Should a left-back be on the summer shopping list?

Morning.

Let’s start with congratulations to Arsenal Women who made it to the Conti Cup Final last night with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa (report and goal clips here). The other semi-final between Man City and Chelsea takes place this evening, to decide who will join is in what will be a heavyweight final. Afterwards, Jonas Eidevall said:

Going into finals is steps in the right direction. It doesn’t mean we are fully developed yet but you can see with the attendances we draw, we compete and go to finals, we are competing in the league, these are positive signs and we can be encouraged and keep building on them, not just this year but for the future.

You can read his full reaction, plus thoughts from Lia Walti, over on Arseblog News.

Elsewhere, we can continue to ignore reports from Spain about Barcelona and Mikel Arteta. You have to take much of what comes from the local press with a hefty pinch of salt, but if they did try and make contact with him to take over from Xavi in the summer, it wouldn’t be a big surprise. They are quite literally a shameless club who would go to one of Europe’s best young coaches to offer him a job where he’d have no money, no stability, turmoil in the background, finances in the toilet, and no stadium of their own to play in because the Camp Nou is being redeveloped from the ramshackle mess it is into something sponsored by goddam Spotify.

Apparently he very politely declined and told them he was a ‘Gunner’, but that was probably just a polite version of ‘Are you out of your ever-loving minds?’.

Other spurious transfer speculation links Oleksandr Zinchenko to Bayern Munich, which is probably nonsense as well, but I do think it’s an interesting starting point for a bit of a discussion. I have a gut feeling that a left-back might be on our summer shopping list, which sounds a bit counter-intuitive when you look at the squad and realise it’s the position in which we probably have most depth when everyone is…


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