The players Arsenal are buying and selling. What are they smoking in Fleet Street?




By Sir Hardley Anyone

This is the fourth summer transfer window running that Arsenal have been “linked” with the transfer of Zaha, which really suggests a certain lack of imagination among some football creatives.  I mean, making up new transfers just to fill up space is one thing, but re-running not just last year’s stories but those of the year before and the year before, all of which were untrue really is scraping the barrel.

So at the moment we have 33 players coming in and 21 players leaving.   Surveys in previous summers have suggested that only 2% or 3% of the incoming stories are true which means Arsenal will buy between 0.66 and 0.99 percent of a player.

But we do know Ainsley Maitland-Niles has gone.

Part One: The 33 players Arsenal are buying (according to reports)

No Player Position From  Sources No of reports
1 Ilias Akhomach Forward Barcelona Football Express 1
2 Marco Asensio Right wing Real Madrid Metro, HITC 2
NEW Nicolò Barella Midfield Inter Milan An alternative to Rice FFC and again HITC 3
NEW Harvey Barnes Winger Leicester FoLo 1
5 Sacha Boey. Defender Galatasaray HITC  GMS 2
6 Moises Caicedo Def midfield Brighton Fo-Lo  Give Me Sport  Terms Agreed – Mirror  Sports Bible, Arsenal Station Telegraph  AFC pulled out  FoLo – its now unlikely 8
7 Joao Cancelo Full back Manchester City On loan with Bayern.  Sky Football Talk  GiveMeSport – it will be difficult.   FFC  Football Talk   “Agreed” FoLo  HITC  FFC 8
8 Timothy Castagne Right back Leicester City Leicester having a fire sale  Modest price 2
9 Federico Chiesa Forward Juventus TBR 1
10 Moussa Diaby Winger Bayer Leverkusen Football Talk  Arsenal in the lead  Team Talk 3
11 Serge Gnabry Midfield Bayern Munich FoLo 1
12  Wilfried Gnonto Winger Leeds FoLo 1
13 Ilkay Gundogan Midfield Manchester City Evening Standard   GivemeSport  Hard Tackle TBR TBR (2) Telegraph 7
Update Kai Havertz Attacking midfield Chelsea TheRealChamps  3 Added MinutesTBR HITC  Henry says he’s worth it  FoLo Football Fancat Bayern want him  HITC  Chelsea say no  90min  EPL Index  Team Talk  HITC  Chelsea want £70m  Goal- he’s going to Bayern   AFC leading  Compared to Bergkamp Caught Offside (He chooses his number) It’s done and its weird (FFC)  It would be a mistake (Last Word) Having a medical HITC  Get Football 24
15 Brennan Johnson Wing Nottingham Forest HITC 1
16 N’Golo Kante Defensive midfield Chelsea Telegraph 1
Update Romeo Lavia Defensive midfield Southampton TBR Arseblog Team Talk FFC The Top Flight  Deal done (Just Arsenal News) TBR 7
18 Maddison Attacking midfield Leicester Mirror 1
19 Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Midfield Lazio Goal 1
20 Mason Mount Midfield Chelsea Telegraph 1
21 Amadou Onana Defensive midfield Everton Telegraph 1
22 Benjamin Pavard Defender  Bayern Munich FFC 1
NEW Adrian Rabiot Midfield Juventus Sports Mole – no its Man U or Newcastle (Caught offside) 3
24 Declan Rice Defensive midfield West Ham Football London, Sun., Metro  Football Talk.   “Terms agreed” Football Transfers.  Going to Man U, 4th Official  Shoot  Give Me Sport.  Mirror (“it’s on”)  It will happen soon (HITC)  Bid Made (HITC)   Going to Chelsea (TBR) Quick move to AFC (Give me sportThe Top Flight  AFC offer too low   Going to Man C 16
25 Alexis Sanchez Forward Marseille The Sun Football 365 (player has called Arteta) 2
26 Savio Right Wing Troyes TBR 1
Update Xavi Simons Forward PSV Hard Tackle   TBR – it’s happening. Mirror 3
28 Dominik Szoboszla Attacking midfield RB Leipzig Daily Canon 1
29 Youri Tielemans Midfield Leicester City HITC Telegraph 2
NEW Jurrien Timber Defender Ajax FFC ESPN Caught Offside FoLo TBR  AFC have advantage (Sports Bible) 6
31 Dusan Vlahovic Forward Juventus €80m  Calciomercatoweb,Telegraph 2
32 Nico Williams Forward Athletic Bilbao TBR 1
NEW Wilfried Zaha Wing Crystal Palace Football 365 1


And the 21 players that are said to be leaving Arsenal.

No Player To Notes
1 Balogun Crystal Palace TBR  Just Arsenal
2 Gabriel PSG PSG Talk. Hard Tackle
3 Okonkwo or Hein ? FoLo; one of the keepers will go
Released Kaleel Green
Released Joel Ideho
6 Jorginho AC Milan or Napoli Sportsmole
Released George Lewis
Released Ainsley Maitland Niles
9 Marquinhos Going on loan TBR
NEW Nketiah West Ham Hammers News   He’s worried about his future (Just Arsenal).  Questioning his future (Metro) and Mirror
11 Martin Odegaard PSG FoLo
Released Okonkwo or Hein ? FoLo; one of the keepers will go
13 Thomas Partey Two undisclosed Serie A clubs Just Arsenal
Released Tino Quamina
15 Emile Smith Rowe WHU HITC
Released Mathaeus Roberts
Released Matt Smith
Released Tom Smith
19  Pépé ??? TBR  TeamTalk: AFC may terminate contract
Update Tierney Newcastle Mirror And Mirror again   TBR  Newcastle World
21 Xhaka ?? FoLo

5 Replies to “The players Arsenal are buying and selling. What are they smoking in Fleet Street?”

  1. Bloggers and wannabe media outlets simply regurgitate anything Ornstein, Romano or msm write. They are pathetic. As for ‘reliable’ Romano! What a joker. If you follow closely you will see he regurgitates his own rumours and has a laser like eye for stating the bleeding obvious.
    The great wizard Ornsteins latest gem is they naught seek Rice alternative . No shit Sherlock.

  2. Both Romano and Ornstein are fakes, Ornstein more so. Both are good at regurgitating and trying to figure out who is better at it makes me dizzy. They should go into politics.

  3. It seems from these transfer stories tha anyone who plays for Arsenal is rubbish. We therefore needs to sign new players who become rubbish as soon.

  4. Why don’t the BBC disinformation unit turn their attention to transfer rumours? They might actually have some success for a change.

  5. Why is it that any player linked with Arsenal is miles better than those already at Arsenal? Why is it that every club is better than Arsenal and why is it that every match will be difficult for Arsenal to win compared to the remaining 18 PL teams?

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