By Sir Hardly Anyone
The re-opening of the pubs has been good for publicans but bad for those people seeking some real live news of who if anyone Arsenal might sign, because as the pints keep on pouring down the throats so the names just keep on rolling out.
Six more players to join Arsenal making the total number of players supposedly on their way now an all time record of 128!
As for the updates this week we have just four. Lots of the old names are going round and round but rarely with anything new to say about the player. But updates do take a bit of thinking which is why they are thin on the ground.
So here we are with the latest table. It is already an all-time record for journalists to have invented 128 players who are coming our way. Will there be more?
Well, traditionally the players who are actually coming to Arsenal are not “discovered” by the media until a few days before they arrive – so there could be.
As for what is missing? Well, it is our old friend “Spotted at the airport”. A few years ago half of the football playing population was spotted at the airport. The we did our spoof “spotted going round the M25” and those bloggers and journalists (I use the word lightly) felt affronted and dropped that one.
Here’s the list. All 128 of them.
|1||Adil Aouchiche||PSG||17 year old||ESPN.. Saint-Etienne may be close to signing him. Arsenal offer turned down.|
|2||Kristoffer Ajer||Celtic||22-year-old centre-back||Gunnersphere; Scottish Daily|
|3||Rafinha Alcantara||Celta on loan from Barcelona||Playmaker||One Arsenal, Just Football, Daily Canon. Brother of Thiago (see below)|
|4||Thiago Alcantara||Bayern Munich||Midfield. Replacement for Aubameyang. Brother of Rafinha (see above)||Independent.ie, Chatsports, Newsbreak, Liverpool Echo, Football Transfer Tavern, Sportslens, RedandWhiteKop, Kicknews, KE opera News, Football News Views, Soccerladuma, Ilovemancity, Fussbol, Weinfilm, GLBNews, VBET|
|5||Thiago Almada||Vélez Sarsfield of the Argentine Primera División||19 year old winger, midfielder, highly tipped by the Guardian||Teamtalk, Mund Deportivo. AS. Man City interested. Manchester Eve News|
|6||Miguel Almiron||Newcastle||Their top scorer||Media Referee|
|7||Houssem Aouar||Lyon||Midfielder. Man C want him as do Liverpool!||The Sun tells us he is 25 and the price is £65m. 4th official agree. Gunnersphere also.|
|8||Adil Aouchiche.||PSG||17 year old midfielder||Football London. HITC – he is ready to quite PSG|
|9||Sardar Azmoun||Zenit St. Petersburg||The 5th highest Iranian scorer of all time, and he’s still scoring||Leicester want him. 442, HITC, TBR. Star, Area Napoli|
|10||Ousseynou Ba||Olympiacos centre-back||HITC, Sport Time|
|11||Leon Bailey||Bayer Leverkusen||Chelsea also want him. £85m fee.||Just Arsenal|
|12||Nicolo Barella||Inter Milan on loan from Cagliari||Midfielder||23 year old. FC Inter News says Arteta is a great fan but the AFC bid was rejected. HITC and Whoscored report this is ongoing|
|13||Wissam Ben Yedder||Monaco; 29 years old||Centre forward to replace Auba||Sports Mole|
|14||Said Benrahma||Brentford||Palace want him.. 24 years old, a winger So do Leicester and Chelsea||Football London, FL World, Express. Foot Mercato he is going to cost €30-35m. Daily Canon reports everyone wants him|
|15||Jérôme Boateng||Bayern Munich||31 years old, £13m, defender||Daily Mail. Read Arsenal says Bayern ready to sell|
|16||Giacomo Bonaventura||Milan||Midfielder||Out of contract at end of season Sun says Atalanta, Fiorentina, Roma and Lazio want him|
|Tottenham also interested||HITC. Do we need another keeper?|
|18||Mady Camara||Olympiacos||Defensive midfield||HITC|
|20||Dani Ceballos||Real Mad||Currently on loan||Express, SDNA|
|21||Chiesa||Fiorentina||Winger||Juventus, Inter, Chelsea and Manchester United all want him, Canon, Sun, Express all say we want him|
|Update||Barcelona||Attacking midfielder on loan at Bayern. Being talked up as a near certainty||Talksport, Express. Daily Mirror says talks have opened. Express now says Arsenal can’t afford his wages. Latest is it would only be for one year. But Barce will let AFC have him at a discount (Metro). Mirror says it is on.|
|23||Marc Cucurella||Barcelona||Left back or wide midfield||FoLo £20.9m|
|25||Jonathan David||Gent||Second striker||Football.London. Arsenal Fever say transfer is likely. Manchester United, Ajax, Everton, Inter Milan and FC Porto also want him.|
|26||Ousmane Dembélé||Barcelona||Forward; replacement for Lacazette.||AS, Sun. HITC says Arsenal have been given the go ahead to buy Dembele for £53m, or £37 (Sport). Deal going through|
|27||Emmanuel Dennis||Clubbe Brugge||22 year old forward Man U, Newcastle, Everton, Leicester, Brighton, Sheffield U, Watford and Crystal Palace want him.||Talkport, HITC, Transfer market, sportsmole… Daily Mail says it is on for £22m. FoLo says definitely leaving. Manager reported as agreeing|
|28||Moussa Diaby||Bayer Leverkusen||20 year old winger||TBR blaming Le10Sport. Signed for a “bargain £13.5million” from Paris Saint-Germain last summer. Teamtalk says talks have begun|
|NEW||Amadou Diawara||Roma||Holding Midfielder||Talks have begun (TBR football, Telegraph). Swap deal for Torreira?|
|30||Axel Disasi||Reims||Arsenal and Monaco both enquiring about centre back||TBR, L’Equippe, Sun. Reims manager says it is on – £13m. RMC Sport agrees.|
|31||Issa Diop||WHU||Centre back for £60m||Mirror, Metro, Read Arsenal, HITC, West Sussex Today, Sun|
|32||Julian Draxler||PSG||To replace Ozil. Tottenham also interested (although he is a winger)||Teamtalk. Daily Canon says it is on|
|33||Odsonne Edouard||Celtic||£12m; goalscoring forward (“Scored more than Messi”). Fo.Lo says we’ve been impressed|
|35||Nebil Fekir||Real Betis|
|Update||Joelson Fernandes||Sporting Lisbon|
|39||Wesley Fofana||St Etienne|
|40||Fraser Forster||Celtic on loan at Southampton|
|42||Ryan Fraser||Bournemouth, contract ends this year|
||Lille||Defender £40m||Everton also want him (Mirror)|
|47||Armin Gigovic||Sweden youth international|
|48||Serge Gnabry||Bayern Munich||Winger||Reports everywhere say he was seen in an Arsenal shirt|
|49||Ben Godfrey||Norwich||Centre back||Liverpool and Tottenham, Dortmund and RB Leipzig all after him according to the Sun|
|50||Antoine Griezmann||Barcelona||£90m for the forward. PSG Man Utd, Chelsea, also interested|
|51||Pape Gueye,||Le Harvre||Defensive midfield||Liverpool also interested. Folo, World of Football. Was going to Watford, now isn’t (L’Equipe) Sportwitness say Arsenal have offered to treble his salary. HITC say “reportedly”|
|52||Serhou Guirassy||Amiens||24 year old striker||Daily Mail. WHU and Bournemouth also interested|
|53||Dennis Gyfami||Leicester||18 year old full back||Online Gooner|
|54||Achraf Hakimi||Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Real Madrid||Right wing back, can play as a winger.||TBR Football|
|55||Kai Havertz||Bayer Leverkusen midfielder||20, and is an “exciting prospect”. Football London||Chelsea and Liverpool are also said to be after him, along with Bayern Munich.|
|56||Mauro Icardi||PSG striker||27 year old||Swap deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Sun FoLo, Tuttosport and Media Referee|
|57||Ricky Jade-Jones||Peterborough Utd||James Vardy with pace||Arsenal, Man U and Liverpool are after this Peterborough Utd player. HITC, Sky|
|58||Raul Jimenez||Wolverhampton||29 year old striker||BBC, NBC|
|59||Diogo Jota||Wolverhampton||He’s a 23 year old forward||Sport Review, 4th official, Mail, FoLo, Whoscored|
|60||Luca Jovic||Real Madrid||30 year old striker; deal agreed. Going to AC Milan (TBR)||Daily Express / Starspost / Sport. Just Arsenal wonder if he is worth the risk.|
|61||Glen Kamara||Rangers||Finnish midfielder||France Football say, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Brighton and Marseille are interested|
|62||Calum Kavanagh||Middlesbrough||16 year old ; forward||Lancs Post, The 72, Northern Echo|
|63||Jonjoe Kenny||Schalke 04 on loan from Everton||Right back||Tottenham want him|
|64||Franck Kessie||AC Milan||Midfielder, the next Yaya Torre||Calciomercato. Swap for Torreira (Transfer Tavern), Star, Hammernews.|
|65||Justin Kluivert||Roma||Winger, 21 year old||Daily Star say a swop deal is being arranged with Mkhitaryan. Sportwitness saw swap is most likely. Media Referee and Corriere dello Sport update. Mail says it is definite|
|66||Orkun Kocku||Feyenoord||19 year old midfielder||Express, FoLo. Express now saying he is the new Ozil. Red London say£23m.|
|67||Tanguy Kouassi||Free agent||Centre back, was with PSG||HITC, Metro|
|68||Marash Kumbulla||Verona||Centre Back||Daily Mirror compared to young Chiellini. Sports Mole say Arsenal are considering… HITC says now very close|
|69||Layvin Kurzawa||PSG (out of contract). Media Ref says he would bring confidence||27 years old Polish left back “has agreed a 5 year deal” Standard. Footy Extra says no chance||Express says he wants to go to Barcelona. Sport, HITC, Sport Witness, Daily Star say Arsenal. 4th official says “he’s signed|
|70||Thomas Lemar||Atlético Madrid||Winger and centre forward, 24 years old||Star, Sun reactivate major story in last window|
|71||George Lewis||Tromsø – out of contract. Deal close (Goal)||19 year old winger||HITC, Cannon, Arsenal Youth, Kigalitoday, Arsenal Mania. Metro (done) Caught offside (not yet). Sports Mole (almost)|
|72||Jesse Lingard||Man U||£19.8m right winger||Caught offside say Celtic and Chelsea want him|
|73||Isaac Lihadji||Marseille, 17 year old winger||17 year old. Man U and Dortmund want him||The Boot Room, Foot Mercato, TBR Football and the Sun all have this, Discussions begun|
|74||Matty Longstaff||Newcastle||Central midfielder who will leave on a free||The|
|75||Dejan Lovren||Liverpool||Defender. Tottenham interested||Express, HITC, FoLo|
|76||Pablo Mari||Arsenal on loan from Flamengo||Left sided centre back||The Athletic – he’ll be made permanent|
|Update||Gabriel Magalhaes||Centre back with Lille||Everton, Chelsea, Leicester in for him. Express says its Arsenal||HITC, Sports Mole, The Sun, LT Arsenal, le10Sport, Metro, Canon, Football London, TransferTavern. Going to Napoli? “Ask Ornstein” talking AFC up.|
|78||Dries Martens||Napoli, 32 year old forward||Inter Milan want him,||CalcioMercato, the Metro and on Football.London|
|81||Mykola Matviyenko||24-year-old left-back. who plays for Saky in Ukraine.||Plays for Saky in Ukraine.||Daily Canon|
|82||Dwight McNeill||Burnley||Winger||Lancs Live. Apparently lots of clubs want him|
|83||Arkadiusz Milik||Napoli||Striker||26 years old. Inside Football, HITC|
|84||Moreno||Valencia £50m||Valencia, forward||Metro, Mirror, replacement for Aubameygang. “A bad move” says Media Referee|
|85||Evan N’Dicka||Eintracht Frankfurt||€24m-rated France U21 international, He is left-footed, and 20-year-old|
|86||Wilfred Ndidi||Leicester||Nigerian midfielder|
|88||Ruben Neves||Wolverhampton||Midfield||Sports Mole|
|89||Unai Nunez||Athletic Bilbao. £27m release fee.||Centre Back, 23, £18m Everton and WHU interested||Daily Mail says WHU want him. Arsenal ready to meet price, Read Arsenal, Who Scored. Transfer Sport Witness says it is on. Metro. AS.|
|90||Victor Osimhen||Lille (who say Arsenal have made an offer)||Nigerian Forward. £87m Now down to £50m for 18 year old||Le Quotidien du Foot, Bootroom. Replacement for Aubameyang. Express, Goal, Footy Extras. Boot Room|
|91||Danilo Pereira||Man U||Midfielder||We will get him if we don’t get Partey. ESPN|
|92||Thomas Partey||Atletico Madrid. (26 year old from Ghana)||Midfielder. Express saying this might involve a swap deal. Boot Room says Lacazette in exchange. Turned down PSG for Arsenal||Metro, Goal. Squawka quote €50m. HITC also. He’ll move if At Mad dont get Champs Lge Just £45m! Guardian. Metro now says Arsenal can’t afford him. Deal close. He’s expected at Arsenal for next season. HITC talking this up|
|93||Lorenzo Pellegrini||Roma||Midfielder||Teamtalk, Eurofootball Rumours, Bleacher, Sports Mole, Daily Cannon, Sky Sports all blame each other for the tale.|
|94||Adrien Rabiot||Juventus||Midfield. Juve keen to sell according to media.||Just Arsenal, Standard. Torreira to be sold. TransferSport Witness says we are “leaning towards” getting them. Sports Mole says could happen.|
|NEW||Sergio Reguilon||Sevilla on loan from Read Mad||Left back||Sun, Talksport, Goonernews, Just Arsenal, Arsenalmania, media referee|
|96||Chris Richards||Bayern Munich||Defender; HITC, TransferMarket||Chelsea, Valencia and one major Bundesliga side also interested.|
|97||Marc Roca||Espanyol||To replace Ceballos||Sport, 4th official. “Arsenal want to pay £13.5m less than what’s needed for midfielder” says|
|98||Declan Rice||West Ham||Holding midfielder in the style of Gilberto||Express (according to Arsenal “legend” P Merson)|
|99||Emil Roback||Hammarby, Sweden.||17 year old forward||TBR, spotted at London Colney|
|100||James Rodriguez||Real Madrid||He could leave on a free||Mail. Arsenal and Man U after him (Team Talk)|
|101||Kays Ruiz-Atil||PSG||‘next Lionel Messi’, 17 year old, central midfield, on the left wing or an outright striker||L’Équipe|
|102||Allan Saint-Maximin||Newcastle||Winger||Express, Northern Echo|
|103||Mohammed Salisu||Real Valladolid; he’s a defender with a €12 million release clause.||Fiorentina, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Newcastle United and Napoli are also interested.||Mundo Deportivo has indeed said that Arsenal are among the clubs interested|
|104||Malang Sarr||Nice||21 year old centre back. Feb 2018: Football Observatory said “world’s fifth-most promising footballer under 20.”||HITC: “Bargain of the summer,” Sun: “Skint Arsenal on hunt for free transfers”. Bleacher and Football Whispers also has this.|
|105||Patrik Schick||Roma on loan to RB Leipzig||24 year old attacker, 9 goals in 18 games||Gazzetta dello Sport|
|106||Rafa Silva||Benfica||Attacking midfielder||£71.5m says the|
|107||Chris Smalling||Roma on loan from Man U; Roma pulled out of deal for him||Centre back. Tottenham, Liverpool on alert (Express)||Just Arsenal News; Arsenal launch £25m bid; Mirror. HITC, Express, Standard. Only if Man U get Koulibaly (Just Arsenal)|
|NEW||Everton Soares||Grêmio||24 year old forward||Edu said not to be keen|
|109||Carlos Soler||Valencia||Central or right midfield||Sky Sports, Standard, FoLo, Agent says he’s happy to stay where he is Daily Star.|
|110||John Stones||Man City||Centre back||Manchester Evening News, 90 mins. Arsenal and Everton in battle for him. Sun says he is leaving. Carragher says he won’t play for Man C again.|
|111||Dominik Szoboszlai||Red Bull Salzburg||19 year old central midfielder||He has played for them 44 times so far. Milan also want him as do PSG (Calciomercato.com)|
|112||Nicolás Tagliafico||Ajaz||£20m. 27 year old left back||Standard, Daily Mail|
|113||Malick Thiaw||Schalke 04.||18 year old central defender||Sport Review; Daily Mail Liverpool and Man C also interested.|
|114||Corentin Tolisso||Bayern Munich, central midfield||Man U want him. Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Napoli monitoring him||Express, FootMercato. Just Arsenal News say it is between Arsenal and Man U|
|115||Ferran Torres||Villa Real||23 years old, Centra back Santi Caz is talking him up.||Sun £43m. Santi Caz is talking him up. He’s learning English! (Just Arsenal)|
|116||Adama Traore||Wolverhampton||He’s 24, a wing back or midfield, or a winger||Daily Star. He started out with Barcelona.|
|117||Samuel Umtiti||Barcelona||Centre back||Express says he’s available at a discount as he’s always injured|
|118||Cengiz Under||Roma||Right wing, also plays for Turkey||Leggo: Arsenal could swap him for Mkhitaryan and some money HITC, the Boot Room and the Express.|
|119||Dayot Upamecano||RB Leipzig||Central defender. Was all the rage as a transfer a year ago||Football.London. “Arsenal have won the battle to sign him” Express.|
|120||Gabriel Veron||He’s a 17 year old forward||“The Brazilian wonderkid” Football London|
|122||Walce||Defender||Talk Sport, Sport Witness|
|123||Wout Weghorst||£32m||Team Talk, Express, Blid. Replacement for Aubameyang|
|Update||Willian||Chelsea, winger, attacking midfield||Talks have broken down with Chelsea, Arsenal now favourites||Metro, Fo.Lo, Sun, ESPN, Whoscored. Mail and Sun say he’s the top target. Mail now saying he’s on the way. Imminent transfer (TBR) Medical passed (Sportslens)|
|125||Chris Wood||Burnley||Replacement for Aubameyang|
|126||Freddie Woodman||Newcastle on loan at Swanse||Goalkeeper for Swansea City, on loan from Newcastle United.||Chronicle Live, TBR, 90 mins, Soccersouls, Teamtalk, HITC, BBC, Sports Lens, FL World|
|127||Wilfried Zaha||Crystal Palace||Winger||This old story has been brought back by Sky – so it is new this week for this window. Pain in the Arsenal, Bleacher|
|NEW||Hakim Ziych||Ajax||Attacking midfielder or winger tipped by Tribuna.||Was selected as one of the 20 best players in the Champions League for 2018/19 season. Also tipped for Jan window.|
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6 Replies to “The 128 players tipped to be coming to Arsenal, by a journalist near you.”
Willian Coutinho Gabriel In AMN Kolasinac Sokratis Torreira Guendouzi Out Willock and Nelson loan
We need to rid ourselves of the Leech first , which we can forget as he’s announced today he’s not going anywhere until he’s bled the club dry
I’ve posted this article from the BBC before that includes comparitive stats a readers poll before, but you seem to be a little obsessed so here they are again.
WHO IS THE PREMIER LEAGUES BEST EVER GERMAN ?
Mesut Ozil 37%
Michael Ballack 25%
Jurgen Klinsmann 12%
Leroy Sane 10%
Jens Lehmann 8%
Dietmar Hamann 6%
Ilkay Gundogan 2%
Player Appearances Goals Assists
Robert Huth 322 Mesut Ozil 33 Mesut Ozil 54
Dietmar Hamann 268 Klinsmann 29 Leroy Sane 28
Mesut Ozil 184 Uwe Rosler 29 Dietmar Hamann 22
Mertesacker 156 Leroy Sane 25 Christian Ziege 18
Jens Lehmann 148 Robert Huth 21 Hitzlsperger 17
There are tons of articles out there showing just how brilliant Ozil is, as I have shown before.
Honestly Rudolf, give it up.
I find it amazing how so many people allow themselves to judge what happen when they know zilch.
We have no ide what is going on.
What we know is that after the attempted mugging, neither Ozil nor Kolasinac came back to the level they were.
To me all this looks like some sort of PTSD.
Mustafi was able to get over the systematic hatred he was receiving – thanks to his grit, Arteta’s trust and probably the fact that he came back in ghost games. His character is such that he made it. Same thing seems to have happened for Granit. Each player is different. Some need more love from the fans then others. Gues many fans think insults, bullying and criticism are excellent motivational tools.
We have no idea what the dynamics are between Ozil and Arteta, between Ozil and his teammates, between Ozil and management. Intrestingly as well. no one ever talks about his work with charities.
How thus you think you can call Ozil names when if I were to do the same for you you’d be (rightfully) angry at me is a mystery to me.
Why don’t you just go to his front door, ring and tell him the nice things you think, man to man, face to face ? Guess the comfort of anonimity unleashes some things in you.
I wish he’d find his mojo back, because with the forward line we have…he’d be the perfect launchpad.
You are of course both right ( to a point ) I like others am frustrated by the current situation.
Ozil in his day was undoubtedly a fantastic player , but has now lost his way. What timing and execution by Real Madrid truly prophetic.
Although Grealish will never realise the dizzy heights Ozil did how I would much rather we had some who would likewise bring some passion commitment and a fair amount of skill , presently I contend a far better option.
Oh why I wonder why doesn’t the once talented Ozil take on a new challenge and try to discover his once lamented prowess, his wages would no doubt be Part financed by AFC surely this would be a better outcome than idling the remaining time of his contract playing reserve team or possibly no team football at all.
As you say no one knows for sure But the picture sure doesn’t look that good
Now why didn’t you just say all that in the first place?
I’m not saying I agree with every word you say but it’s your opinion and a perfectly valid explanation of why you have that opinion.