incredible. Created 6 big chances. I’ve long wanted Arsenal to sign an Argentinian player, I think our last one was Nelson Vivas. That didn’t work out too well but Lisandro is highly rated.
Youri Tielemans – RIGHT FOOTED midfielder, mostly played on the right for Leicester, scores goals, created 6 big chances last season. His numbers are worryingly poor – especially in terms of passing (his long ball passing numbers are 18th percentile) – but we all have to trust that the Arsenal brain process have figured out where he will play and what we can do to make him better and to make the team better.
Other players possibly returning: Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson, Lucas Torreira, Pablo Mari (Arsenal want 15m), Hector Bellerin, and Runarsson. I think Arsenal have to be looking to sell all of these players. Maybe we could keep AMN? Though I’m not sure his loan spell at Roma can be considered a success. Started the first 5 matches at Roma before being dropped. Did play three Europa Conference League games before again being dropped. But hey, he’s a winner now, having won more trophies than Harry Kane.