Arsenal Set For First Summer Signing Despite Having No Manager
A football club without a manager must be a bit like a classroom full of kids waiting for their late teacher to come in. They know it's going to happen but they don't know when they should stop messing about. So Arsenal better be quick to get this transfer over the line.
It still feels weird knowing that Arsene Wenger won't be in charge of Arsenal's first game of the season and can now be referred to as 'former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger,' woah.
After 22 years of the Frenchman being in charge of the Gunners they'll be people reading this article who weren't born when the 'professor' took over at Highbury.
Now we're waiting to find out who will be the next man in the dugout at the Emirates. According to reports and the bookies it looks almost certain to be former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, who will be doing his first managerial job should he get it.
But whilst the north London side wait to wrap up their new manager they are also nearing their first signing of the summer with no discussion with the potential new man. The Telegraph report that the Gunners are closing in on Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu.
The newspaper claims that Arsenal have finished their interview process for the managerial position but whilst the candidates were asked for one example of when they provided excellent customer service none of them were asked about Soyuncu.
Previously the manager, ie Wenger, had been in charge of everything at Arsenal in the way that was common place when he took over. However last year they appointed Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment and the former Borussia Dortmund man has taken the lead on the move.
He also approved the moves for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, so it's nice to see him branch out from Dortmund.
The report also say that a number of Premier League clubs made enquiries into the availability of the 21 year old Freiburg player, who will cost in the region of £35 million, but were told he was destined to join the Gunners.
Now he just has to hope the new manager likes him.