By Sir Hardly Anyone
First thing to say is that this list of men going is nothing unusual for the summer. Quite often in a summer transfer window the media end up claiming that everyone is leaving, with each “outlet” citing someone else as the source, while simultaneously ignoring every other junk rumour that is doing the rounds.
Thus of course they never face the reality that they are part of the ludicrous notion that every single Arsenal player is on the move.
Here is the list thus far – and the very latest comments which are that Koscielny is going to Bordeaux (that from the Daily Mail) and that Monreal has unilaterally terminated his contract with the club (that is in the Daily Record).
|Update||Aubameyang||Real Madrid; China; Man U||FootLond; Playing for 90 Caught Offside||FL cite Calciomercato. The China story cites Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG. Caught offside say he has removed all traces of Arsenal from his social media sites. FL now says he is staying. Givemesport and Foot Lond have him going to Man U. Star says AFC will accept £52m.|
|2||Krystian Bielik||???||Sun||Sun says he is not going back to the under 23 team and will leave if not given a first team squad place.|
|3||Bellerin||Atletico Madrid||Telegraph||He has over 4 years left on his contract. Arsenal want £50m, At Mad are offering Vitolo. FoLo says his going to be injured all season (but that was probably a typo by them).|
|4||Chambers||???||FoodLond||Off to Tottenham (HITC) no Everton (TBR)|
|7||Jenkinson||Celtic||FootLond; The Sun||The Sun says he is going to Celtic. Foot Lond say it is WBA. FootLgeWorld also says WBA|
|8||Kolasinac||FootLond||No explanation – just Arsenal want to get rid of him according to FootLond|
|NEW||Koscielny||Bordeaux||Daily Mail||No real details given.|
|Update||Lacazette||Barcelona or Atletico Madrid||Express; The Week, Ev Standard, Mirror||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. Mirror says it is back on|
|Update||Macey||Daily Canon||Been told he can leave. HITC also ran the story back in June. But he is listed as being one of the Academy keepers on the official AFC site.|
|NEW||Monreal||???||Daily Record||He has unilaterally terminated his contract. But Metro says he is discussing new contract!|
|13||Mkhitaryan||Star, Mail||Star blames the Mail for the story. Star still pushing it however.|
|Update||Mustafi||Roma, Fenerbache||Daily Cannon,||“He’s up for sale” Express. Star says Arsenal working to get rid of him. Mirror says he is off to Turkey|
|NEW||Reiss Nelson||Crystal Palace||FootLon||As part exchange for Zaha|
|16||Eddie Nketiah||Bristol C||Star; FootLon Bristol paper says Br. City||He will go on loan if we buy another forward. FootLon says lower leagues in England. Independent says it is Charlton|
|Departed||Ospina||Napoli||FootLond; Caught offside Daily Cannon||“He’s up for sale” HITC says player himself says he wants to go. Napoli want to keep him and will pay €4.8m. Indy says the deal is done. FL says it is all signed and finished|
|18||Jordi Osei-Tutu||2nd Div German side VfL Bochum||Daily Cannon||On loan for the season|
|Update||Mesut Ozil||Fenerbache||FootLond, Star, Arsenal Fever||“He’s up for sale” say most but A.Fever says it is nearly done with AFC continuing to pay a lot of his salary|
|Departed||Ramsey||Juventus||End of contract|
|21||Smith Rowe||Leipzig||Foot Lond HITC||“He’s staying” exclusive from FL, but others say he’s off. HITC says he’s going on loan.|
|22||Sokratis||???||Foot Lond||He wants Champs Lge football|
|23||Suarez||Chelsea||Read Arsenal||He’s not really an Arsenal player but he was on loan|
|Update||Torreira||AC Milan||All Arsenal Rumours; Caught offside||AAR create a rumour and then denying it all in one article. But Caught Off says AFC will have to sell as they need the money. Foot Lond suddenly say no he is not going! Squwaka agrees it was never a deal.|
|25||Welbeck||Daily Cannon||Now recovered from injury but out of contract, although Foot Lond had him as a possible player in the Uefa Cup Final|
|26||Xhaka||Inter Milan, At Madrid||Sunday Express, BT Sport, Caught offside||Player says he wants to move. Inter wants him. But Suburban Gooners say he is going nowhere. At Madrid want him (Indy, Inside Foot, Metro)|
Of this list I think we can be clear that these will leave:
Cohen: he has not had a chance under the new management and has been told he will not have a new contract.
Jenkinson: it is hard to see that he has a future with the club, given the small number of games he has played.
Macey: we seem to be shuffling around the keepers and it looks like he will go, but I am not sure who our third and fourth keeper will be. Most seasons the fourth keeper has been the most promising of the under 21s, so he doesn’t take up a position in the 25 over age players. We could play with two under 21 keepers, but it is a risk unless we are really sure both are up to it.
Ospina is reported now to have left.
Suarez who was on loan but injured has gone back to his former club
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Ramsey, as we all know, came to the end of his contract. The mainstream tale is that Arsenal offered him a new deal, he accepted and then Arsenal withdrew the contract. A strange tale indeed.
Danny Welbeck. His contract came to an end at the end of last season, with the player injured, and he was told he can leave. I am not sure that he has found a new club, but he is no longer an Arsenal player.
So that makes seven players going, which is a bit higher than normal, but it does include Cohen and Macey who were not first team players, plus Ospina who was on loan, and Suarez who was a loanee. And indeed Jenkinson who after his terrible injury while at West Ham has never recovered his best form. Which in effect leaves just two players from the first team who are going: Welbeck and Ramsey.
Mind you, for the media, two out of 26 is about right for the departures each summer. But then, when you think of it, if the media tip everyone to leave, even I could be a media pundit.