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Lucas, Eddie, Mo, Nacho – A review

It’s another brief review of what is happening news wise (but not politically here, I promise!). Where to start but the North London derby? I have to say that when a Uruguayan talks of the match in such passionate terms we have a better understanding of just how much others realise it matters. Lucas Torreira had this to say about his first experience of the game last season. You are officially a Gooner, young man.

“You don’t realise how special and unique that game is until you’re in the middle of it. A few people had tried to tell me about the passion, but it was an eye-opener for me. This just isn’t a normal game.”

Good lad. Now just ensure that Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos, David Luiz, Gabriel Martinelli et al are in the loop too. Reputations will be made or burned on Sunday.

Eddie, Eddie, Eddie!

Eddie Nketiah continues to impress on his loan at Leeds. He made only his second start but grabbed his third goal for the Elland Road outfit as they came back from two down to Stoke City in a Carabao Cup clash last night (Tuesday). Sadly it wasn’t possible for both teams to lose, but Eddie’s appearances in white this season mean Stoke’s ultimate triumph on penalties was the more regrettable outcome.

He is probably some distance from returning to the fold as a first team starter but this season should provide him with invaluable experience, and it would be wonderful to create our first academy striking talent since, erm, Lord Bendtner?

Mo on the brink?

A Besiktas source revealed that Mohamed Elneny is a target and that they have contacted Arsenal about a loan move. They have also held talks with Elneny who is open to playing football in Turkey. It seems inevitable that he will go somewhere after Unai Emery made his situation, along with Shkodran Mustafi, so public. I doubt that we are keen on the loan situation but our position is extremely weak in the circumstances.

I’ll admit that I will be sorry to see him go. I see a footballer in him who could have certainly challenged Granit Xhaka for his place in the side, although neither inspire complete confidence if we are talking of title challenges. I think he has sadly ended up with the brown and sticky end of the stick.

Nacho, Nacho man

The Mail (I know!) are reporting that Unai Emery wants Nacho Monreal to resolve a £3million move to Real Sociedad but wants that to go through before the weekend so he can settle on his squad. If you had suggested this to me at the end of last season I would probably have been less vexed with it than today.

Kieran Tierney is apparently closer to fitness than we had originally been told, and a Celtic friend assures me we have bought the best left-back in Britain, when he’s fit. I hope he is right and the lad stays fit. I also hope we hang on to Nacho until January at least. I have had the good fortune to interview him and he is a top man as well as a defender who seems in the opening weeks of this season to have rediscovered his mojo. He provides us with options in a back three or four that frankly Sead Kolasinac does not.

If you choose to go Nacho, know that you will be missed, and thanks for being an absolute star in the red and white.

Roll on Sunday.

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