The number of players Arsenal is buying reaches 70 as Window opens. The Index vol 13

By Tony Attwood.

There is a story that says goldfish have a memory span of about 2 seconds.  It isn’t true as anyone who has studied experimental psychology will tell you – there’s a classic experiment through which one can prove that goldfish can be trained that their food always comes down the yellow tube not the blue or red tube (no matter how the tubes are lined up), thus showing they have the ability to learn – which implies a memory span long enough to remember learned facts.

But as we can see, from the way transfers are reported, football fans are treated as having less memory than goldfish by the mass media, the bloggettas and indeed the whole Commentariat.  Which reveals just how deep is the contempt with which us regular card carrying supporters are actually treated by them all.

And yes, I know the window opened yesterday and I am a day behind things, but what with Untold being closed for a few days it has taken a little while to catch up.  But here we on 2 July with 60 days left to go and Arsenal have been “linked to” or are “set to” (or whatever phraseology you want) sign a whole 70 players.

This is running above last season’s total by this point, and is “set to” climb to well over 100 in the next 60 days, and I’m sure beat last season’s total overall.

So here is the latest list of players coming in.  And here’s a health reminder.  Some of these predictions might not happen.

Part 1: The players coming in

No Player Club Position Notes
 1 Tammy Abraham Chelsea  Striker  Currently on loan to Bristol City
NEW Aguero Man City Striker The deal is that we can have him in return for Alexis!
 3 Marcelo Allende  Deportes Santa Cruz Attack m’f  Had 3 trials, training with first team.  Signing today!  Actually that was two weeks ago.
4 Marco Asensio Real Madrid Attack Midfield Man U and Roma interested.  He’s unhappy at Real Mad.  He’s 21. Now on Red Alert Status
5 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund Forward £80m to replace Alexis.  Man U want him
6 Carlos Bacca AC Milan Striker He’s 32 years old.  Was going to WHU
7 Gareth Bale Real Mad Striker Stan Collymore tipped this one.
8  Ross Barkley  Everton Attack mid  Been there since 2010 and played 150 games – does he really want to come?
9 Karim Benzema Real Mad F’wd Definitely going to either AFC or Chelsea
10 Sander Berge Genk Midfield Everton, Monaco and Sevilla all want him
11 Andrea Belotti Juventus F’wd Sadly he has just signed a new contract
12 Yacine Brahimi  Porto Attack m/field He’s 27 and plays for Algeria.
13 Joel Campbell Return F’wd Loan period ending
14 Iker Casillas Porto Goal To solve our goalkeeping “crisis”
15 Hakan Calhanoglu Bayern Leverkusen Playmaker
16 Kingsley Coman  Juventus Wing On loan with Bayern this season
17 Max Kruse Werder Bremen Forward Only played in Germany and is “troubled”
18 Juan Cuadrado Juventus New Alexiss Arsenal made £17.6m bid
19 Virgil Van Dijk Southampton Defence Helps us play a back 3 all the time
20 Ederson Benfica Goal 23 year old to replace Cech
21 Danilo and Silva Paços de Ferreira Arsenal scouts are watching them even though they no longer play there.
NEW Pontus Dahlberg Gothenburg Goal “Being keenly watched” or “do we need another keeper?
23 Cesc Fabregas Chelsea Midfield Daily Mirror says its a deal
24 Emil Forsberg RB Leipzig Midfield He’s Swedish and he’s 25 years old
25 Jose Luis Gaya  Valencia LB Man City winning the race
26 Ben Gibson Middlesbrough Centre back £30m.  Tottenham want him.
27 Aleksandr Golovin CSKA Moscow Midfield Going cheap at £10m.  AFC in the final stages of buying him.
Update Leon Goretzka Shalke Midfield £21m, 1 yr left on contract.  Wanted to replace Ozil (Most quoted story by far).  He said “I’m not impressed by newspaper reports.”
29 Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid Forward Man U don’t want him after all.
30 Amine Harit Nantes M’fld Arsenal have given him a trial.  He is 19-years-old
NEW Dalbert Henrique Nice Left Back Inter want him. He’s played 33 times for Nice
32 Lorenzo Insigne Napoli F’wd Liverpool! are on alert!
33 Jakub Jankto Udinese M’fld To play alongside Xhaka
34 Naby Keïta RB Leipzig Right back Has refused to sign a new contract
35 Simon Kjaer Fenerbache Centre back Both Inter and AC Milan are after him
36 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.
37  Koke Atl Madrid M’fld Replacement for Santi Cazorla
38 Dawid Kownacki Lech Poznan Striker the new Robert Lewandowski’
SIGNED Sead Kolašinac Schalke Defender The deal is announced by Arsenal
Update Kylian Mbappe Monaco F’wd The French press seem sure this is on at around €100m.  Man U have bid £120m. James Richardson: “My understanding is that Arsenal are very confident of signing Mbappe.”
41 M’Baye Niang AC Milan Forward
NEW Gaëtan Laborde Bordeaux Forward He’s 23, and Liverpool want him
Update Alexandre Lacazette Olympique Lyonnais Striker Man City want him. At. Madrid can’t  Mr Wenger spotted in France.  About to sign Cost is £55m
44 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”
Update Thomas Lemar Monaco Midfield Liverpool or Juventus will beat us.  No Barcelona are going to hijack the deal
NEW Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Goal scorer Captain of Poland, scores goals for fun.  but is he actually going to leave?
47 Romelu Lukaku Everton Forward Dead cert to join AFC
Update Rihad Mahrez Leicester Winger He says he has an agreement that he can now leave.  Tottenham & Barce want him too.  About to sign for Arsenal
49 Nikola Maksimovic Napoli Centre back On loan from Torino but not getting regular games
NEW Pedro Neto SC Braga Left wing £17m release clause.  Arsenal made bid.  Battling with Man U.
51 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
52 Oguzhan Ozyakup Besiktas Midfield £20m is the fee being quoted.  He says he wants to come to Europe.  Roma have offer £13m
53 Florentin Pogba St Etienne Defender Brother of Paul at Man U
54 Sokratis Papastathopoulos Borussia Dortmund Defender Chelsea and Arsenal are after him according to the increasingly unbelievable Sun
55 Leandro Paredes Roma Midfield A story from last year now resurrected
56 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”
57 Danilo Pereira Porto Midfield enforcer Juventus also want him
58 Pizzi Benfica Playmaker Liverpool and Juventus want him
59 James Rodriguez Real Madrid Midf/wing  Juventus Milan Man U want him.  Bid made
60 Ivan Perisic Inter Midf/wing Man U desperate for him
61 Kasper Schmeichel Leicester Goal The man to solve our goalkeeping “crisis”
62 Patrik Schick Sampdoria Centre forward ‘Next Ibrahimovic’.  Expected to go to Juventus but they have not finalised the deal
63 Michaël Seri Nice Midfield Tottenham, Barcelona and PSG want him.
64 Leandro Miguel Pereira Silva Académica Midfield He’s on loan from Porto – and the info on him is confusing.  I think not
65 Chris Smalling.  Man U Centre back Played 153 times for Man U.
66 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
67 John Terry Chelsea Nasty This story from the Daily Mail
68 Corentin Tolisso  Lyon M/fld or F’wd French international, dreams of Arsenal.  Still being mentioned.  £30m & is ready to leave
69 Arda Turan Barcelona M’fld He’s 30 years old
70 Jack Wilshere Bournemouth M’fld 75% of guys in the pub want him back

Part 2:  Because we were off line for a few days we didn’t publish an update of players leaving this past week – but it will be published shortly.   Meanwhile the 16  players already said to be on their way out is published below, and even without the latest update it means 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”
1e Alexis Real Mad
NEW Takuma Asano Stuggart He’s staying put as there is no work permit yet.
3 Krystian Bielik Birmingham City keen to extend loan for another year. Norwich keen. Also Nottm Forest
4 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).  He’s bought a house in Barcelona.
5 Campbell Fenerbahce Currently in talks to sign.  No its Greece.  Easy mistake.
NEW Chambers Newcastle Or it could be Everton.  There seems some uncertainty
7 Francis Coquelin  Valencia This story has been going on and on and on and…
8a Olivier Giroud  Marseille He wants to play more games.
8b Giroud West Ham They really want him as they need more pace!
9 Jenkinson Newcastle Just promoted, need players
10 Koscielny Marseille He’s just had enough
11 Ospina Fenerbahce Some are just saying “to Turkey”
12 Oxlade Chamb Liverpool! They have offered £40m and made it a priority, no its Chelsea; either way the player is angry and wants to go.
13 Özil Real Mad They realise they should have kept him.  Mr Wenger says, he is staying
14 Lucas Perez PSG He’s an “outcast” according to “reports”
15 Sanogo Released
NEW Santi Caz Not so much that he is going but that Arsenal must send him packing.
17 Wojciech Szczesny Napoli Every newspaper seems to have this one.  He doesn’t want to be here.  Yes he does, the club doesn’t want him.  Confusing!
18 Nathan Tella Southampton Deal done and completed – he was released
19 Theo Walcott West Ham Ray Wilkins says he must leave to protect his career
And a health warning.  Some of these stories might not be true.

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5 Replies to “The number of players Arsenal is buying reaches 70 as Window opens. The Index vol 13”

  1. Giroud will not get a deal (at his age) anywhere to match the one he already has at Arsenal, he’s in most of the first team match squads, plays often enough, scores goals and his French place is assured. As another blogger noted he’s probably plan C behind Welbeck (if we sign a new striker), but he’s not getting any younger and has a good contract. Why leave?

  2. Why would Giroud leave?

    Well if Lacazette signs (which seems close to a done deal), Giroud would find himself in a situation where he is the starting striker for France, and (at best) a plan B striker behind Lacazette with Arsenal. One year away from a World Cup, that is a very dangerous spot to be in…

    I would love to see Giroud stay at Arsenal, I would love to see Giroud and Lacazette play together, I am convinced they could be complementary, but I really doubt Wenger will do it as it would mean a new system and sacrificing Ozil who would have to play on a wing.

    So a departure would make perfect sense for Giroud


  3. Only 10 more days for the first football of the new season – Thu Jul 13 v SydneyFC. Whohaaa! 🙂

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