By Sir Hardly Anyone
Now this is at last getting interesting for the media, desperately short of inane rumours to pedal have come up with not just one but two new ideas to fill up space.
First, if there is any player thought to have even a 1% chance of coming to Arsenal they proclaim that no, he’s off to Man U, because of the Jose factor. And second they are bashing the England manager Roy Hodgson. Not quite as much as the Russian media are doing their team (where there has been calls for a Stalinist approach to football – and I kid you not on that one), but still doing it.
Here are some takes from the Telegraph on the England manager, and I think you will recognise the style – not least because they manage to insult both the national team and Arsenal at the same time.
- Hodgson desperate for new contract despite FA worries over tournament path
- England arrived at Euro 2016 with Leicester in mind but have looked more like Arsenal
- Hodgson says he is certain of England’s best team but they appear a work in progress ahead of last 16 test
- Euro 2016 cartoons: Roy says England “aren’t doomed yet”
- Roy Hodgson’s loyalty to Jack Wilshere is understandable but asks too much
- Euro 2016: What are England getting wrong that Wales are doing right?
- Roy Hodgson must be ruthless to turn near misses into Euro 2016 glory
- Who were the stars and who flopped in England’s goalless draw with Slovakia?
- Jamie Vardy’s fairytale put on pause as rueful England count their missed chances
- Euro 2016: England manager Roy Hodgson to recall Harry Kane in attempt to save campaign
- PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor promises research into dementia
OK I am being silly with the last one which is a genuine headline about a most serious subject and nothing to do with Hodgson, but the way the Telegraph is covering England (every one of those headlines is on the Telegraph’s home football page this morning) shows just how the media work these days and you wouldn’t put it past them to use the final headline on Hodgson.
Second, the new “Bash Arsenal” theme is dead simple: everyone Arsenal wants doesn’t want to come to Arsenal, but wants to go to Man U. So in desperation Arsenal are “monitoring” someone else. Apart from the sheer nonsense of the whole notion that every player wants to play for Mourinho, the monitoring is all done on video and goes on all day and night through the season. That’s why Arsenal have their own player monitoring company.
Here are 13 bits of nonsense to mull over… the surprise in the headline would be if any of them turned out to be true.
Juventus have confirmed that Alvaro Morata will return to Real Madrid this summer, after the European champions triggered a buy-back clause in the player’s contract says the Independent which then reveals it is quoting the Standard who “confirm” that Madrid having bought the player back for £23m will now sell him for £40m, but not to Arsenal because he only wants to join Man U.
2: Theo Walcott
Arsenal transfer shock: Liverpool ready £25m bid for Theo Walcott on £120,000-a-week deal
LIVERPOOL are ready to tempt Theo Walcott into a move away from Arsenal with a surprise £50 million deal, according to reports.
It is thought Walcott intends to stay at Arsenal and is willing to fight for his place next season despite being dropped to the bench for the last few months, with Olivier Giroud being favoured up front.
Arsenal have been given a huge boost in their pursuit of Spanish striker Nolito, report the Daily Star Sunday.
The Celta Vigo front man is set to leave his club this summer after the president admitted that they will struggle to keep hold of him. … Arsenal can sign Spanish striker for £13.8m, confirms president
Nolito, 29, had a decorated season last term with Celta Vigo where he netted 12 goals and provided 7 assists in his 29 appearances and also proved his worth at the Euro 2016 after he scored during the 3-0 victory.
4: Murillo battle?
Arsenal will battle with Bayern Munich and Zenit St Petersburg for the signing of centre back Jeison Murillo from Inter, according to Sky Sports Italia.
It is reported that Arsenal have already made contact with Murillo’s agent in a bid to push through the deal.
5: Blind becomes shock Arsenal target
We covered this one the other day reporting the awful “Is Wenger going blind” headline. The People says
The Gunners are looking to pounce on the £16million man with Mourinho yet to make a decision on whether the versatile star is his type of player. Reports recently have suggested that Blind is set to be axed from the United squad but he responded by saying he is looking forward to playing for Mourinho.
6: Interest in Boufal but Barca lead the way
The Observer tells us Boufal’s agent has confirmed that the 22-year-old has already held talks with Barcelona, while Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are also keen on signing the youngster.
Yvan Le Mee said: “In England, there is interest, but the English market is just beginning. A transfer of 20 and 25 million euros is not resolved in two weeks, of course.”
Arsenal we are told have a long-standing interest having scouted Boufal extensively since January and the suggestion is that as he is currently injured he is ideal for Arsenal. He scored 11 times in his first full top-flight season and won the award for Best African Player in Ligue 1.
7: Arsenal preparing to offer Wenger new deal
Arsenal are ready to offer manager Arsene Wenger a new deal, claims Mirror Football’s Steve Stammers although here the idea seems to be that the news will give Piers Morgan a heart attack and shut him up for good.
Having set up the unpronounceable one as certain to go to Arsenal, he is now player number 27 who is going to Man U this summer.
Man Utd transfer news Mkhitaryan seeks Old Trafford move despite Dortmund’s refusal to sell
As per the Independent, Arsenal’s French boss is desperate to sign the 27-year-old attacking midfielder, who has been one of the best performers in Bundesliga last term.
Any excuse to make Mr Wenger “desperate”.
9: Wojciech Szczesny
Roma finished third in the league, Szczesny is happy there, but the clubs can’t agree a fee for his services for another year on loan so he’s coming back with two years to run on his contract.
10: Hysaj will not move to Arsenal, will stay at Napoli
Yep, it’s, think of a player, link him with Arsenal and then say no he doesn’t want to go there, time again.
11: Arsenal Lining-Up Swoop For £11.5m Hitman
Arsenal have moved a step closer to announcing another fresh face with the signing of Rob Holding possibly being finalised within the next seven days.
Ah well, another day another transfer.
- The Arsenal Junior Teams – Season End Review part 4 Attackers
- The Euros: Is there a way of improving one’s ability to predict match results?
- The eight most outrageous anti-Arsenal stories since yesterday
- On the Arsenal history site: continuing our story of Arsenal in the 30s: September 1931, recovering from a poor start.
And a fundamental moment in the history of Arsenal
22 June 1893: The first AGM of Woolwich Arsenal was held under the chairmanship of Jack Humble; as the club’s first directors were elected ahead of entry into the Football League for the first time. (It is also the birthday of the founder of Untold Arsenal, but apparently that wasn’t in the same year).