By Sir Hardly Anyone
Last summer we kept a little list running of players who were tipped by the all knowing and extremely informed members of the media to be coming to or going from Arsenal. You will recall how Bellerin was utterly, totally, absolutely certain to leave, along with 21 other members of the squad, while 110 players were ready to come and join us.
I’ve waited until now to start running a little list on who is going and who is coming in, in the January transfer window, just to let things warm up a little. Here is the first edition.
In the coming days I shall do all sorts of exciting things such as putting part two in alphabetical order. And adding a few more names. But here are the starters.
|Those we will let go|
|1||Chuba Akpom||Arsenal||Striker||Ipswich fancy buying him||Could be a loan|
|2||Mathieu Debuchy||Arsenal||Defender||“Arsenal are increasingly anxious to sell him”|
|3||Kieran Gibbs||Arsenal||Full back||Crystal Palace want him|
|4||Olivier Giroud||Arsenal||Centre forward||New contract on offer|
|5||Rob Holding||Arsenal||Defender||Loan to Aston Villa for rest of the season.|
|6||Carl Jenkinson||Arsenal||Defender||Third loan spell to increasingly desperate West Ham.|
|7||Mesut Özil||Arsenal||Midfield||Likely to leave||Likely to stay|
|8||Alexis Sanchez||Arsenal||Forward||Has signed turned down £9m a year to go to China.||He is going to Man City. Or Juentus|
|9||Jack Wilshere||Arsenal||Midfield||Arsenal have failed to open any negotiations with him re new contract||Shock horror|
|10||Arsene Wenger||Arsenal||Manager||PSG want him and will pay him £10m a year.|
|Those we want to buy|
|1||Franck Kessie||Atalanta||Midfield||Chelsea will outbid ARsenal Or if not then Man U will||He’s the next Yaya Toure|
|2||Julian Brandt.||Bayer Leverkusen||Striker||Liverpool! are in pole position. If not then Man U, Totts or Everton or…|
|3||Christian Pulisic||Borussia Dortmund||No 10||The hottest thing ever to come out of the USA|
|4||Marco Reus||Borussia Dortmund||Attacking midfield||Can also play as a winger||Will come in if Alexis goes|
|5||Dimitri Payet.||West Ham||Arsenal now favourites to sign him. “The final piece in the jigsaw”||WHU boss says no chance|
|6||Ademola Lookman||Charlton||Winger||Said to have agreed terms with Everton|
|Sunderland||Goalkeeper||And why exactly do we need another goalkeeper?||He will then be loaned back|
|Wolfsburg||Forward||Arsenal unwilling to pay £34m, but Liverpool! are.||Draxler wants to leave|
|KAS Eupen||Forward||He’s 19 and has taken the Belgium league by storm||He’s an Arsenal fan|
|Atlanta||Centre back or def midfield||Has said “I miss the Champs League”. Tiny Totts want him. That makes no sense.||Has scored five this season|
|Real Mad||Attacking midfield||He’s unhappy.|
Of course the predictive success rate of those esteemed gentlemen of the media was horribly low, and indeed with some of the items they did get right, they rather cheated by not mentioning them until just a day or two before it happened.
What they did do last summer, and are now doing far more of, is blame someone else for each rumour. So the Daily Express, The Telegraph, the Sun etc etc never actually create any stories of rumours themselves. Oh no, absolutely not. No, they tell us that the story has appeared somewhere else and they are just “reporting” it.
Except that as we saw in the last window, there are two twists to this tale
One is that Newspaper A will quote Newspaper B as the source, but when one checks, Newspaper B is found to be quoting Newspaper A as the source.
The other is that a lot of these tales now are said to come from foreign newspapers and magazines, but when we check these foreign sources they either a) don’t exist, or b) don’t cover football or c) don’t seem to have run the story.
We’ll add some more in a few more days, but if you have spotted some other tales of Arsenal players coming or going please do write in and I’ll add them to the list.
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