The 27 players Arsenal are tipped to buy and the 16 who are leaving

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Each year we gather together the rumours of players coming and going in relation to Arsenal, and then at the end look at how many we got and how many were correct.  The normal figure is around 110 players rumoured to be coming and most of the existing squad leaving.  The accuracy rate is about 3%.

Of course the window is still firmly shut at the moment so not much the club can do but that is not stopping the scribblers from making things up.

27 Players Arsenal are tipped to be buying

No Player Current club Source Notes
1 Toby Alderweireld Tottenham H TBR Football, Sun He’s 30 years old
NEW Antony Sao Paulo Media Ref (they say it would be a waste of money) Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Lyon and Monaco are also interested
3 Gareth Bale Real Madrid She wore a yellow 87% of RM fans want him out
4 Ismael Bennacer Empoli HITC, Pain in the Arsenal Ex Arsenal youth player
5 Marcelo Brozociv Inter Milan Transfer Tavern citing CalcioMercato £40.5m; a “tough midfielder”
6 Samuel Chukwueze Villareal Foot Lond Nigerian forward
NEW Djene Dakonam Getafe Daily Express Central defender / RB.  Will cost £13.5m
8 Bruno Fernandes Sporting O Jogo, Sport Witness Chelsea, Man C, Juventus want him, £100m release clause
NEW James Forest Celtic Media Referee We should sell Iwobi and get him.
10 Ryan Fraser Bournemouth Express, Mirror One year left on contract
11 Jean Philippee Gbamain Mainz Read Arsenal; Soccer Souls On his way
12 Ander Herrera Man U Express PSG also interested
NEW Malcolm Barcelona Sport Witness, FootLond Totts, Milan, Inter and Lille also after him
14 Gabrielle Martinelli Ituano Metro according to reports in Brazil, also Express 17 year old winger, equivalent of Son Heung-min FootLond
NEW Harry Maguire Leicester HITC 26 year old centre back
16 Paul Mitchell Leipzig Sports Mole; 90 min, Football 365, Sky; Talksport Man U and Chelsea interested
17 N’Zonzi Roma (midfield) HITC £19m; he’s considerred a flot at Roma
18 David Neres Everton Telegraph, Foot Lond £34.5m; talks held. Liverpool want him
Update Christopher Nkunku PSG Foot Lond, Le Parisien, Star Midfield; he’s turned down a contract renewal. We tried in Jan
20 Nicolas Pepe Lille 101 Great Goals, Telefoot, FootLond Star striker.  Man U also interested. “He’s on the way” (FL)
NEW Ayoze Perez Newcastle Mad about EPL Inter also want him; forward or attacking midfield
22 Ivan Perisic Inter Milan Spursweb, Gazzetta dello sport Tots and WHU interested
23 Dennis Praet Sampdoria Corriere dello Sport , Sport Witness Midfielder or winger
24 Benito Raman Fortna Dusseldorf Express WHU, Burnley, Everton interested
NEW Nicolas Tagliafico Ajax Mirror – “he’s a target for Arsenal” £17.3million release clause and he gets half!
26 Jordon Veretout Fiorentina Metro 25m euros for Ramsey II
27 Wesley Club Brugges Sun, Calciomercato, Daily Cannon, LaLazio Forward, 22 years old

Leaving Arsenal this summer…

Everyone is off: “Stars may exit if Arsenal fail to make the Champions League this summer” says the Guardian but really I think that is cheating.  At least the writers ought to be putting a bit of energy into their make-believe.  Otherwise, what’s the point of it all?

But so far it is 16 players to leave in what would be the biggest shake up of all time.

No Player Going to Source Notes
1 Aubameyang Real Madrid FootLond; Playing for 90 FL cite Calciomercato
2 Chambers ??? FoodLond Off to Tottenham (HITC) no Everton (TBR)
3 Elneny Roma Daily Cannon
4 Jenkinson FootLond “He’s up for sale”
5 Kolasinac FootLond No explanation – just Arsenal want to get rid of him
NEW Lacazette Barcelona Express He has admitted he is flattered to have been linked with a switch to Barcelona this summer.”  Metro says he’s being offered a new deal.  Foot Lond says no it is not happening.
7 Mkhitaryan Star, Mail Star blames the Mail for the story.
8 Mustafi Roma Daily Cannon, “He’s up for sale” Express
9 Eddie Nketiah Star He will go on loan if we buy another forward
10 Ospina FootLond  “He’s up for sale”  HITC says player himself says he wants to go.
11 Ozil FootLond “He’s up for sale”
12 Smith Rowe Leipzig Foot Lond “He’s staying” exclusive from FL, but others say he’s off.
NEW Sokratis Foot Lond He wants Champs Lge football
NEW Suarez Chelsea Read Arsenal He’s not really an Arsenal player but he was on loan
15 Welbeck Daily Cannon Injured and out of contract
16 Xhaka Inter Milan Sund Express, BT Sport Player says he wants to move. Inter wants him

Moving Up

Bukayo Saka and Arthur Okonkwo  according to AllNigeriaSoccer.

4 Replies to “The 27 players Arsenal are tipped to buy and the 16 who are leaving”

  1. Seeing this kind of article does make me smile, but according to the Premier League Website the transfer window opened on May 16th.

  2. The only current players on that list I would be keen to keep are – Lacca, Aubam. Kolasinac and Soctratis.

  3. Keep Kolasinac? Yes & No. (He often gets stuck in his footing to lose procession. And his crossings into the opponent’s area/box are sometimes poor for lacking the required pinpoint accuracy quality to find any Gunners in the area/box arriving or waiting to pounce. But his crossings can a times be good when he seldom gets it right. And has he pace?). If during this current summer window Arsenal does find and sign a better than him and Monreal who are both playing at left back and as left wing back for Arsenal. Then, one of Monreal or Kolasinac will have to leave to make room for the new left back/wing back singing. Presumably, because of his becoming advanced in age and also getting slower and slower in pace, I can see the onus to leave Arsenal this summer falling on Monreal to leave. But it all depends on what Emery thinks.

    At any rate, the one major new player signing that I want to see Arsenal do this summer window unfailingly, is the signing of another 20 League goals per season striker. This is very very important for Arsenal to do this summer. And they should in my own view prioritise this particular signing above any other signings they want to do this summer. But I am not saying they should jettison the other signings they intended to do this summer for only a 3rd prolific striker signing that I am suggesting they should sign.

    Okay, taking the last season goals scoring record of Aubameyang and Lacazette in the PL as an indicator to make projection for how many goals the duo strikers could guaranteed scoring for Arsenal next season in the PL, I’ll take Aubameyang to score a minimum of 20 PL goals for Arsenal next season. And I’ll also take Lacazette to score 15 PL goals for Arsenal too next season. But those are a minimum of 35 goals the duo strikers could guaranteed scoring for Arsenal next season in the PL. But as we all know too well, these 35 goals if scored by the duo won’t take us near the win of the PL title next season.

    Therefore, to get in into the echelons of the 2 or 3 teams that will battle it out to win the PL title next season, Arsenal will need to sign a top quality 20 minimum League goals per season striker. But not just sign a top striker for cover and option who can’t get beyond scoring 10 League goals in a League season’s campaign. That won’t be good enough as Arsenal will need a minimum of 55 League goals scored by 3 strikers and additionally, the minimum of 10 League goals scored contributions each by the midfielders and the defenders at Arsenal which if gotten will make it a minimum total of 75 League goals that Arsenal would have scored in next season’s PL campaign. And that should put us in the position of competing to win the League with the 2 known PL club sides who last season finished 1st and 2nd in the League.

    By doing the needful signings correctly for the club this summer window, Arsenal could win the PL title next season against all predictions.

  4. Still a big shame that Welbeck is leaving. I don’t know if he was offered a contract or if he’s leaving by choice but he recently scored a hat trick in a low key private match and is likely to be in the squad for our match next week.
    What fool considers that Bale would join us (if we even wanted him to)? He’s more interested in seeing out the final two years of his £500,000 per week contract on the Madrid golf courses.

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