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Six players tipped to join Arsenal this week, and one tipped not to.

By Tony Attwood

Each week we record the players who are tipped by the all knowing all seeing superbeings who write in our national newspapers, and their lesser relatives who run the bloggettas, to join Arsenal between 1 July and 30 August this year.  

Seven new players have been found this week – although one is an absolute denial.  Indeed I think this is a first – a player who denies he is coming before he’s even appeared on the index.

So that takes us up to 68 new players – of whom one has actually signed.  That is a successful prediction rate of 1.47%.   Which is actually below the success rate of most fortune tellers, clairvoyants and professional economic forecasters.   Quite something really.

This is the last Index created with England firmly in the EU.  Today of course we are in the EU but on the way out, which will undoubtedly affect the attitudes of everyone from international broadcasters through to players and their agents – not to mention their hangers on.

I’m not sure the people who invent these mythological transfers actually know anything about geopolitics so they might just go on inventing as below; we shall see.

As always the players said to be heading our way and mentioned here for the first time are in Bold.

Part One: Players coming in.

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 Christian Benteke Striker Liverpool? Only done one year at Liverpool?
7 Rodrigo Bentancur Midfield Boca Juniors Real Mad, Juve
8 Karim Benzema Striker Real Mad Involved in court case
9 Daley Blind Full back centre back midfield Man U
10 Sofiane Boufal Forward Lille £25m after one year in France Barcelona, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid
11 William Carvalho Def mid Sporting Lisbon
12 Edinson Cavani Striker PSG He’d like to come
13 Ben Chilwell Left-back Leicester “Arsenal monitoring”
14 Troy Deeney Striker Watford WFC captain
15 Mario Götze Attack midfield Bayern Munich Flopped after Dortmund Liverpool
16 Goncalo Guedas   Wing Benfica Next C Ronaldo Chelsea
17 Raphaël Guerreiro Left-backmidfield Lorient
18 Alen Halilovic. Attack midfield Barcelona Last season loan to Sporting Gijon,
19 Rico Henry Full back Walsall Next Ashley Cole
20 Gonzalo Higuain Striker Napoli Man U, Liverpool?
21 Rob Holding Winger Bolton £1.5m already signed Still suggested as a future signing in June
22 Elseid Hysaj Right back Napoli Staying at Napoli
23 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Striker PSG Self proclaimed God Man U
24 Mauro Icardi Striker Inter Man C Man U
25 Odion Ighalo Striker Watford
26 Chiori Johnson Defender Aged 18, Signed pro forms
27 Stevan Jovetic 2nd striker Inter 1st mooted two years ago
28 N’Golo Kante Midfield Leicester Won the most tackles
29 Naby Keita Central mid Red Bull Salzburg
30 Toni Kroos No 10 Real Madrid £45m
31 Grzegorz Krychowiak Midfield destroyer Sevilla
32 Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli Signed and Sealed (Metro) but… Dependent on Chambers going (Metro)
33 Alexandre Lacazette Forward Lyon French League top scorer 2014.15 Supposedly going to WHU
34 Robert Lewandowski Striker Bayern About to break the bank
35 Romelu Lukaku Striker Everton Broke Everton’s PL scoring record
36 Marquinhos Defen PSG Man U Man C  Chelsea and Bayern Munich
37 Riyad Mahrez Wing Leicester £25m Considered him while at Le Havre
38 Kostas Mitroglou Striker Benfica “Happy in Portugal”
39 Arkadiusz Milik Striker Ajax
40 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Midfield B Dortmund Liverpool! Chelsea, Tottenham
41 Alvaro Morata Striker Juventus (loan) Real Mad Said to be the next one to happen AFC talking to Real Mad direct
42 Murillo Central defender Inter Columbian Bayern Munich and Zenit St Petersburg
43 Ruben Neves Defend midfield Porto
44 Nolito Striker Celta Vigo £13.8m buy out clause
45 Kelechi Nwakali Midfield Diamond  Academy Already joined for £3m WHU, Bayern, Chelsea, Man U Liverpool?
46 Quincy Promes Winger Spartak Moscow
47 Domingos Quina Midfield Chelsea
48 Adrien Rabiot Midfield PSG Asked for a move, not liked by fans Chelsea, Man U
49 Rafinha RB Bayern Munich Metro utterly certain
50 Jese Rodriguez Forward Real Mad Surplus to requirements
51 Maxi Romero Forward All Boys, Argentina The new Messi We were going to sign him last year but he got injured
52 Daniele Rugani   Centre back Juventus Can’t get a game. Man U
53 Riccardo Saponara Attack midfield Empoli Liverpool?
54 Ryan Sessegnon Winger Fulham Liverpool?
55 Islam Slimani £23.25m Sporting Lisbon   £23.25m Tottenham, Leicester
56 Dominic Solanke Chelsea Chelsea want to keep him
57 John Stones CB Everton
58 Daniel Sturridge Striker Liverpool? “Will reportedly…” “Tried last year”
59 Jon Toral Attack midf. Arsenal (loaned to Brum)
60 Yaya Toure C Mid Man City
61 Arda Turan Attack midfield Barcelona Struggled at Barca
62 Jamie Vardy Forward Leicester £20m Signed but kept it a secret or he’s off to Liverpool
64 Victor Wanyama Def. midf. Southampton
64 Julian Weigl Midf. Borussia Dortmund £20 million
65 Granit Xhaka Defend/ midfield Monchengladbach “Deal done”  He signed. Chelsea.  Sources
66 Andriy Yarmolenko Winger Dynamo Kiev Tottenham Liverpool
67 Simone Zaza Forward Juventus
68 Karl Zouma Keeper Chelsea
Part Two Departures
1 Alexis Forward Asking for transfer
2 Arteta End of  career
3 Bellerin Full back Barcelona “Looks certain to go” But also denied
4 Chambers Centre back Southampton or Watford? 1 year loan
5 Debuchy Been on loan
6 Mat Flamini midfield End of contract The last Highbury player to leave AFC
7 Kieran Gibbs Defend Unhappy
8 Per Mertesacker Defend Considering his future
9 David Ospina Goal Besiktas
10 Rosicky End of contract
11 Santi Cazorla Mid/For Back to Villareal
12 Mesut Ozil Midfield Delayed talks
13 W. Szczesny Goal Roma Happy in Rome Perhaps returning to AFC
14 Walcott Wing State Aid Utd or Liverpool? £20m On the verge; or maybe not going
15 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
Part 5: Players going on loan
Dan Crowley Midfield Arsenal Coventry
Part 6: Players leaving
Ilias Chatzitheodoridis U-18 no new contract
Part 7: Players signing pro forms
Donyell Malen
Joshua DaSilva

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10 comments to Six players tipped to join Arsenal this week, and one tipped not to.

  • Leon

    Really difficult to keep up with them all. How do you find the time in your busy day? Oh wait, you’re the boss, you can do what you like.
    Kante is the flavour of the day due to Arsene bigging him up. But unlikely as we have too many mids anyway.

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    Hmm, has the “Leave” Briexit referendum vote now dampened the interest of any non UK citizen football player may have to sign a transfer contract deal for Arsenal?

    Knowing fully well that they the now EU players will have to have to first secure official residents and work permits before they can be allowed to trade their football skills for Arsenal, that could become a cumbersome task to pass by both Arsenal FC and the EU players who will now be regarded as foreigners in the UK.

    How about the Boss, the Arsenal boss – Mr Arsene Wenger? Is he now going to be treated as a none indigene of the UK who will be needing both the work and resident permits before he can continue to be the Arsenal Football Club manager when the Briexit referendum “Leave” vote becomes active? Of course any none UK Arsenal’s old and incoming player including their manager will eventually obey any new UK immigration law before they can work at Arsenal.

    Of course, is not only none UK Arsenal players and their manager that will be affected by the new incoming UK immigration law, other none UK football clubs players and their managers will equally be affected too.

    Although the FA Chair – Mr Greg Dyke has advised we shouldn’t rush at arriving into making conclusions, therefore, let’s all wait to see how the case will unfold when Mr David Cameron – the British Prime Minister step down from office this coming October as he said he’ll do. It’s rather unfortunate that a young, tall, handsome, active and eloquent man of the caliber of Mr David Cameron has become the 1st casualty of this Briexit saga.

  • Hisham

    Didn’t Arsene Wenger got some kind of medal from the Queen? Surely that will guarantee him some “special treatment”😅

  • Gord

    Metro has a blurb (can’t call it a story, not long enough).

    Alexis has been fouled more than any other player at the Copa; 16 times. Second place goes to Messi, at 10.

    And PGMO don’t even have any representatives at Copa.

  • Gord

    Arsenal Ladies news.

    The stupid BBC has a report up, that Arsenal Ladies defeated Sunderland 4-0, doesn’t yet have anything up (other than the preview). does report that Rachel Yankey has returned from her loan spell at Notts.

  • Gord

    Arsenal Ladies news.

    Stupid Gord 🙂

    > The stupid BBC has a report up, that Arsenal Ladies defeated Sunderland 4-0,

    Another news report, that the score is 5-1 to Arsenal. Game must still be on. And I obviously never read the BBC article, otherwise I would have known that. The BBC has hoist too many changes and too much javascript for me to visit any more.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    @ Gord June 25, 2016 at 4:34 pm – You probably had a senior ‘brain fart ‘ moment !

  • Gord


    Imagine that, Atkinson giving an Arsenal player (Ramsey) a yellow card in the 90th minute.

    Real card, or was Atkinson just trying to buy favours with 😈 Mike Riley?

  • Mick

    I think it was given because Ramsey kicked the ball away after committing a foul.

  • Gord

    Thanks Mick.