Blissful Wednesday of us. How all of us doing on this positive sunny day (properly, it’s in England)?

England bought battered at dwelling within the Pointless-trophy-which-isn’t-worth-paying-attention-to-Nations-League-Cup pleasant final evening and the only factor that I discovered from it?

Bukayo Saka is getting much less time to relaxation earlier than pre season begins once more.

Actually, at this level, I’m simply hoping Arteta offers him a month off and we don’t see him till mid July performing his Arsenal duties. We at the moment are formally midway by way of June, the Premier League season completed three-and-a-half weeks in the past, we’ve bought footage of some gamers on vacation, but poor previous Bukayo has to chug his approach by way of a pleasant match as a result of Gareth Southgate needs to win a meaningless sport.

I didn’t watch by the way in which. I’ve higher issues to do, like learn my pamphlet about how I have to do jury service within the not-too-distant future.

However now, hopefully, he can get some R&R and hopefully we are able to see some type of refreshed Saka for when we’ve got the beginning of the season.

As for the opposite information happening, it seems the Arsenal on-line fanbase went in to its normal battle strains drawn strategy over a transfer that’s taking place to a different club. Many Arsenal followers have needed Yves Bissouma from Brighton but it surely seems like he’s off to The Scum for £25million. I tweeted yesterday that it was too scorching for me to have the vitality to care an excessive amount of about this deal and I nonetheless really feel the identical. After all he’ll enhance them, as a result of he’s a great player, however the truth that there have been some Arsenal followers that needed the Mali international appears to have prompted a little bit of consternation from some.

Let’s take a look at the truth although:

  1. He’s a man that performs within the base of a midfield ready through which we’ve got Thomas Partey. So he isn’t getting in above Partey
  2. He isn’t going to need to play understudy to Partey and, apart from, we’ve got Sambi Lokonga who’s earmarked for that position and with extra sport time will hopefully get higher this season (I’m positive he’ll)
  3. He’s at the moment beneath investigation for an alleged sexual assault. Given how a lot inventory Arteta locations within the character of a person (cited as one of many causes through which we went onerous on Ramsdale final season and we’ve seen simply how spectacular he has been since becoming a member of), this could be fairly uncommon for Arteta to swing in one other route and go for a player like that if there are query marks over his off discipline behaviour
  4. The Scum have signed gamers that Arsenal followers have needed earlier than and it hasn’t labored out (anyone else identified Victor Wanyama on Twitter yesterday – good name) so maybe some Gooners simply want to relax our beans
  5. We received’t spend a mixed £50million on two midfielders when we’ve got different positions we have to deal with
  6. We’re after Tielemans.

That final level is an attention-grabbing one as a result of what we’re going for is a special profile of player. I had a take a look at FBRef for each gamers’ stats to see why and the way they’re totally different. Leicester completed eighth on 52 factors and Brighton completed ninth on 51 factors. So in these two groups we’ve got sides which can be very comparable of their degree and so it’s an correct comparability to have a look at each groups. When you’ve got a player who’s a squad player in a Champions League group, up towards a primary teamer who performs for Everton, for instance, there are possibly some metrics that may belie the truth. Goalkeepers are an amazing instance of that; a man who makes 10 saves a sport every week on the backside of the desk can’t be known as a greater shot stopper than a man enjoying for a facet who faces simply a few photographs, since you’re not evaluating apples with apples. So in Brighton and Leicester – final season – we’ve got two comparable sides.

So, what do we’ve got? You may search for your self right here for Bissouma and right here for Tielemans. The place Tielemans outperforms Bissouma is in targets, photographs, assists, anticipated assists, shot-creating actions, in addition to passes tried. The place Bissouma is healthier is go completion, dribbles accomplished, tackles, interceptions, blocks and clearances.

Tottenham have purchased a man who needs to take a seat on the base of their midfield and convey the ball out by dribbling it. They’ve a man who doesn’t try dangerous passes as a result of he sits within the base of the midfield and retains his passing brief if he doesn’t dribble the ball out of midfield. Sound acquainted? Sound acquainted? It ought to, as a result of earlier than his harm and in patches final season, that’s what Thomas Partey was doing for us. Partey’s go completion is healthier than Tielemans as a result of he sits deeper in our group on the base of our midfield. So if we signed Bissouma it might be as an understudy to Partey. That may in all probability imply we’ve given up on Sambi Lokonga and I’m undecided that many Arsenal followers have executed that. The club actually haven’t.

Arsenal want to purchase a man additional up the pitch who can create probabilities and rating extra targets. Tielemans stats present that. They present a man who’s prepared to take dangers, thread the ball in behind and for those who’re wanting on the profile of player we’re after in Gabriel Jesus, you may perceive why Arteta needs these two gamers hand-in-hand. Tielemans can spot a run and might thread a go, however he’s additionally bought a great shot on him and chips in with targets. He scored six targets final season within the Premier League in 32 video games. That’s just below a objective each 5 video games. Think about dropping Tielemans in to Xhaka’s place and getting an additional 5 targets final season (Xhaka scored one final season)? What would an additional 5 targets have gotten us in factors?

Now, I do know Xhaka and Tielemans aren’t a like-for-like comparability, as a result of Xhaka has a greater go completion charge, however while you take a look at the numbers right here you may see what Arsenal are maybe attempting to get with Tielemans within the left eight place. I like Xhaka and I believe he and Partey collectively labored properly. I’d like Xhaka to stay round but when we’re getting Tielemans then I can see what he’ll convey as an alternative of Xhaka and it seems to my comparatively untrained eye as if it could possibly be an improve. Not least attributable to the truth that Tielemans is a lot youthful.

So while persons are allowed to be disillusioned that Bissouma goes to a different club and a club all of us hate, if we get Tielemans signed up, then I ponder if a number of the angst will go away a bit as a result of we’ll have gotten the man who Arsenal have recognized because the one they imagine will kick us on subsequent season. And I’m tremendous cool with that.

Anyway, that’ll do me for at the moment, as a result of I’ve bought a load of labor to get by way of earlier than I pop off on me holidays. Have a great one, hopefully you’re chilled within the warmth (for those who’re in England) and I’ll catch you fantastic individuals tomorrow.

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