By Tony Attwood
It seems like it has taken forever for it to happen but ultimately we are there. The window is open.
Not that it seems to matter to the clubs, not come to that the inventors who create mythical transfers on an industrial scale.
And the numbers continue to rise for we now have 73 in, and 17 leaving. Plus two new coaches. Numbers for the loanees and youth players seems to have stayed the same.
As always all the new entries are in bold.
Is this list actually going to pass the 100 barrier before the window closes again?
And does it matter?
Well actually I think it does, because it keeps emphasising the way the media use the notion of transfers as a way of suggesting that Wenger has failed to buy all these players. Look they were all there waiting to be signed, and Arsenal were “too slow” and the bid was “hijacked”. As far as I can see Untold is the only source that is actually saying the obvious. It is all made up by journalists who can’t be arsed to do any research, and little boys playing with their computers at home.
Part One: Players coming in.
|Player||Position||From||Current status||Also interested|
|1||Takuma Asano (浅野拓磨)||Forward||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Aged 21 played 50 times for club and 4 for Japan.|
|2||Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang||Forward||B. Dortmund||Being urged to leave||Man U|
|3||Carlos Bacca||Forward||Juventus||49 goal striker||Real Mad buy back clause|
|4||Michy Batshuayi||Striker||Marseille||£22m asking price||Chelsea|
|5||Riechedly Bazoer||Cen mid.||Ajax||Barcelona, Chelsea, Man U, Tottenham|
|6||Medhi Benatia||Centre back||Bayern||29 years old prone to injury|
|7||Christian Benteke||Striker||Liverpool?||Only done one year at Liverpool?|
|8||Gabriel Barbosa||Santos||54 goals in 148 appearances||Played 4 times for Brazil and scored twice|
|9||Rodrigo Bentancur||Midfield||Boca Juniors||Real Mad, Juve|
|10||Karim Benzema||Striker||Real Mad||Involved in court case|
|11||Daley Blind||Full back centre back midfield||Man U|
|12||Sofiane Boufal||Forward||Lille||£25m after one year in France||Barcelona, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid|
|13||William Carvalho||Def mid||Sporting Lisbon|
|14||Edinson Cavani||Striker||PSG||He’d like to come|
|15||Ben Chilwell||Left-back||Leicester||“Arsenal monitoring”|
|16||Troy Deeney||Striker||Watford||WFC captain|
|17||Mario Götze||Attack midfield||Bayern Munich||Flopped after Dortmund||Liverpool|
|18||Goncalo Guedas||Wing||Benfica||Next C Ronaldo||Chelsea|
|20||Alen Halilovic.||Attack midfield||Barcelona||Last season loan to Sporting Gijon,|
|21||Rico Henry||Full back||Walsall||Next Ashley Cole|
|22||Gonzalo Higuain||Striker||Napoli||Man U, Liverpool?|
|23||Rob Holding||Winger||Bolton||£1.5m already signed||Still suggested as a future signing in June|
|24||Elseid Hysaj||Right back||Napoli||Staying at Napoli|
|25||Zlatan Ibrahimovic||Striker||PSG||Self proclaimed God||Went to Man U|
|26||Mauro Icardi||Striker||Inter||£32m big made||Man C Man U|
|28||Chiori Johnson||Defender||Aged 18,||Signed pro forms|
|29||Stevan Jovetic||2nd striker||Inter||1st mooted two years ago|
|30||N’Golo Kante||Midfield||Leicester||Won the most tackles|
|31||Naby Keita||Central mid||Red Bull Salzburg|
|32||Toni Kroos||No 10||Real Madrid||£45m|
|33||Grzegorz Krychowiak||Midfield destroyer||Sevilla|
|34||Kalidou Koulibaly||Napoli||Signed and Sealed (Metro) but…||Dependent on Chambers going (Metro)|
|35||Alexandre Lacazette||Forward||Lyon||French League top scorer 2014.15||Supposedly going to WHU|
|36||Robert Lewandowski||Striker||Bayern||About to break the bank|
|37||Jordon Lukaku||Left back||Oostende||Started by telling Mr Wenger how to manage!|
|38||Romelu Lukaku||Striker||Everton||Broke Everton’s PL scoring record|
|39||Sadio Mane||Winger||Southampton||Went to Liverpool BEFORE the Arsenal rumour!!!|
Maycon de Andrade Barberan
|Midfielder||Corinthians||18 year old wonder kid|
|41||Marquinhos||Defen||PSG||Man U Man C Chelsea and Bayern Munich|
|42||Riyad Mahrez||Wing||Leicester||£25m Considered him while at Le Havre|
|43||Kostas Mitroglou||Striker||Benfica||“Happy in Portugal”|
|45||Henrikh Mkhitaryan||Midfield||B Dortmund||Liverpool! Chelsea, Tottenham|
|46||Alvaro Morata||Striker||Juventus (loan) Real Mad||Said to be the next one to happen||AFC talking to Real Mad direct|
|47||Murillo||Central defender||Inter||Columbian||Bayern Munich and Zenit St Petersburg|
|48||Ruben Neves||Defend midfield||Porto|
|49||Nolito||Striker||Celta Vigo||£13.8m buy out clause|
|50||Kelechi Nwakali||Midfield||Diamond Academy||Already joined for £3m||WHU, Bayern, Chelsea, Man U Liverpool?|
|51||Quincy Promes||Winger||Spartak Moscow|
|53||Adrien Rabiot||Midfield||PSG||Asked for a move, not liked by fans||Chelsea, Man U|
|54||Rafinha||RB||Bayern Munich||Metro utterly certain|
|55||Jese Rodriguez||Forward||Real Mad||Surplus to requirements|
|56||Maxi Romero||Forward||All Boys, Argentina||The new Messi||We were going to sign him last year but he got injured|
|57||Daniele Rugani||Centre back||Juventus||Can’t get a game.||Man U|
|58||Riccardo Saponara||Attack midfield||Empoli||Liverpool?|
|60||Islam Slimani||£23.25m Sporting Lisbon||£23.25m||Tottenham, Leicester|
|61||Dominic Solanke||Chelsea||Chelsea want to keep him|
|63||Daniel Sturridge||Striker||Liverpool?||“Will reportedly…”||“Tried last year”|
|64||Jon Toral||Attack midf.||Arsenal (loaned to Brum)||Won all their awards last season|
|65||Yaya Toure||C Mid||Man City|
|66||Arda Turan||Attack midfield||Barcelona||Struggled at Barca|
|67||Jamie Vardy||Forward||Leicester||£20m||Signed but kept it a secret or he’s off to Liverpool – no he stayed|
|68||Victor Wanyama||Def. midf.||Southampton|
|69||Julian Weigl||Midf.||Borussia Dortmund||£20 million|
|70||Granit Xhaka||Defend/ midfield||Monchengladbach||“Deal done” He signed.||Chelsea. Sources|
|71||Andriy Yarmolenko||Winger||Dynamo Kiev||Tottenham Liverpool|
|Part Two Departures|
|1||Alexis||Forward||Asking for transfer||Wenger says no go.|
|2||Arteta||End of career||Coach with Man C|
|3||Bellerin||Full back||Barcelona||“Looks certain to go”||But also denied|
|4||Joel Campbell||West Ham|
|5||Chambers||Centre back||Southampton or Watford?||1 year loan|
|6||Debuchy||Been on loan|
|7||Mat Flamini||midfield||End of contract||The last Highbury player to leave AFC|
|10||Per Mertesacker||Defend||Considering his future|
|11||David Ospina||Goal||Besiktas||Was brilliant in Copa America|
|12||Rosicky||End of contract|
|13||Santi Cazorla||Mid/For||Back to Villareal|
|14||Mesut Ozil||Midfield||Delayed talks|
|15||W. Szczesny||Goal||Roma||Happy in Rome||Returning to AFC|
|16||Walcott||Wing||State Aid Utd or Liverpool?||£20m||On the verge; or maybe not going|
|17||Jack Wilshere||Midfield||Man U||They will build the team around him|
|Part Three: Coaching|
|1||Tony Adams||Reported to be back||Job uncertain|
|2||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|
|Ilias Chatzitheodoridis||U-18 no new contract|
|Players signing pro forms|
- It’s all happened before; how the results of one season don’t help predict the results of the next.
- The Euro’s: final stage for some Gunners? And how the Iceland team was selected.
- Anti-Wenger racism rises over proposed new signing revealing the darkest side of anti-Arsenal Arsenal.
Untold Arsenal has published five books on Arsenal – all are available as paperback and three are now available on Kindle. The books are
- The Arsenal Yankee by Danny Karbassiyoon with a foreword by Arsene Wenger.
- Arsenal: the long sleep 1953 – 1970; a view from the terrace. By John Sowman with an introduction by Bob Wilson.
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football. By Tony Attwood, Andy Kelly and Mark Andrews.
- Making the Arsenal: a novel by Tony Attwood.
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal by Mark Andrews.
You can find details of all five on our new Arsenal Books page