Arsene Wenger has acknowledged that the uncertainty over his contract renewal last season probably cost Arsenal the chance of playing in the Champions League, with the manager admitting "maybe I made a mistake".
Wenger is a man of principles and isn't afraid to share them, but these comments once again reflect an attitude that, over and over again, precipitates a kind of steady mediocrity that tears the club's fanbase apart.
As with all things in the transfer window, nothing is as it seems, and until said player is wearing another team's stripe, then such rumors are pure speculation at best.
Alex Iwobi. He'd been floating around the fringes of the first team for a while, and after 26 appearances last year, in which he scored four goals, the 21-year-old is definitely ready to make a breakthrough this season. "He's one tough unit to get past and I'm sure his physical attributes are going to be key to us this season".
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"He had a scan two days ago and he's out for a while", Wenger told reporters.
"He is physically very strong, naturally". Özil's talent is well known, and he's also one of those polarizing players who you either love or just don't get, but that doesn't mean he's not a vital part of Arsenal's attack. But it's not only that, I bought him as well for his attitude.
"I can not go into the game with too many uncertainties". And it's always a combination of talent and attitude.
New forward Alexandre Lacazette didn't quite have the same impact as Kolasinac did but did hit the post and Walcott believes he will score plenty for Arsenal this season.