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Arsenal looking to buy six previously unmentioned players

By Tony Attwood

This has been the week of the full back – any past full backs who have been mentioned before as possible transfers have had their stories picked up again while the nation’s “journalists” have been scouring the countryside (or the pubs) for new ones.

Which is odd because a) we already have lots of full backs and some of them are quite good and b) we currently have eight more players than we can register in the “25”

Of course the selling list of Arsenal has been quite full for a while and some of the “25” who can go are players just moving up to 21 years old, who will count on the list for the first time and haven’t quite made it.   But even so, it’s a funny business.

TalkSprout who have pushed loads of names around for comins and goins and other doins, have published their version of next season’s line up, which looks like this…


Bellerin Mert Kos Monreal

Ramsey Xhaka

Alexis Ozil Draxler

Lacazette or Giroud

And here’s the thing.  Thing straight from the mouth of the horse: “Giroud has been great for France….”  Honest that is a direct quote from the Sprout.

Anyway here’s the latest ramblings from a bunch of guys making money from being in a pub…  New entries and amendments in bold.

  • Total incoming: 77 (six new in the last five days)
  • Total outcoming: 19 (two new in last five days)

Other lists remain unchanged.  And thus once again after 12 days of the transfer window being open I bring you THE GREAT ARSENAL TRANSFER INDEX

Part One: Players coming in.  (New entries in bold)

Player Position From Current status Also interested
1 Takuma Asano (浅野拓磨) Forward Sanfrecce Hiroshima is 21 and has played 50 times 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 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
9 Rodrigo Bentancur Midfield Boca Juniors Real Mad, Juve
10 Karim Benzema Striker Real Mad Involved in court case
11 Daley Blind Defence Man U
12 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 Jeison Fabián Murillo Cerón Central defence Inter Milan He’s Columbian!
14 Ben Chilwell Left-back Leicester “Arsenal monitoring”
15 Troy Deeney Striker Watford WFC captain
16 Julian Draxler Left wing Wolfburg £43m offer made Liverpool sniffing
17 Mario Götze Attack midfield Bayern Munich Flopped after Dortmund Liverpool
18 Goncalo Guedas   Wing Benfica Next C Ronaldo Chelsea
19 Raphaël Guerreiro Left-backmidfield Lorient
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
27 Odion Ighalo Striker Watford
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 centre back Napoli Signed and Sealed but… Dependent on Chambers going
35 Alexandre Lacazette Forward Lyon French League top scorer 2014.15 To WHU but suddenly Arsenal
36 Robert Lewandowski Striker Bayern About to break the bank
37 Jordon Lukaku Left back Oostende Told Mr Wenger how to manage!
38 Romelu Lukaku Striker Everton Broke Everton’s PL scoring record Offer of £38m made
39 Sadio Mane Winger Southampton BBC say he’s gone to Liverpool
40 Maycon Midfield Corinthians new Ronaldo or Neymar or both.  Or neither.
41 Marquinhos Defender PSG His brother says AFC want him 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”
44 Arkadiusz Milik Striker Ajax
45 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Midfield B Dortmund Went to Man U Liverpool! Chelsea, Tottenham
46 Alvaro Morata Striker Juventus (loan) Real Mad “About to happen” Snubbing Chelsea for Arsenal
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
52 Domingos Quina Midfield Chelsea
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 Ricardo Rodriguez Left back Wolfsburg £20m
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 Djibril Sidibé Full back & midfield Lille Cover at full back
62 Moussa Sissoko midfield Newcastle £35m
63 Islam Slimani Striker £23.25m Sporting Lisbon   £23.25m Tottenham, Leicester
64 Dominic Solanke striker Chelsea Chelsea want to keep him Arsenal preparing to steal him
65 John Stones CB Everton
66 Daniel Sturridge Striker Liverpool? “Will reportedly…” “Tried last year”
67 Neven Subotic Defender Borussia Dortmund Has left training to talk to Arsenal
68 Yaya Toure C Mid Man City
69 Arda Turan Attack midfield Barcelona Struggled at Barca
70 Robin van Persie Forward Fenerbahce “We’re waiting for buyers”
71 Jamie Vardy Forward Leicester £20m Signed but kept it a secret or he’s off to Liverpool
72 Victor Wanyama Def. midf. Southampton
73 Julian Weigl Midf. Borussia Dortmund £20 million
74 Granit Xhaka Defend/ midfield Monchengladbac “Deal done”  He signed. Chelsea.  
75 Andriy Yarmolenko Winger Dynamo Kiev Tottenham Liverpool
76 Simone Zaza Forward Juventus
77 Karl Zouma Keeper Chelsea
Part Two Departures
1 Alexis Forward Asking for transfer Going to Juventus
2 Arteta End of  career
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
8 Kieran Gibbs Defend Unhappy
9 Isaac Hayden Centre back Newcastle
10 Laurent Koscielny Defend Bayern End of contract Not end of contract
11 Per Mertesacker Defend Considering his future
12 David Ospina Goal Besiktas
13 Rosicky End of contract
14 Santi Cazorla Mid/For Back to Villareal
15 Mesut Ozil Midfield Delayed talks
16 Jon Toral Midfield To Granada
17 W. Szczesny Goal Roma Happy in Rome Returning to AFC.  No, staying in Rome
18 Walcott Wing State Aid Utd or Liverpool? £20m On the verge; or maybe not going
19 Jack Wilshere Midfield Man U They will build the team around him
Part Three: Coaching
Thierry Henry Under 18 Accepted post
Tony Adams Under 18
Part Four: Up from the youth
1 Stefan O’Conner Defender was with York To Maastricht  
2 Gedion Zelalem Attack mid Arsenal Loaned to Rangers
3 Chris Willock Attack midf. Arsenal Played in U21s.
4 Jeff Reine-Adélaïde Wing Arsenal Moving into first team
5: Players going on loan
Dan Crowley Midfield Arsenal Coventry Actually gone to Oxford
6: Young Players leaving
Ilias Chatzitheodoridis U-18 no new contract
7: Players signing pro forms
Donyell Malen
Tyrell Robinson West Ham
Joshua DaSilva

And that’s about it for another week.   77 coming in, 19 departing.  Just another 50 days to go before the window, broken, battered and beaten, slowly creaks shut and everyone settles down to the inevitable recriminations.


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13 comments to Arsenal looking to buy six previously unmentioned players

  • Mick

    It appears Henry will be leaving his coaching role. Apparently Wenger feels the role is incompatible with Henry’s work as a Sky pundit.

  • colario

    The ‘Mirror’

    The rich man’s thinking newspaper. The rich man, the poor man thinks ‘Only an idiot would read this paper’.

    The English newspapers. Written by idiots for idiots to believe.

    My proof for my claim see the Sir Hardly anyone pieces here

  • colario

    The point in my first comment is not clear.

    What I meant to say was that the content of the Sir Hardly one that is the reviews of the media on Arsenal transfers is proof of my claim about the Eglish Media.

    Not the writer of the review

  • Menace

    Kenneth – awesome link.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    By the way, has the Boss jettisoned his plot to acquire Kelechi Nwakali and Rod Holding for Arsenal, but instead has gone after the signing of Takuma Asano?

    Would Moussa Sissoko be a valuable asset to Arsenal midfield as an attacking midfielder if they sign him, but not at that outrageous overpriced fee by his agent? And why can’t the Boss forget about signing one those overrated and overpriced strikers in the transfer market, and sign Hal Robson-Kanu for free. Giroud & him could score many goals for Arsenal to win the title and other titles too.

    I think if the Boss can sign Sissoko, Robson-Kanu, a capable CHB and a great LB, Arsenal will be more than okay to put Man Utd and Man City challenging for the EPL title to Out of Order.

  • finsbury


    Doping stories of the week? From S&M Steroid Weekley, story by raving frothing reporter An Arse: “Nani wins a trophy whilst his teammate throws up at the final whistle. Staam returns to the UK as a manager?”

    Sure am glad that WADA has been constantly worried by the doping tests (lack of) in Football, almost as reassuring at the ease with which the AAA can be trolled by the funny papers.

  • finsbury

    How did Carlos Quieroz lose the Portugal job?

    Oh yeah. I rememeber now.

  • Jerry


    Amazing how many players are getting linked with Arsenal this summer! One correction from the list, I think Murillo is mentioned twice on the list (#13 and 47 unless Inter has two different Murillos)


    yeah, the Telegraph article really does their best to take as many digs as they can at Arsene Wenger. One important piece they forgot to mention is that Henry’s Under-18 role is expected to be replaced by The Captain Tony Adams per Fox Sports:

    I think their quote from sports TV critic Giles Smith was hilarious: “One puzzle we’re nowhere nearer solving: how can the same Thierry Henry who is so open and engaging on the BBC be such a lump of wet wool on Sky Sports?”

  • Al

    Glad the traitor is leaving our club.

  • Walter

    Soon it will be ‘Higuain is spotted at the airport-o’clock time’ again.

  • Polo

    There are reports saying AW to meet Napoli representative about a bid for Higuain, the report suggest Arsenal to offer £50 million plus Giroud. That’s just crazy if true. Giroud’s agent on one of the radio station said Giroud would not mind going to Napoli if Arsenal sold him. I hope Arsenal keep Giroud and try to sign another striker, Lyon said they will sell Lacazzette for £42 million or there about. As much as some fans berate Giroud I personally think he is a top class striker who Arsenal should try to keep.