All summer long we heard about how Arsenal were in the market for a new winger, but due to injuries to both Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny, the Gunners had to change tact on Deadilne Day and go for a new midfielder.
Douglas Luiz was the story of the day last Thursday as Arsenal bid three times for the Aston Villa ace, but according to Ornstein, the Gunners did look into a deal for Youri Tielemans before moving for Luiz.
What’s been said?
Ornstein spoke about Arsenal and their search for a midfielder.
“Very quickly, Thomas Partey was injured, Mohamed Elneny suffered a considerable injury and they needed to sort that in the final days. They looked at Tielemans again, that one wasn’t happening for one reason or another, so that’s where the shift went to Douglas Luiz, three bids made, three bids rejected, Aston Villa were adamant that he wasn’t going anywhere, Arsenal tested that resolve, they were being offered money, we were led to believe he was open to a move. The bear was poked, but that bear wasn’t willing to relent so Arsenal didn’t get what they wanted,” Ornstein said.
Ornstein says that the Tielemans move didn’t come off for one reason or another, but we have to query why.
This transfer looked like an absolute slam dunk to us. The ‘special’ midfielder wanted the move, he was available for cheap and entering the final year of his contract. Why hasn’t this happened?
Arsenal were desperate for a midfielder of this quality, but for some reason, they’ve not been able to land Tielemans.
This is dumbfounding from our point of view, but we’re sure Arsenal have their reasons for not pushing further on this one.