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Gabriel injury news as total number of players noted as coming to Arsenal reaches 98.

By Ima Counter, Professor of Numerological Sciences, University of UnCertain Things, Shetland.

The BBC has the Gabriel story: “Arsenal defender Gabriel has been ruled out for six to eight weeks, increasing the likelihood of a bid for Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi.”

Meanwhile the Index of every player Arsenal has been linked with this summer sits tantalising at 98.  So I need YOUR help.  Yes Your Website Needs YOU!   (Can’t think where I once saw that on a poster).

If you can find any players we have been linked to on a bloggetta or a proper website or in a newspaper please and who is not on the Index now is the time to say.  If at all possible give

  • Player’s name (rather obviously)
  • Player’s current club
  • Player’s position
  • Source of information (name of site or newspaper)

Now onto the competition:

In our last outing I set the challenge of finding what WESTHAM stood for.   I was then sacked for introducing a lottery without a licence, and reinstated after mass appeals by fans.  I thank you.

So I am back, and I can now let you know the winner of the last round of the Great Arsenal Transfer Index Fun And Games (GATIFAG).  It was


which sits on the trophy board in the public bar of the Untold Empire alongside

St. Totteringham’s Day

So this time I set another.  Find me a set of words to go with the letters


Here’s my opening bid…

Cash Hopelessly Expended Less Someone Exterminates Abramovich

Finally, the glorious Index for this week…

  • Total incoming players: 98
  • Total leaving players: 22

Yes we really are only two players away from the magic target of 100 targets.   The main question however remains this: the media have tipped 98 players as coming Arsenal’s way, and yet with 20 days to go before the window gently slides closed it seems unlikely that we will get anywhere near this number.

So how can we ever take journalists and their newspapers seriously again?  The answer presumably is that we can’t.

As always, the newcomers and significant changes are in bold.

Part One: Players coming in.  New entries and significant changes are in bold.

Player Position From Current status Also interested
1 Takuma Asano (浅野拓磨) Forward Sanfrecce Hiroshima is 21 and has played 50 times Signed
2 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Forward B. Dortmund Being urged to leave Man U
3 Carlos Bacca 49 goal striker Milan We’re hijacking the deal! Arsenal seen off WHU
4 Michy Batshuayi Striker Marseille £22m asking price Chelsea
5 Riechedly Bazoer Cen mid. Ajax Barcelona, Chelsea, Man U, Tottenham
6 Medhi Benatia Centre back Bayern 29 years old prone to injury
7 Christian Benteke Striker Liverpool? Only done one year at Liverpool?
8 Gabriel Barbosa Santos 54 goals in 148 appearances
9 Rodrigo Bentancur Midfield Boca Juniors Real Mad, Juve
10 Karim Benzema Striker Real Mad Involved in court case
11 Daley Blind Defence Man U
12 Sofiane Boufal Forward Lille £25m after one year in France Barcelona, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid
13 Marcelo Brozovic Box to box midfielder Inter Not quite sure why we need a box to box midfielder at this moment.
14 William Carvalho Def mid Sporting Lisbon
15 Edinson Cavani Striker PSG He’d like to come
16 Ben Chilwell Left-back Leicester “Arsenal monitoring”
17 Troy Deeney Striker Watford WFC captain
18 Jason Denayer Defender Man C £10m
19 Julian Draxler Left wing Wolfsburg who say he’s going nowhere £43m offer made. No, £54m Liverpool sniffing but that’s what they do
20 Jonny Evans Defender Was Man U, now WBA £15m offer made
21 Frederico Fernandez Defender Swansea A double swoop from Swansea
22 Matthias Ginter centre back Borussia Dortmund
23 Mario Götze Attack midfield Bayern Munich Flopped after Dortmund Liverpool.  Gone to BvB
24 Goncalo Guedas Wing Benfica Next C Ronaldo Chelsea
25 Raphaël Guerreiro Left-back midfield Lorient
26 Alen Halilovic. Attack midfield Barcelona Last season loan to Sporting Gijon,
27 Marek Hamsik Attack midfield Napoli His father is demanding more money
28 Rico Henry Full back Walsall Next Ashley Cole
29 Gonzalo Higuain Striker Napoli £79m but no offer made Man U, Liverpool?  Went to Juve
30 Rob Holding Winger Bolton £1.5m already signed Has is signed or not???
31 Elseid Hysaj Right back Napoli Staying at Napoli
32 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Striker PSG Self proclaimed God Went to Man U
33 Mauro Icardi Striker Inter £32m bid made deal very close Wife says they need the money.  Club says it wants €60 million.  Arsenal offering ££££££ plus Giroud
34 Odion Ighalo Striker Watford
35 Chiori Johnson Defender Aged 18, Signed pro forms
36 Jorginho “Strongest midfielder” Napoli Neil Banfield likes him
37 Stevan Jovetic 2nd striker Inter 1st mooted two years ago
38 N’Golo Kante Midfield Leicester Won the most tackles  Done Deal but not with AFC
39 Naby Keita Central mid Red Bull Salzburg
40 Lukas Klostermann Defender Red Bull Leipzig
41 Toni Kroos No 10 Real Madrid £45m
42 Grzegorz Krychowiak Midfield destroyer Sevilla Another done deal elsewhere
43 Kalidou Koulibaly centre back Napoli Signed and Sealed but… Dependent on Chambers going.  Arsenal at the front of the queue
44 Alexandre Lacazette Forward Lyon – now injured French League top scorer 2014.15 Said he wanted to leave and come to AFC and then immediately got injured
45 Robert Lewandowski Striker Bayern About to break the bank
46 Ademola Lookman Striker Charlton “Cant stop scoring” 18 years old
47 Jordon Lukaku Left back Oostende Told Mr Wenger how to manage!
48 Romelu Lukaku Striker Everton Broke Everton’s PL scoring record Offer of £38m made
49 Mario Mandzukic Forward Juventus He has emerged as an option
50 Sadio Mane Winger Southampton BBC say he’s gone to Liverpool
51 Kostas Manolas Centre back Roma for £38m deal agreed? Maybe to Chelsea
52 Maycon Midfield Corinthians new Ronaldo or Neymar or both.  Or neither.
53 Marquinhos Defender PSG His brother says AFC want him Man U Man C  Chelsea and Bayern Munich
54 Riyad Mahrez Wing Leicester £25m Considered him while at Le Havre Has now agreed to join Arsenal according to reports from Algeria
55 Kostas Mitroglou Striker Benfica “Happy in Portugal”
56 Arkadiusz Milik Striker Ajax
57 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Midfield B Dortmund Went to Man U Liverpool! Chelsea, Tottenham
58 Alvaro Morata Striker Juventus (loan) Real Mad “About to happen” Snubbing Chelsea for Arsenal.  Really, really wants Arsenal.
59 Jeison Murillo Central defender Inter Columbian Talks have started Bayern Munich and Zenit
60 Shkodran Mustafi . Defender Valencia Anything between £20m and £33m  Arsenal have made an offer.  Now the firm favourite to be signed
61 Ruben Neves Defend midfield Porto
62 Nolito Striker Celta Vigo £13.8m buy out clause.  Done deal elsewhere
63 Kelechi Nwakali Midfield Diamond  Academy Already joined for £3m WHU, Bayern, Chelsea, Man U Liverpool?
64 Gaston Pereiro Midfield PSV Played 30 scored 12 this last season
65 Philipp Ochs Midfield Hoffenheim 19 year old
66 Oguzhan Ozyakup Midfield Besiktas In the 2009 AFC Youth Cup side Won the Turkish league in 2016; will cost £16.8m
67 Bruno Peres Full back Torino £16.9m
68 Quincy Promes Winger Spartak Moscow
69 Domingos Quina Midfield Chelsea
70 Adrien Rabiot Midfield PSG Asked for a move, not liked by fans Chelsea, Man U
71 Rafinha RB Bayern Munich Metro utterly certain
72 Jese Rodriguez Forward Real Mad Surplus to requirements
73 Ricardo Rodriguez Left back Wolfsburg £20m
74 Maxi Romero Forward All Boys, Argentina The new Messi We were going to sign him last year but he got injured
75 Daniele Rugani Centre back Juventus Can’t get a game. Man U, Everton, Napoli
76 Erik Tobias Sandberg Defender Norwegian schoolboy Under 17 Man U
77 Riccardo Saponara Attack midfield Empoli Liverpool?
78 Ryan Sessegnon Winger Fulham Liverpool?
79 Djibril Sidibé Full back & midfield Lille Cover at full back “Now gone to Monaco, Arsenal too slow”
80 Moussa Sissoko midfield Newcastle £35m  Sun now says “very likely”
81 Islam Slimani Striker £23.25m Sporting Lisbon £23.25m Tottenham, Leicester
82 Dominic Solanke striker Chelsea Chelsea want to keep him Arsenal preparing to steal him
83 John Stones CB Everton
84 Daniel Sturridge Striker Liverpool? “Will reportedly…” “Tried last year”
85 Neven Subotic Defender Borussia Dortmund Has left training to talk to Arsenal
86 Yaya Toure C Mid Man City
87 Arda Turan Attack midfield Barcelona 29, and wants to stay Struggled at Barca.  Telegraph celebrated fake coverage of transfer
88 Robin van Persie Forward Fenerbache “We’re waiting for buyers”
89 Jamie Vardy Forward Leicester £20m Signed but kept it a secret or he’s off to Liverpool.
90 Thomas Vermaelen Centre defence Barcelona   He’s fit again.  Barcelona seriously considering Arsenal’s offer.  Gone to Roma
91 Victor Wanyama Def. midf. Southampton  Done deal elsewhere.
92 Julian Weigl Midf. Borussia Dortmund £20 million
93 Ashley Williams Defender Swansea But heading for Everton To replace the voice left by Per.
94 Granit Xhaka Defend/ midfield Monchengladbac “Deal done”  He signed. Chelsea were rivals but failed.
95 Andriy Yarmolenko Winger Dynamo Kiev Tottenham Liverpool
96 Wissam Ben Yedder Striker Sevilla  “Could have joined Arsenal”: manager  WHAM, Totts, Leicester
97 Simone Zaza Forward Juventus
98 Karl Zouma Keeper Chelsea
Part Two Departures
1 Alexis Forward Juventus bids made Asking for transfer Agent trying to get move
2 Arteta End of  career
3 Bellerin Full back Barcelona Now mulling over Man C deal But also denied
4 Joel Campbell West Ham But he wants to stay and fight for his place
5 Chambers Centre back Southampton or Watford? 1 year loan?
6 Debuchy Been on loan
7 Mat Flamini midfield End of contract The last Highbury player to leave AFC
8 Kieran Gibbs Defend Unhappy  WHU offer rejected
9 Olivier Giroud Forward Napoli Part exchange “We’ve never talked to Napoli”
10 Isaac Hayden Centre back Newcastle
11 Laurent Koscielny Defend Bayern Contract talks stalled? End of contract? Not end of contract
12 Per Mertesacker Defend Considering his future But got injured in pre-season
13 David Ospina Goal Besiktas
 14 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlaine Attack midf. Manchester City Currently in the best form of his life
15 Rosicky End of contract
16 Santi Cazorla Mid/For Back to Villareal
17 Mesut Ozil Midfield Delayed talks
18 Jon Toral Midfield To Granada
19 W. Szczesny Goal Roma Happy in Rome Returning to AFC.  No, staying as part of Manolas deal.  No staying on loan
20 Theo Walcott Wing State Aid Utd or Liverpool? £20m On the verge; or maybe not going
21 Wellington Silva Fluminense on four-year deal
22 Jack Wilshere Midfield Man U They will build the team around him
  Part Three: Coaching
1 Adam Birchall Lead Development Phase coach  Works with under 16s
2 Thierry Henry Under 18 Left over TV issue
3 Tony Adams Under 18 5 week trial  He left after a couple of weeks.
4 Arsene Wenger Manager In one year… Will be replaced by …
5 Eddie Howe Manager In one year… Replacing AW
Part Four: Up from the youth
 1 Krystian Bielik Defender Arsenal Given no 37
2 Stefan O’Conner Defender was with York To Maastricht
3 Gedion Zelalem Attack mid Arsenal Loaned to Rangers
4 Chris Willock Attack midf. Arsenal Played in U21s.  Given no 59
5 Jeff Reine-Adélaïde Wing Arsenal Moving into first team
 6  Matt Macey  Goal Arsenal Moving into first team squad?  Allocated no 49
5: Players going on loan
 1 Dan Crowley Midfield Arsenal Coventry Actually gone to Oxford
2  Julio Pleguezuelo Defender    RCD Mallorca 
3 Stefan O’Connor MVV Maastricht, Was at York City last season.
6: Young Players leaving
Ilias Chatzitheodoridis U-18 no new contract
  7: Players signing pro forms
 1 Donyell Malen
 2 Tyrell Robinson West Ham
 3 Joshua DaSilva


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