The 42 players tipped by all-knowing journalists to be signing for Arsenal.

by Sir Hardly Anyone

Strangest headline of the day: after months of knocking Mustafi at every turn Goal gives us this one, “Arteta confirms Arsenal looking for reinforcements after Mustafi injury blow”.  Two weeks ago an injury to Mustafi would have been hailed in the media as a bonus for Arsenal!   Now it seems to be a blow.  How times change!

Other good headlines include

Arsenal ‘forced’ to sign a new centre-back after Mustafi injury – Keown

That headline comes from Goal and I wonder about the word forced being in inverted commas.  Who is forcing whom?  Surely the club has the choice at all times as to who they wish to try and sign.

The Granit Xhaka factor behind Arsenal’s Pablo Mari transfer pursuit and what happens next
Another curious headline from Football.London in which we find that they don’t seem to be quite clear on what has happened

With 3 days to go the headline Arteta confirms Arsenal in the market for ‘one or two’ signings after FA Cup from the Daily Star has the hallmarks of desperation especially since they along with everyone else has been tipping who Arsenal are going to sign.

The Star also gives us Arsenal slammed by Flamengo chief after ‘changing’ terms of Pablo Mari transfer which means that if Arsenal lose a game it will be the management’s fault.  Of course.

Also on the rise once again is the anti-Ozil charge.  Just Arsenal come in with

Mesut Ozil is a distraction that Arsenal simply do not need

And we have, on the grounds that it is better to report a rumour late than not at all, from Sports Review…

“Arsenal will rival Everton for the signature of Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, according to a report   (Sports Review).   Which means the blogs will be set up for the “Arsenal accused of dithering” headlines in the coming days.

And that is reinforced by “Mikel Arteta still undecided” from HITC.  It was ever thus.

So here is our list of 42 players we are going to start signing very shortly

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.  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.  Birmingham Live say AFC now making their move. Arsenal will pay £30m.  Star say Arsenal have now joined in race.
4 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. Express says Arsenal’s budget won’t stretch to it. It’s €20million
NEW Emre Can Juventus Midfield Caught offside, citing Bild.  Express says he is going to Man U.  No he has taken a pay cut to go to Dortmund.
7 Edinson Cavani PSG Striker Edinson Cavani has handed in a transfer request, TBR Football
8 Philippe Coutinho Bayern Munich Attacking midfield On loan from Barcelona. Arsenal is a possible destination, his agent is an Arsenal fan and is a friend of Edu, according to the Star
9 Yan Couto Coritiba Defender A teenager, no less!
10 Djene Dakonam Getafe Defender Centre back can play right back.  Talk Sport have this as a major possibility now!
11 Merih Demiral Juventus Defender £50m. Fotomc / Sport Witness
12 Sergino Dest Ajax Full back Just Football.  Can play left or right.  He’s 19.
13 Lewis Dunk Brighton Centre back Star
14 Firmino Liverpool Attacking midfield TalkSport. Even they say this is “Speculation”
15 John Fleck Sheffield Utd Midfield Football Insider, Burnley Express, Coventry Life.  Left Coventry on a free 2 years ago.  Shields Gazette say AFC bid £20m
16 Omari Forson Man U Attacking midield He’s 15; HITC
17 Bruno Guimarães Athletico Paranaense Midfield Benfica and Borussia Dortmund both want him – The Star.  Deal is 95% done – FoLo
18 Raul Jimenez Wolverhampton Wanderers Striker The dangerous Mexican
19 Christian Kabasele Watford Defender NBC Reports.
20 Thilo Kehrer PSG Defender Part swap for Lacazette; Bleacher.
21 Franck Kessie Milan Central Midfield Mirror, Caughtoffside, Sun, Metro.  Sportsmole have Arsenal as favourites to sign him.
22 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). Or £4.2m now (FoLo). He’s going to Juventus (Metro)
Update Thomas Lemar Atletico Madrid Left Wing Read Arsenal. Team Talk says as part of Lacazette deal.  FoLo says its a loan deal. No Fo Lo says £33m transfer close! Star says Arsenal are at the front of the queue.  HITC says some fans don’t want him at Arsenal. FoLo says “All roads lead to Arsenal”. Sport Witness says “close to signing”  Bayern want him (Mail)
24 James Maddison Leicester Playmaker Football Insider
Update Pablo Mari  Flamengo. Central defender FoLo (its confirmed), Star.  Spotted at airport with Edu.  HITC say fans are denouncing the move as player is “another Mustafi”,  FoLo – he’s gone back to Brazil.  Arsenal changed the terms of the deal at last moment Star.  Deal is on ESPN.
Update Mykola Matviyenko Shakhtar Donestk Central defender or left back depending on source. 4th official, Metro.  He’s a Ukraine international, talks have begun.  Loan then purchase for £22m   (Daily Canon.) No, cash offer made!  (HITC).  Metro, Arseblog.  Sky Sports confirm and say cost is £30m.  Metro say Arteta was recommending player when he was at Man C.  “All roads lead to Arsenal” FoLo.  Arteta sets stance (FoLo – whatever that means).  He is our first signing (Express, Arsenal Station)
27 Dries Mertens Napoli Striker or winger Metro, FoLo.  WHU want him also.
28 Thomas Meunier PSG Right back World Soccer Talk.
29 Thomas Partey Atletico Madrid Defensive midfield Express
30 Leandro Paredes PSG Central midfield Part Swap for Lacazette; Bleacher
31 Adrien Rabiot Juventus Midfield Star.  £25m
Update James Rodriguez Real Madrid Midfield Loan deal, Everton also interested.  Daily Mail.  Arseanl have entered the race (Sports Review)
33 Boubakary Soumare. Lille Midfield Read Arsenal
34 John Stones Man C Central defence Sun, HITC
35 Dominik Szoboszlai Red Bull Salzburg No 10 FoLo
36 Samuel Umtiti Barcelona Centre back Sport Witness
NEW Cedric Soares Southampton Right Back Telegraph, Arseblog, Express, Metro, Saints Marching,
38 Cengiz Under Roma Winger The Boot Room.  £34m
39 Dayot Upamecano Leipzig Central defence Express.  France u-21
40 Jannik Vestergaard Southampton Defender TBR say Leicester are going for him but Arsenal could be interested.
41 Kevin Volland Bayer Leverkusen. Forward World Soccer Talk
42 Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace Forward Football.London, who seem to be re-running the summer transfers to save them making up anything new.

4 Replies to “The 42 players tipped by all-knowing journalists to be signing for Arsenal.”

  1. Even a broken clock is right one time within a 24 hr period! I suspect half of it is being fed to them from dud or fake agents and their acolytes, and the rest is just pure speculation to generate eye-balls. But many times they overreach with some stinkers. The Cedric Soares is prime example,you just know this is the work of an agent trying to drum up interest by linking him to arsenal, wouldn’t be surprised if West Ham signs him up!

  2. OT

    Only the League Cup tonight so ref more lenient on Leicester. 15 fouls per card……….

  3. In other news, apparently Mustafi is an “Ace” according to some media and bloggerati at the moment, since he may (or may not) have a long term injury. If he’s injured it will probablt be described as a crisis, despite the same outlets having almost nothing but negative writings about the player in the past.

    Oh how they change with the winds…

  4. OT just watched a program with Mike Dean celebrating his 500th match as a referee (StarSports India). Came across like candy in a pik n mix. So sweet and cool, ‘butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth’ (as my mother in law would say).

    Went into the VAR studio and briefly explained what and how things were done (Professional Games Match Officials posted on the walls). Definitely good evidence that the Laws are out of the window.

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