The 27 players Arsenal are looking to buy, and the five they are selling



By Sir Hardly Anyone.

Each year we collect the names of players that the esteemed British media tell us Arsenal are looking to buy.  The highest level of accuracy in these stories was last season with 3%.  So the media is now in a race to if they can possibly manage to get four predictions of the hundred or so they will make between now and the traditional window slamming in September.

But it could be another tough summer for sales for Arsenal – so says Substack, which is rather odd given the level of buying in the last few windows and the rise in the team’s fortunes that has emerged from there.

Here in case you have forgotten is how the season’s have ended for Arsenal of late…


W D L F A Pts Pos FAC
2018–19 21 7 10 73 51 70 5th R4
2019–20 14 14 10 56 48 56 8th W
2020–21 18 7 13 55 39 61 8th R4
2021–22 22 3 13 61 48 69 5th R3
2022-23 26 6 6 88 43 84 2nd R4
2023/24* 24 5 5 82 26 56 1st R3

* 4 games to play

So with those four to play Arsenl need two wins and two draws or better, to beat last season’s points tally.  Seven goals to beat last season’s goal tally.   And fewer than 17 against to have a better defence than last season.  I think we can safely bet that the defence tally will be bettered.

Arsenal have (according to pundits) a pretty long list of deadwood they would like to move on, getting fees for them could be tough.   And we have already had warnings.  For example Scott Willis noted on X that “It could be another tough summer for sales for Arsenal – Arsenal have a pretty long list of deadwood they would like to move on.”   Hmmm .   “Another”???

But we have already had a novelty posting with TBR tipping Arsenal to buy a player and then saying no Arsenal won’t because his personality is wrong.  These bloggers eh?   What are they like?

So we now have 27 players coming to Arsenal and five leaving.  That squad is already looking rather overfull, given that we actually had a 25 list this season of, well, counting it up, 25.

But I am sure it will all work out in the end.


No Player From Source
NEW Leon Bailey Aston Villa Teamtalk
2 Franceso Camarda, AC Milan FFC
3 Eduardo Camavinga Real Madrid Caught Offside
Update Ousmane Diomande Sporting CP Express   The TrivelaEffect  Also Newcastle
5 Éderson Atalanta Sportwitness
6 Alexander Isak. Newcastle Utd Pain in the Arsenal  Just Arsenal 
7 Mikayel Faye Barcelona Hard Tackle
8 Santiago Giménez Feyenoord Inside Football  TBR Sport Witness
9 Leon Goretzka Bayern Munich Football Espana
NEW Bruno Guimarães. Newcastle
11 Victor Gyokeres Sporting Lisbon Pain in the Arsenal, Football London, Just Arsenal, TBR  FFC
NEW Joshua Kirkzee Bologna London World
13 Manu Kone Borussia Monch’ Caught Offisde
14 Hugo Larsson Eintracht Frankfurt 442  Sport Witness
15 Rafael Leao AC Milan Weallfollowunited
16 Arthur Melo AC Milan Sport Witness
NEW Michael Olise. Crystal Palace Football Fancast Football Insider
NEW Samu Omorodion Atletico Madrid London World
Update Victor Osimhen Napoli TBR, FoLo
NEW Willian Pacho Eintracht Frankfurt Metro
21 Benjamin Sesko RB Leipzig Caught Offside, , 90 Min
Update Georgiy Sudakov Shakhta D HITC Sport Witness
Update Ivan Toney Brentford TBR, Sports Mole  London World  AFC Wont Buy (TBR)
NEW Ollie Watkins Aston Villa FoLo
NEW Estevo Willian Palmeiras Hard Tackle (Chelsea also want him)..  CanonStats, Goal
Update Martin Zubimendi Real Sociedad TeamTalk,  Express  Metro
Update Joshua Zirkzee. Bologna Pain in the Arsenal, Sky Sports, Football Talk Arsenal Station, Caught Offside, FoLo  Standard  Teamtalk  FoLo(2)
NEW Mo Elneny LA Galaxy Avalon
Update Jorginho, Barcelona, LA Galaxy Teamtalk   Avalon
NEW Cedric Soares LA Galaxy  Avalon
Update Kieran Tierney Celtic Glasgow World  Not leaving as he is injured
5 Charlie Patino Fulham Hard Tackle, Football Espana Standard


3 Replies to “The 27 players Arsenal are looking to buy, and the five they are selling”

  1. You missed sales of Partey (20-25m apparently) and Nketiah ( we can only hope) Ramsdale

  2. As I have said on previous occasions, the term “deadwood” is inappropriate and insulting and should never be applied to any Arsenal player. Of course, not all players are world-class and some players may have passed their peak and it may be mutually beneficial for them to leave at some stage.

    Journalists use such terms, (also “flop” as an example) commonly. However, no supporter should ever make the mistake of copying this practice. Any player who has represented Arsenal as a professional is entitled to our respect.

  3. @ John L

    Any player who has had a contract with a pro club in England deserves our utmost respect.

    As an immensely keen, yet only moderately talented, Sunday League player in the 70’s I couldn’t have even dreamed of playing semi-pro. I was privileged, however, to have played against semi-pros on a couple of occasions and even faired reasonably.

    The fact is, as an amateur I was pretty shite. Anybody who even gets a professional contract with an English club is already in the top 1% of players in the country. They should be very, very proud. They will never be deadwood in the eyes of anyone with an IQ of above 11….and that (probably) includes the vast majority of fans!!

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