The 128 players tipped to be coming to Arsenal, by a journalist near you.

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.

New? Player From Details Source
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), 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
17 Ugurcan Cakir
Trabzonspor goalkeeper
Tottenham also interested HITC.  Do we need another keeper?
18 Mady Camara Olympiacos Defensive midfield HITC
NEW Edinson Cavani PSG Striker Metro
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 Philippe Coutinho 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
24 Danilo Porto Midfield ESPN
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 Glasgow Live, Evening Standard, Caught offside, Scotsman, Who Scored, and Celtic Star. Borussia Dortmund no longer interested (TBR).  Real Mad want him. Celtic have asked Arsenal to put in a bid
New Eberechi Eze QPR Midfielder Had a brilliant season, move possible (Star)
35 Nebil Fekir Real Betis Forward, 26 years old, injury prone
Read Arsenal.  He has snubbed Arsenal (WhoScored, Just Arsenal News).  Star says we are in talks; Marca says he is going to Barca  IC Football say he might not be welcomed
36 Nathan Ferguson WBA Defender HITC; he failed a medical at Palace after £11m deal agreed
Update Joelson Fernandes Sporting Lisbon Goal described him as a Teen Wing Wizard TBR Football, A Bola, Record.  Gooner talk says that AFC directors says no
38 Marcelo Flores Joined from Ipswich in March Signed according to FoLo
39 Wesley Fofana St Etienne Defender Caught offside
40 Fraser Forster Celtic on loan at Southampton Goalkeeper TBR, The Boot Room
41 Noah Francoise Rennes Midfielder
HITC; TBR – he’s available on a free.  PSG interested
42 Ryan Fraser Bournemouth, contract ends this year Scotland International, winger, £12m turned down last window
Deal done.  Metro; Football Insider; was hot topic last year as well. Tottenham in with a bid.  Teamtalk: Arsenal confident. No longer a target
43 Bruno Fuchs Internacional Centre back, 21 year old, great prospect
Zero Hora, TBC, Boot Room, Just Arsenal.  HITC say Inter have cut the price in half.
44 Gabriel
Lille Defender  £40m Everton also want him (Mirror)
45 César Gelabert Palencia He’s 19
Star, Folo, the Mole and 90 mins. Real Mad want him also.
46 Gerson Flamingo midfielder
He’s 22, midfielder.  Tottenham interested
Daily Cannon.  They blame EPSN.
47 Armin Gigovic Sweden youth international Midfielder HITC
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 Express, the Star and Mirror, Last Word on Football
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 Mirror; Team Talk
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
79 Rabbi Matondo Schalke  Winger HITC saying according to Todo Fichajes, 
80 Thomas Meunier Was PSG ESPN said we were interested and then no sooner was that news out than… Borussia Dortmund have signed him, but no one ever mentioned he might come our way until Just Arsenal news said we’d lost out!
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 Sempre Milan, Daily Canon and Sky, Star.  Liverpool also interested.
86 Wilfred Ndidi Leicester Nigerian midfielder Bleacher. Mail, Teamtalk, Sun
87 Neto Barcelona Goalkeeper FoLo says he’s coming to Arsenal to get more game time (?)  Atletico Madrid and AC Milan. FoLo blame the Express,  Metro agree.  Caught offside say Chelsea want him.
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 HITC
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  Metro.  The Boot Room says he will only cost £15m.
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 (
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 Palmeiras He’s a 17 year old forward “The Brazilian wonderkid” Football London
121 Domagoj Vida Besiktas Defender Aksam
122 Walce Sao Paulo Defender Talk Sport, Sport Witness
123 Wout Weghorst Wolfsberg  £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 Lancs Live, Who Scored, Up the clarets and Team Talk
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.


6 Replies to “The 128 players tipped to be coming to Arsenal, by a journalist near you.”

  1. Willian Coutinho Gabriel In AMN Kolasinac Sokratis Torreira Guendouzi Out Willock and Nelson loan

  2. 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

  3. Rudulf

    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.


    Mesut Ozil 37%
    Michael Ballack 25%
    Jurgen Klinsmann 12%
    Leroy Sane 10%
    Jens Lehmann 8%
    Dietmar Hamann 6%
    Ilkay Gundogan 2%

    And why:

    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.

  4. Rudolf,

    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.

  5. 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

  6. Rudolf

    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.

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