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|
|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|
|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”|
|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|
|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?|
|55||Islam Slimani||£23.25m Sporting Lisbon||£23.25m||Tottenham, Leicester|
|56||Dominic Solanke||Chelsea||Chelsea want to keep him|
|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|
|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|
|8||Per Mertesacker||Defend||Considering his future|
|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|
|Part 6: Players leaving|
|Ilias Chatzitheodoridis||U-18 no new contract|
|Part 7: Players signing pro forms|
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