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44 players moving to Arsenal. Only 1 arrived so expect a busy day at the airport

by Sir Hardly Anyone

Sometimes the media find the whole notion of transfers a little difficult to grasp.  Take Sport Witness who report Edu flew to Brazil in their report to escort Pablo Mari back to London amidst “widespread confidence a transfer was sealed.”  And here we pause.  “Widespread confidence” among whom?   I imagine they mean among those highly trained always accurate people who publish transfer news in the media some of whom said that the deal was a loan.   According to Sport Witness this so confused the men from Brazil that they told the player to fly back at once.   So then Arsenal had to renegotiate, and now the player is returning again.  At least he’s getting some airmiles.

Except, for this story to be true you have to believe the media which this window have had us transferring some 44 players to Arsenal.   If you do believe the media, then fine – this story is just made for you – and it feeds the endless “incompetent Arsenal” narrative that is so beloved by journalists.  Oh except some of them have said the player had already signed anyway.

The Daily Canon tell us that Mykola Matviyenko has signed as well.  So that’s two.

The Emre Can story which hit the chart a couple of days back has supporters as well including the Sport Review who say that we are up against the Tiny Totts on this one.

Southampton are reportedly open to the idea of selling right-back Cedric Soares before Friday’s transfer deadline according to the Daily Echo.  Others say it is done.

In fact the consensus is that it is not MM but Soares and Mari.  And indeed Arsenal.com is confirming Mari.

And I’m not sure if FootballFanCast was being ironic but they are running a piece that says Cedric Soares is injured.

And FoLo, so far behind the time that I think their journalist team has fallen off the edge of the world and are waiting for it to come around in its orbit next year before jumping back on, tell us that Gary O’Driscoll is leaving.  Oh.  Didn’t I read that last month?

Here’s the table…

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No Player Currently At Position Source / Notes
1 ??? ??? 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.
2 Nathan Ake Bournemouth Centre back FoLo.  Chelsea want him
3 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.
5 Jerome Boateng Bayern Munich Centre back Gunnersphere, Football Fancast. Sempremilan says no deal.  TBR says it will be a loan.  Bavarian Football Works.
6 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
7 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.
8 Edinson Cavani PSG Striker Edinson Cavani has handed in a transfer request, TBR Football
9 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
10 Yan Couto Coritiba Defender A teenager, no less!
11 Djene Dakonam Getafe Defender Centre back can play right back.  Talk Sport have this as a major possibility now!
12 Merih Demiral Juventus Defender £50m. Fotomc / Sport Witness
13 Sergino Dest Ajax Full back Just Football.  Can play left or right.  He’s 19.
14 Lewis Dunk Brighton Centre back Star
15 Firmino Liverpool Attacking midfield TalkSport. Even they say this is “Speculation”
Update 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. Fleck says no.
17 Omari Forson Man U Attacking midield He’s 15; HITC
18 Bruno Guimarães Athletico Paranaense Midfield Benfica and Borussia Dortmund both want him – The Star.  Deal is 95% done – FoLo
19 Raul Jimenez Wolverhampton Wanderers Striker The dangerous Mexican
20 Christian Kabasele Watford Defender NBC Reports.
21 Thilo Kehrer PSG Defender Part swap for Lacazette; Bleacher.
22 Franck Kessie Milan Central Midfield Mirror, Caughtoffside, Sun, Metro.  Sportsmole have Arsenal as favourites to sign him.
23 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)
24 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)
25 James Maddison Leicester Playmaker Football Insider
Signed Pablo Mari  Flamengo. Central defender 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. Arsenal tried to bully Flamengo – Express
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)
28 Dries Mertens Napoli Striker or winger Metro, FoLo.  WHU want him also.
29 Thomas Meunier PSG Right back World Soccer Talk.
NEW Noni Madueke PSV Midfield Arsenal considering a swoop for PSV’s 17-year-old England starlet Noni Madueke Express
31 Thomas Partey Atletico Madrid Defensive midfield Express
32 Leandro Paredes PSG Central midfield Part Swap for Lacazette; Bleacher
33 Adrien Rabiot Juventus Midfield Star.  £25m
34 James Rodriguez Real Madrid Midfield Loan deal, Everton also interested.  Daily Mail.  Arseanl have entered the race (Sports Review)
Update Cedric Soares Southampton Right Back The Athletic, 4th Official.  Previously appeared in Telegraph, Arseblog, Express, Metro, Saints Marching,  Footballfancast says he’s injured
36 Boubakary Soumare. Lille Midfield Read Arsenal
37 John Stones Man C Central defence Sun, HITC
38 Dominik Szoboszlai Red Bull Salzburg No 10 FoLo
39 Samuel Umtiti Barcelona Centre back Sport Witness
40 Cengiz Under Roma Winger The Boot Room.  £34m
41 Dayot Upamecano Leipzig Central defence Express.  France u-21
42 Jannik Vestergaard Southampton Defender TBR say Leicester are going for him but Arsenal could be interested.
43 Kevin Volland Bayer Leverkusen. Forward World Soccer Talk
44 Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace Forward Football.London, who seem to be re-running the summer transfers to save them making up anything new.

And here’s a good one to finish with.  On the news accumulator services we have the headline…

“Newcastle, Aston Villa and Brighton all hated ex-Arsenal forward” (Daily Cannon)

So we click on the story and we find the headline “Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Brighton are all said to be trying to sign Emmanuel Adebayor who is currently a free agent.”

Was something lost in translation?

1 comment to 44 players moving to Arsenal. Only 1 arrived so expect a busy day at the airport

  • Dublin Gooner

    @Nitram
    the analogy of the cars works well.

    Let’s take a hypothetical situation. Arsenal were to sign Lambo Mpappe (spelling?), and sold, say, Porsche Aubameyang. That would be an upgrade on the squad, IMO. It wouldn’t guarantee an improved league position (Mpappe mightn’t get as many goals as Auba, he might get injured, disrupt the dressing room, Spurs might sign Neymar and Griezmann, who knows.
    But signing Mpappe even at the cost of losing your top scorer would, IMO, make sense.
    With Mpappe in the side, Arsenal’s current squad just might win the league, in the same way Maradonna took an average Napoli to the title.
    So signing Mpappe wouldn’t guarantee anything and might result in a lower league position. But it would still be the right call. And it could only be achieved by a huge spend.