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August 2021

Arsenal buying 57 players, and 16 are leaving. At least that’s what the media say. The Transfer Index Vol 11

By Tony Attwood

Welcome once more to the mighty Arsenal Transfer Index – the 11th edition of the 2017 version.

The number of players Arsenal are buying is how up to a giddy 57  – and we still are 16 days away from the window creaking open.   As for the leavers 16 players out of the 25 are on their way out, and Alexis is amazingly going to five different clubs simultaneously.  Quite a clever trick and one that is destined to deliver unto his pocket quite a bit of ready cash I should not wonder.

Seven players are new to the list and we have a number of updates as well.

Part 1: The players coming in


No Player Club Position Notes
 1 Tammy Abraham Chelsea  Striker  Currently on loan to Bristol City
 2 Marcelo Allende  Deportes Santa Cruz Attack m’f  Had 3 trials, training with first team.  Signing today!  Actually that was two weeks ago.
3 Marco Asensio Real Madrid Attack Midfield Man U and Roma interested.  He’s unhappy at Real Mad.  He’s 21.
4 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund Forward £80m to replace Alexis.  Man U want him
5 Carlos Bacca AC Milan Striker He’s 32 years old.  Was going to WHU
6 Gareth Bale Real Mad Striker Stan Collymore tipped this one.
7  Ross Barkley  Everton Attack mid  Been there since 2010 and played 150 games – does he really want to come?
8 Karim Benzema Real Mad F’wd Definitely going to either AFC or Chelsea
9 Andrea Belotti Juventus F’wd Sadly he has just signed a new contract
NEW Yacine Brahimi  Porto Attack m/field He’s 27 and plays for Algeria.
11 Joel Campbell Return F’wd Loan period ending
12 Iker Casillas Porto Goal To solve our goalkeeping “crisis”
NEW Hakan Calhanoglu Bayern Leverkusen Playmaker
14 Kingsley Coman  Juventus Wing On loan with Bayern this season
15 Virgil Van Dijk Southampton Defence Helps us play a back 3 all the time
16 Ederson Benfica Goal 23 year old to replace Cech
NEW Danilo and Silva Paços de Ferreira Arsenal scouts are watching them even though they no longer play there.
NEW Cesc Fabregas Chelsea Midfield Daily Mirror says its a deal
19 Emil Forsberg RB Leipzig Midfield He’s Swedish and he’s 25 years old
20 Jose Luis Gaya  Valencia LB Man City winning the race
21 Ben Gibson Middlesbrough Centre back £30m.  Tottenham want him.
NEW Aleksandr Golovin CSKA Moscow Midfield Going cheap at £10m.  AFC in the final stages of buying him.
23 Leon Goretzka Shalke Midfield £21m, 1 yr left on contract.  Wanted to replace Ozil (Most quoted story by far)
24 Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid Forward Man U don’t want him after all.
25 Amine Harit. Nantes M’fld Arsenal have given him a trial.  He is 19-years-old
26 Lorenzo Insigne Napoli F’wd Liverpool! are on alert!
27 Jakub Jankto Udinese M’fld To play alongside Xhaka
28 Naby Keïta RB Leipzig Right back Has refused to sign a new contract
29 Grzegorz Krychowiak PSG Def M’fd New in the sense that this is the first entry for him this year, but it is the third year he has been tipped to join us.
30  Koke Atl Madrid M’fld Replacement for Santi Cazorla
31 Dawid Kownacki Lech Poznan Striker the new Robert Lewandowski’
SIGNED Sead Kolašinac Schalke Defender The deal is announced by Arsenal
33 Kylian Mbappe Monaco F’wd The French press seem sure this is on at around €100m.  Man U have bid £120m
34 Alexandre Lacazette Olympique Lyonnais Striker Man City want him. At. Madrid can’t because of their buying ban.  Mr Wenger spotted in France.  Cost is £50m
Update Mario Lemina  Juventus Cent mid He’s 23, previously with  Lorient and Marseille and is flattered by Arsenal’s interest.  “Arsenal’s top midfield target”
36 Romelu Lukaku Everton Forward Dead cert to join AFC
37 Riyad Mahrez Leicester Winger He says he has an agreement that he can now leave.  Tottenham want him too.  But there’s a technical hitch
38 Henry Onyekuru  KAS Eupen Forward He’s 19 usually plays on the left, one for the future.  Not going to WHU, but is off to Dortmund
Update Oguzhan Ozyakup Besiktas Midfield £20m is the fee being quoted.  He says he wants to come to Europe.  Roma have offer £13m
40 Florentin Pogba St Etienne Defender Brother of Paul at Man U
NEW Sokratis Papastathopoulos Borussia Dortmund Defender Chelsea and Arsenal are after him according to the increasingly unbelievable Sun
42 Leandro Paredes Roma Midfield A story from last year now resurrected
43 Jordon Pickford Sunderland Goal Although Mr W has said he is not looking to sign a keeper.  Man U, Everton and Liverpool want him.  “Bid expected”
44 Danilo Pereira Porto Midfield enforcer Juventus also want him
45 Pizzi Benfica Playmaker Liverpool and Juventus want him
 NEW James Rodriguez Real Madrid Midf/wing  Juventus Milan Man U want him.  Bid made
47 Ivan Perisic Inter Midf/wing Man U desperate for him
48 Kasper Schmeichel Leicester Goal The man to solve our goalkeeping “crisis”
49 Patrik Schick Sampdoria Centre forward ‘Next Ibrahimovic’.  Expected to go to Juventus but they have not finalised the deal
50 Michaël Seri Nice Midfield Tottenham, Barcelona and PSG want him.
NEW Leandro Miguel Pereira Silva Académica Midfield He’s on loan from Porto – and the info on him is confusing.  I think not
52 Chris Smalling.  Man U Centre back Played 153 times for Man U.
53 Wojciech Szczesny Roma loan Goal Mr W. said that he is not looking to sign a keeper (allegedly) so everyone assumes it is Szcz’s return
54 John Terry Chelsea Nasty This story from the Daily Mail
UPDATE Corentin Tolisso  Lyon M/fld or F’wd French international, dreams of Arsenal.  Still being mentioned.  £30m & is ready to leave
56 Arda Turan Barcelona M’fld He’s 30 years old
57 Jack Wilshere Bournemouth M’fld 75% of guys in the pub want him back

Part 2: The 16  players already said to be on their way out mean Arsenal will have to do some serious buying the coming couple of months.

No Player Club Notes
 1a Alexis Man C Guardiola making £50m offer his summer priority.  £50m.  Talk Sprout says it is done.  Mirror says he is finalising.
1b Alexis Chelsea Will play out contract and go on a free to Chelsea.
1c Alexis Man U Has already agreed deal
1d Alexis Nowhere Mr Wenger has said “he is staying”
NEW Alexis Real Mad
Update Krystian Bielik Birmingham City keen to extend loan for another year. Norwich keen. Also Nottm Forest
Update Bellerin Barcelona Barce will sign him; no, he is happy to stay.  No Barce are getting him on a cut price deal (details of which are unclear)
4 Campbell Fenerbahce Currently in talks to sign
5 Francis Coquelin  Valencia This story has been going on and on and on and…
6a Olivier Giroud  Marseille He wants to play more games.
NEW Giroud West Ham They really want him as they need more pace!
7 Jenkinson Newcastle Just promoted, need players
8 Koscielny Marseille He’s just had enough
9 Ospina Fenerbahce Some are just saying “to Turkey”
NEW Oxlade Chamb Liverpool! They have offered £40m and made it a priority
11 Özil Real Mad They realise they should have kept him.  Mr Wenger says, he is staying
12 Lucas Perez PSG He’s an “outcast” according to “reports”
13 Sanogo Released
14 Wojciech Szczesny Napoli Every newspaper seems to have this one.
15 Nathan Tella Southampton Deal done and completed – he was released
16 Theo Walcott West Ham Ray Wilkins says he must leave to protect his career

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10 comments to Arsenal buying 57 players, and 16 are leaving. At least that’s what the media say. The Transfer Index Vol 11

  • Leon

    The greatest living Arsenal supporter hasn’t wasted much time. What an opportunist!

  • Chris


    what are you talking about ?

  • Menace

    The greatest ever idiot – part of aaa first response.

  • Leon

    Not aaa, but probably fake or maybe plastic. Anyway he couldn’t even wait for the ashes to settle.

  • Vanya Dickens

    Ray Wilkins….Lol. good old Butch. Full of wisdom 😉

  • para

    Could Fabregas take Santi’s place anyone? Or is he not good enough?

  • Leon

    Yes he could, but is he acceptable now?

  • Andy Mack

    I know odd things happen every day, but I can’t see why we’d re-employ a player that went ‘On Strike’ to get his move away to Barca.
    Re-signing him would give the message to every other AFC squad member that they can cause cr4p to get a move away and they can come back if it all goes wrong…
    So IMO Cesc returning ever would be a major surprise…

  • Flares

    The Asensio one is just hilarious. He’s just won the Champions League and scored in the final and is about to sign a whopping new contract. To say he’s ‘unhappy’ is just a flat out lie. Somebody literally made that up to fill column space. Journalists. Jeez.

  • finsbury


    No he could not.

    The athelete has been a irregular starter at club level for the last period and never at the national level. He’s not been the same athlete since his infamous “Bruised Bone” injury (not even called as a foul btw) was combined with rushing back from that injury for a WC (no reasonable soul would except any athlete to act differently), where he eventually only got on as a sub as Cazorla was out injured (i think).