By Tony Attwood, star of stage, screen…. all that stuff.
OK, I have been up all night playing the Puma video over and over again, and indeed have run up a £25,483 phone bill telling friends across the world of the long hold shot on “Making the Arsenal” in the middle of it, and that may have affected my judgement a little bit, but in the middle of it all I found this guy who knows.
I mean really knows.
And he told me the signings:
These three are completed. The latest is Ben Sheaf from West Ham United for a fee to be agreed later.
He is 16 year, he is a midfielder, has played twice for England’s under 16. We have also signed Mourgos Savvas (a central midfielder) and Elias Hatzitheodoridis (left back), via the Arsenal elite Academy in Greece established in 2011.
That makes three.
Signing 4: Mathieu Debuchy The Star says (and lots of sites are now repeating, some rather naughtily claiming exclusives,) that “Arsenal will confirm the arrival of France international Mathieu Debuchy after the World Cup.” The fee is £12m fee with Newcastle for the left back. Why after the world cup? Who knows. Signing 5: Alexis Sanchez – terms agreed
The constantly anti-Arsenal Telegraph, looking more each day like it is edited by Desperate Dan, say in a headline “Arsenal try to hijack Liverpool’s Sanchez move”
But the Independent is slightly more clear with “Luis Suarez to Barcelona: Liverpool striker on brink of £80m transfer – but Alexis Sanchez could be Arsenal bound”
The point about all this is that the “troubled” Suárez signed a contract with Liverpool in December, which goes to 2018. But like all Liverpool contracts it has a (totally deniable and “we’ll lie about it if we have to”) release clause in it.
The Guardian, still trying to hide the fact that they failed to get even close to what Arsenal were up to last summer, have re-run today the notion that Liverpool did nothing amiss last summer when they were made to look a little foolish by Arsenal (who were dealing with the Tottenham attempts to stop the sale of Ozil as part of the Bale deal). The paper rather ludicrously states that the contract extension of the disturbed centre forward, was “designed to eradicate the problems that erupted over his thwarted attempt to sign for Arsenal 12 months ago.”
But perhaps closer to reality Spanish journalist Guillem Balague says Arsenal have already agreed contractual terms with Alexis Sanchez, but have yet to agree a fee with Barcelona for the Chilean…
However now that Barce and Liverpool are ready to do a one-off deal for Suarez the Sanchez deal can go through.
CaughtOffside claim that “Arsenal are edging closer to completing a stunning move to bring in Real Madrid duo Karim Benzema and Angel di Maria as part of an overhaul of the Gunners attack.
Benzema’s contract runs out in 12 months (less a couple of days) and he has apparently said that only a doubling of his salary will keep him in Spain.
This means the signing of Loic Remy is now off the agenda.
If Angel di Maria comes in that could mean a departure of Lukas Podolski but not necessarily. The fact that Arsenal went public with their uptake of concerns about the number of contact injuries Arsenal suffer in matches shows that they are taking the Untold revelations about injuries ever more seriously. di Maria, Theo Walcott, and Lukas Podolski – perm any two from three.
The expenditure on these two from Real Mad could be £71m. But Real Mad won’t sign unless their own deals are in place – a bit like the Bale delayed Ozil deal last summer.
On the other hand this does give us quite a few centre forwards. But never mind. You read it here first. Or second. Or third.
Did I tell you about Puma featuring “Making the Arsenal”?
- Making the Arsenal – by Tony Attwood – how the modern Arsenal was born
- Arsenal v Tottenham; the team and some rather jolly recent history
- We are running out of referees, and the reason is the PGMO.
- Arsenal v Tottenham: the key fact the media won’t to tell you – and why they won’t
- Arsenal v Tottenham: different clubs, different managers, different successes
- Arsenal v Tottenham with clubs now getting more cards than they put in tackles!