Edu and Mikel Arteta in conversation.

Patience, Arsenal and transfers

Hello everyone. How good was Turkey vs Georgia yesterday? Now that was a game of football.

It just had everything didn’t it? Great goals, attacking intent, awful weather and a banging atmosphere. A match as good as that deserved a dramatic ending and it got that as well. 

It was just brilliant to watch. Hopefully today’s action can live up to that, although I highly doubt it.

From an Arsenal point of view, we’ve got Kai Havertz in action and he’ll be looking to add to his fine start to the tournament when Germany play Hungary. 

It’s a big night for Kieran Tierney as well as he goes up against Granit Xhaka and Switzerland. After the drubbing Scotland received against Germany, they have to get some sort of result later or they will be in real trouble.

Away from Euro 2024, it’s pretty quiet on the Arsenal front.

The Premier League fixtures were of course announced yesterday and Mikel Arteta’s side were certainly handed a tough start with trips to Villa, Spurs and City in their opening three away games.

James Benge and I covered that in this week’s Inside Arsenal extra-time and debated whether those tricky early fixtures have put more pressure on Edu to get Arsenal’s transfer business done in time for the start of the new campaign.

It’s an interesting one because obviously that is what everyone – especially Arteta – will want.

But the two big summer tournaments do need to be taken into account when it comes to the transfer market right now.

I was reading the comments made by Sturm Graz’s director of football Andreas Schicker about the ongoing talks he has been having with Arsenal over Mika Biereth.

Now Biereth isn’t even involved in the Euros, yet Schicker pointed to them as a reason for potential deals dragging on a bit over the next month or so.

“Now the European Championship finals are coming up, everyone is waiting and is in the role of observer,” he said. “Patience is required in the transfer window this year.”

I do think those words are important. Patience may not be a word that goes hand in hand with the transfer window, but some is going to be needed over the next couple of months.

I have no doubt that Arsenal will do some good business, but when it happens remains to be seen.

There’s not much going on at the moment. Joshua Zirkzee is a player Arsenal have been tracking, but there are now reports that United are making a move for him.

The usual links with Victor Osimhen continue in Italy. I saw something the other day saying Arsenal will launch a bid for him ‘in days’.

But I would take all that with a pinch of salt. Nothing I’ve heard suggests Arsenal will be going for the Napoli striker this year. 

The only way I could ever see something like that happening would be if Napoli suddenly went to the market and started offering him around for a cut price deal and that feels very unlikely.

So we’ll just have to wait and see what Arsenal do. As I said, a bit of patience will probably be needed.

Anyway, that’s about enough from me. Have a great day everyone and enjoy all the football later.

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