As far as days go, Carl Jenkinson has probably had better Mondays.
Not only did he have to listen as people became convinced that he was about to be sold from the club he loves the most, he then had to endure his BFF running off with his replacement.
After only a few short days of speculation, Calum Chambers arrived from Southampton and cosyed up to his namesake, no doubt breaking the corporals heart just a little more.
19, gifted, versatile and a snip at just £11m plus add-ons when you consider the English premium and Liverpool effect, he comes with a massive future laid out before him.
Jetting off to the training camp in Austria with the rest of the team, Frenchies included, Chambers was joined on the flight by fellow new boy Mathieu Debuchy who looked as he was on the verge of tears:
Perhaps he just doesn’t like flying.
They’ll have to wait a little longer to meet up with Alexis Sanchez, however, as he’s in Paris sorting out his visa.
Arsenal arrive back on Thursday and if I remember correctly Sanchez will finally arrive at London Colney today (Tuesday) to train alone until he’s joined by the rest of the team on Friday, just a little over 24 hours before their Emirates cup game.
Gotta love a world cup year, eh?
Two games in quick succession against Benfica and Monaco make up the second half of Arsenal’s truncated pre-season before it’s off to Wembley, still without our Germans, to face Manchester City in the Community Shield. It’s certainly far from ideal, but thankfully, for all the new additions, the core of the team is not only already established, but all mostly fit as well. It’s like a Christmas miracle. Whether they’re all fit come Crystal Palace on the opening day is another matter entirely.
There are still changes to come before the window shuts, however. We could have a new captain and Thomas Vermaelen could be playing his trade for another in the Premier League. Rumours still abound that we are after a defensive midfielder as well.
Apart from a few going out on loan, Vermaelen is likely to be the only permanent departure. At the minute Jenks has a foot on both camps, it being impossible to guess what’s going on in Arsene’s head. A number of clubs are after him and he could be off on a season-long loan to West Ham but I think the only thing certain is that he will be lining up for someone else. Whether that’s with Arsenal as his parent club or not is anyone’s guess.
Back with another edition of Daily Cannon tomorrow, same time – 8am.