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Arsenal transfer rumours take on a new and unexpected twist

By Tony Attwood

I am not sure anyone has ever charted the ebb and flow of transfer rumours through the summer before – if they have I haven’t been able to find the analysis, which is why Untold has chosen to take this task on with the Arsenal Transfer Index.

The Index aims to chart all the main transfer rumours that crop up, and doing it this year, I can report that basically we seem to have had all the rumours – at least for a while.   This past week all we have had is the notion that we are signing one player from Bolton, and the idea that two more players are about to leave.  Everything is a repetition of what we have had before.

Of course there is the odd nuance and twist and turn in the past week regarding rumours already started, and I’ve indicated all these in bold, but in the end the key changes are two more players said to be leaving Arsenal and one more signing.

The totals now run at 58 signings and 14 departures.  There are no other changes in the coaching staff or in terms of the youngsters.

As a result of this hiatus what we are now getting is headlines like “Arsenal could switch their interest from Vardy to Edison Cavani” – which is a bit misleading because Edison Cavani was one of the transfers listed very close to the start of the Arsenal Transfer Index.

In short, it looks as if the people who make up these transfers have used up most of their list, and are now just recycling old stories.  It was all a con in the first place, now it is a double con.   For what was a pretty mindless down the pub exercise masquerading as journalism and reportage, turns out after a few weeks to be a recycling job purporting to be news and then mindless repetition.

Of course we are still getting the occasional “deal done” story, but once again these are not “deal done’s” as the headlines suggest and nor are they new.

Deal Done: Agent confirms Arsenal target’s release clause has now been activated

This piece on Ricardo Rodriguez isn’t a done deal at all, but just regurgitates the news from the last couple of weeks that the player has a release clause.   But then everyone these days has a release clause so even that is not news.  

And then it ends, “Di Domenico further added the possibility that Rodriguez could move to Italy in the near future, with Serie A side AS Roma looking to sign him this summer as well.”  So the done deal was not only done, it probably didn’t have much to do with Arsenal.

Even the headline

Barcelona and Manchester City target confirms: I will be at Arsenal next season

is not only misleading but also old time.  It is about Bellerin staying.  We had that two weeks ago.

As for “Arsenal to announce signing of a star this week” that is not only a story about an 18 year old who you may never have heard of (who may well be a great player but is not a young man who will go straight into the the first team squad) but is actually a story that got entered into the index a few weeks back.

So here’s the updated Index of Arsenal transfers for the past four weeks.    As for where this is going, as I said, because I don’t think anyone has tracked rumours like this before, we don’t know if this is what always happens, or whether some new inventiveness will creep into the mind’s of the make believe merchants later on.

The Great Arsenal Transfer Index

Part One: Players coming in (updates in Bold)

Player Position From Current status Also interested
1 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Forward B. Dortmund Being urged to leave Man U
2 Carlos Bacca Forward Juventus 49 goal striker Real Mad buy back clause
3 Michy Batshuayi Striker Marseille £22m asking price Chelsea
4 Riechedly Bazoer Cen mid. Ajax Barcelona, Chelsea, Man U, Tottenham
5 Medhi Benatia Centre back Bayern 29 years old prone to injury
6 Rodrigo Bentancur Midfield Boca Juniors Real Mad, Juve
7 Karim Benzema Striker Real Mad Involved in court case
8 William Carvalho Def mid Sporting Lisbon
9 Edinson Cavani Striker PSG He’d like to come
10 Ben Chilwell Left-back Leicester “Arsenal monitoring”
11 Troy Deeney Striker Watford WFC captain
12 Mario Götze Attack midfield Bayern Munich Flopped after Dortmund Liverpool
13 Goncalo Guedas   Wing Benfica Next C Ronaldo Chelsea
14 Raphaël Guerreiro LB, midfield Lorient
15 Alen Halilovic. Attack midfield Barcelona Last season loan to Sporting Gijon,
15 Rico Henry Full back Walsall Next Ashley Cole
17 Gonzalo Higuain Striker Napoli Man U, Liverpool?
18 Rob Holding Winger Bolton £1.5m already signed
19 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Striker PSG Self proclaimed God Man U
20 Mauro Icardi Striker Inter Man C Man U
21 Odion Ighalo Striker Watford
22 Chiori Johnson Defender Aged 18, Now signed
23 N’Golo Kante Midfield Leicester Won the most tackles
24 Naby Keita Central mid Red Bull Salzburg
25 Toni Kroos No 10 Real Madrid £45m
26 Grzegorz Krychowiak Midfield destroyer Sevilla
27 Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli Signed and Sealed (Metro) but… Dependent on Chambers going (Metro)
28 Robert Lewandowski Striker Bayern About to break the bank
29 Marquinhos Defen PSG Man U Man C  Chelsea and Bayern Munich
30 Riyad Mahrez Wing Leicester £25m, reactivated. 
31 Kostas Mitroglou Striker Benfica “Happy in Portugal”
32 Arkadiusz Milik Striker Ajax
33 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Midfield B Dortmund Liverpool! Chelsea, Tottenham
34 Alvaro Morata Striker Juventus (loan) Real Mad Said to be the next one to happen AFC talking to Real Mad direct
35 Ruben Neves Defend midfield Porto
36 Kelechi Nwakali Midfield Diamond Football Academy Already joined for £3m WHU, Bayern, Chelsea, Man U Liverpool!
37 Domingos Quina Midfield Chelsea
38 Adrien Rabiot Midfield PSG Asked for a move, not liked by fans Chelsea, Man U
39 Rafinha RB Bayern Munich Metro utterly certain
40 Jese Rodriguez Forward Real Mad Surplus to requirements
41 Maxi Romero Forward All Boys, Argentina The new Messi We were going to sign him last year but he got injured
42 Daniele Rugani   Centre back Juventus Can’t get a game. Man U
43 Riccardo Saponara Attack midfield Empoli Liverpool?
44 Ryan Sessegnon Winger Fulham Liverpool?
45 Islam Slimani £23.25m Sporting Lisbon   £23.25m Tottenham, Leicester
46 Dominic Solanke Chelsea Chelsea want to keep him
47 John Stones CB Everton
48 Daniel Sturridge Striker Liverpool? “Will reportedly…” “Tried last year”
49 Jon Toral Attack midf. Arsenal (loaned to Brum)
50 Yaya Toure C Mid Man City
51 Arda Turan Attack midfield Barcelona Struggled at Barca
52 Jamie Vardy Forward Leicester £20m He’s off to Liverpool
53 Victor Wanyama Def. midf. Southampton
54 Julian Weigl Midf. Borussia Dortmund £20 million
55 Granit Xhaka Defend/ midfield Monchengladbach “Deal done” Chelsea.  Sources
56 Andriy Yarmolenko Winger Dynamo Kiev Tottenham Liverpool
57 Simone Zaza Forward Juventus
58 Karl Zouma Keeper Chelsea
Part Two Departures
1 Alexis Forward Asking for transfer
2 Arteta End of  career
3 Bellerin Full back Barcelona Must be the DNA But also denied
4 Chambers Centre back Southampton or Watford? 1 year loan
5 Debuchy Been on loan
6 Kieran Gibbs Defend Unhappy
7 Per Mertesacker Defend Considering his future
8 David Ospina Goal Besiktas
9 Rosicky End of contract
10 Santi Cazorla Mid/For Back to Villareal
11 Mesut Ozil Midfield Delayed talks
12 W. Szczesny Goal Roma Happy in Rome A second year loan mooted
13 Walcott Wing State Aid Utd £20m Was “On the verge”; now maybe not going
14 Jack Wilshere Midfield Man U They will build the team around him
Part Three: Coaching
Thierry Henry Under 18 Accepted post
Part Four: Up from the youth
1 Jon Toral Attack midf. Arsenal Loaned to Birmingham
2 Gedion Zelalem Attack mid Arsenal Loaned to Rangers
3 Chris Willock Attack midf. Arsenal Played in U21s.
4 Jeff Reine-Adélaïde Wing Arsenal Kept at Arsenal and not loaned
Players going on loan
Dan Crowley Midfield Arsenal Coventry

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14 comments to Arsenal transfer rumours take on a new and unexpected twist

  • Atid

    You need to update your departures

    Flamini and Chatzitheodoris

  • Thanks Atid. The list only includes people who have been mentioned in the transfer columns, but I will add these as you say.

  • Pat

    Maybe the Euros have diverted the attention of the media and the bloggers. Still, even the list as it stands is very impressive – or not!

  • Brickfields Gunners

    When your wife says , “Correct me if I ‘m wrong ” ,just smile and agree . Don’t start correcting her .
    IT’S A TRAP !

  • Zuruvi

    And there has been rumour of management changes.

    Arsene Wenger leaving.
    Ronald Koeman replacing Wenger at Arsenal.

    Nonsense. Nonsense. Nonsense.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    DENIAL –

    A woman comes home and tells her husband, “Remember those headaches I’ve been having all these years? Well, they’re gone.”

    “No more headaches?” the husband asks, ”What happened?”

    His wife replies, “My friend Margie referred me to a hypnotist. He told me to stand in front of a mirror, stare at myself and repeat: “I do not Have a headache; I do not have a Headache, I do Not have a headache It worked! The headaches are all gone..”

    The husband replies, “Well, that is wonderful.”

    His wife then says, “You know, you haven’t been exactly a ball of Fire in the bedroom these last few years. Why don’t you go see the hypnotist and see if he can do anything for that?”

    The husband agrees to try it. After his appointment, the husband comes home, rips off his clothes, picks up his wife and carries her into the bedroom. He puts her on the bed and says, “Don’t move, I’ll be right back.” He goes into the bathroom and comes back a few minutes later and jumps into bed and makes passionate love to his wife like never before.

    His wife says, “Boy, that was wonderful!”

    The husband says, “Don’t move! I will be right back.” He goes back into the bathroom, comes back and round two was even better than The First time. The wife sits up and her head is spinning. Her husband again says, “Don’t move, I’ll be right back.” With that, he goes back in the bathroom.

    This time, his wife quietly follows him and there, in the bathroom, she sees him standing at the mirror and saying, “She’s not my Wife. She’s Not my wife. She’s not my wife…”

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    The media are still in the process of doing their transfer rumours work for Arsenal. While Arsenal are continuing with their summer transfer plans.

    It’s noteworthy to remind all the Gooners of the Boss’ summer transfer comment as it relates to this summer window in which he has said, he’ll look into at least 3 likely incoming transfers for Arsenal. One of the trio (Granit Xhaka) he has already looked into.

    A media report has said, the Boss is after the signings of Rod Holding and Kelechi Nwakali principally to fortify the Arsenal Under 21 youth squad who have recently gained promotions to the Under 21 1st division League. So there are still 2 more senior signings to be done by the Boss in this summer window.

    And who are those signings going to be? Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy? Only God can know. And if the Boss succeeded at signings these duo. Is there a chance he will still sign a top top CB and a top top LB too. Arsenal in my own personal opinion don’t need to sign another RB if Bellerin remains at Arsenal and the Boss trusted Debuchy and Jenkinson for a top cover job and have the duo for a top option to Bellerin at that RB position in this coming season campaign.

  • colario

    Brickfields Gunners
    June 13, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Nice one. 🙂

  • Gord

    Corruption News

    KPMG has either resigned, or been fired, as FIFA auditor. Nominally it is thought this is due to failure to spot the septic one (and others) giving themselves raises. Possibly to better allow them to keep their mouths shut.

    The report ends with noting that KPMG was also the auditor of the Russian and Quatari WC bids.

    Next big accounting firm licking their chops at the prospect of getting excess pay to not see anything.

  • Menace

    Every player joining a premier league club will be at Arsenal next season unless they are hospitalised. Arsenal is the home of the beautiful game so most players want to visit their dream team!!

  • Menace

    Brickfields – you bring joy to a dreary day.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    @ colario & Menace – Glad you liked it . To keep on smiling , just follow my old ,tried and trusted mantra – stand in front of the mirror and say –
    ‘them’ are not Arsenal fans !
    ‘them’ are not Arsenal fans !
    ‘them’ are not Arsenal fans !