By Sir Hardly Anyone
Now you will know, if you have read my erudite enunciations in the past that I have one or two slight issues with the bloggette “goonersden” whose reportage it is my solemn duty to cover. So at this point I treat carefully in case any of it sticks to my shoes, but today they tell us that…
Arsenal FINALLY Sends Representative To SEAL DEAL For Coquelin’s Replacement, Fans Already LOVE Him.
And what they tell us is that “According to reports the claim Arsenal have been keeping tabs on Napoli’ defensive midfielder Jorginho, and agent Joao Santos believes they are serious in doing business in January.” (Quite how that squares with done and dusted I am not sure, but let us press on).
Those reports apparently come from the British South Polar Base and told us that the weather forecast there was for snow. (Actually I made that bit up). Jorginho did not feature in our list of the 20 players most likely to be signed by Arsenal this winter, but then, I could have been wrong with that list.
However footballcolumnist.com is also active in the same area with their headline:
Welcome To Emirates– Arsenal To ANNOUNCE Signing Of £22m Coquelin Replacement.
They tell us “Recent reports are however suggesting that the Gunners are keenly interested in signing Porto’s young defensive midfielder, Ruben Neves, with reports stating that Arsene Wenger has been sending scouts to watch the 18-year-old in recent times and might be ready to poach the player in the January transfer window.
“The young midfielder may however cost a whooping sum of £22m but with fans calling for a new DM and Wenger desperate for a new DM, he might be willing to cough out this amount.”
(As if Mr Wenger took notice of “fans” over transfer matters. If he had we would never have had Thierry Henry). Anyway Neves was number 15 on our list. Apparently Chelsea also want him.
In a headline that suggests a certain losing of the plot, GunnersCity tells us
“He practised in training and it showed” – Wenger Praises £130k-a-week Arsenal Star and Gives Him New EXCITING Role in the Team
One might expect most people who are paid £130k a week to play football to practice in training. But well, what do I know? [Don’t answer that].
“I Will Go To Arsenal Not Liverpool Or Man United” World Semi Finalist Chooses Arsenal
is the headline from dailyfootballblog and this tells us that “PSG’s Lucas Moura has been tipped to move to the emirates by January 2016” [I think they might mean the country, not the stadium]. Moura was another player who didn’t make our top 20 (which of course famously only included 19 players), but their commentary is interesting:
“The arrival of Angel di Maria at the pacs de princes has made games hard to come by for the Brazil international, and he has decided to consider his options as he is unsure of his future at the club.”
Now I know that Untold is famous for its twerping erors but I think the ground is Parc des Princes.
There’s been a lot of commentary among the little sites to the effect that Arsene Wenger Reveals Double Alexis Sanchez Injury Boost and dailyfootballblog picked up on that. Now a couple of bloggettas have taken this to mean he’ll be back for the game against Villa, but the DFG tells us in what it says is a direct quote from Mr W…
“He is used to working there with the national team physio. I think it will have a double benefit. He will not be miserable here, he will be well-treated there and it will give him a kind of mid-season break, which is what you all want.”
Football Insider however does go further and tells us that
“an Arsenal source has told Football Insider that Sanchez is recovering well and is hopeful of being in contention for the clash against City at Emirates Stadium on 21 December.” Gunnerscity runs the same story as well.
But clearly that was just a clearing of the throat because the dailyfootballblog returns at once with
Medical Passed, Arsenal To ANNOUNCE Signing Of £21.5m Rated Man United Target
“The recent reports are stating that Arsenal are ready to make a £21.5million transfer bid to entice Paris Saint-Germaine for Lucas Moura and…”
But hang on the bloggetta ran another story about the same player just moments before. Now I say! If they are going to cheat like this, with identical stories on the same day where will we be? I mean if you can’t trust the bloggettas who can you trust?
Wilshere hands Arsenal big injury boost shouts tribalfootball.
And they say, “The recovery is going well but it’s frustrating of course. I think this one was mentally the toughest one to take because I had a good pre-season,” Wilshere said.
Back with the daily football blog we have
Welcome To Emirates– Arsenal To ANNOUNCE Sign Of For 37-Goal In 22 Games Striker
That bloggetta tells us that “With the attack of Arsenal having a poor conversion rate, the Gunners have set their sight on South America’s wonder youngster Gabriel Jesus of Palmeiras and they will attempt to complete the deal in January, this is according to the Metro.”
He’s another player who didn’t figure in our top 20 players tipped by the press, but then what do they know? And what’s this about bad conversion rate?
And at least they do us the honour of telling us the illustrious source of this story.
But if all this seems a bit positive for your taste (what with everyman and his dog signing and Alexis back in training, oohtobeagooner decides to knock us down a bit with
MASSIVE BLOW As TOP SOURCE CONFIRMS Arsenal Star Set To Exit Emirates In January
as they reveal…
“Aston Villa are interested in signing Arsenal’s forward Joe Campbell, according to reports.
“According to the Metro, Remi Garde is said to be keen on bringing a striker to Villa park and has identified Arsenal’s Joe Campell as one of his target when the winter transfer window opens in January. Remi Garde sees the Costa Rica striker as an upgrade to his current strike force and is keen on tabling a loan bid for the 23 year old.”
But footballcolumnist puts us back on track
FINALLY A DM? Arsenal Close To Signing £21m POWERFUL DM – Man United & Chelsea Fans Won’t Be Happy
Since the arrival of Angel Di Maria, Lucas Moura has been reduced to a fringe player than a starter and Gunners are looking to take advantage of his situation and lure him to the Emirates. (I think we’ve had that one already).
Arsenal To ANNOUNCE Signing CREATIVE Midfield Sensation– To Replace Cazorla
“Ruben Neves has been on arsenal’s radar in recent weeks. As former gunners star Luis boa morte has been on a scouting mission to Portugal just to watch the 18 year old play in Porto’s victory against uniao da Madeira 4-0, and report back regarding the holding midfielders progress.”
And now we seem to be going round in circles which probably means it is time to stop.
In summary, Alexis has a miracle cure, Jack will be back in two weeks, and we’ve already signed a DM and a centre forward.
So now you know.
Anniversaries – Arsenal’s first signing and the birth of the first sponsored player.
11 December 1881 Thomas Tindal Fitchie (only man to be signed by Arsenal five times) was born. TT became a travelling salesman with Jacques & Co a sports goods and games manufacturer. They encouraged his football career as it allowed them access to the clubs and the players who were his team-mates.
11 December 1886: Arsenal’s first game v Eastern Wanderers. Dial Square 6 Eastern Wanderers 0. Research by the Arsenal History Society revealed for the first time how the game came to be set up, and found the score recorded in a weekly magazine to show the first contemporary report of the match – something which had been lost for 100 years.
And the books
Woolwich Arsenal the club that changed football, is now available on Kindle at £9.99. For more details and to buy a copy please click here or go to Amazon Kindle and search for Woolwich Arsenal.
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football – Arsenal’s early years
- Making the Arsenal – how the modern Arsenal was born in 1910
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal
- The Arsenal Yankee By Danny Karbassiyoon
- Arsenal: The Long Sleep 1953-1970. By John Sowman. Introduction by Bob Wilson.