The Fairy Stories: 83 players tipped by journalists to join Arsenal this summer. The Transfer Index vol 15.


By Sir Hardly Anyone

Certainly things have slowed down of late, and one can only assume that the volume of journalist alcohol consumption has risen past the level where even semi-coherent thought might burst through and find itself on the blog page or even in print.

But there are six new names on the list to take us up to 83 players said to be signing for Arsenal, and there are still 42 days to go.   Just one new name a day from here on will take us way beyond last year’s total for the number of totally invented, fabricated, wild stories that journalists think we are so stupid that we are going to believe.

Also I’ve had the johnnies who understand these things start to sort out the alphabetisation a bit – don’t understand it myself, but they say they have done something to players with names starting with L and M.  Something about one letter coming before another.  A load of damned foolishness if you ask me, but then no one does.

No Player Club Position Notes
 1 Tammy Abraham Chelsea  Striker  Currently on loan to Bristol City
Update Aguero Man City Striker The deal is that we can have him in return for Alexis!  Paul Merson seems to think this is the deal.
3 Alcantara Barcelona Midfield Has requested a transfer to get more playing time.
4 Marcelo Allende  Deportes Santa Cruz Attack m’f  Had 3 trials, training with first team.  Signing today!  Actually that was two weeks ago.
Update Marco Asensio Real Madrid Attack Midfield Man U, Roma, Liverpool, Arsenal interested with last two battling it out.  He’s 21, unhappy at Real Mad.
6 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund Striker £80m to replace Alexis.  Man U want him
7 Carlos Bacca AC Milan Striker He’s 32 years old.  Was going to WHU
8 Gareth Bale Real Mad Striker Stan Collymore tipped this one.
Update  Ross Barkley  Everton Attack mid  Been there since 2010 and played 150 games – does he really want to come? Arsenal fighting Man U and Tottenhamf
10 Aymen Barkok Eintracht Frankfurt Midfield According to R E Ports
Update Karim Benzema Real Mad F’wd Definitely going to either AFC or Chelsea.  Star says replacement for Alexis
12 Sander Berge Genk Midfield Everton, Monaco and Sevilla all want him
13 Andrea Belotti Juventus F’wd Sadly he has just signed a new contract
14 Yacine Brahimi  Porto Attack m/field He’s 27 and plays for Algeria.
NEW Marcelo Brozovic Inter Midfield Arsenal “weighing up a move for the Croatian midfielder” in order “revamp” the team (!!!) Scouts watching him.  Wenger likes him.
16 Joel Campbell Return F’wd Loan period ending; but he’s injured
17 Iker Casillas Porto Goal To solve our goalkeeping “crisis”
18 Hakan Calhanoglu Bayern Leverkusen Playmaker
19 Kingsley Coman  Juventus Wing On loan with Bayern this season
20 Max Cruse Werder Bremen Striker Only played in Germany and is “troubled”
21 Juan Cuadrado Juventus New Alexiss Arsenal made £17.6m bid
 New Mousa Dembele  Celtic New Alexis 32 goals in 48 games last season
Update Virgil Van Dijk Southampton Defence Helps us play a back 3 all the time.  A prime target because “Arsenal’s defence is so fragile”
24 Ederson Benfica Goal 23 year old to replace Cech
25 Danilo and Silva Paços de Ferreira Arsenal scouts are watching them even though they no longer play there.
26 Pontus Dahlberg Gothenburg Goal “Being keenly watched” or “do we need another keeper?
27 Oghenekaro Etebo Feirense Winger Scored 4 goals in Olympics
28 Cesc Fabregas Chelsea Midfield Daily Mirror says its a deal
29 Fabinho Monaco RB & def midfield Played 67 times for Monaco
30 Emil Forsberg RB Leipzig Midfield He’s Swedish and he’s 25 years old
31 Jose Luis Gaya  Valencia LB Man City winning the race
32 Ben Gibson Middlesbrough Centre back £30m.  Tottenham want him.
33 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.” “Arsenal are keen” (Sport Bild).
35 Robert Green Leeds Goal He was their 1st choice, now they’ve bought someone else, so want to unload him on us!!!
36 Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid Forward Man U don’t want him after all.
37 Amine Harit Nantes M’fld Arsenal have given him a trial.  He is 19-years-old
38 Dalbert Henrique Nice Left Back Inter want him. He’s played 33 times for Nice.  Although an old story this one has just popped up again
39 Lorenzo Insigne Napoli F’wd Liverpool! are on alert!
Update Jakub Jankto Udinese M’fld To play alongside Xhaka.  Arsenal set to sign him.  TalkSport say it is about to happen.
41 Jorginho Napoli M’fld Arsenal warned not to hang about by agent
42 Naby Keïta RB Leipzig Right back Has refused to sign a new contract
43 Simon Kjaer Fenerbache Centre back Both Inter and AC Milan are after him
44 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.
45  Koke Atl Madrid M’fld Replacement for Santi Cazorla
46 Dawid Kownacki Lech Poznan Striker the new Robert Lewandowski’
SIGNED Sead Kolašinac Schalke Defender The deal is announced by Arsenal
NEW Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli Centre back Because Chambers and Gabriel are both leaving !?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
49 Gaëtan Laborde Bordeaux Forward He’s 23 and Liverpool want him
SIGNED Alexandre Lacazette Olympique Lyonnais Striker Man City wanted him. At. Madrid can’t sign him  Mr Wenger spotted in France.  About to sign.  Done £45m
51 Thomas Lemar Monaco Midfield Liverpool or Juventus will beat us.  No Barcelona are going to hijack the deal. No it’s Man U.  No Arsenal are making a third bid NOW! He wants to move.  £45m.  Yes we’ve made the bid and it’s been accepted. (Star Sun Express Metro)
52 Mario Lemina Juventus Centre Midfield He’s 23, previously with  Lorient and Marseille and is flattered by Arsenal’s interest.  “Arsenal’s top midfield target”
53 Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Goal scorer Captain of Poland, scores goals for fun.  but is he actually going to leave?
54 Romelu Lukaku Everton Forward Absolute dead cert to join AFC
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.”  Mr Wenger: We ain’t made no bid
56 Max Meyer Schalke 04 Attack midfield One year left on contracct
New Alvaro Morata Real Mad Striker To replace Alexis Sanchez – but he is more of a striker than a winger /striker.  Pld 26 scored 15 last year
58 M’Baye Niang AC Milan Forward
59 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. Leicester want £50m
60 Nikola Maksimovic Napoli Centre back On loan from Torino but not getting regular games
61 Pedro Neto SC Braga Left wing £17m release clause.  Arsenal made bid.  Battling with Man U.
62 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
63 Oguzhan Ozyakup Besiktas Midfield £20m is the fee being quoted.  He says he wants to come to Europe.  Roma have offer £13m
64 Florentin Pogba St Etienne Defender Brother of Paul at Man U
65 Sokratis Papastathopoulos Borussia Dortmund Defender Chelsea and Arsenal are after him according to the increasingly unbelievable Sun
66 Leandro Paredes Roma Midfield A story from last year now resurrected
67 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”
68 Danilo Pereira Porto Midfield enforcer Juventus also want him
69 Pizzi Benfica Playmaker Liverpool and Juventus want him
70 James Rodriguez Real Madrid Midf/wing  Juventus Milan Man U want him.  Bid made
71 Ivan Perisic Inter Midf/wing Man U desperate for him
72 Kasper Schmeichel Leicester Goal The man to solve our goalkeeping “crisis”
73 Patrik Schick Sampdoria Centre forward ‘Next Ibrahimovic’.  Expected to go to Juventus but they have not finalised the deal
74 Michaël Seri Nice Midfield Tottenham, Barcelona and PSG want him.
75 Leandro Miguel Pereira Silva Académica Midfield He’s on loan from Porto – and the info on him is confusing.  I think not
76 Chris Smalling.  Man U Centre back Played 153 times for Man U.
77 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; but he didn’t – he left
78 John Terry Chelsea Nasty This story from the Daily Mail.  He went to Aston Villa
79 Corentin Tolisso  Lyon M/fld or F’wd French international, dreams of Arsenal.  Still being mentioned.  £30m & is ready to leave
80 Arda Turan Barcelona M’fld He’s 30 years old
NEW Wellington Silva Fluminese Buy back and sell on at onceto Bordeaux
82 Jack Wilshere Bournemouth M’fld 75% of guys in the pub want him back
New Joshua Zirkzee. Feyenoord Forward scoring 33 goals in 27 games to attract the interest of several big clubs.


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5 Replies to “The Fairy Stories: 83 players tipped by journalists to join Arsenal this summer. The Transfer Index vol 15.”

  1. So sad that Wojciech Szczesny is no longer an Arsenal player.

    His ability, his enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment of playing are greatly missed on the pitch.

  2. Against the wishes of the majority of the Arsenal fans world wide who have watched Szczsney played for Arsenal before including myself are very sad to read that the Polish keeper has been forced out of Arsenal against his wish.

    The goalkeeper statistics compilers have shown through their goalkeeper comparisons statistics that Szczsney is currently on a higher goalkeeping quality than Ospina is. And even Szczsney is said to be at par with Petr Cech in goalkeeping performance last season.

    I am of the thinking before that Le prof makes his decision purely for football reason and not basing it on emotional reason. But when he forced out Lukas Podolski out of Arsenal unceremoniously against his wish to leave, when from all indications Podolski was still very good to remain at Arsenal at the time of his being forced out. At that time I said to myself, Le Prof has decided to sell Podolski to Fenerbahce for the reasons best known to him but it can’t be for football reason.

    The same scenario has now played itself out in this case of Szczsney getting forced out of Arsenal by Le Prof, for emotional reason maybe? and not for football reason I will say. Let’s not forget that Le Prof hardly listened to the voice of the majorly of Arsenal fans world wide including that of the Untold Arsenal voice who are his staunchest supporting website amongst all the Arsenal sites that are around. If he is listening to the voices of those majority Arsenal fans who are supporting the club and himself come rain, come sun, come heat, come cold, come good results, come bad results, come economic buoyancy and come economic crunch, he would have kept Szczsney at Arsenal and instead allowed Ospina to go. But as Arsenal fans, what can we do? Cry over spilled milk? Even if we continue to cry for spilling the milk, we can’t pack it, can we? In as much as we may disagree with him on some actions taken by him, Le Prof is the Arsenal boss and he makes the decisions. And to this effect, he has decided to sell Szczsney to Jeventus. So, we take it like that and wish Szczsney a successful career spell at Juve. Oh dear!

    Although, Arsenal now have two specialist strikers of: Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette in the rank and file of the senior Gunners first team. Nonetheless, for more top options and cover, I’ll not be against the singing of the Celtic striker, Moussa Dembele this summer by Arsenal if Brendan Rodgers will not oppose his transfer to us as he opposed that of Louis Suarez to us before. What will be wrong with Arsenal having a 3rd specialist striker this summer in their first team squad for next season’s campaign? It will only show Arsenal intent to win the Premier League next season. Or will it not?

  3. I’ve just come across the media report that said Le Prof wants to sell the Arsenal centreback, Calum Chambers maybe to Crystal Palace this summer. Who are reported to have had their first bid of £16m for the CB dismissed by Arsenal who are said to be holding out for close to £20m before they’ll accept. This is coming against the background of Le Prof recently sanctioning the sale of the majority of the Gooners favourite goalkeeper Szczsney to Jeventus. Okay, if he sells Chambers assuming he has to, which centrebacks at Arsenal will he replace him with for top options and cover next season as the versatile Gabriel is currently sidelined with injury, the aging Mertesacker can’t play ever three days anymore, Koscielny is more or less an Achilles injury case and won’t be available for our first two opening Premier League games next season due to suspension. But holding will be available and Mustafi also should be available. Thus, leaving us with only two strong CBs option to start the opening of our next season’s PL campaign. And now, Le Prof is looking to be converting Elneny to a centreback so as to make him a multi-purpose player of a box to box and a centreback. Good. No Gooner is against Le Prof plans in that regard. But is that the reason he wants to sell Chambers? I don’t understand. But if he has no plan to import a new centreback this summer, why wouldn’t him then want to keep the one he has and has developed him to become a top centreback at Arsenal in the past seasons?

    No one is saying Le Prof should not sell to recoup. But if he has to sell for that purpose, especially to strengthen his hand financially to enable him purse other top quality targets in the transfer market this summer for Arsenal, Szczsney and Chambers are the least of those Gunners his books we expect him to sell. But if he decides to sell Gibbs, Debuchy, Jenkinson and Perez in this current window for the sole aim of to recoup and to rationalize his current first team squad and also to strengthen any weak position in his current first team squad with new incoming signing additions, no Gooner will pull any case with him for doing that.

  4. Only if it was true, Aguero + 30 million pounds for Alexis Sanchez won’t be a bad idea.

  5. It is interesting to see the credit our neighbours get for an attitude towards transfers and young players for which AW gets crucified year after year.
    Ah and before I forget their last silverware is decades old, CL presence scarce and, yep the poor guys have no money because of a new satadium.
    So stability is the perfect genius strategy for a team that wins zilch, yet it is proof of incompetence from Arsenal.

    Talk about biases

    And as much as I hate to admit it, they have become a good team playing good football. I am not in any point criticizing them.

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