by Tony Attwood
OK let’s try and weigh this up. My view is that we are not going to buy any more players because
a) the budget was £70m and that has gone.
b) Arsenal have far too many players to fit into the artificial “17” and “25” limits, and so need to sell or loan out the surplus.
c) the club knows as we all do that come next summer there could be a lot of foreigners for sale if the PL or the government rules change the rules on foreigners, in the light of the UK leaving the EU, so loaning out is not always going to be the solution; we probably won’t want these players back.
d) even though a few sales now might make more money available, by the time the club gets the deal sorted there is going to be less and less time to see it through before the early end to the window – prior to the PL kick off.
Against that the stories of transfers continue and throughout without any mention of the fact that the 25 and 17 are already overfull, and the budget is spent. Not to mention the fact that the manager has said that although he might move for a very special deal, basically the job is done.
So at the moment we have
1: Arsenal make €50m offer for Bayern Munich man ‘very interested’ in Arsenal
And “Arsenal make €50m bid to agree transfer deal for forward, 22-year-old wants to join,” and associated variations.
The long and the short is that Arsenal have reportedly offered €50m for Kingsley Coman in a story that refuses to die. That is in the Daily Cannon and Arsenal Fever. But the Mail has “the Frenchman is adamant that he will be staying at Bayern after signing a five-year contract with the German champions in December.”
And that last part is the point. Why, after signing a five year contract, would both player and club think about moving on?
2: Reports: Arsenal Set To Agree Four-Year Deal With 22-Year-Old Midfielder
The story is that “Alex Iwobi to sign new four year deal with Arsenal” according to All Arsenal Rumours. Quite possibly so, and this means the sales will have to come from elsewhere.
3: Journalist – Arsenal have ‘genuine interest’ in signing of 22-year-old forward.
That’s in Red London, and oh no we are back to Kingsley Coman. And this really is the story that goes on and on. And I have to keep on asking “why?” The club has spent the money and made the choices, we have run out of space for new players, it’s getting late… well you know.
4: Arsenal transfer news: Kingsley Coman breaks silence on speculation (
But could the Star of all people – the newspaper of fantasy and makebelieve actually be getting it right? Of course we don’t know. I am only talking about what seems likely, and what seems highly unlikely. But their story is “Asked if he has been in contact with Arsenal about a summer transfer, Coman told Sport1: ‘That’s not true. I’ve had no contact with Arsenal’.”
5: Goal gets the interview and scores
Goal however has taken the same line as Untold with the question we raised about Mesut when the current story about him leaving the Germany team first broke. If he was that bad for that long, what does that say about the Germany team selection process? Surely the big story is that the country’s football association is in total crisis, picking really awful players. OK they got knocked out of the WC early this time, but before then…
Dr Erkut Sogut, Mesut’s agent has apparently done an exclusive interview with Goal.com and says, “Mr Hoeness cannot even provide any actual evidence to back up his foolish statements that are clearly exaggerated. In this case, the stats are clear. Twenty-three goals, 40 assists – which is a German record – and five-time German player of the year – three of which come after 2014.
“He claims that Mesut has been a ‘ghost’ for years, but what ‘ghost’ wins all these awards and has this much success? Mesut created more chances in the 2018 World Cup per 90 minutes than any other player, but, of course, he singles him out for criticism.”
Nice one Goal. Clever to get that interview. Credit where it is well and truly due.
6: Arsenal try to drive midfielder’s €40m price tag down as negotiations continue
7: Arsenal transfer news: Gunners dealt blow in hunt of Kingsley Coman
But oh, what is this? With all the talk that we are buying KC (who may or may not come with the Sunshine Band, but that comment is only for people of a particular age group) it seems he ain’t coming.
8: But where, I hear you cry, is the old regular? The churner out of stories? Have they gone?
Indeed where is Football London in all this? The 40 a day habit from the Daily Mirror; has it stopped publishing in the face of Untold’s withering exposure of how its Arsenal stories pour our from a computer every half hour through night and day?
Well no. They have got one. “Arsenal are believed to have entered the race to sign Croatia World Cup star Domagoj Vida, according to reports emerging from Turkey.” He is a defender from Besiktas.
Do we need another defender? Not to mention all the other problems with buying players. We’ve exceeded the quota, we spent the money, no one is buying… Well, you know the rest.
- The new transfers and the full list of the 110 players coming our way this summer.
- If we have lowered expectations for the start of the season that can only be good.
- Mesut Özil takes the right step: but international football will always be racist