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The 89 players now tipped to be joining Arsenal this summer. The Index vol 9.

By Tony Attwood

There is no doubt things have stalled.  The number of new players and new rumours in the last week has been virtually nothing – all we have had is the rehashing of the same old same old.  It is by and large a pretty poor show.   We’re only on 89 and we need 110 to beat last summer’s total.

But why?   What has gone wrong?

The obvious answer is that the journalists who make these stories up know that they have been busted, and realise that they are being laughed at.   OK some of the slower one’s haven’t got it yet but many have just given up the chase of mythical tales.

But there is a hilarious version doing the rounds which says that “for a 25 player team (apart from young players), you need 7 british (or considered british) players.   Gibbs, Chambers and Jenkinson all fit that profile.   Having them leave means a ‘non-british’ player of the 25 has to leave as well unless of course you find a replacement. I guess Walker’s transfer from Spurs to City was so highly valued also because he is british.”

Well, not quite.  The rule says that at least eight of the 25 players over 21 must be “home grown” and thus the maximum number of non-home grown players is 17.  A team could have no home grown players at all, and still register 17 “foreign” players.   So the maximum number of 17 “foreigners” is always the same.

The reason why virtually every team except Arsenal had only 22 or 23 players registered was because they couldn’t find enough home growns for the remaining slots.

But there is a real issue for Arsenal.  If they sign more and more players that sends out a signal to their youngsters that they won’t get a place in the squad.   While the youth production line at La Masia has slipped up of late, Arsenal’s youngsters just keep on coming through (and they are all of course considered “home grown” irrespective of where they were born.

 

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Still, those bloggettas are always good for a laugh.   Here’s the index…

No Player Club Position Notes
 1 Tammy Abraham Chelsea  Striker  Currently on loan to Bristol City
2 Aguero Man City Striker The deal is that we can have him in return for Alexis!  Paul Merson seems to think this is the deal.
3 Alcantara Barcelona Midfield Has requested a transfer to get more playing time.
4 Marcelo Allende  Deportes Santa Cruz Attack m’f  Had 3 trials, training with first team.  Signing today!  Actually that was two weeks ago.
Update Marco Asensio Real Madrid Attack Midfield Man U, Roma, Liverpool, Arsenal interested with last two battling it out.  He’s 21, unhappy at Real Mad. Deal is now on.
6 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund Striker £80m to replace Alexis.  Man U want him
7 Carlos Bacca AC Milan Striker He’s 32 years old.  Was going to WHU
8 Gareth Bale Real Mad Striker Stan Collymore tipped this one.
9  Ross Barkley  Everton Attack mid  Been there since 2010 and played 150 games – does he really want to come? Arsenal fighting Man U and Tottenham
10 Aymen Barkok Eintracht Frankfurt Midfield According to R E Ports
Update Karim Benzema Real Mad F’wd Definitely going to either AFC or Chelsea.  Star says replacement for Alexis.  Latest it will be a swap deal
12 Sander Berge Genk Midfield Everton, Monaco and Sevilla all want him
13 Andrea Belotti Juventus F’wd Sadly he has just signed a new contract
14 Yacine Brahimi  Porto Attack m/field He’s 27 and plays for Algeria.
15 Marcelo Brozovic Inter Midfield Arsenal “weighing up a move for the Croatian midfielder” in order “revamp” the team (!!!) Scouts watching him.  Wenger likes him.
16 Joel Campbell Return F’wd Loan period ending; but he’s injured
17 Iker Casillas Porto Goal To solve our goalkeeping “crisis”
18 Hakan Calhanoglu Bayern Leverkusen Playmaker
19 Kingsley Coman  Juventus Wing On loan with Bayern this season
20 Max Cruse Werder Bremen Striker Only played in Germany and is “troubled”
21 Juan Cuadrado Juventus New Alexiss Arsenal made £17.6m bid
23 Mousa Dembele  Celtic New Alexis 32 goals in 48 games last season
24 Virgil Van Dijk Southampton Defence Helps us play a back 3 all the time.  A prime target because “Arsenal’s defence is so fragile”
25 Ederson Benfica Goal 23 year old to replace Cech
26/27 Danilo and Silva Paços de Ferreira Arsenal scouts are watching them even though they no longer play there.
28 Pontus Dahlberg Gothenburg Goal “Being keenly watched” or “do we need another keeper?
29 Oghenekaro Etebo Feirense Winger Scored 4 goals in Olympics
30 Cesc Fabregas Chelsea Midfield Daily Mirror says its a deal
31 Fabinho Monaco RB & def midfield Played 67 times for Monaco
32 Emil Forsberg RB Leipzig Midfield He’s Swedish and he’s 25 years old
33 Jose Luis Gaya  Valencia LB Man City winning the race
34 Ben Gibson Middlesbrough Centre back £30m.  Tottenham want him.
35 Aleksandr Golovin CSKA Moscow Midfield Going cheap at £10m.  AFC in the final stages of buying him.
36 Leon Goretzka Shalke Midfield £21m, 1 yr left on contract.  Wanted to replace Ozil (Most quoted story by far).  He said “I’m not impressed by newspaper reports.” “Arsenal are keen” (Sport Bild).
37 Robert Green Leeds Goal He was their 1st choice, now they’ve bought someone else, so want to unload him on us!!!
38 Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid Forward Man U don’t want him after all.
39 Amine Harit Nantes M’fld Arsenal have given him a trial.  He is 19-years-old
40 Dalbert Henrique Nice Left Back Inter want him. He’s played 33 times for Nice.  Although an old story this one has just popped up again
41 Lorenzo Insigne Napoli F’wd Liverpool! are on alert!
42 Jakub Jankto Udinese M’fld To play alongside Xhaka.  Arsenal set to sign him.  TalkSport say it is about to happen.
43 Jorginho Napoli M’fld Arsenal warned not to hang about by agent
44 Naby Keïta RB Leipzig Right back Has refused to sign a new contract
45 Simon Kjaer Fenerbache Centre back Both Inter and AC Milan are after him
46 Grzegorz Krychowiak PSG Def M’fd New in the sense that this is the first entry for him this year, but it is the third year he has been tipped to join us.
47  Koke Atl Madrid M’fld Replacement for Santi Cazorla
48 Dawid Kownacki Lech Poznan Striker the new Robert Lewandowski’
SIGNED Sead Kolašinac Schalke Defender The deal is announced by Arsenal
50 Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli Centre back Because Chambers and Gabriel are both leaving !?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
51 Gaëtan Laborde Bordeaux Forward He’s 23 and Liverpool want him
SIGNED Alexandre Lacazette Olympique Lyonnais Striker Man City wanted him. At. Madrid can’t sign him  Mr Wenger spotted in France.  About to sign.  Done £45m
Update Thomas Lemar Monaco Midfield Liverpool or Juventus will beat us.  No Barcelona are going to hijack the deal. No it’s Man U.  No Arsenal are making a third bid NOW! He wants to move.  £45m.  Yes we’ve made the bid and it’s been accepted. (Star Sun Express Metro),  No the deal “stalled”
54 Mario Lemina Juventus Centre Midfield He’s 23, previously with  Lorient and Marseille and is flattered by Arsenal’s interest.  “Arsenal’s top midfield target”
55 Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Goal scorer Captain of Poland, scores goals for fun.  but is he actually going to leave?
56 Romelu Lukaku Everton Forward Absolute dead cert to join AFC
57 Kylian Mbappe Monaco F’wd The French press seem sure this is on at around €100m.  Man U have bid £120m. James Richardson: “My understanding is that Arsenal are very confident of signing Mbappe.”  Mr Wenger: We ain’t made no bid
58 Max Meyer Schalke 04 Attack midfield One year left on contracct
59 Alvaro Morata Real Mad Striker To replace Alexis Sanchez – but he is more of a striker than a winger /striker.  Pld 26 scored 15 last year
60 M’Baye Niang AC Milan Forward
Update Rihad Mahrez Leicester Winger He says he has an agreement that he can now leave.  Tottenham & Barce want him too.  About to sign for Arsenal. Leicester want £50m. We’re only buying if Alexis goes.  No, we can buy as Roma have pulled out.
62 Nikola Maksimovic Napoli Centre back On loan from Torino but not getting regular games
63 Pedro Neto SC Braga Left wing £17m release clause.  Arsenal made bid.  Battling with Man U.
64 Henry Onyekuru  KAS Eupen Forward He’s 19 usually plays on the left, one for the future.  Not going to WHU, but is off to Dortmund
NEW Bright Osayi-Samuel Blackpool Winger Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton and Everton wand him
66 Oguzhan Ozyakup Besiktas Midfield £20m is the fee being quoted.  He says he wants to come to Europe.  Roma have offer £13m
67 Florentin Pogba St Etienne Defender Brother of Paul at Man U
68 Sokratis Papastathopoulos Borussia Dortmund Defender Chelsea and Arsenal are after him according to the increasingly unbelievable Sun
69 Leandro Paredes Roma Midfield A story from last year now resurrected
70 Jordon Pickford Sunderland Goal Although Mr W has said he is not looking to sign a keeper.  Man U, Everton and Liverpool want him.  “Bid expected”
71 Danilo Pereira Porto Midfield enforcer Juventus also want him
72 Pizzi Benfica Playmaker Liverpool and Juventus want him
73 James Rodriguez Real Madrid Midf/wing  Juventus Milan Man U want him.  Bid made
74 Ivan Perisic Inter Midf/ wing Man U desperate for him
NEW Davison Sanchez Ajax Cent def Arsenal about to hijack Tottenham deal
NEW Jadon Sancho Manc C Left wing Refused to sign Man C contract and Nelson urging him to come to London
77 Kasper Schmeichel Leicester Goal The man to solve our goalkeeping “crisis”
78 Patrik Schick Sampdoria Centre forward ‘Next Ibrahimovic’.  Expected to go to Juventus but they have not finalised the deal
79 Michaël Seri Nice Midfield Tottenham, Barcelona and PSG want him.
NEW Ryan Sessegnon Fulham Left back Tottenham had a bid rejected.
81 Leandro Miguel Pereira Silva Académica Midfield He’s on loan from Porto – and the info on him is confusing.  I think not
82 Chris Smalling.  Man U Centre back Played 153 times for Man U.
83 Wojciech Szczesny Roma loan Goal Mr W. said that he is not looking to sign a keeper (allegedly) so everyone assumes it is Szcz’s return; but he didn’t – he left
84 John Terry Chelsea Nasty This story from the Daily Mail.  He went to Aston Villa
85 Corentin Tolisso  Lyon M/fld or F’wd French international, dreams of Arsenal.  Still being mentioned.  £30m & is ready to leave
86 Arda Turan Barcelona M’fld He’s 30 years old
87 Wellington Silva Fluminese Buy back and sell on at onceto Bordeaux
88 Jack Wilshere Bournemouth M’fld 75% of guys in the pub want him back
89 Joshua Zirkzee. Feyenoord Forward scoring 33 goals in 27 games to attract the interest of several big clubs.

3 comments to The 89 players now tipped to be joining Arsenal this summer. The Index vol 9.

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    With the FA regulations and procedures guiding the recruitment of players that will make the senior 25 man official list of any Premier League club as it’s highlighted in this article posting, but I don’t know if the number of the none home grown players in the current Arsenal senior 25 man list is saturated already or not. But assuming that Lucas Perez, Mathieu Debuchy and Gabriel Paulista are successful sold this summer, then of course there will be 3 rooms that will become vacant to lodge in 3 more foreign top quality player signings this summer in the Arsenal 25 man list after haven lodged in Kolasinac and Lacazette already early this summer. So, as regarding the maximum 17 foreign senior team squad players allowed by the FA, Arsenal can still do 2 – 3 more senior foreign player signings this summer before the window closes on 31st of this month but if they sell the 3 foreign Gunners I’ve mentioned above.

    But haven said my aforesaid, the future of 3 top Gunners who all have only a season left on their current deals at the club to rundown before it’s expired, and who are being hyped by the media to leave Arsenal this summer is not yet certain. For, it’s only when this summer transfer window is shut we will know for certain if they’ll remain at Arsenal for this current season campaign at least up to the end of December this year if they haven’t renew their deals at the club by then when Arsenal could take a final decision to sell the trio in January widow but at a lower price than if they sell them now this summer. But if the club is looking to be winning the league and the trio are playing a vital role in that regard, Arsenal could decide to keep them till the end of the season but lose them on the free if the club can still not get them to renew or extend their staying at the club.

    But as for the 8 senior players who must be British in the Arsenal senior team squad, I believe that is the main reason behind Le Prof wanting to keep Oxlade Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere at the club this summer but could still sell Gibbs and Jenkinson. I think the 8 British senior players that will remain in the Arsenal 25 man list for official registration this summer should in my thinking be: Macey, Chambers, Holding, Bramal, Ramsey, Wilshere, Chamberlain and Walcott. From the look of things in the context of the 8 British senior players Arsenal must have in their official 25 man list with the FA this summer as we can see, it has become imperative for Le Prof to keep Chambers this summer unless he has other solution to solve the problem.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Samuel,

    The rule is that a squad can contain no more than 17 overseas players. To get to the 25 one can then include home-grown players. These are players who are qualified to play for England or Wales or who have been with an English or Welsh registered academy for a minimum of three years before their 21st birthday. If you have more than 8 home-grown players over 21 years old the number of places available in the 25man squad for overseas players reduces accordingly.

    Thus players like Bellerin, Coquelin who joined Arsenal before their 18th birthday count towards our Home-grown numbers.

    Fabregas still counts as a home grown player due to the time he was with us before he turned 21. Once you get the home-grown status you don’t lose it.

    Hope this helps

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    @Andrew Crawshaw, thanks for the explanations. I was of the thinking that the 8 home grown who have clocked 21 and above must be British in the 25 man list. But with what you have explained, and as Coquelin and Bellerin being counted as home grown, does that means their inclusion into the Arsenal 25 man senior team squad this season in which they will certainly be included could jeopardize the inclusion of Chambers and Bramal in the 25 man list? For me, it will be a shame if these duo are not included in the final list.

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