Well folks, the wait is almost over.
June 17th is the date that we’re pencilled in for a return to action and our first match back is the small matter of a trip to *checks notes* Man City… are we sure that we definitely want football back?!
THE *REAL* COST OF LUIZ
Not much surprises me in football nowadays, but this story about Luiz is one that blew my mind.
Arsenal fan and journalist Amy Lawrence wrote a brilliant piece for The Athletic last week in which she uncovered the truth about the finances involved in the deal to bring Luiz to north London.
Now, I’ve spoken before in great detail about my concerns around us using ‘super agents’ and in the case of this deal, it was the notorious Kia Joorabchian who seemed to have benefited more than anyone else.
Amy’s report uncovered that Luiz could end up costing Arsenal a whopping £24m for his one season stay with us. Yep, you read that correctly… £24m for a single year of Luiz. That’s hardly value for money!
This breaks down as an £8m transfer fee to Chelsea, as much as £6m to intermediaries/agents to fix everything up, and the rest on the Brazilian’s £10m-a-year salary.
It was revealed last week that Luiz hadn’t actually signed the reported two-year deal when he joined us last summer, but only a one-year deal with the option of a further year, should Arsenal decide to extend it. That option has so far remained untouched and is due to expire on June 30th.
As hot and cold as Luiz has been for us this season, part of me almost wants us to extend his deal for another year, just so that we get more for our money!
I find it absolutely bonkers that you can pay almost as much to an agent as you do to a club to sign a player nowadays…
FRESH AUBAMEYANG OFFER
It’s the story that just won’t go away. Will he stay? Or will he go?
I’m of course talking about the main man Auba. Our captain, our leading goalscorer, and our best player. The latest rumours are that the club has just made a new contract offer to try and convince him to stay.
A two-year extension is reportedly on the table for Auba and you can imagine that the salary and bonuses involved in this offer are absolutely outrageous. But, when you think about just how much we depend on Auba, it’s probably a price worth paying, right?
Those rumours linking him with a move to Real Madrid, Barcelona or even Man United *shudders* just don’t seem to be going away anytime soon.
I don’t want to alarm any of you, but here’s a reminder that as things stand, on June 30th 2021, Auba will be walking out the door at the Emirates for a grand total of £0.
Come on, Auba. If you’re reading this, we all want you to stay!
UNUSUAL AWAY KIT
Another newsletter, another new kit for you to feast your eyes on!
This week it’s our away kit that has leaked and, well, it’s safe to say that it’s a pretty unusual one, even by Arsenal’s standards.
I mentioned this in my last Added Arsenal, but I don’t think that we should ever have a white kit, that’s just my personal opinion! However, I think that I might actually quite like this one… is that crazy?
I can imagine that it’s one of those kits that looks a bit strange on its own, but when it’s matched up with the shorts, socks, and the players are wearing it on the pitch, then it suddenly looks a lot better.
There’s rumours that the redcurrant marks are supposed to represent the famous marble halls of Highbury? I’m not too sure about that. To me they look a lot more like blood splats. It could almost be someone’s shirt from the Walking Dead!
RIP JOSE ANTONIO REYES
Monday marked one year since the tragic passing of our former player Reyes.
Wenger signed Reyes back in January 2004 and the Spaniard played a crucial role in helping us to go the remainder of the season unbeaten. Reyes’ pace, enthusiasm and ability was exactly the boost that our squad needed at the midway stage of that campaign.
I still remember watching on from the North Bank at Highbury as Reyes scored two fantastic goals against Chelsea in the FA Cup. The excitement in the crowd that afternoon was something truly special.
Reyes’ presence in the dressing room was hugely beneficial to a young Fabregas and Ceballos has also spoken about just how much of an idol Reyes was and still is to young Spanish footballers.
Reyes will forever remain in the hearts and minds of Arsenal fans everywhere.
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