Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue!
Stephan Lichtsteiner, at 34 most players would be contemplating a transition into punditry or coaching, but Stephan has taken the leap to join the changing face of Unai’s Arsenal.
‘Forest Gump’ has won seven titles in seven years at Juve and is one cap away from a century for Switzerland.
Brought in as Hector’s understudy, with the task get him back either to his best or as a challenger to RB position, his experience, physical presence and duracell bunny endurance will be nothing but a positive to the squad.
My something new was going to be Yacine Adli, but it appears that he has decided to stay put at PSG and buck the trend there as a home-grown talent, rather than a Neymaresque mercenary.
Therefore, my new new is Lucas Torreira.
At 22 he young enough to be the future and old enough to have the experience. Our ‘potential’ new DM is not in the Petit/Gilberto mould. He is more of a terrier, who bites into the tackle, with ability on the ball to match and the passing range of a seasoned quarterback.
Here’s hoping it is all sorted before others start sniffing around, following a star showing in the World Cup.
Mislinstat is a man in a mission, a mission to recreate Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund, in North London. Two thirds of the way there with the purchases of Miki and PEA, the final piece of the puzzle is currently fighting for a starting berth in Catalonia.
The 21 year olds €105m move from Dortmund has not been plain sailing and the story goes that Barca are considering a two year loan and buy out for the young Frenchman. Sven is trying to work his magic to secure a deal for one of the most exciting players on the planet, to provide natural width to the team, which has been missed since the days of Robbie and Freddie.
Here’s hoping the man can pull of possibly the deal of the century.
Simples, the start to season 18/19, City at home, followed by Chelski away. A baptism of fire for Unai, but to be the best, you have to beat the best.
Early season World Cup hangovers would affect them both more than us, so very little helps.