If you closed down the internet on Friday afternoon when you left work and didn’t look back, you might have missed a few things.
Here’s a quick recap of everything of note that we covered this weekend. We didn’t cover all of the quotes and interviews available on Arsenal.com, our theory being you probably check those for yourself.
There was, of course, the second match of the season against Leicester which ended in a 0-0 draw although Arsenal can consider themselves fortunate they weren’t reduced to ten men before giving away an injury time penalty.
We turned our Player Focus on Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka after their first starts of the season, rated the players after the game, and also realised that it is possible to learn new things while watching the same match for the thousandth time.
The reports that we first covered early on Saturday morning which came from Portugal claiming that Joel Campbell was on his way to Sporting turned out to be 100% correct with the deal being announced on Sunday afternoon by both clubs. He says he’s gone there to ‘be a champion.’ Good for you.
We could get into the logic behind it, but I’m not entirely sure there is any beyond Arsene Wenger doesn’t like him.
In other news, Yaya Sanogo was finally located as Wenger seemed to be getting us ready for life up front with what we have already (minus Campbell, obviously). It’s inconceivable that we could end this window with fewer forwards than we started it with, but that’s where we stand right now.
The u23s lost to Manchester City and have yet to register a win in the new Premier League 2, just like the seniors in the big boys league.
Late on Saturday evening, Serge Gnabry’s Olympic journey came to an end with a silver medal as Germany were beaten by hosts Brazil on penalties. Wojciech Szczesny started for Roma as they won 4-0, Dan Crowley got a few minutes as Oxford United beat Peterborough and Jon Toral started for Granada who drew with Villarreal.
As you might have noticed, with the window still open and Arsenal still looking for a centre back and striker, there were updates on Shkodran Mustafi, Omer Toprak, Ricardo Rodriguez (remember when he absolutely, positively was signing or Arsenal?), Marcelo Brozovic, Jose Fonte, and more.
Reports claimed that Wolfsburg would accept Arsenal’s bid for Julian Draxler although we aren’t even sure they’ve bid in the first place but we might be after Davide Astori, a player who is apparently fantastic for 85 minutes in every game but also guaranteed to make a terrible mistake. Sounds perfect for us, really.
19 year-old Diogo Goncalves is being scouted while the press keep linking us for a move for the ridiculously priced Jose Gimenez whom Atletico Madrid have zero intention of selling anyway. They want Alexis too, apparently.
Our features this weekend looked at five players who have reportedly snubbed Arsenal but haven’t really, why Wenger is right about transfer fees but also wrong, what’s next for Takuma Asano now that his work permit has been denied and Helen discussed why Wenger was right with his team selection last weekend.
There was probably some other stuff, it’s hard to keep up. As always, you can get direct access to everything in the order it was published on our Daily Cannon Latest page.