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Finton’s Frolic: 3 Positives of Arsenal seemingly “Going Brazilian”

By Daniel Finton (Deputy editor)

What up, pimps?

Welcome one and all to the ninth edition of the Finton’s Frolic, right opinion and moreover non-hyperbolic and completely serious zone. Today I will be discussing the fact that Arsenal are seemingly “going Brazilian” in their acquisitions. After listening to the ever-amazing Arsecast extra, where they briefly touched on the subject of Brazilians infiltration of the Emirates after a fan question, it inspired this article. It was obvious what the forthcoming Saturday self-proclaimed spectacle had to contain. In today’s Saturday blog will be listed three reasons as to why I believe the fact that the club is getting a softer and softer spot for said nationality is a better thing than worse.

Cheap price tags on South American and Brazilian players

Given the gargantuan finances of most European leagues due to massive TV deals, the players in the tiny continent tend to go for far more than players in Brazil and South America as a whole. Said huge money is not exactly present in South America and other continents divisions such as the MLS and Liga MX in North America.

For this reason, a host of European clubs, with Arsenal at the forefront, love to find talent there and coup them up on the cheap from the financially inferior leagues. A player like Gabriel Martinelli would have never gone for such a low fee if he was registered to any given side in Europe, even if he was equally under the radar as he was in my opinion. While some may contest this and bring up the fact that Matteo Guendouzi came cheaply, I would have to provide a caveat to that notion.

In Europe, forward players with electrifying pace usually require a king's ransom to acquire, especially if the club pursuing is as large as that of Arsenal. Even a player as young as the Brazilian would surely have cost the gunners far more than when they actually had to put out for him. This is down to the fact that European sides can easily negotiate coyly and say they’ll need a high fee because they have to replace the person who is departing, otherwise they won’t sell. Sadly, it appears as if South American clubs and sides from a host of different leagues do not yet possess that power.

The what I perceive to be “Edu inspired” sudden fondness of Brazilians will surely save the club a great deal of money going into the future, whilst simultaneously allowing the club to see a new talent walk through the door.

Under the radar talent

The talent walking through the doors is sure to evoke, “who the hell is that guy?” questioning from every opposition team we come up against. When we signed Martinelli last summer, I’m sure a host of Chelsea fans were begging that question to their superior Arsenal friends, but given the youngsters incredible breakaway goal against them at Stamford Bridge, it’s fair to say they’re well aware of who the hell he is now.

There’s something about having a guy who nobody knows making well-established and famous players look like newly birthed antelopes struggling to stay on their feet, and the Brazilians love nothing more than making defenders look silly. (Cue Kante falling on his ass in the build up to the breakaway goal).

Under the radar talent like Martinelli coming up with big goals like the one at Stamford bridge and easing past world-renowned defenders is down to those on the opposition side not knowing who the hell they are either, so in direct effect, they’ve no clue what tricks are up the mysterious individual’s sleeve. For supporters there are few things more smile-inducing than some previously regarded “nobody” putting an established “somebody” on their hindquarters, or putting a ball right past them, into the back of the net at their very own home stadium. Lo siento, Kepa.

Resale value…


As much as I really do not want to acknowledge this, I absolutely have to. When players like Martinelli for example, are brought in for around £6 million, if they do well with the club they will see their resale value spike tremendously. While myself and many others would like to believe that Arsenal have dipped their hand into the Brazilian market upon Edu’s preference and the fact that promising, under the radar talent can be found there- that is sadly and quite simply not the case.

The ever dreaded hyphenated term, “self-sustainable” is thrown out and about like Neymar's incestual flirting at his Brazilian family reunion. The board appears as if they get enjoyment out of reminding the supporters that that is how the club is run and it is never going to change.

Players that come in on a cheap are always going to be viewed upon as pawns for financial gain and nothing more.

Well, anyways, let me wrap up because this is supposed to be a “3 positives” article, and after only a few paragraphs, I find myself already nit-picking and debunking my own statements in order to find negatives and also acknowledging the fact that Neymar is an incestual freak. Thank you lads and lassies for reading and with that I bid thee a most sincere Tchau…! (Toodloo…!)

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