Arsenal 24-25: Third Time Lucky?

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League fixtures are out. My first reaction is that I like this as a change of pace from the last few years. We've got an extremely difficult first third of the season, with five of our toughest away fixtures in the first eleven matches (including three in the first five matches), a manageable second third of the season over the winter with most tough opponents at home, then a very kind run-in other than the trip to Anfield. If we manage to stay within shouting distance of the top by mid November, we should be well positioned for the rest of the year. We were very good in the second half of last year and we'll need to keep that form going because August to mid-November will be brutal.

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A lot of noise about Riccardo Calafiori. I've been burnt so many times in this situation that I'm still somewhat skeptical about players like this actually leaving Italy rather than using us as leverage in negotiations over a transfer to Juventus. But we've been rumored for a while to be in the market for a LB/LCB type player and this would be a pretty exciting addition. Califori has played a lot of LB in the past. My assumption is that Kiwior might leave if he joined.

This would leave us with five top notch defenders to rotate, two pure CBs (Saliba, Gabriel) and three guys who could play fullback or CB (White, Timber, Califiori). Then we'd also have a jack-of-all-trades squad player who can play across the backline (Tomiyasu) and a specialist possession-oriented LB (Zinchenko). That would be a great group and set up well to weather a packed schedule and the likelihood that we won't get the same injury luck with our central defenders that we had last year.

 

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A lot of noise about Riccardo Calafiori. I've been burnt so many times in this situation that I'm still somewhat skeptical about players like this actually leaving Italy rather than using us as leverage in negotiations over a transfer to Juventus. But we've been rumored for a while to be in the market for a LB/LCB type player and this would be a pretty exciting addition. Califori has played a lot of LB in the past. My assumption is that Kiwior might leave if he joined.

This would leave us with five top notch defenders to rotate, two pure CBs (Saliba, Gabriel) and three guys who could play fullback or CB (White, Timber, Califiori). Then we'd also have a jack-of-all-trades squad player who can play across the backline (Tomiyasu) and a specialist possession-oriented LB (Zinchenko). That would be a great group and set up well to weather a packed schedule and the likelihood that we won't get the same injury luck with our central defenders that we had last year.

Do we think it's Kiwior? It seems a bit more like Zinchenko is the one on the outs even if it's not a like for like replacement. Zinchenko and maybe Partey are to me the most likely regular players to be heading out this summer with possibly Jesus if they can pick up a striker.
 

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I just hope it doesn't mean Gabriel wants out.
This is from February, talking about the beginning of last season:
https://arseblog.news/2024/02/gabriel-admits-arteta-told-him-to-reject-saudi-move/

When Gabriel Magalhaes was benched by Mikel Arteta for the first three games of the season, it was odd, to say the least. All the more so when the manager claimed the decision was tactical.
As was reported at the time, the defender, a near ever-present for the Gunners last season, was a target for sides in Saudi Arabia and appeared to have had his head turned by the money on offer.
Arsenal wouldn’t countenance an offer and once the transfer window closed, the defender was restored to the starting lineup. Since then, he’s missed just one league game, renewing the impressive partnership he’s struck up with William Saliba.
Having hinted at it previously, Gabriel has now admitted that his early season mental wobble did indeed result in him being dropped.

“It was tough, obviously at the start. I wanted to play and it was very difficult for me but I understood what the coach had to do,” Gabriel told the Press Association.
“It is difficult for any player to not be in the team but now I’m back in I want to keep on working hard to prove my worth. He [Arteta] spoke to me and obviously explained the reasons behind the decision. Why I should stay – but the most important thing was to remain focused and concentrate – he knew how important I was to the team, so I’m happy to be back and to be able to help the team in every game. I’m happy to be back in the team and hopefully I can help them moving forward.”