The transfer window deadline has been pre-recorded

By Tony Attwood

Maybe I blinked and missed it, or maybe its all been called off because of a dodgy medical, but the big Arsenal transfer, seems to have stopped.

Instead we have…

Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Real Madrid to sell Karim Benzema to Arsenal to fund Raheem Sterling move

That’s the big news.

But when previously I read in the Telegraph, I found…

Gabriel Paulista done …

I really thought I would start reading about him on  But it seems to have stopped dead.   The BBC has

“Arsenal striker Joel Campbell has joined Spanish club Villarreal on loan for the rest of the season.    The 22-year-old’s move is part of the deal that will see defender Gabriel Paulista move to the Premier League club for £15m, according to Villarreal.”

I mean Millwall, Mansfield Town and Crawley Town have each signed seven players so far.  So where is he?


“Arsenal plan to follow up the signing of Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal by adding Italian defender Daniele Rugani, 20, from Empoli.”  Thats Talk Sprout.   And that’s about it.

But perhaps the biggest news is that Sky Sports News won’t bring us the sex toys show any more on transfer window slamming shut night.

In the last window’s end we had a dildo being pushed in a journalist’s ear at Everton (they do that sort of thing in Liverpool) and a blow up doll at Crystal Palace (ditto south London) as local fans chanted “Sky Sports – killing our game since 1992”.

Simon Brodkin turned up in character as Jason Bent, saying he had signed for QPR in order to play in the Championship next season.   Although perhaps he should have said “the conference”.

According to The Telegraph, Sky Sports News HQ will pre-record segments that break the latest rumours and done deals, instead of reporting live.

Other reporters will be given the sanctuary of inside the grounds to reveal their news, no longer fearing the worse whenever the camera is pointed in their direction.

The Telegraph claims: “Sky Sports will NOT be doing live broadcasts with fans around from outside the grounds on transfer deadline day. Instead they will either pre-record reports or do them from inside the clubs. “

Meanwhile, what’s happened to our man?

22 Replies to “The transfer window deadline has been pre-recorded”

  1. The last I heard was from a mail article. This stated that after the medical he flew to paris to get or the legal paperwork sorted so it could be pushed through in time for him to be registered for this weekends game against villa. That was yesterday so as long as thouse reports are correct and on the money then I would expect something either today or tomorrow that’s as long as the permit issue was really sorted.

  2. I heard the club photographer was in Spain for the Youth league match and so couldn’t take the pictures of Gabriel. And no pictures is no announcement of course.

    I heard saying that Wenger himself would then take the pictures as he doesn’t delegate and he is a dictator but then they couldn’t find the camera (as it was in Spain) and as Wenger didn’t want to spend any money he refused to approve the purchase of a new camera and so again: no pictures is no announcement of course.

    I also heard saying by some that M’Villa who according to the serious media has been rumoured of having a medical at Arsenal since somewhere in 2011 said that he was first to see the doctor and didn’t want to let Gabriel through the door of the doctors cabinet.

    But apart from that I think it will be more down to Arsenal wanting the papers in their hands about the work permit and other possible papers you need to work and live in the UK before they make it public. Typical Arsenal one could say.

  3. Richard, that could well be right, didn’t Alexis have to leave the country for 24 hrs to get his permit ?

  4. Its very unlike AW to come out and say that this deal is almost done. unless they have someone else lined up and Gabrial is a decoy?
    we will look really stupid if we end up with no1.

  5. Gabriel Paulista was so overjoyed in joining arsenal he partied so hard he has moved from the spot for 48 ours, according to doctors say he will recover before the window shuts which is a big blow to M’vila who beefed up to guard the gates to the emirates.

  6. Just seen we are being put on red alert for some player.
    Red Alert?????!!!!!! Abandon ship, children and women first…

  7. rantetta

    As one guy on that link says:

    “He looks like a ‘take that you c***’ kinda guy” which on the face of it is something ,that would be welcome.

    It’s just a shame that if he is that kinda guy, he will spend most of his time suspended because as we all know kicking us is a National pastime, where as kicking back is totally unacceptable.

    Looking forward to his arrival though, if it ever happens 🙂

  8. I suppose the transfer window has as much to do with pundits (aka muppets) as players.

    I am not really happy to see Henry by a muppet for Sky. Sure, if he wants to do it for a little while, sort of like a piad vacation, do that. It would just be too easy for him to lose the support of Gooners by saying too many stupid things under direction of Sky management.

    So, we see that Henry is to take his UEFA B license in Wales.

  9. How far back to go?

    The BBC is all a flutter, MOTD has been resigned for another 3 years. Oh joyous day!

    No mention about keeping a civil tongue in their mouths.

    Q: Who is more intelligent, a blonde or all the muppets on MOTD/MOTD2/FootballFocus?

    A: The Blonde, he/she has 2 brain cells.

  10. Wenger updated team conditions.

    Alexis has a slight hamstring condition. Gabriel is available. Wellbeck is close (should be available for Spuds). Wilshere, Arteta and the Ox are almost as close as Wellbeck.

  11. Some people have a problem spelling Wilshere, mine was Welbeck. Tooooooo many ‘l’s. Sorry.


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