By Rowley Birkin MBE
Before we begin, allow me if I may to introduce a new element in the annals of Untold. The “Bonkers notion of the Week”.
This appears on the ESPN website and reads thus
Perhaps Wenger sees Lacazette playing behind Giroud — especially if Alexis Sanchez does end up leaving the club — but the WSW game raised some question marks about whether the players themselves can do it.
The notion that one can decide if two players can play in a new formation in just one game is so bizarre it really makes one wonder how these writers make it through the door of the bar and up to the counter. This is why we have practice matches and why players train. It is not all about getting fit guys!
But of course it is what the media does now – an hour in one game, and the player, the manager and the tactics are measured forever. Of course the first practice match raised some questions. If it didn’t what would be the point of having practice matches???????
The runner-up bonkisity today is that Arsene Wenger, for reasons unknown, “doesn’t want” Reine-Adelaide at the club any longer and has already held discussions with at least one club – Ligue 1 side Nice being the club rumoured… Because, you see, nothing makes sense anymore.”
“Enough” I hear you scream. Here then is the table: the 28 players now being tipped to leave Arsenal. Actually you have to feel sorry for Alexis going to nine different clubs at once.
|1||Akpom||His loan to Brighton was not a success after a long injury spell so it seems the club are looking to try another loan to regain his pre-injury sparkle|
|2a||Alexis||Man C||Guardiola making £50m offer his summer priority. £50m. Talk Sprout says it is done. Mirror says he is finalising.|
|2b||Alexis||Chelsea||Will play out contract and go on a free to Chelsea.|
|2c||Alexis||Man U||Has already agreed deal|
|Update||Alexis||Nowhere||Mr Wenger has said “he is staying”. Or in some reports – he stays until we get Lemar|
|2e||Alexis||Real Mad||Mentioned in lots of places.|
|2f||Alexis||???||Arsenal had enough; anyone can have him for £80m|
|NEW||Alexis||PSG||The club has met with Alexis’ agent. Yep its PSG (Express)|
|NEW||Alexis||Bayern||Evening Standard says this is the deal. Elsewhere Bayern have “given up on Sanchez”|
|NEW||Alexis||Alexis to decide||Mertesacker has said that Alexis should be allowed to decide where he plays despite his contract.|
|3||Takuma Asano||Stuggart||He’s staying put as there is no work permit yet.|
|4||Krystian Bielik||Birmingham||City keen to extend loan for another year. Norwich keen. Also Nottm Forest. Could go to Leeds – but he has gone on the Ozzie tour so if he goes out it presumably will only be on loan. And we might need him for the first couple of weeks.|
|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). He’s bought a house in Barcelona. Latest: he has asked for a transfer and Arsenal has refused. Latest, Barcelona have given up and are looking elsewhere. No he has already gone|
|Update||Campbell||Fenerbahce||Currently in talks to sign. No its Greece. But no, sadly he was injured playing for his country and will be out until the end of the year.|
|Update||Chambers||Newcastle||Or it could be Everton. There seems some uncertainty. Palace made a bid of £20m (Mirror) no £16m (Telegraph). TalkSp says it happens this week to Palace|
|8||Crowley||Willem II||News reports say this transfer is going through and that he is about to be presented to reporters.|
|9||Francis Coquelin||Valencia||This story has been going on and on and on and…|
|Update||Debuchy||Newcastle||Being made available on a free. No he’s off to Nice.|
|Update||Gibbs||Newcastle Watford, WBA||Hasn’t gone on the summer tour suggesting he is leaving. Watford don’t like the price so the suggestion is, AFC have cut it in half. Mail is reporting Newcastle interest. TalkSport says WBA this week.|
|Update||Olivier Giroud||Marseille||He wants to play more games. Marseille to make an offer right at the close of the window to force Arsenal to deal.|
|12b||Giroud||West Ham||They really want him as they need more pace!|
|12c||Giroud||No move||Wenger wants to keep him hence the new contract signed earlier|
|12d||Giroud||Everton||Despite already signing over 50 players this summer, Everton want Giroud as well. “We’ll see who we’ve got when the window closes and pick a team from that” said A Spokesman.|
|12e||Giroud||Borussia Dortmund||Apparently this is the one that really is true. Honest.|
|Update||Jenkinson||Newcastle||Just promoted, need players, but no real noise concerning his move except from Daily Mail.|
|15||Koscielny||Marseille||He’s just had enough|
|16||Matt Macey||He didn’t go to Oz, but will be too old to be the 4th keeper in the club next season (the 4th normally being an under 21), unless both the club and he are ready for that change in the process.|
|Released||Savvas Mourgos||No details but he has been released.|
|18||Ospina||Fenerbahce||Some are just saying “to Turkey”|
|Update||Oxlade Chamb||Liverpool! or Chelsea||They have offered £40m and made it a priority, no its Chelsea; either way the player is angry and wants to go. He’s “stultified” and needs to “flourish”. But Wenger has made it clear he is central to the club’s plan for this coming season. New one is Arsenal will give him to Chelsea and take Nemanja Matic in return|
|20||Özil||Real Mad||They realise they should have kept him. Mr Wenger says, he is staying. He’s on the Ozzie tour so seems to be staying.|
|Update||Lucas Perez||PSG, Deportivo La Coruna, Fenerbahce,||He’s an “outcast” according to “reports”. He didn’t go to Oz, but it is said that the proposed deal in Spain has broken down. Mail says Spain is back on for £12m|
|NEW||Reine-Adelaide||Nice||The Short Fuse: Arsene Wenger, for reasons unknown, “doesn’t want” Reine-Adelaide at the club any longer|
|24||Santi Caz||Not so much that he is going but that Arsenal must send him packing – until suddenly he posted pics of himself in the gym and said he was doing double training. Surely those early stories about “never play again” can’t just have been made up can they?|
|Update||Wojciech Szczesny||Napoli or Juventus||Every newspaper seems to have this one. He doesn’t want to be here. Yes he does, the club doesn’t want him. £10m deal about to be done with Juve.|
|26||Nathan Tella||Southampton||Deal done and completed – he was released|
|27a||Theo Walcott||West Ham||Ray Wilkins says he must leave to protect his career. Daily Star says he is going to West Ham.|
|NEW||Theo||Newcastle||The 4th official says this is the transfer that will happen|
|27c||Theo||Everton||£30m on the table, so we are told. Suddenly this old story is headlined “Sensational” in “The 4th official” blog|
|New||Jack Wilshere||Sampdoria, Palace||The Metro has this one and they are sure he’s off. Express says £6.2m offer rejected. No its Palace on loan (Mirror)|
So there we have it. Alexis cut into slices as he is one of 27 players leaving. Quite a lot really.
The Index of Indexes
- The In Index: All the players tipped to be joining Arsenal this summer
- The Out Index: All the players tipped to be leaving Arsenal this summer (this page)
- The Purchase Index: All this summer’s player buying by the top 10 clubs of last season
- The Loan Index: The top clubs compared in terms of players loaned out
- The Premier League finances are utterly unsustainable. But will Arsenal survive?
- How Arsenal will line up next season: the 4 key tactics that we now know.
- Two Arsenal deals finally done – but one is utterly bizarre. Some good player news & some awful news.
- The home and away scandal: ignorance, or cover up?
- The reason why Liverpool and Man C are ahead of Arsenal.
- How which referee a club gets has a major impact on the result of each game
- The statistical evidence that shows PGMO are biased against Arsenal
- How European football has taken up the fight against clubs breaking FFP