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It’s now 18 Arsenal players tipped to leave the club this summer; 76 to arrive in the great Transfer Fairy Story.

By Sir Hardly Anyone

With the Guardian and Telegraph now both running articles questioning Mourinho’s relationship with reality and most trying to pretend that Barcelona is not a club closely linked with law breaking at every level (child trafficking, tax evasion, false accounting…) we turn once again with relief to that island of insanity, the great list of every player said to be coming to or leaving Arsenal.

The number of players tipped to being sourced by Arsenal with a view to transfer in is now 76.  Of whom we have purchased two.

Perhaps more remarkable 18 members of the first team squad are said to be leaving.   Which is by and large the first team squad – except for Giroud.

Now I find that interesting.  Giroud, as we know, is the player that most aaa fans focus their hatred and bile on – despite the fact that the figures and indeed his work in France show him to be a highly regarded and successful player all round.    

That link suggests the truth in all this – the transfer rumours are invented primarily with the aim of knocking Arsenal – so that eventually someone somewhere is going to invent the story shortly that Arsenal have been touting Giroud around Europe but can’t find a buyer.

It is all nonsense of course – a fantasy world – but one with an edge, since many simple souls tend to believe all this stuff.  Our hope is that by being the first ever people to pull all the transfer rumours together across a whole window, we will show just how utterly insane the whole thing in.

It is in fact a fairy story for men who have never grown up.

Here are the updated totals 

  • Part One: Players coming in:  76
  • Part Two: Players leaving: 18
  • Part Three: Coaching staff: 2
  • Part Four: Up from youth: 3
  • Part Five: Youth loan: 2
  • Part Six: Youth leaving: 5

In the charts below, players who are new entrants or for whom there is new information are in bold.

Part one: Incoming

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.  He has signed
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 Gabriel Barbosa Forward Santos 54 goals in 158
5 Michy Batshuayi Striker Marseille £22m asking price Chelsea
6 Riechedly Bazoer Cen mid. Ajax Barcelona, Chelsea, Man U, Tottenham
7 Medhi Benatia Centre back Bayern 29 years old prone to injury
8 Christian Benteke Striker Liverpool? Only done one year at Liverpool?
9 Gabriel Barbosa Santos 54 goals in 148 appearances Played 4 times for Brazil and scored twice
10 Rodrigo Bentancur Midfield Boca Juniors Real Mad, Juve
11 Karim Benzema Striker Real Mad Involved in court case
12 Daley Blind Full back centre back midfield Man U
13 Sofiane Boufal Forward Lille £25m after one year in France Barcelona, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid
14 William Carvalho Def mid Sporting Lisbon
15 Edinson Cavani Striker PSG He’d like to come
16 Ben Chilwell Left-back Leicester “Arsenal monitoring”
17 Troy Deeney Striker Watford WFC captain
18 Mario Götze Attack midfield Bayern Munich Flopped after Dortmund Liverpool
19 Goncalo Guedas Wing Benfica Next C Ronaldo Chelsea
20 Raphaël Guerreiro Left-backmidfield Lorient
21 Alen Halilovic. Attack midfield Barcelona Last season loan to Sporting Gijon,
22 Rico Henry Full back Walsall Next Ashley Cole
23 Gonzalo Higuain Striker Napoli Man U, Liverpool?
24 Rob Holding Winger Bolton £1.5m already signed Still suggested as a future signing in June
25 Elseid Hysaj Right back Napoli Staying at Napoli
26 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Striker PSG Self proclaimed God Went to Man U
27 Mauro Icardi Striker Inter £32m big made Man C Man U
28 Odion Ighalo Striker Watford
29 Chiori Johnson Defender Aged 18, Signed pro forms
30 Stevan Jovetic 2nd striker Inter 1st mooted two years ago
31 N’Golo Kante Midfield Leicester Won the most tackles  Not coming after all.
32 Naby Keita Central mid Red Bull Salzburg
33 Toni Kroos No 10 Real Madrid £45m
34 Grzegorz Krychowiak Midfield destroyer Sevilla
35 Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli Signed and Sealed (Metro) but… Dependent on Chambers going (Metro)
36 Alexandre Lacazette Forward Lyon French League top scorer 2014.15 Supposedly going to WHU
37 Robert Lewandowski Striker Bayern About to break the bank
38 Jordon Lukaku Left back Oostende Started by telling Mr Wenger how to manage!
39 Romelu Lukaku Striker Everton Broke Everton’s PL scoring record
40 Sadio Mane Winger Southampton Went to Liverpool BEFORE the Arsenal  rumour!!!
41

Maycon de Andrade Barberan

Midfielder Corinthians 18 year old wonder kid
42 Marquinhos Defen PSG Man U Man C  Chelsea and Bayern Munich
43 Riyad Mahrez Wing Leicester £25m Considered him while at Le Havre
44 Kostas Mitroglou Striker Benfica “Happy in Portugal”
45 Arkadiusz Milik Striker Ajax
46 Henrikh Mkhitaryan   Midfield B Dortmund  Liverpool! Chelsea, Tottenham.  Went to Man U
47 Alvaro Morata Striker Juventus (loan) Real Mad Said to be the next one to happen AFC talking to Real Mad direct
48 Murillo Central defender Inter Columbian Bayern Munich and Zenit St Petersburg
49 Ruben Neves Defend midfield Porto
50 Nolito Striker Celta Vigo £13.8m buy out clause
51 Kelechi Nwakali Midfield Diamond  Academy Already joined for £3m WHU, Bayern, Chelsea, Man U Liverpool?
52 Quincy Promes Winger Spartak Moscow
53 Domingos Quina Midfield Chelsea
54 Adrien Rabiot Midfield PSG Asked for a move, not liked by fans Chelsea, Man U
55 Rafinha RB Bayern Munich Metro utterly certain
56 Jese Rodriguez Forward Real Mad Surplus to requirements
57 Maxi Romero Forward All Boys, Argentina The new Messi We were going to sign him last year but he got injured
58 Daniele Rugani Centre back Juventus Can’t get a game. Man U
59 Riccardo Saponara Attack midfield Empoli Liverpool?
60 Ryan Sessegnon Winger Fulham Liverpool?
61 Islam Slimani £23.25m Sporting Lisbon £23.25m Tottenham, Leicester
62 Dominic Solanke Chelsea Chelsea want to keep him
63 John Stones CB Everton
64 Daniel Sturridge Striker Liverpool? “Will reportedly…” “Tried last year”
65 Nevan Subotic Defender Dortmund Hinted he wants to leave
66 Jon Toral Attack midf. Arsenal (loaned to Brum) Won all their awards last season  Loan to Granada
67 Yaya Toure C Mid Man City
68 Arda Turan Attack midfield Barcelona Struggled at Barca
 69 Robin Van Persie Forward Fenerbache Will only do what he wants 
70 Jamie Vardy Forward Leicester £20m Signed but kept it a secret or he’s off to Liverpool – no he stayed
71 Victor Wanyama Def. midf. Southampton
72 Julian Weigl Midf. Borussia Dortmund £20 million
73 Granit Xhaka Defend/ midfield Monchengladbach “Deal done”  He signed. Chelsea.  “Sources”
74 Andriy Yarmolenko Winger Dynamo Kiev Tottenham Liverpool
75 Simone Zaza Forward Juventus
76 Karl Zouma Keeper Chelsea
  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
9 Kieran Gibbs   Defend   Unhappy  
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 Laurent Koscielny   Defence Bayern Munich End of contract Except it isn’t end of contract.
15 Mesut Ozil   Midfield   Delayed talks  
16 W. Szczesny   Goal Roma Happy in Rome Returning to AFC.  No now returning to Roma
17 Walcott   Wing State Aid Utd or Liverpool? £20m On the verge; or maybe not going
18 Jack Wilshere   Midfield Man U They will build the team around him  
             
  Part Three: Coaching          
1 Tony Adams    Under 18   Reported to be back  
2 Thierry Henry   Under 18   Accepted post  
             
  Part Four: Up from the youth          
           
1 Gedion Zelalem   Attack mid Arsenal Loaned to Rangers  
2 Chris Willock   Attack midf. Arsenal Played in U21s.  
3 Jeff Reine-Adélaïde   Wing Arsenal Kept at Arsenal and not loaned  
             
  Part 5 Youth going on loan          
 1 Dan Crowley   Midfield Arsenal Oxford Previously Coventry tipped 
 Stefan O’Connner    Defender Arsenal   Was with York  To Maastricht  
  Part 6 Youth leaving          
 1 Ilias Chatzitheodoridis       U-18 no new contract  
Players signing pro forms          
Donyell Malen          
Joshua Da Silva          
Tyrone Robinson       West Ham  

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9 comments to It’s now 18 Arsenal players tipped to leave the club this summer; 76 to arrive in the great Transfer Fairy Story.

  • colario

    Its Saturday and dad is working in the garden and feeling a bit hungry when his six year daughter comes running to him and says
    ‘Daddy, whats sex?’

    Surprised that at her age she is asking the question he thinks ‘well we did agree that when our children ask the big questions we would give them an honest answer’.

    He starts to explain about the birds and the bees as simply as he can. However the more he says so it seems that her face says she doesn’t understand.

    He says to her ‘Why do you ask?’

    She replies, ‘Well its just that mummy said to tell you that lunch will be ready in a couple of secs.’

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    First and foremost, let me thank Ryan F for his rotating the phone at 90 degrees tip to view yesterday’s last topic article posting in the landscape mode. I tried it for yesterday’s posting and it worked and even tried it on today’s article posting and it worked too.

    The rumour mill is making us to believe that Arsenal are still targeting their possible signing of Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid valued @ £57m. And if Madrid insisted on the £57m transfer activating clause they’ve placed on Morata, and will not accept a lower transfer fee, Arsenal will turn to the signing of Alexandre Lacazette of Lion or Romelu Lukaku of Everton.

    How credible are these specialist strikers transfer rumours linked with Arsenal? Whatever be the case, both the Boss and us have agreed that Arsenal will need to sign a marquee striker for Arsenal this summer and also sign a top class center halfback too.

    The Boss has said, he’all be looking at bringing in 3 bodies into Arsenal senior squad this summer. After bringing in Xhaka, does the likely to be brought in the Japanese Takuma Asano 21 constitutes a senior player who will among the trio the Boss planned to bring in? If so, then it means he will only brings in that marquee striker we’ve been craving to have and that’s all. But we need a top class CB and the rumour mill has not linked Arsenal with the signing of any top class center halfback since the rumour mill started milling out transfer rumours this summer. Or have I forgotten?

    It’s beginning to look like Chambers will not be loaned out this summer if Arsenal didn’t sign a CB this window and keep all their 4 CBs of: Rhinosacker, Koscielny, De Abreu and Chambers intact at Arsenal for at least this summer.The Boss and his experts must have identified the Gunners problem of not winning the title last season to be striker based. And the signing of Xhaka is to replaced one of the departed Arteta and Rosicky, more likely Arteta.

    I think the signing of my prefer striker Morata, could bring to an end of the Boss’ planned 3 summer signings for Arsenal. If Madrid will sell him to Arsenal for £47m maximum, I’ll advice Arsenal to sign him. But no any attached string like the buyback clause after, should be accepted by Arsenal. After all, Madrid would have double £23m as profit Juventus would have paid them had Morata stayed for 4 years or so with them.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    First and foremost, let me thank Ryan F for his rotating the phone at 90 degrees tip to view yesterday’s last topic article posting in the landscape mode. I tried it for yesterday’s posting and it worked and even tried it on today’s article posting and it worked too.

    The rumour mill is making us to believe that Arsenal are still targeting their possible signing of Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid valued @ £57m. And if Madrid insisted on the £57m transfer activating clause they’ve placed on Morata, and will not accept a lower transfer fee, Arsenal will turn to the signing of Alexandre Lacazette of Lion or Romelu Lukaku of Everton.

    How credible are these specialist strikers transfer rumours linked with Arsenal? Whatever be the case, both the Boss and us have agreed that Arsenal will need to sign a marquee striker this summer and also sign a top class center halfback too.

    The Boss has said, he’all be looking at bringing in 3 bodies into Arsenal senior squad this summer. After bringing in Xhaka, does the likely to be brought in the Japanese Takuma Asano 21 constitutes a senior player who is among the trio the Boss has planned to bring in? If so, then it means he will only brings in that marquee striker we’ve been craving to have and that’s all. But we need a top class CB and the rumour mill has not linked Arsenal with the signing of any top class center halfback since the rumour mill started milling out transfer rumours this summer. Or have I forgotten?

    It’s beginning to look like Chambers will not be loaned out this summer if Arsenal didn’t sign a CB this window and keep all their 4 CBs of: Rhinosacker, Koscielny, De Abreu and Chambers intact at Arsenal for at least this summer.The Boss and his experts must have identified the Gunners problem of not winning the title last season to be striker based. And the signing of Xhaka is to replaced one of the departed Arteta and Rosicky, more likely Arteta.

    I think the signing of my prefer striker Morata, could bring to an end of the Boss’ planned 3 summer signings for Arsenal. If Madrid will sell him to Arsenal for £47m maximum, I’ll advice Arsenal to sign him. But no any attached string like the buyback clause after, should be accepted by Arsenal. After all, Madrid would have double the £23m as profit Juventus would have paid them in full had Morata stayed for 4 years or so with them.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    According to the report which has emanated on the Espnfc, the FA are looking to be still very keen at appointing the Boss as the next England manager to succeed Roy Hudgson who has resigned after England got eliminated at the 2nd round of the Euro’16 tourney in France.

    My kindid advice to the Boss is, he shouldn’t wait until next year when his current deal at Arsenal has expired before becoming the England manager if the FA genuinely offered him the appointment. Subject to the Arsenal hierarchies agreeing to a first and it’s kind simultaneous managing 2 top jobs in the anal of football management history, the Boss should let the FA know when they call him for the discrete meeting between them and him that, he’s prepared to accept the England manager top job straight straightaway but on the condition that he will continue to remain the Arsenal manager till the end of the incoming season. And he will do the 2 top jobs together and see England through their World Cup qualifiers which begins from September this year.

    I believe the Boss can convince the Arsenal bosses to allow him to run the Arsenal and the England jobs together at the same time if at all he wants the England job and wants to do the 2 jobs simultaneously as I am suggesting..

  • Polo

    I heard on Talksport that John Cross is a friend of AW, with friends like this who needs enemies.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/arsene-wenger-holds-transfer-talks-8370956

  • Andy Mack

    Aren’t number 4 and number 9 the same person?

  • Andy Mack

    Number 34 has signed for PSG I believe.

  • Andy Mack

    And 71 moved to the ‘Dark Side’!

  • Pete

    I never heard Asano mentioned anywhere before he was signed… Media on the ball as ever.