By the Honourable Sir Hardly Anyone MP.
Yes this really is the moment for the bloggettas to come out and show that they can foretell what will come to pass, so that we will believe all they tell us in terms of transfers that they absolutely know will happen, absolutely certainly, definitely, and for sure.
But credibility is all in this business, in between voting down the government last night I looked with much interest at the sites that dared to tell us the line up at WHAM before the game, and found myself reading RedLondon.net which told us
Sanchez and Ozil dropped: 4-3-3 Arsenal predicted line-up vs West Ham
Still, one should never let one mistake cloud the passage to making 150 others, so here we go with the raging (or is that raving) transfer news of the day.
“Benzema has long been linked with a move to Arsenal with Arsene Wenger’s interest dating way back to the strikers time with Lyon before he joined Madrid in 2009.” Hmmm.
2: Steven N’Zonzi
“Arsenal agree deal to sign Steven N’Zonzi” or at least so says
They continue, “Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, according to reports in Spain.” (elgoldigital.com to be precise).
“The Frenchman has a buy-out clause of £35.2million and it is reported that the Gunners have agreed to meet that fee ahead of the January transfer window.”
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This is the big story of the moment, as Shoot.co.uk tells us that “Arsene Wenger agrees Arsenal’s first January signing worth £35.3m” while Read Arsenal pronounces “Arsenal agree deal to sign Steven N’Zonzi.
“It was made known the French player, who has a release clause of €40M in his contract, [that was in the last paragraph too] could leave Spain in January and that Arsenal seems to have agreed to pay Sevilla for his signature. Arsenal have reportedly reached an agreement with Sevilla to sign midfielder Steven N’Zonzi during the January transfer window.”
3. Lucas Vazquez
“The interesting point mentioned by the Spanish source is that Real Madrid are ready to incorporate one of their attackers in the deal to do Arsenal a favor. It is claimed that the reigning European Champions are willing to offer Lucas Vazquez to Arsenal.”
234sport have Real Madrid set to involve Vazquez in 28-year-old’s switch; Arsenal manager likely to agree to let them have Alexis in return. Which brings us to…
5: Jordi Osei-Tutu
“Official done deal: Arsenal confirm and announce new deal ahead of January” claims ArsenalNewsHQ (where do these little bloggettas get these names from?)
“Arsenal have made a double contract announcement on their official club website. But Gunners fans who are hoping it concerns star men Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will be left disappointed. Instead, Arsenal have agreed deals to keep two of their youngsters at the club.
“Jordi Osei-Tutu, who can play at right-back or in centre-midfield, has signed a contract extension with the Gunners. Osei-Tutu, 19, arrived from Reading in 2015 and has featured regularly for the under-23s.”
I’m not sure who the second player in the double is.
“Arsenal to complete transfer of FIFA award winner, Wenger likes player” claims Giants Football News (another new one on me, but maybe I fell asleep while they were created) adding “Olivier Giroud might be on his way out of The Emirates Stadium despite Arsene Wenger’s hopes of keeping the Frenchman.
“According to L’Equipe TV in a video documentary, the Frenchman is willing to leave the Gunners in search of regular playing time.”
Is it just me or are the bloggettas getting a little more tentative in their old age?
7: Sergio Romero.
“Deal Almost Agreed! Arsenal tipped to complete shock switch of Manchester United star”.
This is 234sport.com again who said, “According to reports,” [ah the old fall-back, according to reports…] “Arsenal are the bookies’ favourites to complete a surprise transfer stitch for Manchester United second choice goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
“The experienced Argentina international safe hand has shone as a team player for the Old Trafford giant, showing that he could possibly be worth a starting place at most big sides.”
8: Nadiem Amiri
“£20m Arsenal deal would be bitter Spurs blow… Pochettino has wanted him since 2016.”
hitc.com announce that the Tottenham manager “Mauricio Pochettino has been tracking Bundesliga starlet Nadiem Amiri for over a year – but now Arsenal are attempting to muscle in.
In case you are interested he is with 1899 Hoffenheim, is 21, and is an attacking midfielder.
9: Goncalo Guedes
“Arsenal finally set to sign PSG star man with UEFA forcing them to sell”. This is from Arsenal News HQ who add, “Arsenal want to sign Paris Saint-Germain’s Goncalo Guedes next summer as they look for replacements for Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.”
10: Steven N’Zonzi
Just in case his agent is getting worried I thought we ought to mention him again as Arsenal Football Talk now tells us that “Arsenal Trump Liverpool After Agreeing£35.3m Deal To Sign French Midfielder”
Mind you they also tell us that, “The January transfer window is just around the corner meaning clubs are working hard on potential deals so we’ll bring you all the latest gossip from around the globe” and I am so glad they told us, as we might never have noticed.
Anyway the tales is that “Arsenal appear to have won the race to land Steven N’Zonzi after agreeing a deal worth £35.3m with Sevilla to sign the midfielder in January, according to reports in Spain via the Daily Mail.”
Tony travelled back from Cyprus with a lady who writes for the Daily Mail. I must share that story with you sometime.
But for now, I think it is time to go back to the House of Commons bar. There’s usually a punch up or some sort of argy bargy going on at this time of day, and one does have a duty to keep the ladies safe.