£30m ‘flop’ turned down Arsenal; He must regret that decision now


After that 3-1, down to earth defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford, Brentford looked like a stern test of Arsenal’s ‘bouncebackability’. It was a test for them, with the goals of William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus and the waifish Fabio Vieira, who achieved flying colors; use the Devils in August 2021 while claiming their place at the top of the Premier League table.

Unfortunately for Max Allegri, his Juventus team does not seem to share Arsenal’s renewed ability to recover from problems. The trip to Monza is the perfect opportunity for Juve to ‘bounce back’ from a 2-1 defeat at home to Benfica in the Champions League group stages.

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Instead, they are the first Serie A team forever to find themselves on the losing side against the newly-promoted Monza, before failing; The humiliating and devastating 1-0 defeat extended their unbeaten run to five matches in all competitions.

While Arsenal are basking in the sun at the top of the mountain, Juventus are going down the hill; rolling ahead of Napoli, Milan and Inter going down. Juventus is eighth. They are seven points behind. Their Scudetto hopes may end before the Halloween decorations hit the shelves.

Manuel Locatelli chose Juventus over Arsenal

And ironically, to some extent, the player that Juventus chose for Arsenal in the summer of 2021 is at risk of becoming a sad symbol of the previous relegation.

“Locatelli (was) wrong. He is like another player compared to the one seen at Sassuolo,” former Roma player Stefano Impallomeni told Tuttomercatoweb.

It’s easy to forget, as Locatelli moves from game to game, just how different the 24-year-old Italian’s international outlook was 12 months ago; Locatelli tipped Arsenal for a £30 million move to Turin after playing a key role in the The Azzurri European competition- winning program.

“(Locatelli) just wanted to go to Juventus,” Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali said at the time. “We had offers from Arsenal and other clubs, but there was nothing we could do. He was determined.”

Doubts remain about Locatelli’s suitability to Allegri’s style of play. The word ‘style’ is used in a loose sense, of course. He will also find himself on the bench, when PSG and Roma player Leandro Paredes returned to Italy. Things will always get worse before they get better. For Juve a Locatelli.

Last year, Arsenal looked like a tall man sleeping with their fingers pressed on the snooze button. Now, Juventus have their heads on the grass.

Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images

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