By Sir Hardly Anyone.
58 days to go til the window creaks open and the glass falls out, and already we are on course to beat last summer’s amazing total number of 110 players who are coming to Arsenal.
Of course you might think that last summer’s abject failure by the assembled bunch of geezers in the public bar to predict the actual players who were coming to Arsenal, might have made them think twice about humiliating themselves all over again, but these fellows don’t know how to spell embarrassment when it comes to getting things wrong.
So here we are again, another ten men on their way to Arsenal that are being tipped, tipped and tipped again to be heading to the red and white (except when we play in a change strop).
And just so you don’t feel short changed we’ve got two more who are leaving…
1: Naby Keïta, (Guardian, Metro, Mirror, Sun, ESPN, Bleacher, Sky, TalkSprout, Excess, Star)
Arsenal have a “long-standing interest in Guinea midfielder Naby Keïta” is the word in the bar which is why every paper is running it. He has supposedly refused to sign a new contract at German side RB Leipzig. He’s 22 and is wanted by Liverpool and Bayern Munich. £25m is the fee.
2: Michaël Seri (Guardian, Metro, Excess, Tribuna, FotbolTransfers, CartilagefreeCaptain, WhoScored)
Arsenal and Tottenham are after him. He comes from the Ivory Coast (and likes jam on his toast…) (sorry got carried away with the old Vieira song for a moment… He comes from Senegal…). Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona also want the “midfield man”.
3: Kylian Mbappe (Mirror, Metro, joe, Bleacher, Standard, painintherarsenal, ESPN, Skysports, Sun)
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‘Priceless’ Arsenal target Kylian Mbappe is going nowhere, says Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev. Man U also want him.
4: Koke (Soccer rumours, Excess, Sun, Mirror, Bleacher, India.com, IB Times, ArsenalBanter, Star)
The Atletico Madrid player could replace Santi Cazorla. Arsenal showed a familiar tale “of unpreparedness” for Santi’s injury, as if we could have a top player on endless standby just in case. Doh!
5: Amine Harit. (Metro, Tribal Football, Gunners Today, Star, Excess, ArsenalYouth, Squawka
Arsenal are “showing interest in young Nantes midfielder Amine Harit”. Arsenal have given him a trial. The 19-year-old has come through the youth ranks at Nantes and is now starring in the senior side. Arsenal have not offered him a trial. And GetFootballNewsFrance says “Amine Harit pens Nantes deal despite Arsenal & Barcelona interest …”
You don’t suppose some of these august journalists might have got something wrong do you?
6: José Luis Gayà (Tribal Football, Bleacher Report, Talksprout, The Star, Mirror, ESPN, Telegraph, Independent).
Manchester City and Arsenal both want him “according to reports”. He’s a young left back.
7: Dawid Kownacki. (Star, sportowefakty, The Sun, sport.interia, Metro, Givemestrength, Mail)
Arsenal and Chelsea are “reportedly” interested which is good enough for me as this man is the new Robert Lewandowski’. He plays for Lech Poznan, at least according to the Mail he does. He scores lots of goals too.
8: Joel Campbell (Metro, 90min, Excess, squwaka, Star, AllArsenal, Reddit, JustArsenal, IB Times).
He’s got one more year on his contract, and Arsenal are apparently looking for the “final solution”. Although Bleacher has a story saying Arsenal may regret letting Joel Campbell go!
9: Corentin Tolisso (Metro, painintheArsenal, Excess, Sky Sports, Bleacher Report, HiTC, Star, TalkSprout).
He’s 22, he plays for Lyon and he is going to replace Ozil. Tolisso is French, Wenger is French, so it is obviously a perfect fit.
10: Emil Forsberg (Metro, Mirror, the Sun, Hardtackle, Star, SportsMole, Tribal Football, Aftonbladet)
At 25 years old, he’s Swedish, he’s a midfielder, he will replace Ozil. He started 24 games this season for RB Leipzig, scoring eight goals and 15 assists.
Meanwhile leaving Arsenal we are told that
1: Barcelona wants Hector Bellerin at any cost (Star, Bleacher, Metro, Mirror, 101GreatGoals, Excess, Guardian.
2: Nathan Tella goes to Southampton. (Echo, Excess, Southampton FC, Tribal, Star, IB Times, ESPN)
Some are saying he has signed for them already, which seems hardly fair. I mean if players start signing before we have a chance to run the rumours, well, whatever next?
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