By Sir Hardly Anyone
I am not sure there has ever been a transfer window like this with such a paucity of transfer news as we have in this one. Normally by now we’d expect to have 40 to 50 men coming to Arsenal, but this January, its very poor. Very, very poor. Just 23, and one of those doesn’t have a name!
So poor is it that newspapers and blogs have started to run stories about old transfer rumours they created that have simply never happened. As with
The real story of how close Liverpool & Arsenal came to signing Lemar.
We know that changing managers doesn’t work most of the time in terms of improving the team’s form.
But telling us about transfers that are not on????
Mind you we do have one crazy story, and this comes from Goal.com “The richest man in Africa has expressed a desire to take over at Emirates Stadium, but remains focused on building his company for the time being.
“Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote has hinted he could buy Arsenal in 2021, if a number of multi-billion dollar projects for his company are completed on time.”
Does anyone think that this is going to help? The whole history of the transfer of ownership of Arsenal since Sir Henry Norris was forced out by the Hill-Wood clan has been an utter disaster. Sir Henry was busy creating a club owned by its fans, as he constantly sold off parts of the club to supporters after rescuing Woolwich Arsenal from liquidation in 1910. Then the Hill-Woods, whose own club had ignominiously declined, abandoned it totally and left it to rot, moved into Arsenal, forced out Henry Norris, and eventually sold it to the Kroenke family, pocketing a massive profit along the way.
Now it seems there might be another buyer – and will it make any difference? The chances of it seem slim.
So back to the players. Who will we buy?
We’ve got 23 listings, although since the first one is weird maybe that ought to be 22.
|Player||Currently At||Position||Source / Notes|
|NEW||???||???||Centre back||HITC devote whole article to saying we are getting someone but we don’t know who. https://tinyurl.com/quxj5ak|
|2||Nathan Ake||Bournemouth||Centre back||FoLo. Chelsea want him|
|3||Max Aarons||Norwich||Full back||£30m; Mail|
|UPDATE||Jerome Boateng||Bayern Munich||Centre back||Gunnersphere, Football Fancast. Sempremilan says no deal|
|NEW||Hakan Calhanoglu||Milan||Attacking midfield||Football fan cast say the “fans” have already turned against him.|
|6||Merih Demiral||Juventus||Defendender 50m.||Fotomc / Sport Witness|
|7||Firmino||Liverpool||Attacking midfield||TalkSport. Speculation|
|8||Omari Forson||Man U||Attacking midield||He’s 15; HITC|
|UPDATE||Bruno Guimarães||Athletico Paranaense||Midfield||Benfica and Borussia Dortmund both want him – The Star|
|NEW||Christian Kabasele||Watford||Defender||NBC Reports|
|NEW||Thilo Kehrer||PSG||Part swap for Lacazette; Bleacher|
|UPDATE||Thomas Lemar||Atletico Madrid||Left Wing||Read Arsenal. Team Talk says as part of Lacazette deal|
|13||Thomas Meunier||PSG||Right back||World Soccer Talk|
|14||Thomas Partey||Atletico Madrid||Defensive midfield||Express|
|NEW||Leandro Paredes||PSG||Central midfield||Part Swap for Lacazette; Bleacher|
|16||Adrien Rabiot||Juventus||Midfield||Star. £25m|
|17||Boubakary Soumare.||Lille||Midfield||Read Arsenal|
|NEW||John Stones||Man C||Central defence||Sun, HITC|
|19||Dominik Szoboszlai||Red Bull Salzburg||No 10||FoLo|
|20||Samuel Umtiti||Barcelona||Centre back||Sport Witness|
|21||Cengiz Under||Roma||Winger||The Boot Room. £34m|
|22||Dayot Upamecano||Leipzig||Central defence||Express. France u-21|
|23||Kevin Volland||Bayer Leverkusen.||Forward||World Soccer Talk|
Previous rounds of transfers suggest the number that will actually come to Arsenal from that list is either zero or one. Don’t hold your breath.
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