The rumour factories (I hate to call them rumour mills that is so 19th century) have suddenly sprung into life. Now as you may know I don’t normally do Sundays vis a vis the writing lark, but there being no other stories around except Germany won on penalties (and that is hardly news) I received an urgent telex at the ancestral home asking me to cover ever single rumour this morning.
First, a bit of background.
We have in the past actually signed players on 3 July. For example…
3 July 1925: Charles Buchan, the man who helped develop WM, re-signed by Arsenal in £100/goal deal. He played 102 games scoring 49 goals before finally retiring in 1928. Buchan’s first signing for Arsenal.
3 July 1997: Alex Manninger transferred from Grazer AK for £1m. In 1998, with an injury to David Seaman, Alex played six games without conceding a goal, and was then dropped upon Seaman’s return.
3 July 2000: Robert Pires signed from Marseille for the astoundingly low figure of £6m. Also that summer Wiltord was purchased for £13m and Overmars went to Barca for £25m.
3 July 2000: Eduardo César Daude Gaspar (Edu) joined Arsenal from Corinthians. Unfortunately his Portuguese passport was a fake, but he qualified for an Italian passport because of his father was Italian. He signed again for Arsenal on 16 January 2001.
3 July 2001: Sol Campbell signed after 11 years with Tottenham. He had played 255 times for Tottenham, and stayed with Arsenal for five years before moving on to Portsmouth.
That is quite a list, so maybe that is why suddenly the click bait sites are back with avengence tempting us onto their adverts with their invented transfers. Indeed they see to have gone bonkers. Football Insider for example has now become such a click bait it is actually impossible to get to the story so who the international attacking ace that we are signing at this very moment is, I can’t say.
So giving up on that I thought I would produce a Sunday Supplement. A guide to headline writing so if you want to set up your own bloggetta you will instantly have enough headlines to keep you going for a week or two. And a chance to remember those transfers we did do on this day in history.
And I can assure you it doesn’t mention Iceland.
Headline: Have Bayern ‘done a Suarez’ with transfer bid for Arsenal’s Koscielny?
Translation: The story has been running around that Koscielny is in the last year of his contract so Bayern can pick him up for nothing, but the Sun says no, the contract runs to 2019.
Reality: A chance to bash Arsenal over “making a mistake” with the Suarez contract, forgetting that the Liverpool owner later revealed in a conference in the US that he had lied, lied and lied again about the contract.
Headline: Arsenal expect to sign no.10 forward, Wenger wants deal done in days
Translation: Arsenal to sign Japanese striker Takuma Asano.
Reality: Storyteller can’t be arsed to find anything new, so runs last week’s story again with “within days” at the end.
Headline: Arsenal – Zlatan Will Vindicate Olivier Giroud
Translation: Giroud is finding life in England harder and harder and Ibrahimovic will struggle even more.
Reality: Giroud scored 24 goals last season – his largest total with Arsenal and doesn’t actually need any vindication.
Headline: BREAKING: Official‘scheduled to fly over’for Arsenal talks in deal for 26-year-old
Translation: Arsenal sorting out a deal with Roma over Wojciech Szczęsny’s position next season
Reality: Arsenal want to continue the loan, and keep Ospina as number 2 after an amazing display in the Copa America. Roma are haggling over the cost of Szczesny’s salary. Szczesny is reported to have said that he likes Rome.
Headline: Predicting The Top 4 Next Season: Arsenal The Surprise Winners, Manchester Clubs Back To Their Best
Translation: We are just few days away from the start of the Premier League… Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have new managers… Klopp will be hoping for some success in first full year at Anfield… Wenger on the other hand is desperate to end Premier League drought blah blah blah
Reality: Sorry I must have dropped off there for a while but I really can’t find anything in the story which expands on the headline about Arsenal as Surprise Winners.
Headline: Great Deal: Arsenal Have Made Two Midfield Signings For The Price Of One
Translation: Granit can play deep midfield or further forward midfield
Reality: I think we already knew that. The midfield with Elneny having been signed and a fit Santi Caz does look very promising. And then there is the NEW RAMSEY as we must now learn to call him after his performance for Wales.
Headline: Another player set to snub Arsenal in favour of Chelsea move – report
N’Golo Kante might be leaving, Arsenal have been “linked”
Reality: Pick a player, pick a club, mix em up and write it down and then claim that Arsenal were interested and tried to buy him but he chose to go elsewhere.
Headline: Wenger contract talks, Gunners miss out on ace,
Translation: Kalidou Koulibaly is going to Chelsea.
Reality: The guys on the news desk were out late last night and didn’t come into work this morning. Everyone knows Wenger has one year to go on his contract and parts of the press are talking up his takeover as England manager, even though Mr W has said he wouldn’t like to be an international manager because what he enjoys most of all is the training ground work with the players.
Headline: Arsenal leading race for £72m-rated No.9 deadly hitman
Translation: Arsenal are favourites to sign Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain
Reality: No evidence that the story that first ran just before we signed Ozil is now true, but on the other hand it could be that once again Higuain is a smokescreen for a transfer that is even more exciting.
Headline: Key Arsenal target arrives in England to complete his medical
Translation: Nolito is on the verge of joining Manchester City after reports of his medical
Reality: When Arsenal sign a player the event is either very well signalled, as with Granit, or else pops up out of the blue as with Ozil. The bloggettas are never the first to know so they set the site to signal this as an Arsenal story to get it into the Arsenal news feeds – and oh look, it ain’t. If you ever want to advertise on a site, take a look at how long the average reader spends on the site, and how many stories the average reader reads per session.
Headline: Arsenal launch move for Napoli’s 25-yr-old
Translation: Arsenal keen to sign Koulibaly
Reality: Who knows?
Headline: Arsenal interested in signing Borussia Dortmund star, claims insider
Translation: Arsenal have been linked with interest in signing defender Neven Subotic from Borussia Dortmund, according to Emanuele Giulianelli
Reality: He’s a 27 year old Serbian defender who plays as a centre back. The basis for this story is completely unclear, but names written on a piece of paper and dropped in a hat might have something to do with it.
So there you have it. A Buchan, Pires, Manninger, Eduardo or Campbell in there? Maybe not. But we can always hope.
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