Good morning, Fear the Wall.
The Most Outrageous Story of all Time
Before I get to the Bundesliga stories, I just want to touch on the biggest outrage of yesterday’s news: Arsenal cutting Gunnersaurus. From the constant chaos surrounding the #WengerOut saga to the rise of AFTV and #BanterFC, Arsenal don’t exactly have a picture-perfect public image right now, and they’ve decided to throw a bucket of gasoline on the fire by axing the guy who plays Gunnersaurus, the famous dinosaur mascot. Gunnersaurus is one of the only inherently good things about Arsenal right now, and the man behind the mask has made fans happy since the early 1990s.
He probably makes what, £1,000 per month? He’s only a part-time employee. Mesut Ozil makes more in a week than that guy probably has in his entire life as a mascot, but he got the axe anyway. It’s a perfect example of “frupidity”- pointless corporate frugality that damages morale far more than it saves money, like your office making you pay $10 per month to use the office water cooler (which I did once, as an unpaid intern no less). You just don’t fire the mascot, especially not when the guy has been around for 27 years!
Jadon Sancho is Staying in Dortmund
You know what’s nice? Having Jadon Sancho at your club. As Borussia Dortmund fans, we all know what that feels like. It’s a feeling that we’re gonna get to feel for another year, because yesterday the international transfer deadline passed and Manchester United failed to meet the asking price for Jadon Sancho.
So after months and months of BVB insisting that they wouldn’t budge from their €120 million asking price, that there would be an August 10th deadline for Manchester United to buy him, and that he was happy with his contract and wouldn’t push for a transfer, all of that turned out to be... completely true. And all of the random United fan sites writing about how a Sancho transfer was imminent were wrong.
What a shock.
This tweet pretty much sums up our feelings on the topic:
Can't wait to see this guy suit up for us another year. pic.twitter.com/1BghTKxZ27— Fear The Wall (@FearTheWall) October 5, 2020
Bayern Munich Sign Much-Needed Replacements
One of the biggest concerns about Bayern Munich this season was their apparent lack of depth. While this may have been a concern before, Bayern did quite a bit to dampen these confirms with not one, not two, but three signings on the final day of the transfer window:
They got a much-needed backup right back in Bouna Sarr from Olympique Marseille, while sending midfielder Michael Cuisance the other way. They also signed Eric Choup-Moting, who will likely spend much of his time as a backup for Lewandowski. Finally, they brought back Douglas Costa on loan from Juventus.
While none of these transfers are going to be game-changers, they’re going to add much-needed depth to Bayern’s bench. If Kingsley Coman, for instance, is injured, then it will be much more advantageous to fill in his spot with Douglas Costa than whatever rando from Bayern II they were going to bring up.
The Daily Buzz
What was the most notable move of the transfer deadline?