By Sir Hardly Anyone
If it were “all go” on the transfer front I’d say it was all go on the transfer front, but it isn’t, so I won’t. Even though in the blogs and the newspapers and TV stations, it is.
Mind you it is fun watching Barcelona at the moment. Looking at their new manager, a Mr Ronald Koeman, today, I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled. Compared to him Mr Arteta looks positively euphoric.
So given that the problems of the Koeman are not our problems, let us move forthwith to the tattle and the tittle concerning the Arsenal.
1: Coutinho (Team Talk)
“Arsenal are reported to have reached an agreement to sign a Barcelona star, while an agent has touted a top Liverpool star for a move to the Nou Camp.”
This is after Coutinho joins the current exit tendency and informs Barcelona that he like everyone else wants to leave. And in his case to leave for Arsenal.
“Philippe Coutinho will inform Ronald Koeman he wants a move to Arsenal when he holds talks on his Barcelona future…. Koeman was hoping to give Coutinho the chance to resurrect his Barcelona dream after a season on loan at Bayern Munich. However, according to Marca, Coutinho has already decided he wants to return to the Premier League….Furthermore, Sport claims the Gunners are willing to pay Coutinho £200,000 a week were he to switch to Arsenal.”
This is interesting because last week Arsenal had no money for anyone, now they have loads of money and no one is asking where it came from. It is so good when the printing presses are repaired.
2: Elneny’s future
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“I know Mo really well. He’s a really positive character to have around and he will be given all of our support. We don’t know [if he’ll stay].” (Football.London – oh do try to stop laughing when I’m passing on the news, it is most off putting). He actually played very well in the midweek game, and might well get a game or part of a game against Liverpool!
3: Lucas Torreira and Diawara swap deal (dello sport x 2)
Both Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport allegedly have this story, although I am blowed if I can find it put as anything other than a wild whimsy in either.
However Arsenal are now the money club, so they don’t want a swap deal they want to pay everyone they can find with a player loads of dosh in each case. €30m to Roma – certainly here it is. £27m’ for Diawara, no problem. Arsenal have their own printing press.
4: Bellerin out! (Metroid)
“Hector Bellerin is wanted by Juventus nd is yet to get back to his best following his anterior cruciate ligament rupture in the 2018/19 campaign,” we are told.
5: Martinez injured, or ill or unfit or emotional
The Evening Standard gives us every possibility and then a few that are anatomically impossible to explain where Martinez is, and why he couldn’t find his way to Milton Keynes. Allegedly he has been in quarantine since breaking down in tears after winning the cup. Not I hasten to add that there is anything amiss with any man showing his emotions. We support it totally.
6: Is this news?
Michael Owen has predicted that Liverpool! will beat Arsenal in the Community Shield 3-1, with Auba to score.
7: Gabriel Magalhaes not coming to Arsenal after all
Napoli we are told, has made a larger offer than Arsenal to sign Gabriel Magalhaes. That is in the Daily Canon. It looks to us like a set up for a tale about Arsenal dithering.
The Daily Star however tells us that the deal is absolutely certainly on. so one of the two is lying. Have you ever heard of such a thing? I mean really?
One of the interesting points in all this is that blogs and other media who get their tales of transfers wrong (which in fact means 98% of the time) take the view that they should never apologise for giving out the wrong information. Their view seems to be that the readers do not want apologies and if one is published other scurrilous publications (such as Untold Arsenal) only take a mean advantage of them, and laugh.
Which is by and large true.
- Which of the “big six” have won the most trophies in the last seven years?
- Those Arsenal matches without crowds and not shown on TV & 4 fantastic tales
- So that’s 50% of pre-season done, and those who looked seemed to think it ok