Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been snapped by photographers outside of the Etihad stadium holding photos of Nathan Ake, Cole Palmer, John Stones and Scott Carson.
Having already completed the signing of Gabriel Jesus and being on the brink of bringing Oleksandr Zincehnko to Arsenal, both from City, Paddy Power News understands the little Spaniard is said to be determined to raid his old club for at least 10 additional City fringe players before the season kicks off, and is willing to remain parked up outside of the ground in a mini-bus big enough to carry up to fourteen people until transfer deadline day.
“We’ve always had a simple transfer policy at Arsenal in that we raid the best team in the league for the players they no longer want or need.
“It all began many years ago when we signed Mikel Silvestre from Man United. Then we went shopping for Chelsea deadbeats for a while until they became a bit crap, so now we’ve started to shop within the Man City reserves” confirmed an Arsenal club source. “There’s a few very simple checks we make.”
“If a player appeared under Pep without really establishing himself as a must-start in the City side, they fit the Arsenal profile.”
“If they made around 20 starts for City last season and the fans are not bothered about seeing them leave, they’re the right player for Arsenal football club.
“And if they are not good enough for Man City but probably too good for West Ham, they are unquestionably right for Arsenal. That’s the sweet spot: nowhere near the level of City or Liverpool, but still a bit better than West Ham and Crystal Palace.”
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When questioned about the club’s long-term transfer plans, the Arsenal source remained very honest in what their approach will be.
“Look, if Liverpool win the league instead of City, we will turn and adapt our focus. We could very easily target the likes of Curtis Jones, Kostas Tsimikas and Naby Keita.
“By that point even Roberto Firminho will be pushed out so he could be up for grabs.
“Hell, we could even consider an audacious move to bring the Ox back to Arsenal. We cannot rule anything out at this stage, but we have big transfer ambitions and an unbreakable plan.”
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