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August 2021

Arsenal to change whole squad: 44 in, 8 out, 4 promoted from youth

By Sir Hardly Anyone and a friend.

Indeed once more it is the Great Transfer Index – the listing of all the players linked with Arsenal since somewhere around the middle of March.    The previous edition of the Index appeared here but that was pretty poor fare compared with what we have now, for we have

  • 44 players coming in
  • 8 players leaving
  • 1 new coach

Four players are shown to be promoted from the youth teams and loanees (although two of those are Tony’s tips, and one is Andrew’s so these don’t carry the same weight as if they had been said in the Daily Express).

What makes it even more exciting is that 13 of these players have not shown up on the radar before, and some of them like Robert Lewandowski are newly signed sealed delivered and to all intents and purposes already here!  (According to the Express).

It is destined to be the most dramatic transfer window in the history of transfer windows.  The only thing that can possibly hold us back would be the highly unlikely scenario that any of the bloggettas and newspaper pundits have made a mistake, or the non-arrival of the window cleaner next week, but we hardly think that is likely to happen.

Do you?

Here’s the table.   New entries this week are in bold, although of course some of these were mentioned in the last transfer window, and it might be the case of a journalist just reiterating old news (although I’ve never personally known that to happen).

Player Position From Current status Also interested
1 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Forward B. Dortmund
2 Carlos Bacca Forward Juventus 49 goal striker Real Mad buy back clause
3 Michy Batshuayi Striker Marseille £22m asking price Chelsea
4 Riechedly Bazoer Cen mid. Ajax Barcelona, Chelsea, Man U, Tottenham
5 Rodrigo Bentancur Midfield Boca Juniors Real Mad, Juve
6 Karim Benzema Striker Real Mad Involved in court case
7 William Carvalho Def mid Sporting Lisbon
8 Edinson Cavani Striker PSG He’d like to come
9 Ben Chilwell Left-back Leicester “Arsenal monitoring”
10 Troy Deeney Striker Watford WFC captain
11 Goncalo Guedas   Wing Benfica Next C Ronaldo Chelsea
12 Raphaël Guerreiro Left-backmidfield Lorient
13 Rico Henry Full back Walsall Next Ashley Cole
14 Gonzalo Higuain Striker Napoli Man U
15 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Striker PSG Self proclaimed God Man U
16 Mauro Icardi Striker Inter Man C Man U
17 Odion Ighalo Striker Watford
18 N’Golo Kante Midfield Leicester
19 Naby Keita Central mid Red Bull Salzburg
20 Grzegorz Krychowiak Midfield destroyer Sevilla
21 Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli Signed and Sealed (Metro)
22 Robert Lewandowski Striker Bayern About to break the bank
23 Marquinhos Defen PSG Man U., Man C., Chelsea, Bayern M
24 Kostas Mitroglou Striker Benfica “Happy in Portugal”
25 Arkadiusz Milik Striker Ajax
26 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Midfield B Dortmund Liverpool! Tottenham
27 Alvaro Morata Striker Juventus (loan) Real Mad
28 Ruben Neves Defend midfield Porto
29 Kelechi Nwakali Midfield Reported as already having joined Arsenal WHU, Bayern, Chelsea, Man U Liverpool!
30 Domingos Quina Midfield Chelsea
31 Adrien Rabiot Midfield PSG Asked for a move, not liked by fans Chelsea, Man U
32 Rafinha RB Bayern Munich Metro utterly certain
33 Jese Rodriguez Forward Real Mad Surplus to requirements
34 Daniele Rugani   Centre back Juventus Can’t get a game. Man U
35 Ryan Sessegnon Winger Fulham Liverpool!
36 Dominic Solanke Chelsea Chelsea want to keep him
37 John Stones CB Everton
38 Jon Toral Attack midf. Arsenal (loaned to Brum)
39 Yaya Toure C Mid Man City
40 Victor Wanyama Def. midf. Southampton
41 Julian Weigl Midf. Borussia Dortmund £20 million
42 Granit Xhaka Defend/ midfield Monchengladbach “Deal done” Chelsea.  Sources
43 Andriy Yarmolenko Winger Dynamo Kiev Tottenham Liverpool
44 Simone Zaza Forward Juventus
1 Alexis Forward Asking for transfer
2 Arteta End of playing career
3 Debuchy Been on loan
4 Kieran Gibbs Defend Unhappy
5 Rosicky End of contract
6 Santi Cazorla Mid/For Back to Villareal
7 Szczesny Goal Roma Happy in Rome
8 Walcott Wing State Aid Utd £20m On the verge
Thierry Henry Under 18 Accepted post
Up from the youth
1 Jon Toral Attack midf. Arsenal Loaned to Birmingham
2 Gedion Zelalem Attack mid Arsenal Loaned to Rangers
3 Chris Willock Attack midf. Arsenal Played in U21s.
4 Jeff Reine-Adélaïde Wing Arsenal Kept at Arsenal and not loaned

So there we are, a truly remarkable and energetic transfer window and we haven’t even opened the wretched thing yet.

But here’s a question.  Could Arsenal actually be linked to 100 players by the day we hear the tinkling of glass as the old frame proves to be stuck and an over energetic enthusiast forces the open air inside?

[Actually I have no idea what that means, so perhaps you’d better come back next week.  Tony]

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13 comments to Arsenal to change whole squad: 44 in, 8 out, 4 promoted from youth

  • Sir Hardly got a bit enthusiastic and included Toral twice. Sorry about that. It should be corrected next time around.

  • Robert

    Tony, you’re missing Flamini, Özil, Ospina, Bellerin, Ox, Giroud and Monreal from your departures list. They’ve all been mentioned in the press.

  • colario

    A few more jokes.

    A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

    Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

    Sometimes I wake up grumpy; other times I let her sleep.

    Be nice to your kids. They’ll choose your nursing home.

    All generalizations are false

    Atheism is a non-prophet organization

  • Nick

    No sorry we don’t need any of them as there aren’t any players who are better than what we have already.what is important is to keep the players we have .They are all improving , young and will only get better .This group have mental toughness and desire.Judge this group of players next year………

  • Luvyourclub

    Cheers colario. Told the wife one of the jokes and she wasnt too impressed.

  • kay kay

    In your departure list, you said Cazorla will be going back to Villa real and he didn’t even come from there but came from Malaga

  • Pete

    Are Bacca and Morata the same person?

  • Mandy Dodd

    There are some who think we really do have two hundred million to spend on transfers of all these players mentioned in this article.

    The linked article, which is free to view, but you sign up for, and is written by a non football fan independent analyst provides food for thought for those who overestimate our spending power, and underestimate our managers achievements

  • omgarsenal

    Hindsight is always 100% with the aaa but 100% wrong!!!!

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Man Utd will definetly be needing a new coach . The old one was wrecked rather badly by the jubilant but rowdy West Ham fans last week !
    And its probably being kept in evidence storage by the police as exhibit # 1 , for the upcoming trial .

  • Polo

    @BG, That’s funny but harsh though. But well thought of. ??

  • Kay Kay. Here is a list of Santi’s clubs. The first number shows the number of games the second in brackets shows the goals.

    Even without any further information you can see that his spiritual home is Villareal and it is perfectly correct to say he is going back there.

    2003–2004 Villarreal B 40 (4)
    2003–2006 Villarreal 54 (2)
    2006–2007 Recreativo 34 (7)
    2007–2011 Villarreal 127 (23)
    2011–2012 Málaga 38 (9)

  • Leon

    Granit Xhaka probably isn’t quite a “done deal”, but he’s reported as saying that he’d like to get the transfer completed before the start of the Euros.
    Also mentioned (but not in your list is James (“Hames”) Rodriguez from Real Madrid, but unlikely as we’ll spend a huge portion of the budget on Xhaka.