Arsenal transfers – the full table of all 122 rumours, plus the view from White Hart Lane.

By Tony Attwood

By the end of course it was getting truly ridiculous.  Indeed as Short Fuse announced, “Arsenal’s transfer window descends into farce as structural problems remain.”  What they didn’t realise was that the farce was created by the media as time and again they told us deals had been done, and were confirmed, when even as the deadline popped up, there was not the slighted sign that it was anything other than a fantasy.

We were never sure if the Express were being tongue in cheek with “Arsenal transfer news: Unai Emery deadline day plans revealed – claim” followed by the “news” item that  “ARSENAL won’t be making any more additions to their squad this summer, it has been claimed.”  They spoiled it all a bit however by running the story twice with a slightly changed headline.

But undoubtedly the most appalling and most contemptuous approach was that of Football London, the Daily Mirror’s site which regularly published headlines such as Arsenal news live: ‘Confirmed €100m bid’ for World Cup winner, keeper agrees deal” above an article which had nothing whatsoever to do with the headline.

Arsenal signed 5 players, Chelsea 4, Liverpool 5, Manchester City 4, Manchester United 3, Tottenham 0.

I wondered how Tottenham supporters might be reacting so took a look at Harry Hotspur – obviously the other side of the fence but a witty and interesting blog always, even when I utterly disagree with it.   Let us end this marathon with him, and then for the final time the list of all the transfers that the mad idiots in the media reckoned were happening this summer… All 122 of them.

Over to you Harry.

I watched Pochettino fiddling with this microphone and pulling his chair snugly under the desk as the presser was about to begin.

His hand then patted the neck of his t shirt, perhaps to ensure his chain was still concealed.

His eyes darted across the pilgrims from the press who’d made the trip Hotspur Way to hear him announce nothing.

His speech had the rhythm to it, of material that wasn’t off the cuff.

There was some pity me stuff about player fitness and then we got to the guts of it.

Welcome to Versailles is what he said.

A project of such rotten self indulgence; the parallels are suffocating.

King Louis XIV, on his deathbed, is said to have given his heir the following advice:

“Do not follow the bad example which I have set you; I have often undertaken war too lightly and have sustained it for vanity. Do not imitate me, but be a peaceful prince, and may you apply yourself principally to the alleviation of the burdens of your subjects.”

The disconnection from the urgent social realities of that time echo through the walls of this regrettable palace –  that’s upset everyone that doesn’t have a vested interest in the borough of Haringey.

A big well done to all the Dumb Dumbs who prepared themselves for this gigantic punt; namely telling Poch to have another go again with the same incomplete squad.

Levy is now revealed has having been fanning about trying to lowball for a proven failure – whilst being roundly ignored by the clubs that he was seeking to his foist previous bad buys upon.

I’ll go first.

Welcome to Versailles.

Here we go.  The total list of all 122 players tipped to join Arsenal this window.  There are some absolute gems in here and even if you take out the re-signing of players out of contract like Jack, it is still a record.  Remember 117 of these predictions never happened.

No Player From Source Information
1 Yacine Adli PSG Sport Review.  Talk Sport says the deal is certainly on for a mere £250,000.  Mirror says it is for sure.  FootLon (also run by the Mirror) says no go. Barcelona Manchester City,  Bayern Munich and Juventus want him.  He’s a wonderkid.  All set to sign NOW (DZ)
2 Toby Alderweireld Tottenham Football London Man U interested.  FL urges urgent action
3 Nabil Allioui Monaco Blizzard: Arsenal battling with Man City. Left wing, 19 years old
4 Marco Asensio  Real Madrid Guardian Liverpool will pay up to £131m, Chelsea also keen.
5 Álvaro Odriozola Arzallus Real Sociedad Football London Mainly right back can also play on the wing
6 Leon Bailey Bayer Leverkusen Talk Sprout; Football London, Sport Review – we are anxious to get him. Cost £100m, he’s a winger or a midfielder who gives assists.  Chelsea more likely
7 Mario Balotelli Nice Football London (who else?), Mirror, La Gazetta dello Sport “He’s rebuilt his reputation in France”
8 Ever Banega Sevilla Daily Star, 101 Great Goals, Estadio Deportivo and Sports Keeda, agent spotted.   €20 million release clause Argentine player, central midfield.  Foot Lond keep mentioning him.
9 Mehdi Benatia Juventus Sport Review.  He’s a 31 year old centre back.  The manager wants him. Dortmund are the rivals
10 Jack Butland Stoke The Sun, 101 Great Goals Liverpool also after this keeper
11 Karim Benzema Real Mad EPR Scouts, Football Transfer Tavern, Diario Gol, Deal agreed £35m.  No €60 million,
NEW Sander Berge Genk Concrete interest – Sport Witness.  Battling it out with Tottenham. Midfielder
NEW Jerome Boateng Bayern Munich Mirror said that Arsenal have equalled Man U’s bid of£45m Defender
14 Emre Can Liverpool Fourth Official Liverpool won’t give him an extension
15 Cătălin Cârjan Viitorul Domnesti Digisport.  Will join when he’s 16. He’s a Romanian midfielder
16 Matteo Cardinali Roma Tuttomercatoweb, Mirror, Express A 17 year old keeper.
17 Jasper Cillessen Barcelona Mundo Deportivo, Daily Cannon A keeper.
18 Kingsley Coman Bayern Munich Express certain that Arsenal are after him.  Emery to pounce says Team Talk.  Arsenal News HQ says he is on his way. Attacker.  FootLond quote “reports” as its source.  A likely tale.
19 Gabriele Corbo Spezia Calcio One of Italy’s brightest defensive prospects in the past couple of years.”  La Repubblica 18 year old had a trial with Bayern Munich last year.
20 Doucoured Watford Football London Play next to Ramsey to bring “much needed brawn and steel to a weak midfield.”
21 Ousmane Dembele Barcelona (joined from Dortmund for £96m) Express, Don Balon, Arsenal News, Gunnersphere, Telefoot; Arsenal Mania says no deal and that has become the general theme. Read Arsenal says we are in talks.  Aubameyang’s dad hinted that Dembele will join!!! Swap deal for Ramsey (the Sun). Swap deal with Bellerin even though we don’t need any more forwards and he is injury prone, but is a friend of Aub’s. Says he’s not moving
22 Kerem Demirbay Hoffenheim TalkSport. Liga Financial, Star, AFC Fever Midfielder, AFC price agreed, Liverpool want him. Price agreed
23 Leander Dendoncker Anderlecht Fourth Official Defensive midfield, creative midfield…
24 Abdoulaye Doucoure Watford Hertfordshire Mercury Goalkeeper.  Watford want to keep him. Tots want him
25 Johnny Evans WBA Daily Mirror, Football London He’s the key man we need. £3m from WBA if they go down. FL just reignited the story in early June.
26 Nabil Fekir Olympique Lyonnais Mail.  Football London.  Football Bible says the deal is on and the price has dropped. Arsenal’s number 1 target; attacking midfield. FL says maybe Liverpool
27 Fellaini Man U Sport Witness, HLN, Read Arsenal. He’s a midfielder and he’s 30.  No we “were never close!”
28 Junior Firpo Real Betis Sports Review. A young replacement for Monreal for £22m
29 Marcelo Flores Ipswich Mirror, Express The new wonderkid
30 Emil Forsberg RB Leipzig Sportwitness and Calcio Mercato.  £47m.  Although it wasn’t the 1st (see right) we are still interested – Star A replacement for Alexis Sanchez.  He’s going to be the first signing
31 Fred Shakhtar Gibfootballshow Arsenal to get him for £30m
NEW Jean-Philippe Gbamin Mainz Daily Mirror Centre Back
33 Willem Geubbels Lyon Football London 16 years old forward, Barce, Leipzig and Chelsea also want him
34 Alex Grimaldo Benfica Read Arsenal Left back. Man U, PSG & Monaco fancy him
35  Jose Gimenez Atletico Madrid Marca, TalkSport, SportsReview £53m but no sooner is it announced than we are set to miss out on him.  That hardly seems fair
36 Alexander Golovin CKSA Moscow Football London.  Arsenal AFC blog.  Emery has urged AFC hierarchy to get him.   “Emery sanctions €25m move for World Cup star”.  But Arsenal Mania say the price has just doubled.  Monaco confident of getting him. Midfielder. One of the players we must buy before the WC
37 Andre Gomes Barcelona £30m offered: Canon, Off the post, Sport English, Express.  Foot Lond says talks are ongoing.  Sport Witness says “this week”  101 Great Goals says we are in talks.  He will replace Ramsey Arsenal have to sell Ramsey; Arsenal are beating Tots and Chelsea. Deal over after he got injured in pre-season  (101)
38 Sam Greenwood Newcastle Daily Mail says Arsenal are in pole position to sign him 16 year old striker
39 Goncalo Guedes PSG Liga Financial.  Cadena Cope says Arsenal are still interested PSG must sell because of FFP, Arsenal have announced interest
40 Matteo Guendouzi Lorient Ouest France, Star, Short Fuse.  £7m.  Sport Review says Arsenal drop a big hint he is on the way.   RMC Sport “he is set to fly in for a medical” He’s 19.  Medical today. He’s a deep lying midfielder.  Played 17 times last season in Lg2.
41 Kai Havertz Bayer Leverkusen Metro, Mail, Tribal Football AFC and Liverpool want him.  Midfielder; B,L’s youngest ever player
42 Dean Henderson Man U; Shrewsbury Mirror, Football London
43 Hector Herrera Porto Mirror.  The price is negotiable Midfielder, £15m
44 Tomas Holy Gillingham Used to play for Sparta.  Everon, Palace, WHU all want him. A week after everyone else ran it Team Talk had it as an exclusive. 19 year old Goalkeeper
45 Ahmed Hegazi West Brom Transfer Tavern Defender
46 Lorenzo Insigne. Napoli  Football fancast An attacker, aged 26, Italian international
47 Jakub Jankto Udinese Teamtalk It’s either Arsenal or AC Milan
48 Jorginho Napoli Hot Stepanovs Faster and smaller than Xhaka
49 Lukas Kolstermann Leipzig Bild says yes but Football Fancast says no Full back; can play left and right
50 Laurent Koscielny Arsenal Football London. Not a transfer of course but he is recovering from injury far quicker. You know what he can do.
51 Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli Daily Mirror, Gunnersphere, Guardian, Corriere Dello Sport, Tribal Football Centre back; top priority, Chelsea, Man C and Liverpool want him
52 Matteo Kovacic Real Madrid Star: Arsenal now lead race with Man Utd and Liverpool for Real Madrid wantaway He’s a Croatian midfielder
53 Dejan Kulusevski Atalanta 90 Minutes 18 year old midfielder
54 Layvin Kurzawa PSG Sportsmole, the Week, To replace Bellerin
55 Alban Lafont Toulouse Arsenal Mania, Daily Canon Goalkeeper, Boyhood supporter of Arsenal.  “Set to leave”.  But he’s only 19.
56 Thomas Lemar Monaco ArsenalNewsHQ; Mirror; TalkSport. Star, Different League Deal confirmed; has rejected a new contract. All go!!!  Or he has “become available”
57 Stephan Lichtsteiner Juventus Just about everywhere SIGNED.  Right back, available free, he’s 34 and he will be the first signing.  “It’s done” (Football London)
58 Matthias De Ligt Ajax Football London, Mirror Centre back; Tots and Man C also want him.  Has handed in a transfer request
59 Bernd Leno Bayer Leverkusen Football London, Daily Express (they are certain), Bild A keeper available for just £22m.  The story has popped up again after a month of silence.He will be first signing.
60 Diogo Leite Porto A Bola (which is a Portuguese “outlet” not a virulent disease; Guardian Centre back
61 Stanislav Lobotka Celta de Vigo Arsenal Fever He’s 23, a defensive midfielder
62 Joel Lopez Barcelona Sports Lens: Arsenal have agreed the deal.  He’s available on a free. (Real Sport 13).  Jeorge Bird says we have him & says he’s 16.  Standard says he is set to arrive 21 year old left midfield. No he’s 15 (Express).  No he’s a defender says Caught Offside
63 Hirving Lozano PSV Sport 360, Arsenal mania.  Played for Mexico and suddenly he is being mentioned as a winger who can cut inside.  He’s staying at PSV – Talksport Express, Sky Sports, Sun, Pain in the A.  Mirror says it is Man U
64 James Maddison Norwich Mirror, Sport Review, Birmingham Mail says it is about to happen Midfield playmaker; Tottenham, Everton, Brighton Southampton & Man C also want him
65 Harry Maguire Leicester Sky Sports Centre half.  Man U also want him.
66 Malcolm Bordeaux FootballBible, Sport Review, Gunnerspheree, Football London.  Arsenal Mania says no he is going to Everton.  Balkan Talk says the deal is on. Winger; everyone is interested; he says he goes in the summer.  But might go to China.  No will play in a 3 man line behind the number 9.
67 Gelson Martins Sporting Lisbon “Arsenal fail with £26m bid to sign Sporting Lisbon star” Metro, Read Arsenal, Foot London.  Later reports say cost is £52m!  That failure has continued to be reported for four weeks. HITC says Everton wants him.   He’s a winger.  WHU & Lazio want him too.  “On his way to At. Mad.”
68 Joao Mario Inter on loan at WHU Fourth Official Midfield, and said to love London
69 Lautaro Martinez  Racing Club de Avellaneda Gunnersphere Striker.  Inter have offered €20million
70 Anthony Martial Man U Sun, 4th Official Signed by United from AC Monaco in 2015, the £75.7m
71 Alex McCarthy Southampton Football London Goalkeeper.
72 Max Meyer Schalke 04. Football London, Daily Canon, Guardian, Talk Sport, Express.  Contract ends this season.  FL still talking it up.  No, wages demands too high.  He’s going to Palace as we can’t afford him!!! Footb. Fan Cast Attacking midfield or playmaker. Liverpool battling with Arsenal  New Santi Cazorla
73 Radja Nainggolan Roma The Sun, Gunnersphere He’s a powerhouse midfielder and will cost £45m
74 Keylor Navas Real Madrid Don Ballon, HITC, A goalkeeper looking for work.  He’s 31
75 Robert Navarro Barcelona Daily Mail, Canon He’s 15 and plans to leave on his 16th birthday.  Arsenal have made an offer
76 M’Baye Niang Torino Teamtalk.  Arsenal FC Blog seems fairly certain the deal is on for £17.5m.  The Nice offer was rejected Discussions underway.  (That is the offer from Nice not a nice offer).  Doh!
77 Wilfred Ndidi Leicester Mad About PL, Goonertalk, African Football, Sun Midfielder, Man U want him too
78 Saul Niguez At Madrid Mirror, Arsenal Station £130m will get him.  Midfielder
Update Stephen N’Zonzi Sevilla Football London.  He’s French, plays for Seville and spends all day at various airports.  Xhaka will go to make way.  Arsenal are locked in talks – Sky.  Hard Tackle agrees.  FL says it is still on. Le10 Sport says it is on. We’re trying to get him cheaper.  No we’re not interested… No we must sell before we buy Sport 360.  El Desmarque – he will replace Ramsey Def midfield.  In March FL had him “jetting to London) now they are not so sure.  Maybe he got lost. TeamTalk says £35m. Everton want him. AFC & Barce on alert (101 goals)
80 Abulkadir Omur Trabzonspor Turkish football says Ozil recommends him Central midfield
81 Oguzhan Ozyakup Besiktas Mail.  Football London says Wenger obsessed the transfer Arsenal to bring back their ex-player at the end of his contract
82 Cristan Pavon Boca Juniors. Mirror says WHU want him, Sports Mole says we are close.  Star says it is on, agent says nothing is happening.  e need” says Transfer Tavern. We’ve already held talks.  He’s 22, a forward.  He’s the “player w
83 Danilo Pereira Porto O Jogo Defensive midfield, currently injured
84 Lucas Perez AFC loaned to Deportivo Sports Keeds and FootLond report that he will return to Arsenal and be given a chance He played 35 times on loan for  Deportivo La Coruña.  He’s off to Turkey.
85 Dennis Praet Sampdoria Football London says one week we must have him, next week AFC have had talks.  Release clause £22m.  Calciomercato  says it is on Attacking midfielder, 24 years old
86 Pablo Moreno Barcelona Mundo Deportivo He’s 15 and his contract runs out at the end of the season
87 Jan Oblak Atletico Mad FootballBible; Gibfootballshow, Star Goalkeeper also wanted by Chelsea and Liverpool.  100m euros.  At Mad “expect him to leave”
88 Panagiotis Retsos Bayer Leverkusen Goal, 4th official Greek South African defender
89 Ivan Rakitic Barcelona Star Attacking midfield
90 Rodrigo Valencia Fotomac, Football Fancast Selling Lacazette to buy him.  He’s a 27 year old winger
NEW Ricardo Rodriguez AC Milan Gunnersphere, Express, Mail, Mirror.  Cost £30m Full back
92 Sergio Rico Sevilla Football London Goalkeeper; won the Europa twice
93 Sokratis Papastathopoulos Borussia Dortmund Birmingham Live, Gazzetta dello Sport, Football London, Evening Standard, Read Arsenal.  Hatchet job from Pain in the Ars.  L’Équipe says it is done.  Lots of sites now saying it is all done.  Metro says Kos is leaving to make way.  Goal and Arsenal Fever report no deal is done Man U, Juventus, Chelsea interested in 29 year old defender.  Arsenal now favourites.  He’s going to be 1st signing.  Final details being arranged.  “This week”.  It’s agreed!
94 Adrien Rabiot PSG Football Lond spotted him at London Colney Defensive midfield; 1 year left on contract
95 Marcus Rashford Man U Starsport: £60m offer to be made 20 year old forward
96 Ante Rebic Eintracht Frankfurt SportBild He is a Croation Striker.  Bayern also interested
97 Richarlison Watford EPL Scouts, 4th Official Forward, Chels & Tots also; Arsenal miss out & Arsenal to hijack deal, both on same site!!!
98 Daniele Rugani Juventus Whoscored Defender.  Agent confirms
99 Morgan Sanson Bordeaux Express says we are fighting Tottenham for this player 23 years old, midfielder
100 Son Heung-min Tottenham Sport 365, Foot London Man U also chasing
101 Jean-Michael Seri Nice Mentioned on  From the Mirror and Metro, Star, Mail, Standard, Hard Tackle.  “Spotted in London” Gunnersphere.  (He went to Fulham). Midfielder but Arsenal have been too slow and Chelsea have got him, just as they lost out last window.
102 Bassem Srarfi Nice Foot Lond – but they changed their mind. Winger or midfielder.  He’s 20.  Going to Leicester?
103 Andre Silva Milan Mad about EPL Attacking midfield “sensation” but failed to show his attributes this year.  Wolverhampton also interested.
104 Chris Smalling Man U Daily Canon, Sport 360, Daily Star, Guardian £25m will get him
105 Yan Sommer Barcelona Cornwall Live (yes really).  We are in advanced talks.  Football Bible says deal is almost done. My Arsenal blog also says talks are advanced
106 Caglar Söyüncü Freiburg Football Whispers, Arsenal Station, Sky Sports, Telegraph, Talksport, The Sun, ESPN, 100 Great Goal  Price about £35m.  Football Talk & Daily Express confirms he wants to join AFC.  We can have him. Central midfield.  Liverpool, Man C, Dortmund “in race”.  He wants a guarantee of 1st team footie. He’s going to be the first signing
107 Anderson Talisca Benfica on loan to Besiktas O Jogo Brazilian attacking midfield
108 Kieran Tierney Celtic Football London Left Back
109 Corentin Tolisso Bayern Foot Lond Bayern bought him last year for €40 million.  Now Arsenal are buying him for €60 million. No!
110 Lucas Torreira Sampdoria TuttoMercatoWeb, Sport Review, the Metro, Calciomercato Sampdoria, the Express, Daily Star – deal about to happen. In fact everyone says it. A defensive midfielder and he’s going to be first.   Next week (that was 2 weeks ago).  No it is off! Calcio Insider
111 Cengiz Ünder Roma Tuttomercato; he’s a goalscoring winger £26m offered £40m demanded
112 Josha Vagnoman Hamburg ESPN (2nd youngster player in the German league ever) Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton all want him
113 Lucas Vazquez Real Madrid Metro says he is after more games, only got 16 last year.  Sports Lens says AFC willing to meet salary demand Right winger, earns £7m a year.  26 years old.  Soccer Souls says we must not sign him!
Update Domagoj Vida London Pavillion Sports Witness.  Turkish Football says he is on his way.  ‘Confirmed €100m bid’ Foot Lond.  Sun £25m.  Football Fan Cast.  ESPN Beşiktaş – he is a centre back and right back.
115 Sebastian Walukiewicz  Pogoń Szczecin Sport Review says we are anxious to get him 19 year old keeper
116 Timo Werner Leipzig Arsenal mania, Sun 21 year old who has scored a multitude of goals
117 Ben Wilmot Stevenage Sportsmole, Gunnersphere. The 72 18 year old played a dozen or so games.  Totts also interested. Price is £2m
118 Jack Wilshere Arsenal Evening Standard saying he will not sign new contract until his playing position is defined by manager.  Confirmed as going. Obviously he’s was ours but some sites treated him as a poss signing, until he left
119 Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace Liga Financial Arsenal making a bid of £25m
120 Cristian Zapata Milan Giants Football News Defender
121 Piotr Zielinski Napoli The Mirror
122 Andrija Zivkovic Benfica Football Facts, The Record, EatSleepSportArsenalStation, Telegraph, Giants, Tribal Football, Sport Witness 21 year old striker. Man U also want him  Price is £52m

And now it’s all over the one piece from the whole affair that might just stay in the memory.  We all enjoyed the one when Sir Hardly stayed up all night

All the experts agree: at least one of these Arsenal transfer deals will happen in the next 48 hours.

14 Replies to “Arsenal transfers – the full table of all 122 rumours, plus the view from White Hart Lane.”

  1. U should know harry hotspur is a troll prob arsenal fan in disguise so we didnt sign any1 boohoo still gt a better squad than you boys and will finish above u again with a settles team improving together add the new kids in i can see another good season coys

  2. No I didn’t know he wasn’t a Tottenham fan. My mistake. Sorry. But please do tell me, what is the view from WHL about this window. Arsenal, as I am sure you will know, have had windows which many people found very disappointing – so really, do you think it doesn’t matter?

  3. Few years back when Arsenal signed Cech from Chelsea, he was our only signing in that window, Press let loose. I remember reading something like “The only club not to sign an out field player.
    On the Spurs inability to sign even a reserve player is not a good one. Poch is a good coach but the Chairman and the guys with the purse or safe know the best. I wish them well, but too well because Arsenal is love. COYG. Epl 2018/19 be good to us… Gunners for life!

  4. An Arsenal media site had it said today’s afternoon that Arsenal tried to offload Danny Welbeck during today’s transfer deadline day but their efforts to do that hit the rocks.

    Notwithstanding that disappointment in not succeeding to offload Welbeck today, Arsenal have successfully offloaded Chambers on a season long loan deal to a London PL club side yesterday. And Lucas Perez was offloaded too to a London PL club on permanent transfer.

    It has been noted on this site the UA that prior to today’s transfer deadline day and before yesterday, Arsenal have 29 senior team squad Gunners on the club’s books at the Emirates Stadium this summer. But only the maximum of 25 of the 29 will be allowed to be registered with the FA. When is the FA registrations closing date as the PL games kickoff tomorrow with Man Utd playing host to Liecester. Is the registrations closing tonight?

    I believe with Chambers and Perez being offloaded and Koscielny is not expected to be included in Arsenal’s final 25 for registrations with the FA this summer, but still yet Arsenal will have one more senior player surpluse who they can’t register. But it has been said that the selling date for the PL clubs will be on till 31st August. Maybe the club will keep that surpluse Gunners to see if he will be sold by then or discharge him. But I don’t know which of the Gunner is affected in this surpluse to requirements at the club.

  5. It really does frustrate me how teams earning SUBSTANTIALLY less money than we do seem to have more money available to them during the transfer window. I hate being negative, but excluding central midfield, have we really strengthened any areas on the pitch? Apart from Spurs, our rivals certainly have. I mean, we got Sokratis from BVB, but they were looking to replace him anyway, so was he really the best that we could afford?

    Is there an issue with the board not allowing us enough funds? For years upon year this was something that a certain section of our fanbase would use to attack and insult Wenger with. So blinded by their hatred for Wenger that they didn’t think for even a second that, maybe, just maybe, Wenger didn’t want to go 9 years or so with a negative net-spend.

    Genuine question here; are we one of the only top teams on the planet that doesn’t get financial help from our board, where literally everything we spend must come from our own pockets?

    Also, I see Danny Ings being touted as a £20m+ player, whereas the prices thrown about for Welbeck were far less than that, so it really does make me wonder why our players appear to be so horrifically undervalued.

  6. Oh yeah, and one other thing; I fucking hate how Merson refers to Arsenal as “we” when he is a self-proclaimed Chelsea fan that never hesitates to criticize Arsenal at every single opportunity he gets. I guess the “bigwigs” tell their bitch to say “we” because that potentially makes his opinion carry more weight with certain Arsenal supporters, and I guess the more accepted negativity directed towards Arsenal the better.

  7. LOL so outspent us

    West Ham
    Chelsea (well at least so far, it’s £130m minus £35m Courtois) then whether they are sharked for Kante and Hazard Come in PSG, RealMad are you receiving me?
    ManU spent just shy of what we did on one player, plus Dalot, but got rid of Blind. They will want to offload Martial, Rojo and Mata if possible, but they will be short unitl Jam, will it be another third season for Jose, for once he doesn’t deserve to go, well actually he didn’t deserve to go either of the Chelsea stints.

    Brighton and Fulham are quite likely to have ouspent us and certainy will have if as I suspect a few more departures occur before the FORIEGN out window closes, haha Btexyit, where the EU natinals get more than the the natives.

    Even Liiecester spent the Mahrez money at £60m, oh and just to top it off, are going in for Soyuncu to partner Harry Maguire, for £19m he’s on the deadline list, because we have an owner scraping to gether his pennies and proboably borrowing backhad from half his party ot finance his move, so he can try sell.

    In fact Wolves have had a crack at outspending us. maybe have as well.

    Where are all Stans teams, bottom half?

    No LV then, achilles, moved from Per, to some other loyal servant. Torriera, better prowl real good and stay fit.

    The league just got a lot harder, City are not running away with anything. match fix this….. no so easy this season.

    When I congratulate a birth come on, post the thing.

    I should be right more often, because investigations, club sales, lack of investment, boardroom tampering, global market maniplation, just isn’t accurate enough!

    So Boris does’t want to go back in Sept, he’s growing on me, he knows so well how to ply Eton class clown.

    Poch, now lets see how good you are, nothing, well, that’s just not good, but buying for the sake of buying is ridiculous. – Now if you only stopped playing hatchet footy.

  8. I suspect that Poch and Levy had some agreement that he could use some or all of the money raised by the sale of players (Alderweireld and Rose in particular) but I guess that if they received any offers/enquiries they didn’t get close to Levys prices.
    We’ve been in not-dissimilar situations whilst the stadium finance was the anvil round our necks and our spend was pretty much entirely driven by our sales.
    Maybe an unchanged squad will gel for them better this season (we’ve hoped that before, and always been disappointed…).

  9. Jammy, Torrieras presence in front of the CBs will (hopefully!) make a big difference.

  10. That will be the death of me , the day when I start to listen to , or respect the opinions of the erstwhile, disgruntled, dishonest and quisling leaning opinions of our our former players .

    Nice and funny snippet of our neighbours , Tony !

  11. Andy Mack – Absolutely, hopefully the lack of a proper DM in front of them was what caused us to concede so more goals, rather than the players that we have in our defence, but still, our backline does not fill me with a huge amount of hope.

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