By Sir Hardly Anyone.
Just Arsenal have an interesting take on Arsenal’s future with the headline “The Arsenal board are close to sabotaging Mikel Arteta”. The headline leads to a statement that the Arsenal board needs to back Mikel Arteta, but that they are not. The point is made that “Arteta is having to deal with some players that are not up to Arsenal standard, he is having to put a team together with a significant injury list and he is having to deal with certain positions that have glaring holes in them. It is almost criminal that a club of Arsenal stature and finances to be penny-pinching at a time when the last thing the club should be doing is closing its wallet.”
Which is interesting given both the amount of money Arsenal spent in the last transfer window, and that that the sums spent by Arsenal and others in that window show that all six clubs that spent most in the transfer window are doing worse than last season. Spending £130m on players in one window is not really penny pinching. But spending money on players, it seems, leads to decline. So does changing managers.
However we have had an unexpected burst of positivity this week…
- ‘Impressed me so much’: Joe Cole drools over ‘massive’ Arsenal player (
- ‘Superb’: BBC pundit raves about player who has ‘the grit that Arsenal have needed’ (
- “Give this man a statue”, “The next Tony Adams” – Lots of Arsenal fans laud “brilliant” ace (
- Mikel Arteta hails Gabriel Martinelli’s “courage” as battling Arsenal secure draw at Chelsea (
Meanwhile the only negatives related to Ceballos as with “Dani Ceballos hints at Arsenal transfer exit after Gunners’ draw at Chelsea” (Dani Ceballos drops Arsenal exit hint after Chelsea draw” (
The Express has recently transmuted into Express Sport HQ but it is still full of made up stories as before. Their main Arsenal headline of the moment is, “Arsenal launched £25m transfer battle with Man Utd”. That story says that “Mikel Arteta has joined Manchester United in the transfer battle for Birmingham City starlet Jude Bellingham.”
And he’s not the only player we want. “Arteta ramps up Fleck transfer interest” says Football Insider, Fleck being a Scotland international.
On the same subject but hidden away in the headline we have “Former Coventry City star rated £20m as Arsenal linked with interest” from
The story is that Arsenal have submitted a “shock” enquiry for Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck and have been quoted £20m for his services. (That is in Football Insider and the Burnley Express, while the Metro tells us that “Arsenal in talks to sign Mykola Matviyenko from Shakhtar Donetsk”
New Real Madrid signing Reinier was attracting interest from Liverpool and Arsenal prior to completing his switch to La Liga, according to his father.” So he’s gone to Real Mad – and what does that have to do with Arsenal now? We are not told, so I suppose we have to make it up, which is what everyone else does.
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Elsewhere Arsenal seem to be close to signing Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa in the ongoing January transfer window. He’s a left back and the Mail says the talks are advanced. It is a very excitable story indeed.
Soccity.net on the other hand has, “SempreMilan claim that Newcastle United and Arsenal are among the sides keen on a loan move fro AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.”
Arseblog gets excited too, with the statement that “Arsenal’s hunt for defensive reinforcements has reached Ukraine with the agent of Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykola Matviyenko claiming we’ve made contact about a possible January deal.” Matviyenko, 23, is a left-sided centre-back with 61 appearances under his belt for the Ukrainian champions and 26 caps for his country.
And so it all rolls on and on, and as ever we’ve put the whole lot of them into one handy-to-digest report of every one of the players Arsenal are buying this month…
|No||Player||Currently At||Position||Source / Notes|
|???||???||???||Centre back||HITC devote whole article to saying we are getting someone but we don’t know who. https://tinyurl.com/quxj5ak Red London now copying this approach.|
|1||Nathan Ake||Bournemouth||Centre back||FoLo. Chelsea want him|
|2||Max Aarons||Norwich||Full back||£30m; Mail|
|Update||Jude Bellingham||Birmingham||Striker||Football London and Express; Liverpool also want him|
|Update||Jerome Boateng||Bayern Munich||Centre back||Gunnersphere, Football Fancast. Sempremilan says no deal. TBR says it will be a loan. Bavarian Football Works.|
|5||Hakan Calhanoglu||Milan||Attacking midfield||Football fan cast say the “fans” have already turned against him.|
|6||Edinson Cavani||PSG||Striker||Edinson Cavani has handed in a transfer request over the weekendTBR Football|
|7||Yan Couto||Coritiba||Defender||A teenager, no less!|
|8||Djene Dakonam||Getafe||Defender||Centre back can play right back. Talk Sport have this is a major possibility today|
|9||Merih Demiral||Juventus||Defendender 50m.||Fotomc / Sport Witness|
|10||Firmino||Liverpool||Attacking midfield||TalkSport. Speculation|
|NEW||John Fleck||Sheffield Utd||Midfield||Football Insider, Burnley Express, Coventry Life. Left Coventry on a free 2 years ago.|
|12||Omari Forson||Man U||Attacking midield||He’s 15; HITC|
|13||Bruno Guimarães||Athletico Paranaense||Midfield||Benfica and Borussia Dortmund both want him – The Star|
|14||Christian Kabasele||Watford||Defender||NBC Reports|
|15||Thilo Kehrer||PSG||Part swap for Lacazette; Bleacher|
|New||Franck Kessie||Milan||Central Midfield||Mirror, Caughtoffside, Sun, Metro. Sportsmole have Arsenal as favourites to sign him|
|Update||Layvin Kurzawa||PSG||Left back||The Sun “according to reports” in France Football, say he’s signed a five year deal from next season. PSG says no (Caught Offside). Or yes, contract agreed (Caught Offside!) Free transfer in June (Mail)|
|18||Thomas Lemar||Atletico Madrid||Left Wing||Read Arsenal. Team Talk says as part of Lacazette deal. Football London says its a loan deal.|
|19||James Maddison||Leicester||Playmaker||Football Insider|
|20||Dries Mertens||Napoli||Striker or winger||Metro, FoLo. WHU want him also|
|21||Thomas Meunier||PSG||Right back||World Soccer Talk|
|NEW||Mykola Matviyenko||Shakhtar Donetsk||Left Back||Metro, Arseblog|
|23||Thomas Partey||Atletico Madrid||Defensive midfield||Express|
|24||Leandro Paredes||PSG||Central midfield||Part Swap for Lacazette; Bleacher|
|25||Adrien Rabiot||Juventus||Midfield||Star. £25m|
|26||Boubakary Soumare.||Lille||Midfield||Read Arsenal|
|27||John Stones||Man C||Central defence||Sun, HITC|
|28||Dominik Szoboszlai||Red Bull Salzburg||No 10||FoLo|
|29||Samuel Umtiti||Barcelona||Centre back||Sport Witness|
|30||Cengiz Under||Roma||Winger||The Boot Room. £34m|
|31||Dayot Upamecano||Leipzig||Central defence||Express. France u-21|
|32||Kevin Volland||Bayer Leverkusen.||Forward||World Soccer Talk|
|33||Wilfried Zaha||Crystal Palace||Forward||Football.London, who seem to be re-running the summer transfers to save them making up anything new.|
Would you like to be a football journalist reporting on the latest transfers? If so, just get a list of footballers, and put them in a hat. Then get a list of clubs and put that in another had. Pick out one footballer and one club. Write the two down and put a question mark at the end. Now you are in business.