By Sir Hardly Anyone
It’s called “Ramping up the lingo”, or “Finding a new twist”. Anyway to keep the excitement on the rise everything and anything is on the table. Or at least underneath it.
And I have to admit the notion of Arsenal signing two £29m players in the January transfers did persuade me to have a little peek.
Several newspapers have stories along the lines of “Arsene Wenger has indicated Arsenal are looking to sign two players during the January transfer window,” which appears in the Independent.
But the Mohamed Elneny fee is reported at somewhere around £7.3m and this will be announced when the work permit comes through. (As mentioned here before, because Egypt is not in the top 50 nations at the moment in football terms transfers of regular internationals are not automatically waved through the UK’s ever stricter immigration policies.)
On the other hand Mr Wegner was more positive than normal.
“I don’t give much away because I don’t know,” he said. “I want to talk about them and hopefully we are capable of doing something in the next 10 days.
“It’s more about quality than quantity because our players will not stay out injured forever. Francis Coquelin is starting to run, Santi Cazorla will be back in mid-February, and Mikel Arteta is back now so, hopefully, if we can add one and, if needed, two maximum.”
So that sets the scene. Now what about the £29m? That obviously doesn’t include Mohamed Elneny.
Or does it?
Done Deal – Arsenal Completing £29million Deal After Club Announces Player’s Replacement
Arsenal have agreed a 5-year deal for Elneny, with a wage believe to be in the region 0f £65k-a-week -which is around £29million when summed together.
People write in to Untold and say each week, “you can prove anything with statistics” and they’ll probably be quoting Gunnerscity as their example, except that it is a misuse of language so doesn’t count.
The Telegraph is now split into two factions. One is insistent on taking up the traditional stance of Wenger bashing, as with,
‘Spurs to beat Arsenal to Lavezzi signing’
Notice the negativity around “beat”, as if somehow Arsenal haven’t trained enough, worked hard enough, haven’t got up early enough haven’t eaten enough porridge. But transfers don’t work like this – they are not a race. Clubs and the player either agree or they don’t – or the player and club tries to wait to the last minute to see if a better offer comes along. There is no race.
Mind you even the Telegraph has woken up to the fact that spending a fortune on one player is silly, as they run the headline
Will once brilliant Hazard ever return to form?
The answer is “who knows?” All transfers are gambles, that is why getting the players in young and seeing how they go is a much better, although less headline grabbing, approach.
So what about the second big time deal?
Well no, because it comes from Daily Football Blog in the headline
In case you thought the bitter north London rivalry needed anything else to ramp it up, it has been reported that both Arsenal and Tottenham are after the same man – and the team in white are going to win.
Arsenal have long shown an interest in Ezequeil Lavezzi, reportedly failing to agree a fee for the Paris Saint-Germain winger last summer.
Arsene Wenger still wants to bring the Argentina international to the Emirates Stadium, but so do Tottenham. And, according to French TV station Telefoot, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are going to win the race to snap him up this month.
But, wait, what’s this…
There is better news for the Gunners faithful keen to sign another striker with reports that Wenger is looking at making a bid for Borussia Dortmund man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The 26-year-old has enjoyed an excellent season since Thomas Tuchel took charge last summer, scoring 24 goals and creating five more in all competitions.
The Sun says the deal is on too, so that should wrap it up.
The Croatian midfielder is currently on-loan at Inter Milan from Dinamo Zagreb but is set to join the Italian club permanently in the coming days.
However, he will immediately sold again and La Repubblica says Arsenal are set to make a £18.3m bid to bring him to north London.
One player unlikely to make the move to the Emirates this month is former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, who will not be sold by Bayer Leverkusen this month, according to the club’s sporting director.
“We’re not selling Chicharito to Arsenal or anyone else,” Voller told Sky Germany.
“He’s not for sale.”
Oh, never mind then.
From the anniversary files
4 January 1992: Wrexham 2 Arsenal 1 FA Cup 3rd round. On 29 July 2011 BBC Sport described the result as one of the biggest cup upsets of all time, although it has never obtained the historic significance of the defeat to Walsall under Herbert Chapman.
4 January 2014: Arsenal 2 Tottenham 0. Walcott was injured and missed the rest of season and World Cup. As he was carried from the ground Tottenham fans hurled missiles at Walcott and the ambulance team, an event which led to a police review of safety at the away end of the Emirates.
Insult of the day (details also on the home page) Will you credit this base drudge’s words that speaks he knows not what? (Henry VI Part 2)