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How close Arsenal came to signing Tottenham new-boy
By Mark Brus -

Arsenal reportedly got into pretty advanced talks over Emerson Royal this summer, but a proposed swap deal with Barcelona fell through.

Emerson ended up joining Spurs instead, making an unconvincing debut for the club against Crystal Palace this weekend in a 3-0 defeat, but things could’ve been quite different.

According to The Athletic, Tottenham could’ve ended up with Arsenal new-boy Takehiro Tomiyasu instead, while Emerson might’ve been lining up for Mikel Arteta’s side.

The report explains that Arteta was not convinced about Emerson being the right fit for his team, which meant that advanced discussions over a swap deal involving Hector Bellerin ended up breaking down.

Arsenal instead moved for Tomiyasu, who made his debut for the Gunners in an important six-pointer at the bottom of the table this weekend, while Spurs swooped for Emerson.

Now we wait and see how both these players fare over the course of the season ahead, with both clubs sure to be keen to see the player they ended up signing being the bigger success.

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1 month ago

Aside from “possible potential” of Gil, I’ve not been too excited by the last transfer window. Too many better players we couldn’t get or didn’t want to come, a bit like the Manager search.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago

We are very similar to Arsenal, new stadiums, owners not interested in football, buying the same lower tier players.

They are Levy’s business model, always have been…

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