One thing to notice this window is that Arsenal’s priorities have been classified as exactly the same as everyone else’s, but are published as if they were just Arsenal’s priorities, on the basis that the journalists know that most football enthusiasts only read the transfer rumours about their club. Thus the paper can write, “A left-back appears to be Arsenal’s main priority, but a new striker or creative midfielder is also a possibility,” in every club’s entry, and no one notices. Twenty reviews for the price of one. Clever but rather underhanded.
Then there are the races created, such as the race that Arsenal had apparently joined “to sign Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, according to The Daily Excess. Except that actually the Excess says, “It appeared that N’Zonzi would have a straight choice to make between City and Chelsea.”
So if you can’t trust the Telegraph to report a rumour from another paper accurately, when it is simply a matter of cut and paste, what can you trust them on? (Don’t try and answer that – there is no answer).
Meanwhile, Alexis Sanchez having told the official Arsenal website that he is happy in London and keen to stay at the Emirates, has been spotted throwing his gloves away by other papers and they have seen that as symbolic of the fact that he is off. If it is a fact. Or even FACT!
Trouble is that Alexis said, “We always get our fans’ support in the thin and the thick, which is great,” which was not the case at Bournemouth, so maybe he’s now changed his mind as a result of the aaa by the seaside.
According to the Sun Arsenal and Leicester are set to go head-to-head for the signature of Nigerian striker Oghenekaro Etebo. Their reporter kindly tell us that Etebo made a name for himself in Rio during the summer when he became the first player in 44 years to score four goals in an Olympic fixture in Nigeria’s 5-4 win over Japan.
Etebo has been compared to Paul Pogba, but I suspect that lots of players have been thus compared by agents looking to make a quick buck. However he won African Football’s Most Promising Talent award in 2015.
Meanwhile while the last lot of headlines said that Jack Wilshere was not coming back, suddenly the story is changed, and with the entire midfield either away on leave or injured, the story now is that we might try and cut short Jack’s stay by the seaside. Although the Mirror is insisting we don’t want him.
The Sun reports that Chelsea are preparing a £21 million bid Ricardo Rodriguez and so Arsenal will lose out. But I wonder what “preparing” means. The money is in the bank because the owner has billions, so all they have to do is phone Wolfsburg and say, “is it true Ric Rod is a left back?” and they say “yes” and Chelski say, “may we talk to him,” and they say yes, and Chelsea says to him, would you like to come to London and earn vast amounts of money for doing sweet FA and he says, “yes” and Chelsea offer some money and Wolfsburg say “no”. That’s how it goes.
Meanwhile Granit Xhaka has learned all about the aaa, and their campaign against him, and has asked for a transfer. According to reports.
Meanwhile again several clubs are also preparing bids Hector Bellerin. This from the same source that told us that Alexis has already signed for a club in China, so you know it must be true.
The Sun claims Arsenal want Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic as a replacement for Santi Cazorla who has struggled with his Achilles and has had the op. But then that arrival would mean that Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey might not be wanted any more says the bun. And so we go around and around.
Desperate to find something, anything to say, The Mirror says that Mathieu Debuchy is going, but we have heard that so often, it might be the one rumour that is actually true. And everyone says Draxler has gone to PSG, with lots of stories about “only time will tell how much Arsenal will regret not signing him” as if he was ours for the asking.