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The Absolute Arsenal Transfer Index: 86 players we are signing, 21 players we are losing.

By Ima Counter, Professor of Mathematical Forecasting, University of Certain Things, Walsall.

Hi and welcome to the totally reformed Arsenal Transfer Index.  Two big changes you will see now I’ve taken over:

First I’ve made a special effort this week to try and make the numbers in part one get nicely and neatly from 1 to 86 without gaps or repetition.

Second I’ve correct the error on Carlos Bacca.  Many thanks for pointing it out.

And third (damn – we can change that “two changes” comment can’t we Tony?) [sure thing – Tony] we are 26 days into the window and it is definitely slowing down.  There’s only two new names this week.

Rather interestingly a few bloggettas are still running the Higuain to Arsenal story, but that’s robots for you.  The Independent has finally stopped trying to tell us that Heathrow Airport is in Bournemouth and is a transfer story.

The new coach we gained a couple of weeks ago (Mr Adams) has gone to China (where apparently planes get lost and it is raining a lot).

Here’s the summary of activity so far according to The Transfer Centre

Coming in (4)

At the arrivals gate Initial Fee
Granit Xhaka £26,700,000
Kelechi Nwakali £3,000,000
Rob Holding £2,000,000
Takuma Asano £800,000
Total Spent £32,500,000

Going away (5)

Departure Initial Fee
Isaac Hayden £2,500,000
Wellington Silva Free
Tomás Rosický Released
Mikel Arteta Released
Mathieu Flamini Released
Total Received £2,500,000

PS: I have seen reports that Hayden went on loan, but it does seem a sale, so at present the aways are winning 4-5.

Now the glorious Index…

Part One: Players coming in.  New entries and significant changes are 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 49 goal striker Milan We’re hijacking the deal! Arsenal seen off WHU
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
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 Jason Denayer Defender Man C £10m
18 Julian Draxler Left wing Wolfsburg who say he’s going nowhere £43m offer made. No, £54m Liverpool sniffing but that’s what they do
19 Matthias Ginter centre back Borussia Dortmund
20 Mario Götze Attack midfield Bayern Munich Flopped after Dortmund Liverpool
21 Goncalo Guedas Wing Benfica Next C Ronaldo Chelsea
22 Raphaël Guerreiro Left-backmidfield Lorient
23 Alen Halilovic. Attack midfield Barcelona Last season loan to Sporting Gijon,
24 Marek Hamsik‘ Attack midfield Napoli His father is demanding more money
25 Rico Henry Full back Walsall Next Ashley Cole
26 Gonzalo Higuain Striker Napoli £79m but no offer made Man U, Liverpool?
27 Rob Holding Winger Bolton £1.5m already signed Has is signed or not???
28 Elseid Hysaj Right back Napoli Staying at Napoli
29 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Striker PSG Self proclaimed God Went to Man U
30 Mauro Icardi Striker Inter £32m bid made deal very close Wife says they need the money
31 Odion Ighalo Striker Watford
32 Chiori Johnson Defender Aged 18, Signed pro forms
33 Jorginho “Strongest midfielder” Napoli Neil Banfield likes him
34 Stevan Jovetic 2nd striker Inter 1st mooted two years ago
35 N’Golo Kante Midfield Leicester Won the most tackles
36 Naby Keita Central mid Red Bull Salzburg
37 Toni Kroos No 10 Real Madrid £45m
38 Grzegorz Krychowiak Midfield destroyer Sevilla
39 Kalidou Koulibaly centre back Napoli Signed and Sealed but… Dependent on Chambers going.  Arsenal at the front of the queue
40 Alexandre Lacazette Forward Lyon French League top scorer 2014.15 To WHU or Arsenal for€50m
41 Robert Lewandowski Striker Bayern About to break the bank
42 Jordon Lukaku Left back Oostende Told Mr Wenger how to manage!
43 Romelu Lukaku Striker Everton Broke Everton’s PL scoring record Offer of £38m made
44 Sadio Mane Winger Southampton BBC say he’s gone to Liverpool
45 Kostas Manolas Centre back Roma for £38m deal agreed? Maybe to Chelsea
46 Maycon Midfield Corinthians new Ronaldo or Neymar or both.  Or neither.
47 Marquinhos Defender PSG His brother says AFC want him Man U Man C  Chelsea and Bayern Munich
48 Riyad Mahrez Wing Leicester £25m Considered him while at Le Havre AFC fans demand action for him on Twatter
49 Kostas Mitroglou Striker Benfica “Happy in Portugal”
50 Arkadiusz Milik Striker Ajax
51 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Midfield B Dortmund Went to Man U Liverpool! Chelsea, Tottenham
52 Alvaro Morata Striker Juventus (loan) Real Mad “About to happen” Snubbing Chelsea for Arsenal
53 Jeison Murillo Central defender Inter Columbian Talks have started Bayern Munich and Zenit
54 Ruben Neves Defend midfield Porto
55 Nolito Striker Celta Vigo £13.8m buy out clause
56 Kelechi Nwakali Midfield Diamond  Academy Already joined for £3m WHU, Bayern, Chelsea, Man U Liverpool?
57 Philipp Ochs Midfield Hoffenheim 19 year old
58 Quincy Promes Winger Spartak Moscow
59 Domingos Quina Midfield Chelsea
60 Adrien Rabiot Midfield PSG Asked for a move, not liked by fans Chelsea, Man U
61 Rafinha RB Bayern Munich Metro utterly certain
62 Jese Rodriguez Forward Real Mad Surplus to requirements
63 Ricardo Rodriguez Left back Wolfsburg £20m
64 Maxi Romero Forward All Boys, Argentina The new Messi We were going to sign him last year but he got injured
65 Daniele Rugani Centre back Juventus Can’t get a game. Man U, Everton, Napoli
66 Erik Tobias Sandberg Defender Norwegian schoolboy Under 17 Man U
67 Riccardo Saponara Attack midfield Empoli Liverpool?
68 Ryan Sessegnon Winger Fulham Liverpool?
69 Djibril Sidibé Full back & midfield Lille Cover at full back “Now gone to Monaco, Arsenal too slow”
70 Moussa Sissoko midfield Newcastle £35m  Sun now says “very likely”
71 Islam Slimani Striker £23.25m Sporting Lisbon £23.25m Tottenham, Leicester
72 Dominic Solanke striker Chelsea Chelsea want to keep him Arsenal preparing to steal him
73 John Stones CB Everton
74 Daniel Sturridge Striker Liverpool? “Will reportedly…” “Tried last year”
75 Neven Subotic Defender Borussia Dortmund Has left training to talk to Arsenal
76 Yaya Toure C Mid Man City
77 Arda Turan Attack midfield Barcelona 29, and wants to stay Struggled at Barca
78 Robin van Persie Forward Fenerbahce “We’re waiting for buyers”
79 Jamie Vardy Forward Leicester £20m Signed but kept it a secret or he’s off to Liverpool.
80 Thomas Vermaelen Centre defence Barcelona He’s fit again
81 Victor Wanyama Def. midf. Southampton
82 Julian Weigl Midf. Borussia Dortmund £20 million
83 Granit Xhaka Defend/ midfield Monchengladbac “Deal done”  He signed. Chelsea were rivals but failed.
84 Andriy Yarmolenko Winger Dynamo Kiev Tottenham Liverpool
85 Simone Zaza Forward Juventus
86 Karl Zouma Keeper Chelsea
Part Two Departures
1 Alexis Forward Juventus bids made Asking for transfer Agent trying to get move
2 Arteta End of  career
3 Bellerin Full back Barcelona Now mulling over Man C deal But also denied
4 Joel Campbell West Ham But he wants to stay and fight for his place
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 Olivier Giroud Forward Napoli Part exchange “We’ve never talked to Napoli”
10 Isaac Hayden Centre back Newcastle
11 Laurent Koscielny Defend Bayern Contract talks stalled? End of contract? Not end of contract
12 Per Mertesacker Defend Considering his future
13 David Ospina Goal Besiktas
14 Rosicky End of contract
15 Santi Cazorla Mid/For Back to Villareal
16 Mesut Ozil Midfield Delayed talks
17 Jon Toral Midfield To Granada
18 W. Szczesny Goal Roma Happy in Rome Returning to AFC.  No, staying as part of Manolas deal.  No staying on loan
19 Theo Walcott Wing State Aid Utd or Liverpool? £20m On the verge; or maybe not going
20 Wellington Silva Fluminense on four-year deal
21 Jack Wilshere Midfield Man U They will build the team around him
  Part Three: Coaching
Adam Birchall Lead Development Phase coach  Works with under 16s
Thierry Henry Under 18 Left over TV issue
Tony Adams Under 18   5 week trial  He left after a couple of weeks.
Part Four: Up from the youth
Krystian Bielik Defender Arsenal Given no 37
1 Stefan O’Conner Defender was with York To Maastricht
2 Gedion Zelalem Attack mid Arsenal Loaned to Rangers  Not listed on for any team
3 Chris Willock Attack midf. Arsenal Played in U21s.  Given no59
4 Jeff Reine-Adélaïde Wing Arsenal Moving into first team
 5  Matt Macey  Goal Arsenal Moving into first team squad?  Allocated no 49
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
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24 comments to The Absolute Arsenal Transfer Index: 86 players we are signing, 21 players we are losing.

  • colario

    S P U R S

    Stupid pundits uttering ridiculous



    Stupid press uttering ridiculous statements.

    More suggestions please.

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  • Brickfields Gunners

    Ubiquitous &
    Spittle ?

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  • tunnygriffboy

    Once again we’re sniggering at these ridiculous rumours. The sad thing is we haven’t signed anyone to the positions we need strengthening bar Xhaka who is a great signing.

    We have two weeks to go to the Liverpool game in which we’ll have half a team out. New faces may be helpful for that game

    Our squad wasn’t good enough to win the title last season and it certainly isn’t good enough to win this season as it stands.

    We desperately need a high quality forward or two. We also need a quality CB and if the rumour of Mert being out for five months are true the CB position is a must to fill. Kos is 31, will be back late and last season he started to pick up niggling injuries. The thought of being left with Gabriel, Chambers and Holding terrifies me.

    Once again the squad is nearly there but without a couple more top players we will once again fall short

    With the league awash with money and top level managers the league will be as tough as it’s ever been. Without reinforcements in certain positions we are once again one or two injuries away from finding ourselves struggling

  • Va Cong


  • Andy Mack

    I think you’ll find that 20 has already gone back to BvB.
    The strong rumour is 26 is going to Juve.
    35, 38, 55 and 81 are also ‘done deals’ (but not with us).

  • Andy Mack

    Oh, and Zelalem is listed under ‘academy players on loan’ on (and has been for nearly a year).

  • WalterBroeckx

    We almost sound like a chinese take away menu…. I’ll have the number 87 whoever that may be on the list 😉

  • Yellow Canary

    I expect if we sign no one before the Liverpool game and then lose they’ll be shouts of “spend some fucking money”. Then we’ll sign Aubameyang and everyone will be happy. Or Male, Drake, Bastin, Dunne, Hapgood, Crayston and Bowden and we’ll be known as the Invisibles.

  • tunnygriffboy


    Rightly so. The manager and board will deserve any flak they get if we reach the Liverpool game without adding to the squad. It would be disgraceful

  • Jerry

    Well, Walter looks like no 87 is Wissam Ben Yedder according to the Metro and I’m supposed to be mad about the:


  • WalterBroeckx

    Oh is it “losing our head-time” again? Oh dear….

  • Markyb

    Saw lots of A statement from Lyon stories by our beloved tabloids today about Lafayette. Funny, I couldn’t find it linked to Lyon themselves.

  • Leon

    You haven’t touched on our “injury crisis” yet.
    Currently our injured & unfit players include: Sanchez, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Cazorla & Gabriel and is expanding daily.
    Time to panic.

  • Leon

    ….and Welbeck (the forgotten man of Arsenal)

  • Markyb

    Thought Cazorla is in the USA and Gabriel has a virus.

  • Polo

    Tony since you have some connection with the club, just for fun, can you tweet say ‘according to a reliable source at AFC, Arsenal is on the verge of signing Santa Claus and Ruldoph’. I think all the media will publish it.

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  • Brickfields Gunners

    St. Totteringham’s Day !

  • Kenneth Widmerpool