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October 2020

Transfer deadline: shock horror, all those rumours were untrue!

By Billy the Dog McGraw

Actually not too much.

Debuchy has gone to Bordeaux on loan.  According to the Mirror Man U made an effort to get him but Arsenal refused to do the deal.  Also talk that Villa wanted him, but ditto there.

That is all that is confirmed on at the moment.

Yaya Sanogo is ending his loan at Ajax and joining Championship Charlton according to some of the rolling news services.

Serge Gnabry is going on loan, but I still can’t find a confirmation.  However as I understand it, as long as he goes to a Championship side he can do the loan deal as an “emergency loan” even though quite patently it isn’t anything of the kind.

The emergency loan system continues through to late March, and then will happen again next season, but that is due to be the last.   Since it has been abused wholesale (99% of the loans are far from emergencies in most definitions of the word) the whole thing will shut down, and all deals including loans will have to be sorted in the transfer windows.

Nothing at all on the two Nigerian lads who were supposed to be coming.

Meanwhile Blacksheep has been pointing out that Chuba Akpom could play for Hull against Arsenal in the cup if Arsenal agree.  Tony’s saying Mr W will never agree, Blacksheep’s saying he might.  Akpom scored a hattrick in the 4th round to see Hull through.

Our other loanees who could return next summer are Jon Toral, Isaac Hayden, Wellington Silva, Gedion Zelalem, anWojciech Szczesny.

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Sky says that Arsenal sign a fox in the box, and have a film of a fox running around on the Emirates turf and The Telegraph has the headline

Guardiola sparks panic at Manchester United

I think this more or less says that 99.9999% of those wild and wacky rumours are just not turning into reality.  How could we have been so deceived.

Now I was going to write this up right until the 11pm end (UK time) but there ain’t nothing happening. So if I post all this now, that’s bound to make something BIG happen.

Or not as the case may be.

If it does happen, write it in the commentary so we can all enjoy it.  (But I must say that it is very disappointing that all those transfers that Sir Hardly has been charting have simply come to nothing.).

23 comments to Transfer deadline: shock horror, all those rumours were untrue!

  • Found another one

    Glen Kamara to Southend on loan

  • serge

    We do have a previous instance of allowing a loan player to play against us. According to Arseblog Sanchez Watt ( while playing for Leeds ) was given permission, but he wasn’t scoring hat tricks.

  • nicky

    Yet another transfer window with very little business going on.
    It’s about time this bi-annual nonsense was abandoned and clubs were allowed to transfer players freely, throughout the season.
    It would obviate the grossly over-inflated value of players, quell the quite ridiculous rumours and counter-rumours reported on all sites and alleviate the dangerously-raised bp of football followers everywhere.

  • Mandy Dodd

    Good luck to Debuchy and Sanogo, but in general, I found that using a flea comb on the cat today was more interesting than anything that happened in the transfer window, and it’s imminent slamming shut.

    Never……in the field of media hype….has so little happened, involving so many that most have never heard of.

    On another note, be prepared for days of self pitying whinging angst from the AAA over Pep going to City.

  • Mandy Dodd

    Remi Garde doesn’t sound too happy of reports to be believed!

  • porter

    Seems we tried for a last minute deal with Fulham for Sessegnon who captains the U16 England squad . apparently we tried to tie it to a loan for Gnabry but it did not work out.

  • bob

    with rosicky now so painfully down, what about the midfield? do we have enough Quality there
    in reserve to sustain a championship run that’s not confined to the FA cup?
    We have a great team, if/when we have it ffs: to wit, cazorla, jack, rosicky, backup to coq, etc.
    still in love with AW/AFC, but more creases in my forehead to be honest.

  • para

    By the time this or similar league comes in, some of us will have gone methinks.

    Interesting quote from AW the man:
    ‘It is difficult to compete on three fronts. If you ask me is it possible to win on three fronts, it is a bit different’

    Make of that what you will.

  • Para

    He’s just being a little obtuse with the media. What he means is that the consistency and injury luck needed to sustain a challenge on three fronts is theoretically hard, but in reality anything can happen if things go your way. It’s a bit of a weak statement but to be fair I didn’t hear it in context..

    That’s my take on it anyway

  • Jacobite Gunner


    May I ask the courtesy that when links on/within story’s which are links to external links/sites such as to the Daily Telegraph paper that it is referenced either on the title link or just before.

    I only ask as I feel the paper is quite distasteful *tax evading owners* and would prefer not to support the papers internet impressions/advertising figures.


    (Avid reader) Ruaridh

  • Brickfields Gunners

    If only they can learn from their folly . But alas , every transfer window many swallow whole it whole without knowing the measure of it . But one day they too will learn ,painfully , just as did this monkey .

    A guy walks into a bar with his pet monkey. He orders a drink, and while he’s drinking, the monkey jumps all over the place, eating everything behind the bar. Then the monkey jumps on to the pool table and swallows a billiard ball.

    The bartender screams at the guy, “Your monkey just ate the cue ball off my pool table — whole!”

    “Sorry,” replied the guy. “He eats everything in sight, the little bastard. I’ll pay for everything.”

    The man finishes his drink, pays and leaves.

    Two weeks later, he’s in the bar with his pet monkey, again. He orders a drink, and the monkey starts running around the bar. The monkey finds a maraschino cherry on the bar. He grabs it, sticks it up his ass, pulls it out and eats it.

    The bartender is disgusted. “Did you see what your monkey did now?” he asks.

    “Yeah,” replies the guy. “He still eats everything in sight, but ever since he swallowed that cue ball, he measures stuff first.”

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Tip number one in salesmenship – clean up your act when trying to sell something . People are stupid , not blind !

  • WalterBroeckx

    Thank god, the transfer window is closed or slam shut or whatever. Time to focus on the real thing again and stop the silly rumours… but I bet that from tomorrow on the first rumour for the summer transfer period will be printed on some blog or newspaper website or should I have written webshite?

  • Jacobite, thanks for your comment. I do understand what you say.

    In fact most of the comments re that paper don’t have links but that one obviously did. I’ll try and be more careful.

  • Robert

    You’re right, Walter. The “news” today is that Aaron Ramsey will be Guardiola’s first transfer target.

  • serge

    July 1st can’t come quick enough. By that time we’ll have completed a domestic double, gone out in the semis of the CL and will have a transfer kitty of £200 million.

  • Jacobite Gunner

    Hi Tony,

    thank you.

    cannot praise your site and all contributors enough for their articles/thoughts


  • Jacobite Gunner

    The manager change at city means player turnover and upheaval (in stark contrast to our stability & maybe 1 or 2 transfers) means the city squad will need to adapt to a new style of play meaning as long as we keep progressing, we’ll finish/play better than them next season

  • Robert

    I keep reading that City have the best squad and will only need a few tweaks. Let’s see…

    1. They have a very good first choice goalie and 2 backups of dubious quality.
    2. They have an ageing or crocked or poor collection of 8 defenders.
    3. Toure – can’t run, won’t run. Already fired once by Guardiola
    4. Are Fernandinho, Fernando and Delph up to Guardiola’s standards?
    5. Silva, Nasri and Navas are past their prime.

    That makes at least nine to go, and I do wonder if Sterling will fulfil his “promise”.

    Good luck winning the world, with or without those 9, next year.

    As for the BBC comparing Guardiola’s record in a two-horse league and a one-horse league to Pellegrini’s at City – just silly.

  • John

    I hope you are right but with city securing the best manager in world football and being able to mould his own team from a club thats not frightened to spend to acieve their goals and ambitions im more than a little worried.It looks like they not only want to dominate in the premiership but have a real go at the champions league.And before anyone mentions any poppycock about us doing the same ,we are no closer to winning the champions league now than at any time in the past.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Apparently many of ‘them’ never learn anything from their youthful stupidity !

  • Matt Clarke

    Breaking news…
    Chelsea have just signed Donald Trump, to replace John Terry
    (I THINK that’s what they said, I wasn’t listening all that keenly)

  • John

    The manager change at city means player turnover and upheaval (in stark contrast to our stability & maybe 1 or 2 transfers) means the city squad will need to adapt to a new style of play meaning as long as we keep progressing, we’ll finish/play better than them next season.YES THERES ALWAYS NEXT SEASON..Where we will see the same things happen again and again and again..