Patino | Diaby | Jover | Saliba | Brady | Torriera

Good to see Charlie Patino, sparking on his debut for Blackpool.

Michael Appleton, Blackpool head coach, said Charlie Patino has an old head on young shoulders as he came off the bench for his new loan club.

Appleton said: “He takes yards off people sometimes with his ability to get away from people. I thought he was great.

“I thought he showed a calmness. He showed an old head on very, very young shoulders and I enjoyed watching him.

“I think the Blackpool fans over the coming season are going to enjoy watching him.”

Moussa Diaby – valued at £58m by Transfermarkt

Meanwhile, Moussa Diaby is on Arsenal’s radar in the search for an additional winger. There’s quite a few Diabys around. Previously with PSG now with Bayer Leverkusen, he’s valued at £58m.

Can a current Arsenal team be constructed from the names of ex-Arsenal players?

And old transfer crap friend Houssem Aouar has popped up again in Arsenal spheres – this time indirectly, as Leicester appear to be interested, as a replacement for Youri Tielemans, whose links to Arsenal are becoming so long standing, it could be time for him to move to another club.

Praises are being heaped on Arsenal set-piece coach Nicolas Jover, after the training ground move brought the first goal against Palace.

Arsenal finished the 2020-21 season with the fourth-worst record from dead-ball situations, scoring only six goals. The season Jover joined, Arsenal’s set goal tally went to 16.

Talking of stats, the general feeling about William Saliba’s performance on Friday is backed up by the stats. His passing accuracy was a team-best 94% while he won the ball back seven times and also cleared the ball seven times.

It is 40 years since the world fell in for many Arsenal fans when Liam Brady left for Juventus. Bit like Cesc Fabregas leaving more recently and having the creative heart of the team ripped out.

Ex-Arsenal development coach Brady bemoans the fact that Brexit stops young Irish players moving to English clubs, until they are 18. And says will increasingly go to other European clubs, in a long Sunday Times article.

And finally it looks like the torrid-era suffered by Lucas Torriera could be over as he appears Galatasaray bound.

The clubs have agreed a £5.5m fee with personal terms agreed. He came to Arsenal in 2018 under Unai Emery but fell victim to managerial changes and was loaned by Arteta to Atletico and Fiorentina.

He made 89 appearances for Arsenal, perhaps the most memorable the goal against Tottenham in a 4-2 win.